Types of Physical Therapy: Never One-Size-Fits-All

One-size-fits-all options rarely fit well. People are not all the same size or shape. Any product, like a t-shirt, that tries to fit every kind of person ends up fitting everyone badly. Something similar can happen with your health and your physical therapy. Different types of therapy are used to meet different needs. This means a high-quality and helpful therapy office offers several different types of therapeutic treatments.

Types of Physical TherapyWhen You Need Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a treatment designed to help you move more easily and with less pain. It works to restore range of motion and flexibility in your joints as well as build up strength and stability throughout your body. It’s often used for recovering from both traumatic and overuse injuries. Therapy is frequently a part of getting back to normal life after a surgery. In many cases, the therapy can help control or eliminate pain and manage chronic issues. The right kind can even benefit your performance in sports. So it’s a treatment approach that can help you in many ways, at many different times—depending, of course, on the type of physical therapy.

The Types of Therapy at Castle Pines Physical Therapy

At Castle Pines Physical Therapy, we offer several different types of therapy to meet the many needs of our patients. This allows us to tailor treatments to the exact needs of everyone who comes to us in pain. Here are the main types of physical therapy we offer:

  • Manual Therapy – This is a general, “hands on” therapy that allows a professional therapist to restore movement and improve function in joints and specific soft tissues. This can include directed stretching, joint manipulation, and resistance training.

  • Orthopedic – This therapy focuses on the muscles and the skeleton, and how they interact, to help correct painful issues.

  • Joint Mobilization/Manipulation – Stiff and healing joints need to be treated to regain stability and range of motion. This therapy works to improve mobility and function in your joints.

  • Soft Tissue Mobilization/Manipulation – This therapy specifically targets healing in soft tissues like muscles, tendons, and ligaments to improve their function.

  • Balance/Proprioceptive Training – Poor balance can lead to dangerous falls. This therapy works to improve your overall balance and the lower limb strength you need to adjust to uneven surfaces.

  • Neuromuscular Re-education – This particular therapy focuses on treating soft tissues, like muscles, after injuries that can limit their function and ability to stretch.

  • Various Modalities – Physical therapy includes many additional modalities to help treat patients. This can include hot and cold packs, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation therapy (TENS, IFC, NMES and others).

  • Injury Prevention – The best way to treat an injury is to prevent it! This therapy lets us help you protect vulnerable tissues from damage.

  • One-on-One Sports-Specific Training – Your sport has very specific demands on your body. We develop a unique training program to help you take care of your body and be the best possible athlete you can be.

Exactly what kind, or kinds, will meet your needs depends on your unique body and your reasons for seeking physical therapy. Dr. Jennifer Molner and our staff at Castle Pines Physical Therapy in Castle Pines, CO, will work carefully with you to determine exactly what remedies you need and what will best benefit you. Then we can establish a treatment plan to get you back to living a full, mobile life. If you’d like more information, or you’d like to make an appointment with us, just call (303) 805-5156. You can also use the web request form to reach us.

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Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC