5 Ways Physical Therapy Can Put the Spring Back in Your Step!

Do you currently have an acute or chronic pain condition affecting your daily life? Maybe you’re struggling with back pain, a sports injury or impairments following an auto accident. Perhaps you have someone in your family who is experiencing pain and dysfunction. Whatever you or your loved ones are facing, we encourage you to contact our clinic to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist.

At Total Body Therapy & Wellness, our physical therapists are experts in human movement and employ a wide range of drug-free, non-invasive techniques that benefit our patients in many ways — far beyond “just” symptom management. Check out these top five reasons why working with a physical therapist can help you reclaim the healthy, active lifestyle you want and deserve:

1. Pain-relieving techniques used in physical therapy have a low risk of side effects.

Unlike many medications and invasive procedures, physical therapy services have a very low risk of side effects while remaining highly effective for reducing pain, swelling, inflammation and other impairments related to injury, illness, and disease. Physical therapy techniques require less downtime and can be modified and safely used on everyone from infants to seniors.

2. Physical therapy services are completely customizable.

A standard physical therapy plan of care is completely individualized to the patient. The chief aims of any plan of care are to address the patient’s unique goals, resolve his or her impairments, and optimize his or her recovery, functional independence and long-term health. These outcomes can be achieved through physical therapy techniques such as:

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Manual therapy, like massage and joint mobilizations
  • Neuromuscular re-education, like balance training
  • Modalities, like dry needling, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, diathermy, orthotics and prosthetics fitting, and kinesio taping

After undergoing a thorough examination with your physical therapist, you’ll receive an individualized treatment plan that can accelerate your healing. This plan is modified to meet your specific needs and lifestyle and relies on your feedback throughout the process, giving you a more active role in your recovery.

3. Physical therapy can help you avoid opioids.

The current opioid abuse epidemic in our country suggests that these potentially harmful drugs are frequently overprescribed. The CDC recommends physical therapy before opioids for the management of many types of chronic pain. Plus, treatment techniques used in physical therapy are “evidence-based,” meaning they are tested in scientific research studies in order to determine their efficacy, effectiveness and safety.

4. A physical therapist can identify hidden factors contributing to your dysfunction.

A physical therapist won’t just “mask” your pain. Our therapists identify and resolve underlying factors contributing to your current condition and increasing your risk of chronic issues. Common factors include shortened muscles, scar tissue, range-of-motion limitations, muscle activation problems, impaired ergonomics and body mechanics, and postural imbalances. If factors like these are left unaddressed, your symptom relief would likely be temporary at best.

Through services such as patient education, work-hardening programs and other techniques previously mentioned, a physical therapist can address both symptom and cause.

5. A physical therapist can help you maximize functional mobility, capacity and performance.

A physical therapist helps his or her patients improve endurance, core stability, coordination, agility, and other physical skills that can carry over into better performance in sports and everyday life. This is essential for young active people as well as the older population looking to avoid age-related debility.

In other words, our physical therapy team can manage your injury or disease now as well as help prevent injury in the future.

Ready to find some long-lasting solutions to your pain? To schedule an appointment with a physical therapist today and get started on your journey back to health and healing, contact our physical therapy Lillington, NC clinic today.

 

Getting to the Root of the Problem! Don’t Mask the Symptoms With Meds

Chronic pain and other types of pain can put a dent in your lifestyle. If you’re suffering from pain, be sure to give our office a call to learn how our physical therapists can get you on the path to a pain-free life. Don’t make the mistake of relying on meds, as meds only mask the symptoms. Physical therapy is a natural treatment and a non-invasive treatment that works. Contact Total Body Therapy & Wellness today and you won’t have to curl up with pain in bed anymore.  

Using Meds for Pain: It’s Really Just Masking the Problem

Taking painkillers to rid yourself of pain may seem like a good solution, but it’s really not. Over-the-counter meds like aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen can have side effects. Taking a lot of aspirin can cause your stomach to bleed and can also cause kidney damage. Acetaminophen can result in kidney damage. Ibuprofen can cause both kidney and stomach problems. Prescription opioids like codeine, oxycodone and morphine can lead to addiction. Other possible side effects of pain meds include respiratory depression, constipation, anxiety and nausea. Not only does taking meds for pain just mask the problem, it may cause you another one.

