What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a way to treat pain, tightness and weakness.

If you’ve never worked with a physical therapist before — and even if you have — you might associate physical therapy or “PT” with recovering from a specific injury or surgery. But for the majority of our patients, physical therapy is about wanting to feel better, get stronger and enjoy their lives more.

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care today — 20% of adults report living in chronic pain.*

Whatever the source of that pain, the results can include limited mobility that keeps people from participating in the activities they love, depression and anxiety, increasing dependence on painkillers, poor physical health and reduced quality of life. Sometimes the source of that pain, tightness or weakness is an injury or a medical procedure. But just as often, it’s the result of flaws or “hitches” in the way we move that become worse over time. And that’s exactly what physical therapy is designed to treat.

Find out more about What We Treat, or see a complete list of our Locations to find a Viverant Physical Therapist near you.

*Source: www.cdc.gov

Professional physical therapy

Physical therapy is a plan designed specifically for you.

At Viverant, physical therapy is a collaboration between you and your Physical Therapist, one that starts with a conversation about what you’re feeling and an evaluation of your range of motion and body mechanics. You and your Physical Therapist will work together to create a personalized plan of care based on your goals, whatever they may be. If you’re recovering from surgery or an injury, your Physical Therapist will consult with your physician to determine the most effective plan of care.

Your treatment can include therapeutic exercises, massage, Pilates, dry needling, cupping, and exercises or stretches you can do at home between sessions to keep your progress on track. When you reach your goals, we’ll work with you to set new ones. Find out more about The Viverant Approach To Physical Therapy and What To Expect at your appointment with a Viverant Physical Therapist.

Working with a therapist

Physical therapy doesn’t require a prescription or doctor’s referral.

While many of our patients come to us through their primary care physicians, surgeons, or rehabilitative medicine specialists, you don’t need to have a prescription or referral to start working with a Viverant Physical Therapist. You can start your journey toward moving freely and living fully right away, and treatment is often covered by insurance or with self-pay and HSA options that are often more affordable.

Physical therapy exercises

Physical therapy is an education in movement.

Most of us feel like we know our bodies and how to move them pretty well. We’ve been doing it all of our lives, right? But the truth is that tiny flaws in our biomechanics and the way we move can result in pain and discomfort. Weakness in some areas can lead us to put extra strain on other joints and muscles. Even muscle tightness can limit our flexibility and range of motion, leading to pain and weakness in other areas.

Physical therapy is about diagnosing and correcting those flaws with movements that provide relief from pain and discomfort, help with recovery from injury, and avoid ongoing or recurring issues. What you learn about your body, the way it moves, and what it’s capable of can help you realize your physical potential and make the most of your life. Find out more about our Services, including Physical Therapy, Nutrition and Clinical Performance Coaching.

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