We’ve all heard the stereotypical misconceptions around physical therapy. One is that you only get it when you’ve been in a car accident, had surgery or have been seriously injured. While those might be some of the most common reasons, there are many that don’t include those! This article is going to give you four of them.
BALANCE AND DIZZINESS
People who suffer with instability, dizziness and balance issues can benefit greatly from physical therapy. In fact, it is often used in more mature patients as a preventative measure to minimize the risk of falling, as well as in patients who suffer from Vertigo. Physical therapy is a proven method for treating and preventing these things!
Some recurring headaches can be caused by issues in the body that you wouldn’t even think of and physical therapy can be a great option for these as well! One modern cause for recurring headaches is what’s called “text neck.” This is an issue with posture prominent in millennials and younger generations for their constant use of cellphones, which can cause neck pain and headaches. It can be a difficult habit to break. However, seeing a physical therapist to retrain your body on how to hold your phone and position your body when using the phone can be very helpful!
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of your hand. When the median nerve is compressed, the symptoms can include numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand and arm. This issue is also common among millennials and younger generations who spend significant amounts of time typing on their tablets or computers. Surgery is usually only recommended in extreme cases. Thus, the common resolution is physical therapy. Programs in as little as 8 weeks have been used to correct carpal tunnel with longer programs lasting for a few months.
IMPROVING MOBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY
Flexible muscles and tendons allow for greater range of motion during activities! There are many physical therapy exercises and stretches that you can do to improve this. Many athletes such as dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders and contortionists have undergone physical therapy programs to maximize this and give them better performance ability!
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