From automobile accident injuries to sports injuries, physical therapy is a critical supplement to chiropractic care for pain management and injury rehabilitation. That’s why our chiropractors offer this important therapy at our Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek, Phoenix and Chandler-Ocotillo offices. Wondering if physical therapy is right for your health needs? Our chiropractors answered five of your most frequently asked questions about physical therapy:

#1: What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is part of our practice’s integrated approach to pain management and injury rehabilitation. This discipline uses drug-free methods such as stretching, corrective exercises massage, and other physiotherapy treatments to relax, retrain and recondition injured muscles. Physical therapy exercises help to safely restore mobility back to the body following an injury. These treatments also help minimize inflammation, swelling, and soreness.

#2: How can physical therapy help me after an injury?

Physical therapy is important for restoring mobility to the body after an injury. For example, whiplash is one of the most common injuries affecting our patients. After a whiplash injury, it can be incredibly painful to turn the neck from side to side and look up or down. Physical therapy exercises will help bring mobility back to the cervical spine without aggravating the existing injury. These exercises strengthen the muscles, improve flexibility and correct improper movements that could aggravate the existing injury. Treatments also help to reduce inflammation and swelling, which speeds the recovery process and enhances pain relief.

#3: How does physical therapy complement chiropractic care?

Together, physical therapy and chiropractic care offer important health benefits to the body. Chiropractic care helps restore proper spinal alignment, releasing pressure on pinched nerves and removing nervous system interference. Poorly conditioned muscles can also pull the spine out of place and limit the body’s ability to move freely. Physical therapy programs include corrective exercises to bring strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and stability back to the body. Together, these treatments provide enhanced pain relief and support the body’s natural healing process.

#4: What should I expect during my first appointment?

During your first physical therapy appointment, our treatment team will assess your injury rehabilitation and pain management needs. Our chiropractor will explain how our physical therapy exercises can help your injury. We create a custom treatment program for every patient. Next, we will demonstrate different exercises that you can do in the comfort of your home. These exercises are critical for restoring strength, flexibility, and balance. At each appointment, we will evaluate your progress and address the exercises accordingly. While you may experience some initial soreness or stiffness, this is normal and not a cause for concern.