The Role of Physical Therapy
ROLE OF PT
Keep your body fit and active for a lifetime.
Physical Therapy is a branch of medical science which educates people about their anatomy and physiology, and improves their quality of life through strength, mobility and functionality treatments.
The most common misconception about Physical Therapy is that you should only see a physical therapist when you are hurt or recovering from surgery. While work/accident related injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation make up the largest percentage of our patients, this is certainly not the only role of Physical Therapy. As with most preventative medicines you should seek education first. In the case of nutrition, many people gather information by reading books or articles regarding healthy practices BEFORE they have a complication. In mental health, understanding stress and anxiety as well as personal practice (like meditation or spiritual faith) is essential to avoiding mental health problems. One could say that machinery and appliances work better and last longer when the operator has at least read the owners manual. Such is the case with Physical Therapy.
Understanding your body - its strengths and weaknesses before you get hurt can, in fact, reduce the chances of injury, especially work related or stress related injuries from simply daily activities. Further, Physical Therapy can assist an individual to overcome difficulties they encounter in pursuing physical activities they enjoy. If you enjoyed sports or physical exercise when you were younger, but just can't seem to perform anymore, or give up each time you try to start a new exercise regiment, there may be an underlying musculoskeletal problem that Physical Therapy can address. Would you take your car to a mechanic only when it was broken? With the proper diagnosis, Physical Therapy can help keep you and your body fit and active for a lifetime.