Alternative Medicine/Holistic Medicine/All Natural/Drug Free/Non-invasive
These are all terms used in today’s society looking for alternatives in healthcare to more drugs or surgical procedures. People seeking pain relief, improved health, or recovery from injury are increasingly looking for a more natural approach. What could be a more natural approach than physical therapy? A Physical Therapist uses tools such as manipulation, soft-tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, exercise, and noninvasive or minimally invasive modalities to decrease pain and improve function of patients. Often the most powerful tool to eliminating pain, is the patient’s own body. Physical Therapy seeks to optimize a patients ability to heal and function while reducing pain. This process, for many patients, has repeatedly been shown to provide longer lasting benefits than treatment with drugs or surgery. The human body has amazing abilities to heal, adapt, and improve its own ability to function. Unlocking this potential using physical therapy treatments is certainly one of the most holistic, natural, and least invasive options available in our healthcare system. Medication and surgical intervention are valuable options in the arsenal of our healthcare industry, and options which physical therapy can often work hand-in-hand with; however, how many times could surgery or pain medication be avoided by using a more natural approach?