Physical therapists advocate exercise to improve pain. Physical therapies can treat many ailments including: osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic headaches, rheumatoid arthritis and neuropathic pain.
The goal to physical therapies is to get patients moving as they may be weak from stopping physical activity. These physical therapies can include: massage, manipulation of joints and bones, manual therapy using hands or tools on soft tissue; cold laser therapy; and movement therapy and exercise.
Massaging of painful areas, movement therapy and exercise can increase circulation to the area and improve mobility of muscles. Practitioners may be experienced in one or a few of these treatments and may recommend several options to you.
Manipulation of joints and bones needs to be undertaken by a registered Chiropractor or Physiotherapist. They should be experienced and trained in certain techniques that will improve pain management for the patient.
Cold laser therapy uses a cold laser or low level light therapy treatment that is non-invasive. Therapists should hold qualifications and be experienced in these treatments also.
You may wish to try these treatments. It is strongly advisable to try one treatment at time to understand how your body responds to the treatment and improves your pain management and mobility.
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