The physical therapy refers to a group of healing practices that include massage, stretching, ultrasound, electrostimulation, heat and cold applications, and muscle strengthening. A physical therapist will know which tendons, bones, and specific muscle groups are involved in a pain syndrome and can massage muscles and teach stretching exercises to release spasms and 'knots.'
The physical therapist will also teach specific exercises designed to strengthen muscles that are causing misalignment or joint pain because they're underdeveloped. They have a variety of techniques at their disposal to treat the pain. Cold applications can reduce inflammation; heat can relax a muscle group and increase healing circulation. Ultrasound can relax deep muscle tissue; electrostimulation can relax muscle spasms by overloading them with neural messages.
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