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Chronic Pain Can Control Your Life, But It Doesn’t Have To!

Chronic Pain Can Control Your Life, But It Doesn’t Have To!

Say Goodbye to Your Aches and Pains with Physical Therapy

Physical therapy has been demonstrated to be one of the safest and healthiest techniques of pain management, whether you have recently started waking up with generalized aches and pains or have been suffering from chronic pain for a long time.

A sedentary lifestyle, a lack of activity, bad nutrition, or an injury are all factors that might cause aches and pains. The bad news is that the discomfort is unlikely to go away on its own. The good news is that a physical therapist can help you get back on track and relieve your aches and pains!

To learn more about how physical therapy can help you get back to a normal, comfortable lifestyle, keep reading. Be sure to call our clinic to set up an appointment if you’re in need of pain relief!

Causes of chronic pain

If you suffer from generalized aches and pains when you wake up in the morning, your physical therapist will have a lot to tell you!

Our bodies build up inflammation in the tissues throughout the day. This can be extremely subtle and you may not notice it, even by the end of the day.

But when we lie down and go to sleep, the inflammation can thicken and settle into our muscles. This in turn immobilizes your joints and can lead to aches and pains when you wake up. That same process repeats, day after day.

Eventually, chronic pain can set in if you do not make any lifestyle changes to correct the problem. This is why it is a great idea to contact our office for a consultation before the pain leads to more serious health problems.

Let a PT diagnose your pain

If you’ve never seen a physical therapist and you’re wondering what you’re getting into, don’t worry! Physical therapy is nothing to be scared of.

A talk about your symptoms and medical history, as well as some easy tests, will be part of your first visit with a physical therapist. Be ready to answer inquiries about previous injuries that may be causing your current aches and pains. We’ll talk about your nutrition, workout routine, and everyday activities. This will help your therapist figure out what might be causing your aches and pains.

You will then be given a series of tests, based on your description of your symptoms. These will involve posture and range of motion exercises, and possibly some strength and resistance tests. When your therapist knows where you are experiencing aches and pains and has determined the likely causes, your personalized physical therapy treatment plan will be drawn up.

How will physical therapy help?

Physical therapy has a wide range of tactics and techniques that can be deployed to help with pain management. Here are just a few:

  • Cold laser therapy to release endorphins
  • Movement therapy and exercise
  • Joint and bone manipulation
  • Tissue massage
  • Manual therapy
  • Microcurrent stimulation to release serotonin

Within each of those categories, your physical therapist has a lot of tools and techniques at their disposal.

For example, movement therapy and exercise might mean running on a treadmill, or working in a swimming pool. It all depends on your physical condition, the source of your aches and pains, and the treatment methods that are most likely to meet with results.

Your physical therapist will also work to educate you on ways to keep aches and pains at bay, by living a healthier lifestyle. This can range from advice on staying hydrated and enjoying better nutrition, to exercises and stretches you can do at home.

The goal is to get you to the point where you are motivated to stay healthy without the need for regular physical therapy sessions. All of this will contribute to solving your aches and pains.

Could the problem be your mattress?

While the Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress every 7 to 10 years, the way you feel in the morning is a better indicator that it’s time to replace your sleep surface.

If your mattress was once comfortable but now seems to be at the root of your aches and pains, it may be time to replace it. Physical changes like injuries, surgery and weight change can also change your body’s position as you sleep, necessitating a faster change in your mattress.

According to Spine Health, “Sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause or worsen lower back pain. Lack of support from a mattress reinforces poor sleeping posture, strains muscles, and does not help keep the spine in alignment, all of which contribute to low back pain.

Sleep comfort is also sacrificed if a mattress does not match one’s individual preferences. A mattress that provides both comfort and back support helps reduce low back pain, allowing the structures in the spine to really rest and rejuvenate during the night.”

So, if you’ve noticed that your back, neck, and shoulders are bothering you first thing in the morning, it could be worth a trip to the mattress store!

Find relief today

If aches and pains are starting to lower your quality of life, it’s time to take that first positive step by calling our office.

Contact North Park medical today to schedule your first appointment with a trained and licensed physical therapist.

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