What is Physical Therapy?
Updated: Nov 8, 2020
Physical Therapy (or Physiotherapy) is a combination of physical movement, exercise, and manual therapies used by healthcare professionals as a key part in patients' well being. Physical therapists are specialists in the movement of the body, in particular of the joints, tendons, and muscles.
Doctors of Physical Therapy are highly-trained practitioners and are the leading experts in movement and movement dysfunction. At Matrix PT & Wellness, our doctors specialize in assessing and treating orthopedic conditions.
What does this all mean in layman's terms? It means that physical therapists are experts in helping your body move the way it should.
Physical therapy can help heal injuries, of course, but it can also help prevent them. Physical therapists work with their patients to determine their weaknesses as well as their strengths, and help them improve where they can. By building a strong foundation early, physical therapy can help prevent injury and pain later in life.
That strong foundation is built by doing customized exercises and stretches, designed specifically to build muscle and increase flexibility and mobility. Building this kind of strength gives patients the ability to perform more activities for longer time spans, and decreases the likelihood of injury.