Physical Therapy (Helping To Build A Stronger And Healthier You!)
You have a pain that’s been bothering you… it’s a real pain in the butt (not literally, well… maybe for some of you!) This pain is growing more severe and is constant, you don’t want to rely on pain meds the rest of your life AND you don’t want to live with this pain anymore, it’s interfering with your life gosh dang it! You’ve been to your general doctor with this complaint before and this time he believes you need a specialist, a physical therapist to be exact! You’re desperate, so you’re thinking ‘sure, why the heck not!’
…And so you go to the P.T. he/she recommended (good for you as you’re heading in the right direction to becoming a stronger, HEALTHIER you!)
What Is A Physical Therapist?
A God-send if you ask me! But for those of you who want the real definition let me add it below from the almighty Oxford Dictionary:
nounnoun: physical therapy, plural noun: physical therapies
1.the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.
The P.T. Job includes:
- Identify and meet patients’ goals and needs
- Offer cost-effective treatments that help improve clients’ motion and mobility
- Reduce the need for medications and provide alternatives to surgery
- Develop care plans using a variety of treatment techniques
- Create fitness- and wellness-oriented programs tailored to patients’ specific needs
- Provide quality, personalized and evidence-based care and proven interventions
- Motivate patients during treatment in order to help them function optimally
- Promote clients’ healthy lifestyle by improving strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination
- Consult and practice with other health professionals
- Evaluate effects and monitor and communicate progress
- Document patient care services
Why I was Recommended P.T.
So it’s no secret that I have dealt with migraines ever since my liver failure due to Wilson’s Disease about 5 years ago. Well, my migraines had become more frequent over the few years and insanely intense, so much so that I even contemplated chopping my head off from the base of the neck (not literally- I have kids I need/want to live for!) But they are debilitating to the point this grown woman cries as she’s vomiting and in excruciating pain, as I put it to my Doctor… He prescribed an anti inflammatory med at the on set, as well as a Physical Therapist for my neck pain that is constant now.
My Experience With Physical Therapy (1st day today!)
Today was my first day meeting with my Physical Therapist and I have high hopes for this helping me out. We first discussed my medical background (which my story is a jaw-dropping wide-eyed crazy health story). After divulging the juicy details, she asked about the pain that brought me here and what my health goals were (we’re basically setting up our plan in the beginning). Then it was time to sit on the padded table, much like a massage table to start examining my problem area(s). She had me do a few low-key exercises to help determine my strength and weak areas. After she figured out my problems she massaged the base of my neck. AFTER THAT she gave me a few strengthening exercises and tools to use at home and I meet with her in a week to discuss the how I feel after a week of doing my homework. She printed all the information and provided me with my very own website for her and my plan, that includes video tutorials and all the info we talked about (incase I forget… not likely though ~wink~)
I never would have guessed P.T. would help with migraines! It isn’t a cure for me because I have mixed reasons for my migraines, but PT will help reduce the severity of them.
What’s Your Probs Eloise?
My scapula area (upper back) muscles are not strong, while my front side is strong as hell. It’s like I’m the Incredible Hulk when facing me and when I turn around to my backside I’m an old lady. So I need to strengthen my back muscles (including my neck) with certain exercises… One exercise had us laughing (Yes! I started the laughing) She was basically telling me to make a double chin, so we were both looking at each other with double chins and who the heck can hold a straight face doing that?! I also have to do heat therapy once a day for 20-30 minutes to relax my muscles. Soooo let me get this straight… I sit quietly with a heating pad on my upper back and neck for 20-30 minutes… oh, okay if I have to… go ahead twist my arm as I fight this (is that sarcasm Eloise? Heck yah people! I’m thinking this is going to be the closet thing to luxury for me!)
So I encourage you people who have pain to seek out a Physical Therapist and get to the bottom of your pain to really enjoy life!
Take care readers!
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photo 3 by: socalpain.com