Degrees of pain varies from person to person, however, one thing that can be agreed upon is that pain is not something any of us want to be dealing with. Pain is often a warning signal that is linked to some form of tissue damage. It alerts the body to respond and, therefore, act to prevent further damage to the affected area. Pain can be either short-term or long-term, which is known as chronic pain. To date, there are a number of different treatments for pain to minimize and manage symptoms, prevent further injury and heal the area completely.
Even with several options for pain treatment and management available, many individuals are turning to physiotherapy as their primary source of healing and treatment. How can physiotherapy help treat pain? Read on to learn about the ways in which physical therapists use physiotherapy to naturally treat patients for the long-term.
Physiotherapy and Pain Management
Physiotherapists are trained and highly knowledgeable on how to assess and treat pained areas caused by an injury. Physical therapy involves comprehensive treatments that are focused not only on treating the area, but prevention and management of the injury as well. Physiotherapy helps to restore bodily function and movement, promote healing and relieve pain all in one. A physical therapist that is proficient in physiotherapy techniques conduct rehabilitation, evaluation and even holistic methods of treatment. Physiotherapists base their treatment on whether the injury is causing acute pain or chronic pain.
Acute Pain Management
Acute pain often develops suddenly as the result of something specific, usually an injury. It is commonly quite sharp and this type of pain often does not last for over six months. It often dissipates when the root cause of the pain goes away. Physiotherapy for acute pain relief is highly effective for neck and back pain areas, such as osteoarthritis, muscle or ligament pain or strains. Research has shown that receiving pain management and treatment during the early stages of an injury can accelerate recovery time. Your physiotherapists can guide you through rehabilitation of the injury and provide you with proper techniques to help you manage your injury and prevent the opportunity for re-injury.
Chronic Pain Management
Chronic pain refers to pain that is ongoing and often extends beyond six months. This type of pain can continue even if the injury or health condition has healed as the pain signals continue to be active in the nervous system for weeks, months or even years. Individuals with chronic pain may experience tense muscles and joints, limited mobility, reduced energy and even struggles with mental health. Physiotherapy helps you better understand your chronic pain and the physiotherapist implements a recovery plan to help improve your mobility, posture and reduce pain. Research has found that individuals who utilize physiotherapy and manage their pain with a trained healthcare team can benefit from a significant pain reduction.
Grossbeak Physiotherapy is the Meadowvale physiotherapy clinic for Workers Compensation (WSIB) and Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) claims. We are the most effective approach for natural, long-term pain relief and pain management. Call us now to schedule an appointment at (905) 826-3153.