Decrease Pain and Inflammation and Improve Balance and Strength with Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative health that uses specific rehabilitative exercises and equipment to help people regain and improve physical function and improve their posture. Physical therapy promotes overall health, fitness, and quality of life, and most patients who receive treatment at Algonquin Chiropractic Center go through some form of it.
A PT program usually has two parts: passive therapy and active therapy. The program will help you decrease inflammation and pain, as well as improve biomechanics, balance, strength, endurance, spinal stabilization, and overall function.
Patients are first started on passive therapy. A passive care plan aims to reduce the pain and inflammation which you’re experiencing at the outset. Treatments which are part of a passive therapy regimen can include:
- Hot- and cold-packs
- Electric stimulation
- Interferential current (IFC)
- Russian stimulation / Burst-mode alternating current (BMAC)
- High-voltage pulsed current (HVPC)
- Gentle stretches
- Super-pulsed laser treatment
Active therapy is what people commonly think of as physical rehabilitation. Once pain is reduced, this part of the program focuses on building up and restoring the strength, endurance, and balance which you’ve lost. Treatments in this stage include:
- Vibration therapy
- Stretches on a table (at first)
- Squats and other exercises
- Weight training
At Algonquin Chiropractic Center, patients will be started on a passive care plan to reduce pain and inflammation and will be transitioned to an active plan as their pain and function improve. Exercises are important to regaining strength and function but will not be started until a patient can perform them effectively without increased pain.
Dr. Galante will work together with physical therapists to combine the approaches above into a complete physical therapy plan appropriate for your condition. If you’re looking for physical therapy in Algonquin or Lake in the Hills, give us a call!