The Natural Treatment of Physical Therapy

Sometimes even the thought of exercising may make you sweat but in reality, exercise is one of the absolute best treatments out there for chronic pain. By participating in a physical therapy routine you will see just how effective exercise can be for all types of chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain.

 

Physical therapy is a natural treatment for a variety of root causes of chronic pain, including:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Disc degeneration disease
  • Disc herniation

 

A physical therapist has a wide variety of treatment options to offer for pain. Movement therapy, massage therapy, cold laser therapy, microcurrent stimulation and the manipulation of joints and bones are just a few of the methodologies that physical therapists have in their toolbox. All of these treatment modalities help reduce pain, reduce inflammation, accelerate healing and improve daily function.

From Diagnosis to Treatment: The Role of a Physical Therapist

Consulting with a physical therapist can reduce your recovery time. That’s because a physical therapist will treat your entire body by identifying the root cause of pain. A physical therapist will perform an assessment to determine where your pain is coming from. This healthcare professional will develop an individualized treatment plan that is designed to target the root cause of pain. Physical therapists include a comprehensive exam process, which includes a full medical history. Selected tests are done to identify movement-related disorders. For a specific diagnosis, all of the collected exam data is carefully reviewed.

 

Physical therapy entails both active and passive treatment. Active physical therapy treatment may include exercises, motions, stretching and aquatic therapy. Passive therapy treatment may include ultrasound, massage therapy, heat therapy, cold therapy and electric stimulation. You can feel confident that a physical therapist will develop a treatment plan that is just for you and your needs.

 

If you’re in pain, there is an effective solution other than pain meds or surgery. Call our Lillington, NC office today to learn how our physical therapists can help you live a pain-free lifestyle. All of our physical therapists are seasoned and certified. Our goal is to get you back in the game, on the road to recovery and to help you live life to its fullest. 

Feeling Stiff and Achy? Physical Therapy Can Help!

Everyone wakes up feeling some pain in their joints or muscles from time to time. But if you find yourself consistently waking up stiff and achy, it might be time for pain-relief work with a Total Body Therapy & Wellness physical therapist. Aching or stiff joints may be a minor problem that is easily remedied; in other cases, your doctor may have diagnosed a condition or ailment that will benefit from physical therapy. We’ve worked with a wide range of patients who struggle with aches and pains, and we would be happy to work with you to help you enjoy a better quality of life as well!

Why Am I Stiff and Achy When I Wake Up?

Joint tissues become irritated throughout the day and by the evening, when your mind is tired, you might not even notice it. When you fall asleep and remain mostly immobile overnight, that allows the inflammation to grow thicker and irritate the joints even more. The result is that when you wake up in the morning, your joints are stiff and achy. After you start moving around, the inflammation becomes more liquid-like and the pain will lessen. One common remedy for this, which your physical therapist is likely to recommend, is that you stay properly hydrated throughout the day. Staying hydrated allows your body’s tissues to function at their normal pace, whereas dehydration slows down your chemical processes.

More Serious Medical Conditions

If your doctor has diagnosed you with a more serious medical condition that impacts your joints and tissues, physical therapy can probably help. Here are some of the most common ailments that can be relieved with the guidance of a physical therapist:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Lupus.
  • Bursitis.
  • Gout.
  • Bone cancer.

All of these conditions can cause aching, stiffness and joint pain. A physical therapist will work with you to help you try to achieve a greater range of motion with affected limbs or joints, and to relieve the pain so you can enjoy a better quality of life.

Tips for Stiff and Aching Joints

Your physical therapy regimen will largely depend on your specific symptoms or diagnosis. However, there are a lot of common recommendations that work hand-in-hand with physical therapy. Here are some tips that your physical therapist will likely share with you on your journey to wellness.

  • Get Good Sleep. Getting enough sleep at night creates a circular benefit with physical therapy exercises. When you get enough sleep, it increases your ability to effectively exercise. When you exercise regularly, it helps you to get better sleep. Better sleep habits and physical exercise are a powerful “one-two punch” for keeping aches and stiffness away.
  • Use Better Posture. If your work requires you to sit at a desk for long hours, or if you stay sedentary for long periods every day, try to get up every half hour for some light stretches. Move around to keep your circulation going, which helps to relieve joint pain. Proper posture when sitting or standing will help your joints to function properly. When we use bad posture, it puts strain on areas of the body that weren’t meant to be stressed.
  • Improve Your Diet. Be sure to consume lots of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. These healthy foods have more antioxidants and vitamins, which fight off the inflammation that can lead to joint pain. A better diet also helps you to get better sleep and helps your body receive more benefit from exercise.

Physical Therapy Exercises

You don’t have to be a bodybuilder or an Olympic-class athlete to work with a physical therapist. Most of the exercises and stretches that your therapist will recommend are simple to perform and don’t require any special equipment — and most of our patients are just regular people (not super athletes).

Contact us today at our Lillington, NC office to schedule a consultation on how physical therapy can help you relieve those aches and pains!

 

5 Reasons Why You Need to Start Stretching

If there’s one thing that you can count on a Total Body Therapy & Wellness physical therapist introducing into every session, it’s stretching. Yes, building strength and endurance is important. But whether you’re an athlete, or someone coping with the aches and pains of aging, increasing your flexibility through stretching is crucial. Read on to learn more about some of the top benefits of stretching.

Range of Motion Improvement

How far your joints can move in all directions influences virtually every moment of the day. Arthritis or injury can hamper how far, and where, you can flex and extend your limbs and torso. From twisting your neck to see behind you when driving, to being able to move your knee freely, range of motion is crucial for both daily life and for fitness pursuits. Even if you’re fairly stiff now, doing more stretches each day will gradually reduce stiffness and increase flexibility.

Relief in Unexpected Places

When your calves start feeling a bit tight after a run, it’s obvious that more stretching is needed. But we sometimes forget the sheer interconnectedness of our bodies. If you’re experiencing lower back pain, for example, stretching your legs during physical therapy can be as important as stretching your back. In fact, your hips, upper thighs and your hamstrings can all play a big part in creating lower back pain relief. Likewise, improving your posture through stretching your torso can provide the kind of support you need to keep your spine from compressing, which helps you avoid shoulder and neck pain.

Enhanced Performance

If you’re an athlete, you know that the more conditioning your joints, ligaments and muscles get, the greater your advantage in your sport. Bodybuilders can recover from their reps more quickly by stretching tightened muscles as a cool-down. Golfers can get a longer reach by increasing range of motion through the hips and shoulders. Swimmers can keep their strokes even by perfecting their balance through physical therapy stretching moves. In fact, there are few competitive sports for which stretching doesn’t offer an advantage.

Injury Prevention

There’s a certain amount of debate in the sports world about the degree to which pre- or post-workout stretching protects you from injury. But few people deny those stretches can contribute to injury prevention. A tense, shortened muscle is often an injury waiting to happen because it doesn’t work at peak performance. When you stretch, you’re also increasing your range of motion, while improving your balance. All of these factors can prevent you from making the types of moves that lead to injury, whether it’s coming down too hard on one foot, or twisting your back further than you should to compensate for lack of shoulder range.

Improved Circulation

Stretching can reduce stress, but that isn’t the only reason it’s good for your heart and your musculoskeletal system. Tight muscles constrict available oxygen supply, essentially robbing themselves of the nutrients they need. Stretches help reverse the process. You’ll also get the benefit of increased blood flow to your joints and throughout the body. Your physical therapist knows that good circulation is key to every aspect of health, from sharp thinking to clear skin.

Of course, there are plenty of other ways that stretching can improve your life. Many people enter a Zen-like state as they stretch. Others get a sense of pride from being more limber. When you’re ready to add stretches to your daily routine, consider getting started through physical therapy. Our team can walk you through the best ways to tackle your situation. Static or dynamic stretching? Pre- or post-activity stretching? A Total Body Therapy & Wellness physical therapist can help you learn the basics. Contact our Lillington, NC office today to learn more.

The Unexpected Benefits of Stretching

Many non-athletes — and even a few actual jocks — are guilty of either rushing through their warm-up stretching, or skipping the cool-down moves after the workout. Yet, along with cardio and strength-training, stretching also delivers significant health benefits.

You probably already know that stretching extends your overall range of motion, while also elasticizing your muscles and enhancing coordination. But those improvements, in turn, bring about other health benefits. We can discuss more of these during your visit, but in the meantime here are some of the frequently-overlooked benefits of stretching.

