Physical therapy is an effective way to promote healing and recovery without having to rely on medication or resort to surgery. Patients who invest in their own health by beginning physical therapy as soon as possible are more likely to attain a better quality of life and faster pain recovery. Dr. Jason Leavitt and the highly experienced team at Ultimate Health Medical Clinic in Littleton, Colorado, is dedicated to providing first-rate physical therapy services to patients from communities throughout the Denver area. To make an appointment, call the office or request your visit online today.
Physical Therapy Q&A
What is physical therapy?
As the most logical first step after identifying and correcting the root cause of any pain, physical therapy is an excellent way to promote active physical recovery from injury, illness, surgery, or some other limiting disability. The main goal of an effective physical therapy program is to help patients achieve the level of function and mobility that enables them to return to their normal activities.
While physical therapy aims to help patients recover completely, in some cases it may simply help patients successfully adjust to a new physical reality. The physicians and clinicians at Ultimate Health Medical Clinic take a whole-person approach to physical therapy, using state-of-the-art technologies, medical massage, and other beneficial, natural methods to help patients reach their potential as quickly as possible.
Why is movement so essential in physical therapy?
Successful physical therapy requires active patient participation, and that starts with movement, which is critical to injury recovery. That’s because movement helps decrease inflammation, which is your body’s natural response to injury. Although inflammation initially promotes healing, it can interfere with your muscles’ firing patterns and create instability when it’s allowed to persist. By increasing blood flow and decreasing inflammation, movement helps restore a wider range of motion, thereby giving your muscles what they require to restore normal function and regain strength. Early, precise movement that incorporates specific exercises and stretches is a big part of what makes physical therapy so effective at promoting recovery and minimizing long-term damage.
What does physical therapy entail?
The team at Ultimate Health Medical Clinic begins by gathering information with a consultation, history, and comprehensive physical exam. This may include evaluating your nervous system and assessing your pain, depending on the nature of your problem. Once you have a diagnosis, the team designs an effective physical therapy program to meet your needs. Physical therapy has 4 major components:
Customized exercise plan
A specific movement plan that includes stretches and strengthening exercises designed to improve your strength, flexibility, stability, and range of motion
Medical massage can correct problems with connective tissue, which helps stimulate blood flow, encourage healing, and promote relaxation
Natural pain management
Topical creams, heat, or ice may help reduce pain and inflammation, effectively promoting mobility
To make an appointment with the team, call Ultimate Health Medical Clinic today or book online.