Physical Therapy is a field of care that helps to rehabilitate the body, either due to age, injury or physical makeup. The main areas Physical Therapy aims to improve include enhanced mobility, pain relief, to retrain your muscles, to prevent or repair injury, as a post-surgery therapeutic, to manage a chronic condition, or to recover after birth.
Physical Therapy utilizes a combination of hands-on manipulation, exercises and technology to deliver improved healing over a series of treatments. Depending on your needs or goals, Physical Therapy can deliver remarkable results and improvement over a series of sessions, weeks or months depending on the severity of your injuries. Physical Therapy is lauded for helping accelerate the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and is an ideal route to take to help reduce the time spent either in pain or immobilized.
The most common form of Physical Therapy is hands-on manipulation. Similar to the art of chiropractic care, hands-on manipulation utilizes techniques such as alignment, mobilization, manipulation and pressure to help release and alleviate the injury, or to help regain optimal movement. This is often foundational within the continuum of care for a Physical Therapy candidate, and is further enhanced with additional treatments.
Physical Therapists work with patients to learn exercises and stretches that they can perform on a daily basis, especially at home, in order to accelerate the body’s ability to heal. Exercises also strengthen the bodies musculoskeletal system, fundamentally changing the resiliency of the body to prevent re-occurring or further injury.
ESTIM utilizes electrode patches to intermittently “stimulate” the muscles in the target are to react and contract. ESTIM is used primarily to help restore function to muscles that have become dormant either due to surgery or injury.
Traction therapy is used to alleviate pressure on the spine and promote alignment. Using decompression techniques, the patient is gently manipulated to reduce pressure along the spinal column. Some conditions treated using this form of therapy include sciatica, pinched nerves, herniated discs and certain disc diseases.
One of the oldest forms of body and muscle rejuvenation, our targeted massage therapy treatments are developed to truly impart holistic healing. Specializing in deep tissue, sports recovery and muscle reconstruction, our massage therapy treatments are an excellent addition to any of our healing therapies, or very effective as a relieving, relaxing treatment all on their own.
Hot and cold therapy is often used when the patient suffers from issues or injury related inflammation or muscle injury. Heating the area of concern makes tissues more pliable, offering a gentle way for the muscles to relax while helping prepare the area for stretching and manipulation. However, cold therapy helps reduce inflammation by constricting the blood vessels. Depending on the injury, both hot and cold therapy may be utilized.
High-pitched sound waves, referred to as Ultrasound, are used to help promote circulation while delivering heat deep within the connective tissues. Ultrasound is useful at helping to increase the healing process for injured ligaments. Ultrasound may also be used to help deliver topical medications deeper into the area for things like pain relief.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and Light Emitting Diode Therapy (LED) has been used for decades to reduce inflammation and edema, and to promote healing throughout the musculoskeletal system. Laser Therapy is an excellent tool to use to help repair the body without the use of pain relievers, steroidal injections or surgery. Our Laser Therapy treatments are ideal as an addition to our other restorative therapies.
Physical Therapy is an ideal method of recovery and rehabilitation for a series of conditions. In addition to the scenarios listed above, Physical Therapy is often used to treat genetic or chronic conditions or diseases such as COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ), Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and Lymphedema, to name a few. For many of these candidates, Physical Therapy is a pathway to healing that both encourages their body to improve through strengthening while potentially avoiding harmful painkillers or therapies that mask symptoms.
Athletes are another group of clients who benefit greatly from normal Physical Therapy treatments. An athlete’s body is their tool. Invariably, it is tasked with an incredible amount of stress and pressure on a normal basis. Physical Therapy treatments allow the athlete’s body to heal faster so they may exhibit heightened performance. In times when injury occurs, Physical Therapy is helpful at restoring the athlete’s mobility, speed and agility so they may get back to performing at an optimal level.
Basis Medical is open 6 days a week, from 8:30am – 7pm Monday thru Friday, and from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays. To schedule an appointment at our Palm Beach Gardens or Delray Beach office, please call 561-775-4900.