Physical therapy helps mitigate the physical side of people’s inflammation, stiffness, soreness, and provides pain relief.
With prescribed exercise, manipulation, and physical therapy massage, chronic pain symptoms see significant improvement when implemented in daily routines. Physical rehabilitation therapy works even more wonders. It’s a trigger to help the body heal itself in natural ways. The MN Head and Back Pain Clinic provides some of the Minnesota’s finest Physical Therapy Pain Treatment Specialists.
Physical therapy, also known as physiotherapy, stimulates the production of your body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. The human body is a marvelous creation. A healthy nervous system can generate endorphins that help you cope with pain and stress. They are chemicals that may be naturally produced by your body and function as a natural pain reliever. Our custom pain management plan for you may include tips to trigger these endorphins and help you sleep better.
Also, opioid prescriptions have been so frequently prescribed to relieve pain that abuse levels are reported nationally and of great concern. While Opioids can generate a feeling of euphoria, Our Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinics are careful to monitor short-term use after surgery or for other needs for pain-relief.
What is the difference between Physical Therapy and Physical Rehabilitation Therapy?
Physical therapy is one of the types of physical rehabilitation. Physical therapy encompasses the restoration of a body’s function, allowing a chronic pain patient to regain independence in a safe and effective way. Rehabilitation has a broader scope. If involves the overall processes that contributes to a person’s recovery from a serious injury, while physical therapy directly involves strength, mobility and fitness.
How Does my Body make Pain Relieving Endorphins?
Endorphins are chiefly made in human hypothalamus and pituitary glands, though they may also occur from other areas of your body. It like what people commonly refer to as a “runner’s high”, which is experienced after lengthy and robust exercise; it is due to an increase in endorphin levels.
The level of endorphins in the human body varies with each individual. For example, people who have lower levels tend to have depression and fibromyalgia more often. More research is vital in this area and is currently being conducted. Endorphins are often called “feel-good” chemicals because they can act as a pain reliever and happiness booster.
Can physical therapy cause further damage?
Yes. Those who seek to self-administer and run their physical therapy treatment can do harm to themselves. Like many medical applications, it is a great help to countless people, but also may cause additional personal injury. A clear pain patient assessment needs to be put in place first by a professional. When issues do occur with physical therapy, typically it’s because a patient has another physical condition that isn’t taken into consideration. This may include a previous injury, obesity, bone density issues, complicating diseases, sleep apnea, and more.
Another common failure with physical therapy for pain relief is when the body is pushed too fast, or beyond what he or she is physically capable of. Often these re-injures or additional injuries could have been prevented with more of the physical therapist’s or doctor’s involvement.
Our pain treating healthcare team will review your medical history, concerns, possible related factors, and personal goals before crafting your physical therapy pain treatment plan.
Is it usual to hurt more after physical therapy?
Physical therapy isn’t meant to be painful. Your progress may seem very slow at first, but it will be safe. For individuals who are injured or already have chronic pain treatment, adding in physical therapy can be challenging or even seem too hard. But further muscle degeneration through a lack of use is worse than feeling sore after stretching or a deep tissue massage. Muscle and ligament rebuilding and repair take time. Sometimes they need more time to heal than a broken bone. The important thing is to get stronger. Don’t give up. We will be cheering you on. Call us if a tension headache develops.
Pain-management Strategies with Individualized Physical Therapy Treatment
The May 3, 2019 Specific Severe Joint Pain and Physical Inactivity Among Adults with Arthritis — United States article highlights the demand for physical therapy help among people suffering from arthritis alone. In 2017, among adults with arthritis, “physical inactivity prevalence among those with severe joint pain (47.0%) was higher than that among those with moderate (31.8%) or no/mild joint pain (22.6%).”
Author Dana Guglielmo, MPH surfaces the need for interventions that directly help improve people’s motor function for work, recreation, and activity-specific tasks. Embracing physical therapy pain treatment helps to avoid adverse mental and physical health effects and limitations. It empowers a person to be physically active, which is vital to one’s overall health.
So, what does this mean for you?
Setting Your Physical Therapy Goals
Setting the right expectations and goals is the best way to begin a physical therapy treatment plan.
1. To Prevent Further Bodily Injury
Accidents happen to the best of people and may impede a person’s balance. We strive to improve your overall core muscles, ligaments, and brain, messages so that additional injury is avoided. Physical therapy not only address an immediate concern, say if you fell on the ice, but it also makes you less prone to new injuries. Increasing your body’s fast response to surprises, like tripping on a tree root that may tip you off balance, will prevent more injury and pain. Commonly, MN Head and Neck Pain Clinics treat pulled jaw muscles.