Increased Circulation

The act of lengthening and loosening your muscles through stretching means that you’re simultaneously opening up their interior blood vessels. This increased circulation is crucial for heart health and lowered cholesterol. It’s also a boon for the muscles themselves, because the improved blood flow results in faster recovery time, and less overall soreness after a workout.

Longer term, improving your circulation is a superior mood enhancer and energy booster. The physiological impact of increased circulation means that your bloodstream is carrying more oxygen and nutrients throughout your body, allowing for higher energy.

Reduced Tension

The most obvious benefit of a decrease in muscular tensing is, of course, that your pain and discomfort is greatly lessened. That alone is a smart reason to add more stretching into your life, because relaxing those contracted muscles will instantly make you feel physically better.

There’s an emotional component to “de-knotting” your muscles, as well. You’ll literally feel as if a weight has been lifted from your shoulders, which can’t help but lift your mood. Optimism is also restored because relaxed muscles allow all-important endorphins to flow, which banishes pessimism — and that dreaded midday fatigue.  

Improved Flexibility and Posture

Enhancing both your flexibility and posture through stretching your joints and muscles are key to avoiding a range of pain-causing conditions.

Range of motion is vastly improved by regular stretching. Not only can you correct any joint stiffness you presently have through regular stretching as you’re extending your limbs as far as they can go, but you can also reduce the risks of future, motion-limiting injuries.

In terms of your muscle groups, stretching keeps the muscles supporting your spin lengthened and in perfect position. This proper alignment improves posture, and usually reduces any incidences of neck and back pain.

 

If any of these health issues sound familiar to you, please call Total Body Therapy & Wellness  today. We’ll work together to put together the stretching routine that’s best for you!

 

How Staying Active at Work Can Increase Productivity

Picture yourself at work. Hunched over a keyboard, clicking away on a mouse, answering the phone, or having meetings, the most moving around you are likely to do is to and from the copy machine. It is no surprise that our sedentary jobs are causing fatigue and stiffness, both mentally and physically. Fortunately, having a desk job doesn’t exclude you from experiencing more physical activity at work. Give these activities a try and you are sure to find out you feel better physically and experience higher productivity.

Time for a Mental Shift

Somehow, somewhere along the way, Americans got it into their heads that working without breaks is the sign of productivity. Not true! Working without breaks not only causes physical and mental fatigue, studies have shown that people who allow themselves to take a break are more productive than their power-through counterparts.

Use the 1 in 20 Rule

Studies have shown that the mind can only work continuously on a singular task for 20 minutes at a time before productivity begins to slow. Fortunately, it does not take a lot to reset the brain’s ability to refocus. Standing up and moving around every twenty minutes, changing positions, or walking to another office is enough to give your brain the blood flow it needs to be ready for the tasks at hand.

Stay Hydrated

On average, water represents up to 60 percent of our body weight yet many of us walk around chronically dehydrated. In addition to digestive problems, fatigue, muscle aches, and joint pain, chronic dehydration can slow productivity. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Make sure you are consuming water throughout the day in order to keep your brain firing the way it should.

Stretch

Stretching your muscles is a great way to keep the blood flowing to your brain. You may find that your body has a natural need to stretch when it has been stagnant too long. This does not mean you need to roll out the yoga mat by your desk and do a pigeon pose. You can stretch your arms, legs, back and neck in just a few minutes without special equipment and enjoy greater productivity for hours afterward.

Don’t Forget to Breathe

We breathe thousands of times a day without even thinking about it, yet becoming aware of your breath is a great way to reduce stress, think more clearly and work better. Take deep breaths that fill your lungs and expel all of the air out. Then, enjoy a more productive work day.

Call Total Body Therapy & Wellness today and speak to our experts.

Still hurting? Your Diet Could Be Why  

What you put in your mouth can make your aches and pains worse. Like they say, “You are what you eat.” There are many foods that can cause inflammation and actually result in pain. Eating a healthier diet can help you feel better, without those nagging aches and pains.

Foods To Say “No” To

While it may be difficult to resist sodas, chocolate bars, pastries, and desserts, it’s smart to just say no. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, processed sugars release inflammatory messengers. The culprits are known as cytokines. To be on the safe side, avoid any ingredients that end in “ose.” That includes sucrose and fructose.

Saturated fats also trigger inflammation. Cheese and pizza are a mainstay of the American diet, and Americans should definitely reduce their intakes of these foods. Other culprits include full-fat dairy products, pasta, red meat and grain-based desserts.

