Physical therapy techniques are intended to improve the health and well-being of a patient who is suffering from a physically debilitating ailment.
Examples of ailments that can be treated with physical therapy are arthritis, post-surgical issues and natural wear on the body. Physical therapy techniques are used at the same time as other medical practices to reach a similar goal, i.e. to restore the natural motion to the body and the rehabilitation of the patient. Professionals have many different techniques in their arsenal and can provide comfort and healing to their patients through a variety of methods.
Professional therapists are dedicated to the healing of their physical therapy patients. The physical therapy techniques they use are unique and will have a different level of effectiveness for each ailment and for each patient. Not every patient will respond the same way to the same technique. A physical therapist who is trained well will know how to read the physical therapy techniques and their effectiveness to tailor make a program for each patient. The programs that are developed monitor the patient’s response to the techniques used and conform to the patient’s level of commitment to the program and natural healing factor.
Desired results are gained when a physical therapist can impress upon the patient that physical therapy techniques only work when the patient does their exercises outside of treatment. There have been physical therapy techniques which even shamanic doctors have used to help injured people in their tribes. The physical therapy techniques that work continue and the ones that do not fall by the wayside. With the changing technology and research new things are being found out about the human body every day and the applicable techniques are being incorporated into existing practices. Everything evolves and that includes techniques used by physical therapy practitioners.
Massage is the oldest of physical therapy techniques. There is a form of massage in nearly every culture on the planet and they all include a similar goal, the manipulation of tissues to reach a goal. The goal of course changes according to the patient, but the physical therapy techniques involving massage work in similar ways, that is to say, they bring blood to the afflicted areas with healing nutrients. Massage also works to bring back healthy texture to the skin and injured areas which allow the body to do its own healing. The traction pressure loosens the muscles that are affected by injury and blood can move through and heal.