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Although doing exercise may sound like sheer torture, to a pain sufferer it is one of the best Pain Management options to help you manage your acute or chronic pain.

Physical therapy is a highly effective treatment for all types of chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic types of pain. Because chronic pain sufferers often become week due to their lack of movement, one of the goals of physical therapy is to aid chronic pain patients become stronger and more limber.

Physical Therapy: Chronic Pain Treatment Options Physical therapy involves a number of different types of pain management methods, including: ·

  • Massage
  • Manipulation of joints and bones
  • Manual therapy using hands or tools on soft tissue
  • Movement therapy and exercise

Within each of these categories, there's much that a physical therapist has to offer as far as variety of treatments. A physical therapist works with each patient to understand his or her particular pain — what causes it and what can be done to manage it. This is the kind of attention that a regular doctor doesn't often have the time to give, but a physical therapist can ask questions and talk about pain issues as you are going through your exercise routine.

How Physical Therapy Helps Chronic Pain
Exercising for just 30 minutes a day on at least three or four days a week will help you with chronic pain management by increasing:

  • Strength in the muscles
  • Endurance
  • Stability in the joints
  • Flexibility in the muscles and joints

Keeping a consistent exercise routine will also help control chronic pain. Regular therapeutic exercise will help you maintain the ability to move and function physically, rather than becoming disabled by your chronic pain. Physical therapy tackles the physical side of the inflammation, stiffness, and soreness with exercise, manipulation, and massage, but it also works to help the body heal itself by encouraging the production of the body's natural pain-relieving chemicals. This two-pronged approach is what helps make physical therapy so effective as a chronic Pain treatment.

Pain Management: Finding the Right Combination
The less you move, the more pain you'll experience. Conversely, the more safe, therapeutic activity and exercise you get — and the more you learn how to exercise to accommodate your pain, the less pain you'll feel and the more you'll be able to function on a daily basis.


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