If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’re not alone. Of the approximately 6 million car accidents every year in the United States, 3 million people are injured. If your injuries involve your soft tissues, muscles, or joints, then physical therapy can help you heal and regain your mobility.
At City Chiropractic and Wellness in Midtown Manhattan, Dr. Robert Ladyzhenskyand his team are dedicated to bringing you the latest in chiropractic care. And that includes using physical therapy to help you recover faster after an injury.
Why physical therapy is helpful
When you engage in repetitive motions that strengthen your muscles and ligaments, you build flexibility and improve range of motion in your body. Without physical therapy, your ligaments can become short and weak, leaving you unstable and unsupported in your movements.
You may think it counter-intuitive to keep moving after you’ve been hurt, but doing so can keep your muscles from atrophying, or becoming weak and stiff. Physical therapy exercises are specifically designed to build strength and flexibility without exacerbating your injuries.
The different types of physical therapy
There are a couple of ways our physical therapy team can help with your accident injuries. But first we perform an exam to assess your needs.
We ask you questions about your pain and symptoms, range of motion, sleep schedule, and medical history. We use this information to establish a baseline so we can assess your progress at the end of your physical therapy.
Some types of physical therapy are more active than others. With active physical therapy, we work with you so you can perform a series of exercises, which we then encourage you to practice at home.
You may also benefit from manual therapy or massage. Manual therapy after an injury can improve your circulation to the areas where you’re injured and can reduce inflammation and hasten the healing process.
Manual physical therapy can also provide you with emotional benefits, for example, reducing stress and helping you stay calm, which is also a boost to your holistic health and well-being.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident and you’re looking for a way to heal faster and better, then physical therapy could be the perfect solution for you. Discover all of the excellent mental and emotional benefits that physical therapy can also provide.