Challenge chronic pain with physical therapy

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Physical therapy is just one essential part of any comprehensive pain management plan. A multidisciplinary approach to pain management utilizes the strengths of several different techniques to complement each other and provide the most effective treatment for those suffering from chronic pain.
 
Using only one method to manage pain (such as chiropractic adjustments or acupuncture) will often fail to resolve problems, or leave the patient with insufficient skills to manage pain. There are many different ways to approach pain management, and a balanced program is more effective than a singular approach. By consulting with a licensed pain physician to create a multidisciplinary program, the patient can take control of their body and learn to manage chronic pain in a healthy, effective way. 
 
Physical therapy can find solutions to improve a patient’s quality of life through pain management strategies, and, in many cases, reduce pain. Therapy treatments may include:
 
Strengthening Exercises
Physical therapists can prescribe a program of graded exercises -- movement that are gradually increased according to your abilities. They help improve conditioning and movement, reducing the stress and strain on the body. 
 
Manual Therapy
Using gentle, hands-on techniques, a physical therapist will manually manipulate or mobilize tight joint structures and soft tissues. Manual therapy is used to increase range of motion, improve quality of tissues, and reduce pain.
 
Posture Awareness and Body Mechanics Instruction
Improving posture can ease built-up muscle tension and help train the body to move more efficiently while performing activities even when at rest. 
 
Physical therapy is a viable treatment for many types of pain, but be sure to speak with a licensed physician to find a treatment plan right for you. For more information about pain treatment and pain doctors in the Seattle, Bellevue, and Edmonds area, contact the Washington Center for Pain Management.