Often following injury or illness, our bodies have pain or dysfunction that keep us from returning to work or participating in activities we used to enjoy. That’s where physical therapy comes in. Physical therapy works to improve strength, range of motion, balance, and overall function. While physical therapy can take on many forms, our therapists often use the following during our treatments:
Often times, patients lose strength in the area of injury, or across the whole body. Strengthening exercises use resistance to help return your strength, improving joint and body function.
Endurance / Conditioning Exercises
When injuries cause us to decrease our activity level, our bodies often become quickly deconditioned and weak. Endurance or conditioning exercises help to return our whole body to the previous level of function and strength. These exercises can include cardiovascular and strength training.
Range of Motion Exercises
Some patients may suffer from limited motion following an injury. These exercises are designed to help participants relieve stiffness, restore flexibility and attain normal joint movement. Often this will involve stretching or mobility drills.
Incorporated into other exercises and treatment, these exercises assist with balance deficits, improve posture throughout movement, decrease muscular spasticity, and increase function.
Manual therapy consists of your therapist physically working on the injured part of your body. Different from massage therapy, manual therapy usually involves joint mobilizations or manipulations for decreased pain or improved function.
Canalith Repositioning Procedures for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Canalith repositioning procedures can help those suffering from BPPV, a type of vertigo caused by the crystals in your ear canals being out of position. The specific procedure will differ based on your triggers and symptoms.