At CT Sports Physical Therapy & Wellness our goal is to keep our clientele informed and educated when it comes to restoring, rebuilding and improving their health. An understanding of the basics of physical therapy & proper wellness goes a long way to a quick recovery.
What is Physical Therapy?
The Physical Therapy health care profession is primarily concerned with the correction of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention. Using our extensive clinical experience we examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life.
Physical therapy has many benefits, most crucially, improving and restoring mobility and motion. Physical therapists work collaboratively with their patients in providing treatment plans that are designed for the individuals challenges, needs, and goals. Physical therapists work with their patients and clients of all ages and abilities to expand, restore, and maintain motion. Treatment by a physical therapist can also be an effective alternative to surgery and prescription drugs for many conditions, including back pain, meniscal tears, and arthritis.
What to expect?
Your physical therapist will teach you how to prevent or manage a health condition and help motivate you during your treatment so you can function optimally. Your physical therapist will examine you and develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques that help you move, alleviate symptoms, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. These treatments include manual therapy, therapeutic modalities, and strength and conditioning. Your physical therapist can also help you prevent loss of mobility and motion by developing a fitness and wellness-oriented program tailored to your specific needs. Your physical therapist will work with you to help you understand your body so you can achieve long-term health benefits.
- Manual therapy: Manual therapy includes a variety of techniques developed by world renowned physical therapists including Geoffrey Maitland, Brian Mulligan, and Robin McKenzie. Physical therapists will use their hands as tools to provide clinical expertise. Other forms of manual therapy include soft tissue release, range of motion, stretching, Propioceptice Neuromuscular facilitation, and joint mobilizations.
- Therapeutic modalities: Therapeutic modalities involve the application of another source to assist the physical therapist in providing treatment and alleviate symptoms/inflammatory process. These include ice, moist heat, electric stimulation, and ultrasound.
- Strength & conditioning: Strength and conditioning uses exercise prescription specifically to improve muscle performance. Your physical therapist will create an exercise program that will target an individual’s particular weaknesses and deficits.
Direct Access –
Direct access to physical therapy allows you to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without being referred by a doctor or other healthcare practitioner. The state of Connecticut recognizes that physical therapists are well-qualified, both through formal education and clinical training, to evaluate a patient’s condition, assess his or her physical therapy needs and, if appropriate, safely and effectively treat the patient. Connecticut also recognizes that physical therapists are also well-qualified to identify when patients demonstrate conditions, signs and symptoms that should be referred to and evaluated by other health care professionals for consultation before physical therapy is initiated. This law allows you to see initiate therapy and subsequently prevent further impairments and decreases in function.