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Health

The benefits of physical therapy

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If you’ve ever been in an accident, taken a fall, or have a health condition that restricts physical activity or causes pain, you may have been treated by a physical therapist.

Physical therapy is the science of medicine whose goal is to return patients to their highest possible degree of physical independence. A physical therapist works with patients with specific neurological, muscular and skeletal conditions, using stretching, exercises and other treatments, rather than administering drugs that simply mask pain.

Doctors of physical therapy are also trained in helping patients transition from injury care to prevention programs that are designed to assist patients of all ages maintain optimal health and physical fitness. With these programs patients gain independence and a high level of physical function.

A doctor of physical therapy plans treatment programs after determining a patient’s physical limits and their needs to regain their ability to perform work and daily activities. A physical therapist reviews the patient’s health history, then conducts specific orthopedic testing to evaluate the patient’s strength, weakness, sensory perception, posture, balance and coordination. Based on the results, the physical therapist implements an individualized treatment program for the patient designed to restore movement, relieve pain, promote healing and recovery and improve athletic performance.

A doctor of physical therapy treats patients through various forms of exercise techniques to improve flexibility and motion, promote strength, and train endurance. The best outcome is achieved through a physical therapy team, consisting of doctors of physical therapy, physical therapy assistants and athletic trainers. Each therapist is trained to perform stretching exercises, strength & stability movements, balance & coordination techniques, as well as motion and flexibility training.

Physical Therapy can help patients protect themselves from injury on the job, perform better during athletics and allows patients to achieve their fitness potential.

Olympia Chiropractic & Physical Therapy

1680 Mediterranean Drive

Unit 101

Sycamore, IL 60178

815.899.6061

http://olympiachiroandpt.com/