Harvard School researchers sent out the alarm on trans fats in the 1990s. Trans fat triggers systemic inflammation. You’ll find plenty of trans fats in fast foods, snack foods, cookies, donuts and frozen breakfast products. Be sure to read the ingredient labels and avoid those listed with partially hydrogenated oils.

Skip the white flour products that have refined carbohydrates. That includes white rice and white potatoes. Processed carbs increase fats and fuel the production of advanced glycation, which causes inflammation.

While you may think mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) is only found in soy sauce and Asian food, it can be found in deli meats, fast foods, salad dressings and prepared soups. MSG is known as a chemical that triggers pathways for chronic inflammation.

Foods To Say “Yes” To

Think of a more natural diet like veggies and fresh fruits. And start drinking water. By just switching to water, you can reduce pain caused by inflammation. Greek yogurt is a good choice and so are foods with natural probiotics. Just by making better food choices can put you on the road to less pain and less need to rely on medications. Be a part of the solution instead of the problem by changing up your diet. Another plus to eating better is that you just may wind up losing a few of those stubborn pounds. So, the next time you feel a nagging ache, do some thinking about what you’re actually putting in your mouth. It just may be a food that you should say no to or give Total Body Therapy & Wellness a call to see how we can help assess your aches and pains!

 

Stress?

Stress…we all feel it and know what it means but do we know what it can do to us from the inside? Studies are now showing that by not taking care of your stress it can lead to some serious health issues.  Your stress can lead to a poor immune system which puts you at risk for catching and difficulty recovering from bacterial/viral infections.  For those of you who got the flu shot, stress can prevent your immune system from properly responding to the vaccine making you still susceptible to catching the flu.  Unmanaged stress can also put you at risk for elevated blood pressure which can then lead to heart problems later on if it goes untreated.  So, you are probably thinking “how do I eliminate my stress for good?”  Well the truth is, you can’t, because it is a part of life. If not regulated, stress can negatively impact your health.  You most likely have already dealt with your stress in an unhealthy way.  Here is a list of healthy ways to deal with your stress:

  • Get up and move- whether it is to the gym for a hard core workout, dancing to your favorite song, or going on a casual walk.  Moving around in anyway stimulates your body to release endorphins which makes us feel good and lower our stress.
  • Connecting with friends and family- talking about what makes us stress, whether it can be resolved or not, can decrease the tension.  If talking to friends or family are not enough maybe getting professional help may do the trick.
  • Avoid unnecessary stress- we sometimes put ourselves into situations that bring on more stress that could have been easily prevented:

* Avoid people who stress you out-this is not always realistic especially if the person is your boss or a family member.  Try to limit how many times you interact with them and make those interactions short and sweet.

* Saying “No” is okay- Know your limits with taking on responsibilities in the work field and at home.  When possible divide the work load.

  • Have fun and relax!  Everyday plan an activity for yourself such as a nice bubble bath, reading a book, or go fishing.  Also plan something fun for the weekend whether it is going out to eat, getting a massage, or going to the movies.  You can also find out what is free in your community if you don’t like spending.
  • Avoid the unhealthy choices when dealing with your stress such as:

* binging on junk food (usually full of carbs and sugar)

* smoking

* sleeping too much

* taking stress out/withdrawing from others, etc.

* consuming too much alcohol or caffeinated beverages.

So now you have been educated on what stress can do to your body and ways to manage it.  For more information and additional ways to manage your stress visit Anxiety and Depression Association of America and click on Stress/Anxiety under Understand the Facts and Live and Thrive tabs.

Resources

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2.  Hemodynamic and Autonomic Adjustments to Real Life Stress Conditions in Humans. Daniela Lucini, Guido Norbiato, Mario Clerici and Massimo Pagani. Published: January 1, 2002. https://dx.doi.org/10.1161/hy0102.100784

3. Chronic stress and age-related increases in the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6. Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser*†‡, Kristopher J. Preacher§, Robert C. MacCallum, Cathie Atkinson*, William B. Malarkey†∥, and Ronald Glaser. Edited by Burton H. Singer, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (received for review April 2, 2003)

4. Chronic stress alters the immune response to influenza virus vaccine in older adults. JANICE K. KIECOLT-GLASER*, RONALD GLASERt$§, STEFAN GRAVENSTEIN, WILLIAM B. MALARKEYt, AND JOHN SHERIDANII. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA Vol. 93, pp. 3043-3047, April 1996 Medical Sciences.

The Truth about Low Fat & Fat Free Foods!

While grocery shopping, I try to choose foods that are both healthy and budget friendly. While looking at the grocery store shelves, you are bombarded with multiple versions of the same product including options such as “fat-free” or “low fat” which is in reality a marketing trap. I have fallen victim to purchasing items such as “low fat peanut butter” and “low fat Oreos” thinking that they are a healthier alternative to the original version. Food manufacturers know that fat enhances the flavor of products. To make up for this loss of flavor they add an absurd amount of sugars, salts, and chemicals, which are worse for you. Sugar is known to increase obesity and feeds cancer cells. Salt raises your blood pressure, which puts strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys, and brain.

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Fats are a vital part of your diet. Vitamins A, D, E, and K require fat to be able to enter your body. These vitamins aid in important functions such as vision, bone health, and your immune system. Fats are also found in the myelin of your brain. Without fat, your brain cannot effectively send messages. Instead of looking for low fat foods, I challenge you to look for “good fats”.

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Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats have been found to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends keeping total fat intake between 25 and 35 percent of your total calories. Processed foods are never an ideal choice, but if you have to purchase them I would recommend taking a close look at the nutritional label. Food manufacturers often decrease the serving size of foods to unrealistic portions to make them seem healthier. If there are more than 5 ingredients and you can’t pronounce half of them, you probably shouldn’t buy. it. Like everything, fats are needed in moderation. I challenge you to think good fats, not fat free!

Physical Therapy for Diabetes

Physical Therapy is beneficial for all types of patients.  One group of people that are commonly overlooked for physical therapy treatment is diabetics.  Peripheral arterial disease, neuropathy, poor circulation and other manifestations of diabetes are very responsive to skill physical therapy treatment.  People with these afflictions can make significant gains with therapy, decreasing leg pain while increasing walking distances, gait, mobility, and overall independence.

Maximizing Sensation Output

Skilled physical therapy can help and individual maximize sensation input.  Sensation of the feet can be enhanced by physical therapy treatments!  Skilled therapy may not be able to normalize sensation, but it can increase the available levels of sensation to a patient’s maximum potential.  A patient will be treated with different types of treatment, such as electric stimulation, cold laser therapy, soft tissue massage, and manual lymph drainage.  TBTW also uses a specialized type of therapy with a machine called Total Body Vibration.  This machine has a platform with which a patient can stand, sit, put partial weight, or even place their feet on it.  The machine vibrates from 30 to 90 Hz.  The great thing about this machine is that treatments only take 30 to 90 seconds!  It is clinically proven to increase blood flow and circulation.  This machine allows an increase in circulation with minimal to no patient effort.  It is even beneficial for wheelchair bound or patients who are non-weight bearing!

Gait Training

Having a lack of sensation from diabetes can lead to several difficulties with walking.  This can lead to a further decrease in function, loss of balance, an increased risk of falls, and pain in other areas of the body.  Skilled physical therapy can restore the proper walking mechanics, decrease the strain on feet/legs and improve foot function.  Treatment for diabetes can also include balance training and fall prevention techniques to help the patient stay safer.

Increase Circulation

In order to prevent further loss of sensation, ulceration and increase muscuolo-skeletal function, therapy works on increasing the circulation in the feet.  This is done through different processes, including the Total Body Vibration machine, soft tissue massage, and cold laser therapy.

Preventing Further Complications

Exercise has been shown to help stabilize blood glucose levels, which can be important in diabetic patients.  Physical therapy can also help with patients who have a non-weight bearing status due to ulcers/sores.  This type of status can decrease a patient’s mobility and functional status.  Therapy can help to maintain functional status of a patient and prevent a further decline in function while the wounds are healing.

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There are also many physical benefits of physical therapy exercise for those suffering with diabetes: 

  • Improving glucose levels
  • Reduce body fat
  • Improve the cardiovascular system
  • Increase bodily function and overall strength
  • Improve balance & decrease fall risk
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Promote stress reduction
  • Improve carbohydrate metabolism
  • Improve well-being/overall control of diabetes

 

For more information on how physical therapy can help your diabetes, contact us at Total Body Therapy & Wellness!

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