Physical Therapy is a well-recognized evidence-based practice of physical medicine that focuses on addressing bodily impairments and restoring functional movement to optimize health and wellness. Physical Therapists are extensively trained in understanding the structure and function of the body, and have the expertise to care for musculoskeletal, orthopedic, neurological, sports, and pre and post surgical injuries and conditions.
Patients receive a thorough physical examination that includes screening of the body’s systems, structural assessment, and movement pattern analysis. A treatment plan is implemented to address the patient’s specific needs and goals based on the evaluation of the whole-person. Clinical interventions may include heat and cold modalities, manual therapy techniques including massage and joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise prescription for flexibility and strengthening to address structural imbalances, functional movement and balance training, and health education on injury prevention and wellness.
In contrast to other forms of health care, Physical Therapists take a whole-body approach, evaluating and treating the interconnectedness of the body’s systems and physiological functions. Under the clinical care of a Physical Therapist, one can become better acquainted with how their body can function, heal and connect as a whole.