T98 Rehab Physiotherapy
T98 Rehab Chiropractic and Wellness is a centralized resource for physical health and well-being where you’ll find qualified practitioners to help speed up your recovery process or alleviate unrelenting aches and pains.
We are recovery specialists for injuries, trauma, and illnesses that deprive you of proper movement and mobility. It is our aim to deliver relief from pain and discomfort through our highly-trained and licensed medical experts.
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a medical discipline that focuses on the treatment of injuries and physical dysfunctions using the application of modalities and therapeutic exercise. The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore normal movement and function.
Physiotherapy is also known as physical therapy. It is commonly used to treat acute and chronic pain resulting from trauma like car accidents, but it can also alleviate physical impairments that arise from cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, and musculoskeletal illness.
Practitioners of this type of medicine are known as physical therapists. In cases of movement-restricting injuries caused by acute trauma, physiotherapy is administered as a primary care treatment. When movement impairment has neurological, endocrinological, respiratory, or cardiovascular origins, physiotherapy may be provided as a secondary care treatment in conjunction with other medical services.
Common Reasons for Needing Physiotherapy
Chronic and acute pain
Physiotherapy may provide immediate or gradual relief from chronic and acute pain caused by illness and trauma like self-sustaining injuries, auto accidents, or sports injuries. Most of the people in need of physiotherapy are often undergoing severe pain and discomfort that restricts them from performing their daily activities normally.
One can seek physiotherapy to improve movement and ability as is often the case with athletes who wish to retain their peak form. As much as it is a therapeutic practice, it is also a potent restorative activity that improves body movement, strength, and balance.
Physiotherapy is often used to restore mobility and ability, especially after a long period of inactivity. Following a stroke, an accident, a major surgery, or a devastating injury like a compound fracture, physiotherapy is necessary in the rehabilitation process of the patient.
For instance, patients who emerge from comas may need physiotherapy to learn how to walk again. Similarly, it can restore normal movement in body parts that have been inactive due to a long-term illness.
In this case, it is used to strengthen the afflicted body parts, reduce pain, and restore normal function and movement.
What Makes a Good Physical Therapist?
The qualities of a good physical therapist are excellent communication skills, active listening, and trustworthiness.
Communication is a key component of physi0therapy. Without good communication, the therapist may not effectively explain some of the processes, which can cause fear and doubt in the patient. As part of good communication, good listening skills are necessary as well.
Physiotherapy focuses on restoring wellness and mobility, which is more likely to happen if the therapist listens keenly to the patient to pinpoint their source of pain and discomfort. Even when the problem is obvious (as in the case of physical injuries), it is important to have a therapist that is a good listener. They will listen to your concerns (maybe the pain is too much or you’re having other unseen complications) and adjust the therapy accordingly to suit your recovery.
Finally, your therapist should be someone you can trust. Trust is the basis of a solid therapist-patient relationship. If you can’t trust your therapist, you may not be as forthright with your questions, especially if they feel personal in nature. Trust can be forged by therapists who provide positive feedback and help patients manage their expectations, which is a crucial part of proper recovery.
Celina N. Nguyen, PT, DPT
Celina Nguyen is T98 Rehab Chiropractic and Wellness residential physical therapist. Celina Nguyen graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with an emphasis on Pre-Professional Health. She went on to earn her Doctorate in physiotherapy from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
Celina evaluates and treats with a whole-body approach that combines knowledge and understanding of localized anatomy and function within the context of full body structure, function, and movement patterns. She works to restore compromised mobility, strength, stability, and movement patterning through a variety of manual techniques, active modalities, progressive exercise, and education. She enjoys a solid rapport with her patients and clients, clinical problem-solving, and watching her patients and clients progress to the activities they need to do, want to do, and aspire to do. Celina’s vision is to provide the best care possible to individuals who entrust her with their care while offering a nurturing and judgment-free environment.
What to Expect When You Visit
Whether it’s an injury or an illness that sends you to a physical therapist’s office, this is what you should expect when you visit.
A physical evaluation
First, you will undergo a physical exam which involves the assessment of your health history, posture, movement, flexibility, joint motion, and muscle performance. You may also be required to go through certain medical tests. This step is purely to determine the root cause of your issues. Impairments typically measured may include:
- Range of motion
- Joint mobility
- Overall functional mobility
- Neurological function
- Cardiac function
- Pulmonary function
A diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care
After the tests, the physiotherapist presents you with a prognosis and a clinical diagnosis. Along with the test results, they may also structure a plan of care. Here is where you will discuss long-term and short-term care goals.
Physiotherapy treatment & What To Expect
Next, you will commence on your specified plan of care. Here, you will receive physiotherapy treatment based on the diagnosis and the therapist’s evaluation.
Physical therapists use many different techniques to help you decrease pain and stiffness, improve motion and strength, and improve mobility. Physical agents such as heat, ice, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation may be used. Manual techniques are often used to help improve mobility.
Therapeutic exercise is often used by physical therapists to help people gain range of motion, increase strength, and improve function. Patient education about a condition or illness is paramount to the practice of physiotherapy, and therapists may use charts, models, and diagrams to help you understand your diagnosis and prognosis.
You may also be given modifications to make or exercises to do at home.
Finally, the therapist will teach you various self-management techniques so that you can continue the therapy in their absence. It is super important to follow the PT’s exercises following your treatment. These exercises are uniquely designed to strengthen and support your recovery from the initial diagnosis and evaluation as we mentioned above.
Benefits of Physiotherapy
While physiotherapy cannot be applied to all injuries and illnesses, it can be extremely beneficial. Some of its benefits are:
- It facilitates pain management without the use of pharmaceutical analgesics like opioids, which are habit-forming and come with side-effects
- Physical therapy can prevent surgery
- It improves balance and muscle strength, reducing the likelihood of falling down and seriously injuring yourself
- It is a viable and effective recovery path for patients of stroke and paralysis
- It can improve general mobility and movement
- It can help speed up your recovery process after an injury or trauma
- It is very effective in managing age-related medical problems like arthritis
What’s the Difference Between Physiotherapy and Chiropractic Care?
Even though both disciplines are used to treat and manage pain and stiffness, their approaches are slightly different.
Physiotherapy focuses on pain-free movement, whereas the goal of chiropractic care is to relieve pain and spinal misalignment. The former discipline is oriented towards the movement and functioning of the body as a whole whereas chiropractic care/chiropractor focuses on issues like back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and headaches, most of which can result from spinal problems.
Also, while a physical therapist will help you perform exercises that improve your ability to move painlessly, a chiropractor only performs spinal adjustments and manipulations then allows the body to heal itself.
At T98 Rehab Chiropractic and Wellness, we offer both physiotherapy and chiropractic care. Depending on your specific condition, these can be administered independently or in tandem to resolve various body issues that cause pain and restrict movement.
Why T98 is Best For You!
We are committed to delivering quality affordable and convenient health care to anyone in need of physiotherapy or chiropractic care. Most importantly, we are dedicated to your well-being and consistently go above and beyond to ensure that all our patients leave the facility healthy and happy.
Booking an appointment with us is easy, and if you need to talk to a professional, you can do so virtually through our website. Just click on this link to book your appointment for physiotherapy or just call us at (512) 614-2330.