Avoid taking medication
Physical therapy is a medical science that aids the healing process through the use of exercise and physical modalities - heat, ice, massage, to name a few. With its holistic approach to healing, physical therapy helps people overcome many conditions such as osteoarthritis, chronic back pain and even diabetes without the use of medication.
Let's look at osteoarthritis. There is no cure for this disease, but those who suffer from it can find some measure of relief by making lifestyle changes. Physical therapy is a key factor in helping you cope with arthritis. A physical therapist can design an exercise program that will not only control the pain, but help you lose weight as well. Losing just a few kilos can reduce your risk of osteoarthritis.
Aquatic workouts in the clinic or pool are also a great means of easing painful and stiff joints. Bike riding, walking and other low-impact exercises are preferred over jogging or running which put too much stress on the joints and aggravate the condition. Diet and natural supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin have also been proven to be helpful.
Chronic back pain can be relieved with posture correction in some cases, and with exercise. We can provide a home program consisting of stretching exercises that alleviate pain and improve flexibility of the lower back. We will also analyze your functional activities to determine what you might be doing wrong and instruct you in the correct ways of doing them.
More people are managing diabetes with the help of diet and exercise, however a physical therapist can help you choose the right type of footwear and exercise to achieve optimum results. Your doctor or nutritionist can help with diet to not only control your blood glucose levels, but help you lose weight as well.
You do not have to live on medications all the days of your life. With professional help and discipline you can say 'no' to drugs.
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