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3 Ways Physical Therapy Can Help You with Chronic Pain

Posted by Steven Hallan

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A common question our physical therapists often get is, "Can physical therapy help me with chronic pain?"

Chronic pain can be debilitating.  It can affect every aspect of your life from your work, to your relationships, to your activities, to your perspective on life when you wake up in the morning.  Today the reality is that for most patients their first line of defense against chronic pain are opiods (or pain killers).  On the contrary, we believe (as you might suspect) that physical therapy should be your first line of defense in the fight against chronic pain

As you know, there's an opioid epidemic in this country, with many physicians and patients thinking that strong medication is the only answer for pain management.  In the video below, our own Steven Hallan, PT, gives some insight into how physical therapy can help relieve your pain and reduce your dependence on opioids.  

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He outlines three ways in which physical therapists can help patients with chronic pain. 

  1. Provide personalized stretches and exercises that will help alleviate chronic pain
  2. Teach you how to avoid the harmful activities that can actually make your pain worse
  3. Introduce you to other more positive activities to help you get better

Want to learn more?  View our blog entry titled Physical Therapy:  The First Line of Defense Against Pain to learn about how diaphragmatic breathing can help you manage your pain without the use of medication.  

Author Bio:

Steven was inspired to become a Physical Therapist due to his desire to work in a dynamic field in which his contributions would make a difference in people’s lives. He’s particularly adept at trying to figure out the root cause of the pain and uses evidenced-based treatment approaches to help relieve pain and improve function. Steven is certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain. Steven utilizes this method of treatment in addressing musculoskeletal disorders and develops a goal-oriented treatment program targeted to decrease pain while improving range of motion, balance, and strength. Steven is passionate about the opportunity to change someone’s life by addressing their pain and educating them on how to improve their condition. He is well known for not taking life too seriously and often shares a bit of humor during his treatment sessions for a laugh or two!