MYTH #5 ABOUT PHYSICAL THERAPY: "Physical Therapy is only for 'muscle pains'... "
There are a number of myths surrounding what is physical therapy and who can benefit from it. Here is a short list of these myths:
I need a referral to see a Physical Therapist This Myth has been busted!
Physical Therapy is only for people who don’t exercise This Myth has been busted!
Physical Therapy is only for people after surgery This Myth has been busted!
No Pain, No Gain… Physical Therapy has to be painful This Myth has been busted!
Physical therapy is only for “muscle pains” (We’re tackling this one today!)
So, let’s get started by busting one of those myths right now!
MYTH #5: “Physical Therapy is only for 'muscle pains'…”
Every now & then I hear people say that they came to physical therapy specifically because they believed their pains to be “muscle pains”. Sometimes there’s an impression that you see Profession A for “joint pains”, Profession B for “nerve pains”, Profession C for “muscle pains”, etc. The reality is that Physical Therapy addresses a large variety of conditions involving joints, muscular systems, nerve symptoms, and more.
While physical therapists treat many common aches & pains (low back, neck, sports/work injuries, etc.), here are a sampling of things most people don’t think about when it comes to physical therapy:
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Problems
Post-partum Care for Mothers
Headaches & Migraines
Stroke & Parkinson’s Disease
Pelvic Floor Pains & Incontinence
Here’s the reality:
The human body is too complex to isolate muscles from bones, nerves from muscles, low back from knees, and arms from necks. Our bodies work as an amazing collection of systems. Physical therapy addresses any/all of these systems related to the ease and ability to perform any of your activities of daily living.
So, if you have pain or difficulty moving/controlling a body part…
Call Your Physical Therapist.
Ready to get started? Call 517-647-1000 to find out if we are the right fit for each other. You can also get started telling us a bit about your story here.
At Health Source, we help people avoid unnecessary surgeries (shoulder, hip, knee, low back, etc.). We also help rehab individuals who have had surgeries so that they can maximize their recovery and enjoy life again.
Our specialized clinicians look at your body through the lenses of Mechanics (how are things moving), Neuromuscular Engagement (how efficiently your muscles are working), and Motor Control (coordinating your body so that you can get back to doing what you want to do). This involves comprehensive evaluations, hands-on care, education, movement re-training, and individually tailored exercises to help you fully recover.