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5 Things You Didn't Know Physical Therapists Can Do For You

National Physical therapy month is all about promoting all of the great benefits of physical therapy, including helping people manage or eliminate pain without opioids, support the healing process to avoid surgery, and maximize movement just to name a few. The ultimate goal is for more people to seek physical therapy in order to improve motion and quality of life

Pelvic floor rehabilitation: Whether you experience urinary frequency, stress or urge, or pain in the pelvic region, physical therapy can help! It’s also a tremendous asset for pre- and postpartum women. Men, pelvic rehab is for you too if you experience erectile dysfunction, abdominal pain, or impairments following prostate surgery. Pelvic floor physical therapists truly change people’s lives because these impairments are often not talked about and leave people wondering what to do.

Lymphedema therapy: Lymphedema is swelling in the arms or legs and occurs when the lymph system gets overloaded and cannot flush out the lymph (excess fluids, proteins, and other substances) normally. This may happen when lymph nodes are removed following mastectomies or if scar tissue impedes lymph nodes. PT’s treat this acutely or help patients manage this long-term by providing patient education on how to control it themselves including lymph drainage techniques and helping fit patients for compression garments.

Vestibular rehabilitation: If you or someone you know has ever experienced vertigo (a debilitating dizziness), you know it’s not fun! Our inner ear plays an integral role in our balance and how our brain perceives where our body is in space. Physical therapists can evaluate and treat this in order to help re-establish equilibrium in the inner ear so that you no longer experience this life-impacting dizziness.

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation: Cardio- meaning cardiovascular or pertaining the heart, and pulmonary- meaning lungs. So rehab for your heart and lungs! There are therapists out there dedicated solely to this endeavor. They are educated on how to safely progress cardiac patients’ physical activity after a cardiac incident, and they can help patients improve lung capacity.

TMJ & facial pain rehabilitation: "TMJ" is short for temporomandibular joint (your jaw joint.) It's that hinge joint that you feel as you open and close your mouth while chewing. Sometimes there can be dysfunction in the joint, like clicking, popping, or even lack of motion. A PT can assess that and most likely get it cleared up right away. Other fascial impairments, such as pain from grinding teeth and even referred pain that causes headaches, can be helped by a physical therapist.

* Restore can help you with Pelvic floor and TMJ therapy in addition to all orthopedic conditions.

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