Your Minnesota Head & Neck Pain Clinic physical therapist will guide you on how to treat muscle pain. For example, after a car accident, you need the right information. You can also request a telemedicine visit so that trips to your physical rehab therapist may not be needed as often. Understanding your self-care set-up at home helps us help you better.
2. Improve Your Mobility
Our physical therapy program strives to increase each patient’s mobility. We take our ability to move, walk, sit, stand, and free orofacial movements for granted. When all of a sudden, or gradually, as with arthritis, these become more painful, daily activities are affected. A disruption from leisure activities such as swimming, skiing, dancing, and biking may feel like a real inconvenience. A physical therapist can suggest the best exercises that help to strengthen and stretch your muscles so that your mobility returns faster. This applies to myofascial pain, too, as the facial muscles are need to smile, talk, and chew.
Temporarily, mobility may be improved through assistive devices like a cane, cast, or crutches. Your rehabilitation therapist knows the tools that will improve your ability or make a recommendation if another medical specialist can shed more light on your needs. Your customized therapy plan enables you to get back to normal activities more rapidly.
3. Building-Up Your Overall Well-Being
The astounding effects of physical therapy treatment are amazing. Our patient’s often report how improving one area of soft body tissue helps the others. Proper exercise empowers the body like oxygen fuels your brain; it doesn’t always mean a need to take drugs. Whether you experience extreme neck pain, joint pain like TMJ, or some other area of your body hurts, physiotherapy can be your path to recovery.
It further boosts one’s mood and sense of well-being, which alone has significant benefits for the people in our work and home life. Upon completing your physical rehabilitation program, your body’s muscle memory and mindset will adopt a positive lifestyle. It’s natural to experience fulfillment when endorphins are released during regular exercising. The outcome is that you can lead a healthy life that is enriched with the benefits of being in fit condition.
4. To Avoid Surgery or Make Surgery Easier
Some surgeries can be avoided if the body is given it best chance to heal without being that invasive. A therapist will help with pain relief and general healing.
Many times surgery is inevitable – yet physical therapy makes your surgery more manageable and increases your chances of a successful outcome. Recovery times can be sped up. A side benefit of that is that you may incur fewer healthcare costs getting back in the normal swing of life.
5. Other Goals
Your treating doctors and therapists need to know the full picture of your healthcare in-place systems in order to decipher what your next medical move should be. Our clinic works hard to eliminate possible blind spots in the true patient experience. We encourage you to share with us what is on your mind. A continuity of self-care will affect your long-term physical therapy results. We’re here to answer your questions – the ones that you have today and the questions about your physical therapy treatment that will come up.
What should I Expect when Starting Physical Therapy?
Here is what pain patients can expect when starting physical therapy treatment at the MN Head and Neck Pain Clinic:
Introduction to clinical instructor, physical therapy (PT) director, PT service manager, and/or PT clinical supervisors.
Being assigned to your inpatient team and/or introduced to a physical therapists This may include assistance from aides on our PT team. Outline organization within team as well as pertinent resources.
A tour of our in-house PT service areas.
An orientation to PT service policies, procedures, and benefits.
Establish both short term and long term goals.
Begin physical therapy treatment/observation, evaluate skills, share therapy interventions/handling techniques, and more.
Set up review appointments.
Pain Management: Finding the Right Combination of Physical Therapy
It is natural to not want to move if moving feels painful. The truth is that the less you move, the more pain you’ll have. Equally, the safer, targeted, therapeutic activity and exercise your body gets the faster you’ll be able to function pain-free on a daily basis. We’ll help you learn how to exercise to adapt your pain – hopefully to a “no pain” level. Often pain comes from hidden causes, this of often the cause behind TMJ pain.
Keep in mind that physical therapy is one component of a combination approach to resolving chronic pain. As you gain progress, your goals may need to be refreshed.
Physical therapists can be a crucial part of your pain management and health team. Setting your fitness goals is a key component of winning the pain relief you seek. Additionally, targeted muscle care before starting a new sport or challenge will help address muscle imbalances to prevent injury. Whatever brings you to our clinic will be keep confidential and given the best care possible.
We offer a wide range of healthcare services that empower you to take back control of your life.
Our mission is to provide high-quality, effective patient care for head and neck disorders through a multispecialty, interdisciplinary approach designed to reduce pain and improve function for all our patients.