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What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy deals with restoring and maintaining functional movement, reducing pain and promoting health in individuals.

As physical therapists, we treat a wide array of conditions including:

  • Spinal pain and injuries (e.g. disc prolapse)
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries (e.g. ligament tears)
  • Fractures (e.g. broken arm)
  • Musculoskeletal problems (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation (e.g. following a knee replacement)
  • Biomechanical problems (e.g. “flat feet”)
  • Arthritic conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis)
  • Neurological disorders and diseases (e.g. stroke)
  • Cardiothoracic conditions (e.g. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorders)
  • Pediatric conditions (e.g. cerebral palsy)

This is just to name a few!

Physical therapists are extensively trained in manual therapy which means we are “hands on” with our patients. This may include massage and joint mobilization and manipulation, as well as muscle stretching which we achieve using a wide variety of techniques. To complement our manual skills we sometimes make use of different modalities to reduce pain and inflammation including hot packs, ice, TENS, E-stim, ultrasound and laser treatment. Acupuncture and trigger point therapy is also widely practiced by physical therapists. Physical therapists are highly trained in exercise prescription and often give our patients exercises to do at home to help resolve their conditions.

If you have any of the injuries or conditions listed above, a consultation with a physical therapist is a step in the right direction!

Call Axis Physical Therapy on (831) 757-3055 for more information, or to make an appointment.

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Benefits of physical therapy

Many benefits are available to the public through the widening scope of physical therapy. The profession addresses orthopedic, neurological and cardiopulmonary problems among infants, children, adults and geriatric populations. Read more →

Clinical research

Clinical research is vital in the field of physical therapy. Physical therapists regularly take broad new evidence based research to back up their treatments methods. Read more →

Is physical therapy scientific?

As a science-based practice, physical therapy uses facts, theories and hypotheses, and tests them against available data. Read more →

Part of your health professionals team

In cases where functional movement is compromised, doctors often refer their patients to physical therapists. He/she will write an order authorizing the form of treatment he desires. Read more →


Many types of accidents occur in the home and elsewhere because of a lack of safety. Physical therapists are extensively trained in educating patients in safety and giving the tools necessary to live a safe life. Read more →

Physical therapy is not just massage!

Pain, stiffness, trigger points, muscle tension and other conditions respond well to massage, but it is just one modality in a long list of treatments that physical therapists carry out. Read more →

If it's not broken why fix it?

Physical therapists not only help patients recover from injury or illness, we help prevent it too! We keep our elderly patients independent and safe and we help sports people avoid injury. Read more →

Physical therapy: Real and effective treatment

The "placebo effect" is used to describe a treatment that doesn't help you in real terms. Physical therapy relies on quantifiable results that can be measured to prove their effectiveness. Read more →

The many aspects of your body

Physical therapy is a direct, hands-on profession that has as its base the restoration of movement disorders. It addresses many bodily conditions including arthritis and fibromyalgia. Read more →

What is wrong with self-healing?

The human body has an amazing capacity for healing itself. In physical therapy we assist the body to heal itself without the use of drugs to achieve optimum results. Read more →

Fitness terminology

Here are some common fitness terms that you are likely to hear and use regularly. Read more →

Physical therapy terminology

Here is a glossary of commonly used terms in physical therapy to give you a better understanding of what they mean and how they may relate to you. Read more →

Is physical therapy painful?

Some people are under the misconception that physical therapy is painful, and for this reason they may shy away from receiving treatment. Read more →


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