by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, March 30, 2015
Physiotherapy in Fresh Meadows is not that dissimilar from physicians like Hector, who practiced hydrotherapy, and Hippocrates, who founded the practice of medicine 460 years before the Common Era, and Galenus, 500 years later who may have been the first to practice physiotherapy. For perhaps two millennia, soothing treatments for common painful neuromuscular and skeletal conditions have been evolving.
Physiotherapy is science-based and utilizes the latest diagnostic techniques to assess and prescribe treatments. The physiotherapy practice in Fresh Meadows utilizes treatments that are non-intrusive and drug free. They involve appropriate use of heat or cold, message, exercise, sometimes electro-stimulation or Tens treatments, and postural manipulations.
- Physical Capacity Examination (PCEs) and Work Capacity Evaluations (WCEs) performed by physiotherapists to determine the depth of a disability are an important part of the assessment for workers compensation and insurance claims.
- Many patients come to us for treatment of sports related injuries.
- Carefully designed exercise programs are prescribed for rehabilitation after heart attacks.
- Exercise and muscular control training are an important treatment for incontinence or pregnancy issues.
- Improving mobility and range of motion are often an important part of a rehabilitation process.
- Deep heat treatment is one of the most effective ways to combat chronic pain. Application of appropriate heat improves blood circulation to injured areas of muscle and tendon and speeds healing. The infra-red 830nm laser can precisely apply appropriate heat to deep soft and connective tissue.
The 830nm laser distributes radiant energy at just the right wavelength to penetrate tissue and reach the injured areas that most benefit from heat stimulation. The laser maximally penetrates surrounding tissue and sends a ball of heat directly at injured areas. With the heat, blood flow increases bringing additional oxygen and nutrients to the injury to speed healing. Heat helps to relax the muscles to prevent spasms and re-injury. The warmth has an analgesic effect, reducing the perception of pain.
If you are looking for conservative treatments that are drug-free, consider this statement posted by the American Physical Therapy Association:
If you have ever experienced low back pain, you are certainly not alone.
According to a 2012 survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 61 percent of Americans said they have experienced low back pain, and of those, 69 percent felt it has affected their daily lives.
The good news is that most cases of low back pain are not serious and will respond well to conservative, proven treatments such as physical therapy.
Physical therapists can help prevent and manage your low back pain, in many cases, without expensive surgery or the long-term use of prescription medications.