Physical therapy can drastically improve your range of motion and mobility. If you’re having a hard time moving around and doing everyday tasks, physical therapy can help restore your function and even get you active again. The physicians at the Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center located in Lisle, and service the cities of Naperville, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Bolingbrook, IL, provide unique physical therapy programs that are tailored to fit the individual needs of their patients. Call the office today, or book an appointment online.
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Physical therapy is a treatment method aimed at improving your mobility and range of motion. If you’re having difficulty moving around properly or if getting up the stairs or even walking is causing pain and stiffness, physical therapy can help.
Physical therapy usually involves a combination of education, guided movement and exercises, heat and cold temperature methods, and electrical stimulation. It can increase your flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance. Physical therapy can also be a preventive care method.
During your first physical therapy appointment, you have a consultation to discuss your symptoms and daily activity level. The first treatment step involves decreasing your pain and swelling via manual therapy, education, and other techniques.
Your Northstar physical therapist may have you perform exercises such as weightlifting, stretching, and walking. They may also give you exercises to do at home in between visits.
If you’re struggling with normal daily functions and experiencing pain, physical therapy could be an effective solution. It’s advisable if you’re:
- Recovering from surgery
- Recovering from a traumatic event or injury
- Experiencing limited range of motion in a certain area
- Dealing with a chronic health problem such as arthritis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
The physicians at Northstar provide a range of physical therapies, including:
Heat packs increase your circulation and allow nutrients to flow to areas with lower blood supply. They also assist in flushing toxic waste out of your muscles.
Therapeutic ultrasound provides heat deep into the soft tissues, tendons, muscles, and joints. Physical therapy ultrasound uses deep heat to relax your tight muscles and increase elasticity.
Microcurrent uses specific acupuncture points to release muscle spasms and decrease pain.
LED laser therapy
Laser therapy tackles your pain and supports the healing of tissue. The goal is to stimulate the turnover and regeneration of new cells with a gentle laser. That can accelerate the healing process and assist your body in ditching damaged cells.
Interferential currents are used to stimulate the spinal muscles. The goal is to flush out toxins and control muscle spasms. The current delivers a healing energy to your muscles to revitalize them and further kickstart the healing process.
Intersegmental traction is a chiropractic therapy bed that’s used to restore mobility in the spine. Rollers slowly travel the length of your spine, gently stretching spinal joints.