What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a dynamic style of treatment that involves correcting dysfunctions with skilled interventions through movement. Physical Therapists are movement scientists, which just means that we study the way that the body moves and how it responds to external stresses.  We treat impairments that we find with a series of interventions that can range from joint manipulation, trigger point dry needling, aquatic therapy and therapeutic exercise.  We don’t use injections, prescribe medication or perform surgery, we treat with movement.

Our treatments are holistic, effective and have very few side effects, with the most common one being muscle soreness. Which is typical of properly activating a muscle that hasn’t been moving efficiently.  Our bodies are made to move, so when they don’t move, they start to have problems.  Our postural issues typically start showing up around age 5, when we start school and have to sit for long periods of time.

Though coming to therapy may seem like a workout session, our main goal is to re-educate the nervous system on how to correctly send a signal from your brain to your body telling it how to move correctly. The better the connection is between your muscle and your brain, the stronger you are and the less energy you waste when going through your daily routine.

Exercise is the fountain of youth and is what keeps our muscles long and strong. If we properly maintain our bodies they will last longer and can improve your overall quality of life.

 

Dr. Justin Bickford DPT, OCS, CSCS, COMT

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