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Physical Therapy FAQ's in Richmond, VA

At the Advanced Wellness Centre, our Richmond physical therapy team is happy to answer your questions about our profession and how our services, in addition to chiropractic care, can facilitate whole body healing from a wide variety of injuries.

Chiropractor treating a patient for leg pain

How can a Richmond physical therapist (PT) help me? 

Our Richmond physical therapist staff is highly skilled clinicians who can evaluate, diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent acute and chronic health conditions affecting several bodily systems (nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, etc.). Our PTs determine what's causing your dysfunction, how to manage or resolve it, and how to prevent similar issues from returning. This can be done through a variety of therapeutic services including: 

  • Manual therapy, including active release technique, soft tissue massage, and joint mobilizations
  • Therapeutic exercises (with specific goals for tissue healing, flexibility, muscle endurance, and muscle strength)
  • Neuromuscular re-education and postural re-training
  • Modalities including cryotherapy (cold and heat) to reduce pain, inflammation, and decreased mobility 

What are the similarities and differences between physical therapy and chiropractic care? 

Both physical therapists and chiropractors are doctors within their professions and often have different specialties and reimbursement policies. But they both focus on the interplay between multiple bodily systems, address both symptoms and root cause of dysfunction, and rely on non-invasive services to affect patient outcomes. 

Though they work with the whole body, chiropractors tend to focus more on correcting subluxations and abnormalities within the spine, and in some states are permitted to perform certain spinal manipulations (e.g., cervical) which PTs are not legally permitted to do. Alternatively, PTs tend to take a more "active" approach to healing, instead of using strictly or mostly manual techniques whereby the patient is a "passive" recipient rather than an engaged participant. 

Chiropractic care and physical therapy are excellent complementary services that can accelerate healing from injuries related to sports, work, auto accidents, strokes, and more. Both chiropractors and PTs can also help a person maximize their recovery and true physical potential. 

How much physical therapy will I need? 

It depends on your unique needs. Treatment duration and frequency may range from 1-5 times per week for 2 to 8 weeks or more. Our team will work with you to figure out the right treatment plan to meet your unique needs, schedule, and budget.

How should I prepare for a physical therapy appointment? 

A lot of your physical therapy appointment may involve active participation from you. So wear loose comfortable clothing and supportive shoes.

Ready to See if a Physical Therapist or Chiropractor in Richmond Can Help You? 

Need health and healing? Contact the Advanced Wellness Centre now by calling (804) 673-9355 to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist or chiropractor in Richmond, VA. We offer many different services which can be completely customized to meet your needs.

Call today!