This is how physiotherapy can help relieve your pain

You should worry that physical therapy techniques could actually make the pain worse. In reality, it promotes healing, relieves pain and restores function for many patients who struggle with chronic pain.

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Physical therapy is used to alleviate sources of chronic pain, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic headaches
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neuropathic pain – pain caused by injury to tissues or nerves
  • For chronic pain treatment, physiotherapy can teach people how to move safely in ways that they haven’t been able to for quite some time.

Physical therapy tackles inflammation, stiffness and soreness with exercise and massage, but, also works to help the body heal itself by encouraging the production of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.

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Physical therapy involves a number of different types of pain management methods including:

  • Massage
  • Manipulation of joints and bones
  • Manual therapy using hands or tools on soft tissue
  • Cold laser therapy to alleviate inflammation and pain and release endorphins
  • Microcurrent stimulation, which emits alpha waves into the brain and increases serotonin and dopamine to alleviate pain naturally
  • Movement therapy and exercise

Exercise may involve walking on a treadmill or swimming in a pool, depending on the person's pain and physical abilities.Nutritional supplements, heat and cold therapy, and even transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy are as good additional pain management options along with physical therapy.

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One of the biggest keys to manage your pain is learning smart self-management techniques. Your physical therapist will partner with both you and your doctor to establish a self-management plan that gives you more power over pain. Put all these components together to find the most effective chronic pain treatment for you.