Physical therapy can be highly effective for all types of chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic types of pain. As a chronic pain treatment, physical therapy can teach people how to move safely and functionally in ways that they haven’t been able to for quite a while.
Exercising for just 30 minutes a day on at least three or four days a week will help you with chronic pain management by increasing:
- Strength in the muscles
- Stability in the joints
- Flexibility in the muscles and joints
Keeping a consistent exercise routine will also help control chronic pain. Regular therapeutic exercise will help you maintain the ability to move and function physically, rather than becoming disabled by your chronic pain.
Pain has two components, a physical and a mechanical. Physical Therapy addresses the physical side of the inflammation, stiffness, and soreness with exercise, mobilization, and massage, but it also works to help the body heal itself by encouraging the production of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. This two-pronged approach is what helps make physical therapy so effective as a chronic pain treatment.