Mesa AZ Physical Therapy Reducing Neck and Back Pain
Many people have aches or pains in their neck and back, but it may not always be isolated to those regions. The pain can also travel into arms or head/forehead as well as radiate into the gluts, groin, hip and legs/feet. Each episode of back stiffness and pain can become progressively worse and last longer and travel farther from its origin. If you don’t stop the cycle and figure out the cause of each episode, accumulation of damage to your body may lead to eventual failure of the spinal structures. However, if you address and treat the root cause of your pain early through physical therapy, drastic measures such as surgery can often be avoided.
ICE & HEAT For muscle pain from overuse or injury, rest that body part and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen depending on what your doctor may advise you is best. Apply ice for the first 24 – 72 hours of an injury to reduce pain and inflammation. After that, heat often feels more soothing.
SLEEP Be sure to get plenty of sleep and try to reduce stress. The amount of sleep is dependent on your body. Some people only require 7 hours, others 9. Also, make sure you have a good mattress and sleep on your side or back with pillow support for your legs. If you sleep on your side, put the pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your back, put the pillow behind your thighs.
EXERCISE Regular exercise can help restore proper muscle tone. Walking, cycling and swimming are good aerobic activities to try. Be sure to warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. On The Mend On The Move physical therapy in Mesa AZ, can teach you stretching, toning, and aerobic exercises to feel better and stay pain-free. Drink lots of fluids, begin slowly, and increase workouts gradually. Avoid high-impact aerobic activities and weight lifting when injured or while in pain. Consult one of our therapists or your doctor before trying exercises you are unsure of doing.
PHYSICAL THERAPY Physical therapy is the science of blending medical physiology with exercises and hands on techniques. These principles are then applied to the body when an injury is sustained. Our Mesa AZ Physical Therapy group offers physical therapy for back and neck conditions and focuses on rehabilitating the structures that support the spine and its joints including muscles, tendons, and ligaments