What is Physical Therapy?
The American Physical Therapy Association describes physical therapists as:
highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility
Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
In other words, PT's restore function and alleviate pain caused by physical impairments.
At Redlands Physical Therapy we approach all of our patient's impairments using two distinct approaches: manual therapy, and movement science.
Physical Therapy Services
A clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair.
Movement Science doesn't just mean postural and biomechanics analysis. It means a careful and thoughtful analysis of the entire kinetic chain. Our therapists analyze how our patient's move to determine which positional fault is causing the functional impairment. Put simply, movement science is critical to treating the cause, rather than just the symptoms associated with a physical impairment. Coordination, proprioception, muscle length, muscle strength, and muscle speed are all factors analyzed and addressed by our therapists to improve the overall movement patterns of our patients, thus restoring function and reducing pain.