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Physical Therapy is a Great Natural Pain Reliever

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We all have pain. It is hard to escape joint pain and back pain. Stress can even cause pain. Pain clinics are opening everywhere and pain medications are highly prescribed. In fact, the USA consumes over 80% of the worlds painkillers. These opiates are harmful and thousands die each years from overdosing. That is why Physical Therapy is a great natural pain reliever.

Americans consume 80 percent of the world's supply of painkillers with over 16 million prescripts written for painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone and tramadol every year. This sort of treatment simply masks the symptoms and knocks you out. It is said that The less you move, the more pain you'll experience. That is what you will get with just using pain pills. Physical therapy is a natural approach to treating pain.

Don't think that physical therapy is just people who work on you. Physical therapists are educated and licensed professionals who work with people with mobility, surgical and pain problems and aids in the prevention of further joint and muscle. Most of them have Master's and even PhD's. Part of their role is to examine each patient, evaluating findings and developing a plan of care to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists also promote health and wellness and serve as administrators, educators and consultants.

Physical therapy as a natural treatment can include a variety of types of modalities such as hot and cold therapy to relieve painful areas of the body. It may also include stretching and range-of-motion exercises to maintain strength, flexibility, and mobility, hot and cold therapy, traction, ultrasound, Electric Muscle Stimulation, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS, massage, manipulation, manual therapy and home exercise programs.

The great thing about physical therapy is even though it can be considered alternative therapy, most insurance companies pay for it. This natural therapy can be used for orthopedic care, acute care, post-operative care, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehab, lymphedema management, wound care, and neurologic rehabilitation.

In Tucson Arizona, physical therapist Kristin Stewart says, "physical therapy isn't only about that one injury or body part that hurts, it is about looking at the whole person and treating not only the physical pain but the emotional pain associated with the dysfunction." She further states, "We want to make a difference in people's lives, provide them education about what is happening with their body, and prevent future problems. By empowering the patient to take control over their body, they can regain function, strength and confidence."

Psychical therapy is gaining more attention as being an alternative approach to pain management. In Tucson, check out Maximum Impact and their different locations. Their “People First” philosophy offers people the highest standard of service excellence making the company the leading provider of physical therapy services in Southern Arizona.

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