Physical Therapy also known as physiotherapy helps relieve neck and back pain via passive therapy by manual therapy, heat/ice pack, medical massage, electrical stimulation and ultrasound . Physical therapy also restores strength and flexibility to both cervical and lumbar spine via active therapy in the form of stretching and low aerobic exercises.
The goal of physical therapy is to improve pain and function. Different modalities include passive physical therapy and active physical therapy. Passive modality includes but not limited to heat application, ice packs, electrical simulations. Active modality includes but not limited to exercise and stretching.
As we get older, we are more likely to develop stenosis. Physical therapy can help strengthen muscles, support ligaments and keeps them flexible. Aerobic therapy can help build endurance specially with certain activities that can worsen spinal stenosis like walking.
Physiotherapy can improve mobility, take pressure off the nerves. It can help improve the strength, joint stiffness, fatigue via different exercises including but not limited to cold/heat therapy, Aerobic Activities like bicycling, aquatic/hydro therapy, heat and electrical stimulation to help manage Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms.
Physical therapy exercises integrate combination of strengthening, stretching, and aerobic conditioning which have proven successful for Sciatica. Strengthening therapy helps to support the spine muscles, ligament and tendons. Stretching therapy helps relieve tightness around my muscles that’s source of pain. Aerobic exercises help heal muscles recover, release endorphins that the body’s natural analgesic.