Physical therapy mostly comes to mind after an injury or for the elderly population. However, physical therapy can benefit everyone at all stages of life. Physical therapy can set the stage and allow you and your family to live your best life.
Bringing a child into the world is one of the greatest joys a person can experience. Most parents want to do everything possible to set their child up for a healthy, successful life. Some infants need extra help to hit their developmental milestones. Physical therapists can help infants with conditions such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, brachial plexus injuries, or developmental delays without underlying causes hit their developmental milestones. With the help of our university-trained therapists, your little one will be off and running getting into everything in no time.
The Young Athlete
With a rising sports career comes the rising risk for injury. Physical therapy can work with athletes both post-operatively and to conservatively manage sports injuries. In addition to post-injury treatment, physical therapy can be a key contributor to injury prevention in athletes. Physical therapists can analyze an athletes movement patterns and design treatment plans that stop injuries before they occur keeping athletes off the sidelines and in the game.
Pregnancy and Postpartum
The toll pregnancy and childbirth takes on the body extends beyond stretch marks and lack of sleep. Women starting in pregnancy can often experience lower back pain, pubic pain and/or sciatica due to changes in posture and ligaments as the body prepares for childbirth. Physical therapists can use both manual therapy techniques and an exercise program to alleviate these symptoms. Additionally, some of our therapists are trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation to help women recover following childbirth.
Work-related injuries can often snowball into debilitating conditions. Long periods of time off work recovering can not only impact physical health but emotional health as well as financial stress from time off work mounts. Rehabilitating with physical therapy can improve long term outcomes for work-related injuries and get you back to work quicker.
The Weekend Warrior
Lifting weights in the gym, cross country skiing, hiking trails to the top of a hill, or kayaking down the river on the weekends can be a stress-relieving, fun and active reprieve from the workweek. However, the body does not always respond to these activities kindly. Should injury strike on your weekend conquests, physical therapy can get you back to the things you enjoy.
Increase Function, Decrease Pain
As a person ages, the joints usually suffer some consequences. Degenerative joints is an extremely common problem that most people will experience as they age. Physical therapy can show patients how to move their bodies effectively, improve flexibility and strength in order to decrease the impact of degenerative joints and the aging process and improve function.
Care for Loved Ones
Unfortunately, a large number of people will reach a point in life where they are unable to safely care for themselves and remain independent. The more time a person can remain independent, the greater the quality of life will be for that individual, and the less the burden of care will be for their family member. Physical therapy can work to improve balance, strength, and endurance as well as promote safety with functional mobility to improve the quality of life of our aging loved ones.
Live Your Best Life
No matter what stage of life a person is in, physical therapy can be a tremendous benefit to them. Do not waste anymore time struggling with an injury. Call Bourassa and Associates today to see how we can get you back to the things your love and living your best life starting today.