Aquatic Therapy Can Help Your Back Pain

Are you experiencing back pain? You may have previously tried land-based exercises to treat the issue, but are you wondering if there is something more that can be done? Aquatic therapy may be your solution. Research supports that aquatic therapy is effective in the treatment of back pain. The warmth and buoyancy of the water combined with the elimination of gravity eases pressure on joints and muscles. A study at the University of Wisconsin found that aquatic therapy was a positive way to improve flexibility and sleep patterns and reduce muscle and joint pain in middle aged and older adults with a history of orthopedic limitations and discomfort.

Another study tested whether aquatic therapy was more effective in treating chronic low back pain compared to land-based exercises. Two groups of patients with chronic low back pain were compared. One group participated in pool-based exercises for a month, while the other group did exercises given by a Physical Therapist at home for a month.

While there was a “significant improvement after treatment in both groups (1),” the statistical analysis revealed that the improvement was significantly greater amongst the patients that participated in the aquatic exercise group. Continue reading “Aquatic Therapy Can Help Your Back Pain”

The Plague of Neck Pain

To the surprise of many, 90% of the population will have symptoms relating to spinal pain at least once in their lives. Recent studies have linked neck pain with the increased use of technological devices such as smartphones, tablets, and iPads. Neck pain can develop from poor posture often associated with these devices and can originate from joint, discs, or soft-tissue dysfunction. However, neck pain can also occur due to stress or traumatic injuries such as a motor vehicle accident.

Some of the key symptoms of neck pain is headaches and/or upper back as well as shoulder pain. The neck consists of ligaments, tendons, muscles, cushioning discs, seven vertebra, and has a relatively wide range of motion. The signs and symptoms of neck pain usually vary in severity and can include:

  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Dull, achy pain
  • Numbness
  • Tendernes and burning pain in your shoulders
  • Tingling in the arms and hands

Light stretching performed at home can help to relieve your neck pain as well as strengthen and correct your posture. However, a physical therapist is able to identify the source of your pain, and can create a therapy and exercise regime that is tailor made for your individual diagnosis. At Motion Physical Therapy, our primary goal is to help you move past your neck pain and get back to enjoying your life. Our physical therapists have more than two decades of experience and will perform a thorough, comprehensive neck evaluation on each patient. Additionally, a variety of methods can be used for neck therapy and can include:

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New Scoliosis Treatment Program in The Woodlands

Motion Physical Therapy is now offering conservative management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in The Woodlands. Scoliosis is a three-dimensional spinal deformity that requires a specialized approach to address the unique curve pattern of each patient. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis. It has no definitive cause, but usually occurs in children after the age of ten.

At Motion Physical Therapy we offer a proactive approach based upon the Schroth Method. A conservative management of scoliosis, the Schroth Method began in Germany in the 1920s. This method was developed by Katharina Schroth and focuses on strengthening and stretching exercises to de-rotate and elongate the back into a more normal posture. Further developed by her daughter, physical therapist Christa Lehnert-Schroth, it has become the standard, non-surgical approach to treating scoliosis in Germany.

Our physical therapist is certified in 3-D scoliosis treatment based upon Schroth principles. He will provide a thorough assessment and develop an individualized treatment plan based upon your unique curve pattern. Our program will utilize specific stretching and strengthening exercises and, if necessary, specialized bracing to influence your child’s condition in a positive manner. Our goals of care for adolescents with scoliosis are to: Continue reading “New Scoliosis Treatment Program in The Woodlands”

Low Back Pain

Motion Physical Therapy introduces our new clinic in The Woodlands, TX. Our clinic in The Woodlands is a full service physical therapy gym, including Pool Therapy, and Scoliosis Therapy. Our therapists take a holistic approach to restoring a patient’s function. This allows them to tailor the therapy program to the patient’s needs.

Our physical therapists have over 30 years of experience.  They have received specialized training and gained expertise in the evaluation and treatment of Orthopedic, Sports and Neurologically involved patients, including Cervical and Lumbar dysfunctions.

Back pain is a limiting factor for people in the United States with stats that report 80% of Americans will experience low back pain that significantly affect their daily function. Here at Motion Physical Therapy in The Woodlands, therapists take extra care on restoring function when affected by low back pain. Continue reading “Low Back Pain”