Despite The Advancing Science Of Medicine, Patient Care Still Involves A Great Deal Of Art And Heart.
Physical therapy is an integral part of healthcare services in the 21st century. This dynamic profession is dedicated to identifying the highest functional potential of the individual client and striving to reach that goal through a variety of means.
Who Are Physical Therapists?
Physical therapists are highly educated, licensed health care professionals. PTs must complete a three-year doctorate program and sit for a national licensure exam in order to practice. Bottom line, when it comes to the body and kinesiology, AlliancePhysical Therapy VA knows all the stuff. You are in good hands.
But there is so much more to our profession than education and licensing. We are fiercely passionate individuals with a mission to help our patients. If you look at the American Physical Therapy Association’s mission and goals, you’ll find we work by, “transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.” That is what drives PTs. That is what gets us out of bed in the morning – the idea that at Alliance Physical Therapy VA, we can transform the human experience of our patients.
What Do Physical Therapists Do?
Your doctor affirmed that you have low back pain, but what does that mean, exactly? Why do you have this chronic pain? As a physical therapist, our job is not only to help you relieve your back pain, but also to investigate what’s causing your pain. We are your body’s detectives.
Physical therapy is often paired with surgery, but many don’t realize the profound effect it can have on those suffering from chronic pain. About 80% of the population suffers from chronic low back pain (so you are not alone). Most people accept this pain as a permanent partner in life, and use shots and medications to get some temporarily relief. But physical therapists can offer more.
The main culprit behind chronic pain is an imbalanced body. The way most of us move – or don’t move – through the world, with excessive sitting and poor posture, causes muscles in your body to become too restricted and shut down. There are so many muscles that attach at the spine – your lats, quadratus lumborum, paraspinals, glutes and abdominals. If these muscles aren’t working the way they are supposed to, you will feel the effects in your spine.
Think about a car. If your car comes out of alignment, things start to fall apart, and your breaks and tires wear out faster. Unlike a car, you can’t easily change parts in your body. If your body is out of alignment, you will wear something down until it breaks.
By releasing the restrictions in the tight muscles and strengthening the weak ones, physical therapists provide mobility and stability, which in turn relieves chronic pain in a more permanent way.
While your main motivation to see a physical therapist is probably to relieve pain or recovery from an injury, you will find that another result will be more efficient movement. Increasing you mobility is addressing the cause of your pain or injury, and the result is relief of your symptoms. This is how we accomplish our mission.
Where Can You Find Us?
We have 11 locations in three areas as 1 location in Washington DC Downtown like a Heart of the DC; 8 locations in major cities in Northern Virginia as Alexandria, Fairfax, Springfield, Stafford, Tysons Corner, Woodbridge; and 2 Richmond (Capital of Virginia) Area.
Why Come to AlliancePhysical Therapy VA?
We have served the injured and suffering throughout with many years of experience, and we hope we can help you feel whole and pain-free once more as well.
At Alliance PhysicalTherapy VA, we listen to your situation, your concerns, and your needs. We’ll then assess your injuries and create a plan that will address your symptoms so you can find relief quickly. We’ll answer any questions you may have about your path to recovery so you can move forward with confidence.
At the end of the day, physical therapy is all about changing what people think is possible when it comes to their bodies. It’s about shattering limiting expectations and giving people hope.
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* Music video by Olivia Newton-John performing Physical. (C) 1981 Geffen Records
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