You don’t have to be an athlete, or even very active, to experience pain and discomfort in joints, muscles, ligaments or tendons. Too much sitting, repetitive motions, a sudden burst of activity (such as lifting a box of copier paper or a water cooler bottle) can all weaken your body and/or lead to injuries. Physical therapy can help you overcome acute as well as nagging pain. It can also help strengthen, align and mobilize your body to help prevent future problems and/or provide the foundation for safely adopting a more vigorous exercise program.
Repetitive bending, twisting, squatting, lifting and other movements associated with physical labor can take a toll on your body. What starts out as a small ache can become severe pain over time. Whether it’s an acute problem or long-term deterioration, physical therapy can help loosen tight muscles, ease joint and nerve pain, strengthen vulnerable areas and overcome acute as well as nagging pain so you can keep working without interruption.
In today’s ultra-competitive, must-win world, professional and collegiate athletes as well as weekend warriors often push their bodies to the very limit of their capabilities – or even beyond – in the pursuit of victory. As a result, injuries are an everyday risk. When they occur, physical therapy can help stop the pain, repair the damage and help you return to the sport or activity you love as quickly as your body will allow. It can also help you identify and proactively address any personal areas of weakness or concern to prevent or reduce the severity of injuries that are common in your sport or activity. Arizona Manual Therapy Centers can help competitive athletes (and coaches) who participate in these and other sports/activities:
The constant twisting, bending and sudden acceleration involved in golf can place tremendous strain on muscles, tendons and ligaments. This can cause sudden, abrupt pain or nagging pain that starts small and then grows. Either way, this pain can be enough to take you away from the game you love. Physical therapy will help loosen tight muscles, improve and restore flexibility and mobility and relieve pain so you can return to the links quickly – and enjoy each round more fully. It will even correct your slice!
Physical therapy isn’t just for professional athletes. Even those who participate in sports for recreation, as well as those who actively coach them, are subject to the same risks as professional athletes. Maybe even more so, because although you’re not competing at a top competitive level, nearly all weekend athletes also lack the level of strength and conditioning professional athletes maintain. Those who only participate occasionally may let their competitive juices get ahead of their bodies’ ability to perform. No matter what the situation, these types of sports injuries can interfere with your ability to do your job, be with friends and family and continue to pursue your passion. Physical therapy can help you overcome pain and injuries, and get you back on the links, field, court, mat, slopes or wherever you play.
Even though children and adolescents have more natural flexibility and ability to absorb bumps and bruises than adults, they are not immune to sports-related pain and injury. Complicating matters is the fact that their muscles and bones are still forming and growing, creating risks adults don’t have. Physical therapy can help young athletes bounce back quickly from injuries, and strengthen their bodies to help prevent future issues. A good physical therapist will also advise parents on when it’s safe for a young athlete to return to competition – which is often not as soon as coaches (or parents) would like it to be. Most importantly, a physical therapist who understands that children are not just short adults will develop an individualized treatment plan designed to best serve the needs of each young athlete.
Growing older doesn’t mean you have to grow old. With the proper care, retirees and senior citizens can continue to live full, active lives. Physical therapy can help minimize or eliminate many forms of pain, even those that have been nagging at you for years. It can also help improve your range of motion, allowing you do more everyday tasks (such as reaching up on a shelf or lifting grandchildren) than you currently can. With regular sessions it can help slow the effects of aging, making it easier for you to participate in the activities you enjoy.