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Preparing for Your First Physical Therapy Appointment at Advanced Wellness Centre

 Your first physical therapy appointment can sometimes be intimidating, especially if you don’t know what to expect. The physical therapists at the Advanced Wellness Centre are highly skilled and dedicated to helping you recover and easing your pain. All physical therapists at the center have experience working in different specialty areas of physical therapy and customize a treatment program specifically for you and your needs. Here is some more information on the basics of physical therapy and what to expect at your first appointment.

woman getting physical therapy

What Is Physical Therapy?

 Physical therapy is a branch of medicine where injuries, impairments and other problems that affect a person’s ability to move, are assessed and treated. Examples include:

 • Stroke

 • Heart attack

 • Bursitis

 • Sciatica

 • Carpal Tunnel

 • Injury to the back, neck, pelvis or extremities

 • Post-operative rehabilitation

 • Deficits that affect posture and balance

 Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who assess, diagnose and treat patients. Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a physical therapist to provide services and aid in the treatment process.

 What is the Advanced Wellness Centre?

 It is a medical facility dedicated to helping patients heal naturally and retain their health and vitality throughout their lifetime. If you are seeking a massage therapist, acupuncturist, personal trainer, nutritionist, physical therapist or chiropractor in Richmond, VA, the Advanced Wellness Center has assembled a team of highly skilled healthcare professionals all under one roof.

What To Expect When Starting Physical Therapy

 Your physical therapist will perform an assessment of your condition and devise a treatment plan to relieve pain and correct and impairments. Treatment usually consists of pain-relieving modalities, joint and soft tissue manipulation and exercise. You will perform exercises on the clinic and your therapist will most likely prescribe exercises for you to do at home as well. Your therapist will work with you to set a goal and monitor your progress on every visit.

What Steps Does a Physical Therapist Take To Assess Patient Conditions?

  Your physical therapist will need to examine your:

• Range of Motion

• Flexibility

• Movement patterns and mobility

• Posture

What Are Some Forms Of Treatments Used In Physical Therapy?

Manual Therapy or Bodywork- This includes massage, joint manipulation, and mobilization. This helps loosen tight muscle tissue and increase flexibility and range of motion.

Exercise: A combination of strength training, aerobics and stretching designed to increase mobility and prevent further injury.

Specialized Treatments- These treatments may be employed if the therapist believes they will be beneficial in treating the client’s unique condition. Can include cold compresses to reduce inflammation, heat for muscle relaxation and to promote healing and water therapy.

Schedule A Consultation at Advanced Wellness Centre

Call the Advanced Wellness Center today to schedule your assessment. Whether you need to see a massage therapist, physical therapist or a chiropractor, we have the best healthcare professionals all under one roof. Start your path to recovery today!

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