Living with chronic pain is often miserable. But, while you may have good days and bad days, there is much physical therapy can do to make the good days more plentiful and the bad days less frequent.
Physical therapy treats pain in three important ways:
- It strengthens muscles and joints to help you learn how to move and perform daily activities in ways that minimize your pain and don’t aggravate old injuries or put you at risk for new ones.
- It battles inflammation and addresses the mobility dysfunction that is at the core of much chronic pain.
- Physical therapy can re-educate your central nervous system to make you less sensitive to pain signals.
How does it work?
Pain is the body’s alarm bell. Pain tells a person to STOP! and pay immediate attention to a problem. When that alarm continues to sound month after month and year after year, even after significant healing has taken place, people experience “chronic pain” which is a malevolent, destructive force that can ruin quality of life. Re-training the body and brain to turn off the dysfunctional alarm bell called chronic pain is the goal of Nura’s interdisciplinary approach.
Nura’s physical therapists strive to re-train the body and brain utilizing recent breakthroughs in neuroscience to teach patients to ignore counterproductive chronic pain alarm signals. This re-training is especially successful when simultaneously paired with therapies designed to increase the patient’s core strength, joint mobility, overall flexibility and confidence.
At Nura, we combine interventional procedures (minimally-invasive medical procedures such as steroid injections, nerve blocks neurostimulation systems and precision pain pumps) with specialized physical therapy. Whereas interventional procedures relieve pain, physical therapy restores function, and both are crucial to recovery. Our new patients often tell us that they have tried physical therapy in the past and it has not helped. We know that physical therapy often fails because the patient has untreated physical pain generators that become more painful with activity and we built our multidisciplinary clinics to coordinate pain relieving injections with active physical therapy. This combined therapy is much more effective than either treatment alone and may restore patients to a more active, less painful life when past attempts have failed.
Nura’s physical therapists are trained, licensed pain specialists who have combined years of experience treating chronic pain patients. At Nura, your physical therapist will work closely with your medical team to build highly individualized pain programs around each patient’s unique needs and lifestyle. We will attack your pain, relieve it and get you moving again. The therapist’s job is to restore flexibility and strengthen your body so that you can start enjoying life with less pain and greater mobility—all designed to “get your life back.”
Our physical therapy tools include manual therapy, spine stabilization training, soft tissue mobilization, biofeedback training, joint mobilization and core strengthening. These treatments will make you stronger and better able to move comfortably so that you can start enjoying life once again.
Nura’s physical therapies include:
- acute and chronic pain rehabilitation
- advanced manual therapy
- aerobic exercise education
- back strengthening
- balance improvement
- body mechanics training
- core strengthening
- ergonomics education
- functional assessments
- graded motor imagery
- home programs
- hypersensitive nervous system treatments
- infrared light therapy
- joint mobilization
- laterality training
- LIFE Test (activities of daily living ability testing)
- mirror therapy
- MPS Microcurrent Point Stimulation
- myofascial release
- pelvic floor therapy
- Pilates reformer therapy
- self-management skills
- soft tissue mobilization
- spine stabilization training
- strain/counterstrain therapy
- strengthening & flexibility exercises
- therapeutic neuroscience education
- therapeutic yoga
No, you don’t have to become a professional athlete
Physical therapy can benefit everyone but needs to be dialed in to fit the unique lifestyle and needs of each individual patient. That’s why Nura’s physical therapists take a very personalized approach to designing each patient’s “PT” program. Nura’s physical therapists can teach you specialized techniques around your everyday movements and activities, advise you on safely increasing your daily exercise, help you learn to pace yourself, and help you improve on core dysfunctions such as gait, posture and joint movement problems.
Other key components of Nura’s approach include:
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