Aches and pains aren’t just for older people. Most of us lead very busy lifestyles, and that means we’re putting more and more demands on our bodies. That’s why today, anyone of any age and any stage of life can find themselves dealing with pain, even without an acute injury.
At Jersey Integrative Health and Wellness, we offer customized physical therapy programs at our locations in Pompton Plains, Jersey City, and Boonton, New Jersey, making it easy for patients of all ages to relieve painful symptoms, prevent injuries, and lead stronger, more comfortable lives. Here are four ways physical therapy could benefit you or someone you know and love.
Restoring function and strength after an injury is probably what physical therapy is best known for. That’s because physical therapy is based on an in-depth understanding of musculoskeletal injuries and their impacts on an individual’s health and function.
Most physical injuries affect more than the site of the injury. At Jersey Integrative Health and Wellness, we offer comprehensive physical therapy programs that take the “whole patient” into account. By customizing every patient’s PT program, we can focus not only on the immediate site of the injury but on other areas that might also be affected by a loss in mobility or a change in the way you’re using muscles and joints as a result of your injury. Plus, we can tailor your program to suit the demands of your work, your activity level, and other factors.
More than 54 million Americans suffer from arthritis, according to data from the CDC. If you’re one of those people, you know how even “minor” arthritic pain can affect your everyday life. Physical therapy can be a great way to reduce or even eliminate painful arthritis symptoms, improving joint function, as well as your overall strength, flexibility, and balance.
Of course, arthritis is just one cause of chronic discomfort. Many people suffer from ongoing knee pain, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other types of discomfort due to injury, strain, or regular wear and tear. Physical therapy can help with these issues, as well as chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome.
As we age, loss of muscle mass and other physical changes can impair our strength, flexibility, and balance, making us more prone to injuries and less likely to stay physically active. Over time, a reduction in activity can result in feelings of depression and isolation, taking a major toll on our overall quality of life. Physical therapy can help combat these age-related changes, helping us stay more flexible while improving strength and endurance, so we can continue to enjoy the activity we love (and maybe even learn some new ones). Plus, PT can also help improve function and mobility in people with chronic musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders, like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Your musculoskeletal system isn’t a collection of discrete parts. It’s an interconnected system of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and other components, all designed to work together. That means that in order to improve overall function and prevent future injuries, you need a physical therapy plan that’s based on your medical history, your lifestyle, and your goals. At Jersey Integrative Health and Wellness, we focus on helping our patients build a unique combination of strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance aimed at helping you stay healthier and achieve your physical health goals.
Even “minor” discomfort can wreak havoc on your daily routine. If you have pain that’s chronic or recurring, you know the tremendous toll it can take on your life. With a custom physical therapy program from Jersey Integrative Health and Wellness, you can enjoy greater comfort and mobility, no matter your age and no matter how physically active you may be.
To learn how a PT program can help you lead a healthier, more active life, call our office in Pompton Plains, Jersey City, or Boonton, or use our online tool to book an appointment today.