Soothing Chronic Pain Through Physical Therapy

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Chronic pain is awful. There's no sugar-coating that. But it doesn't have to be permanent, and it doesn't have to be at intolerable levels. You have a number of therapies that you can try, and one that has shown a lot of great results is physical therapy. You might think of physical therapy as a form of weight-lifting or cardio workout guided by a therapist, but it's actually a blanket term for a range of therapies that can include more traditional conditioning and not-so-traditional therapies like sensory training. All of these could potentially alleviate the pain you're in because improving your physical state improves your response to pain.

Better Overall Health Is Not Pain-Friendly

The better your overall health—cardio health, strength, joint support, and so on—the less friendly your body is toward random pain. You might still have some pain, but a well-supported joint surrounded by strong muscles and healthy ligaments is a less-friendly environment for pain than a joint surrounded by weak muscles and other problems. Any bit of good health works with other bits of good health to support your body overall. Physical therapy that includes stretching, strength building, and conditioning can have a soothing effect on parts of your body that might be in pain because of tension and a lack of structural support.

Manual Therapies May Relax Muscles and Reduce Tension Pain

One form of physical therapy is manual therapy, which includes modalities like massage. This form of therapy is meant to relax your muscles, which releases tension. That helps reduce pain because muscle tension is often something that intensifies pain. If you can reduce the tension, you can reduce the pain. That has a good side effect for you, too; if you're in less pain, you might find it a lot easier to sleep, which itself can help with tension and pain.

Additional Therapies You May Not Have Heard Of

Physical therapy covers a wide range of activities. If your chronic pain problem appears to be neurological, such as your brain sensing phantom pain, you could look at sensory training. Visualization and nerve stimulation are two more therapies you might try. There are several others as well. If one doesn't work, try another—you have nothing to lose.

Physical therapy has helped many people deal with chronic pain, and the treatments are only getting better. If you have chronic pain, speak with your doctor about getting a referral to physical therapy.

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