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Thoughts on Physical Therapy For Pain Management????

Sep 06, 2016 3:44 PM

Hey guys , kinda just wanna hear your thoughts on physical therapy. I've been doing pt for maybe 9 months now (doctor's recommendation) however, I feel like after the hour long session, I have more joint pain, neck pain, and most of the time I leave with a migraine that I didnt arrive with. I've read almost everywhere that excersize and getting moving is a great way to help manage the pain...but I'm not necessarily feeling as such. What do you guys think? do you like physical therapy? does it help you? do you do any workouts on your own like yoga or pilates or something? I'd love some feedback.

Sep 06, 2016 4:13 PM

When u do PT are u a d the therapist communicating well? Are u pushing through pain they don't know your in? I've that have a good open relationship with your PT is key. I understand the concern since even with the pain still comes that u would wonder. If u feel the moved are not helping they can adjust. Also are u doing land or pool therapy? Pool therapy is much kinder on your body at the time . Now ull still have some pain and stiffness once u get out but over time hopefully you'll see some improvement if only a minimum amount.

Sep 06, 2016 4:18 PM

Newfibrogirl, i like my PT however, One of the things we focus on is my scoliosis and the trapezoid shaped muscle in my back that apparently causes my migraines, and workouts to stretch my IT band in my legs. I don't feel like these workouts are helping my other pain , maybe that's the issue. Should I just ask for an adjustment to the plan?

Sep 06, 2016 4:22 PM

Yes, totally..um sure there is another combination of workout thst will both help and not hurt u as much. Also to your other question I do have a set of home excerise i do between visits.

Sep 06, 2016 5:29 PM

What are the excersizes that you do between visits?

Sep 06, 2016 5:40 PM

Pretty basic moves slow paced sitting and standing, legs raises while sitting ( kicking leg out) walking forward and backwards. All those are in bad days. If I'm feeling frisky I'll use resistance bands for the kicks and sitting a d standing. If I feel extremely sassy I'll go use the recumbent bike at the gym but that doesn't happen often.

Sep 06, 2016 6:20 PM

I have never found physical therapy helpful. We are all different so what might help one person might not help another. I really enjoy massage therapy and swimming is great too! Other exercise does not help me it only increases my pain and since I have Fibromyalgia I am so tired all the time it is so hard to find the motivation to do very much exercise. I would definitely talk to your pt to discuss different methods since you have been doing it for 9 months and found no improvement!

Sep 15, 2016 9:06 AM

I've been through Physical Therapy multiple times in the last 5 years. The most Improvement I noticed had to do with strengthening my legs so that I would not be as easy to lose my balance and fall. I have to start Physical Therapy Friday for shoulder and arm pain and I have my doubts as to it actually helping. Anytime I've had pain during physical therapy I always speak up and let them know, and they always adjust what movements on making. For exercise at home I walk on a treadmill at a very slow steady pace anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. I also do the leg lift exercises new fibro girl mentioned. I stand and lift my legs to the side and behind balancing on a counter. Anytime I'm standing in place such as brushing my teeth or washing my hands I step in place just to get movement. I have balance issues and strengthening my leg muscles with balance training have helped tremendously to keep me from falling. I use stretch bands and pulley rope over the door for my arms. I want to do hand weights but it on the pulley rope is not happening right now due to a major problem with my right arm and hand and shoulder. I'm to start Physical Therapy Friday for the pain so we will see if it's helpful.

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