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October – National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month.

October is National Physical Therapy Month! We’ve gathered some information on Physical Therapy from our own resources and from the American Physical Therapy Association.


National Physical Therapy Month is an opportunity to talk about Physical Therapy and share what it is we all love to do here every day. Below  are some of the common steps of a Physical Therapy visit and what you can expect.  Treatments determined during the initial visit will vary slightly per injury and unique individual’s case and are evidenced-based practice.  We have given you a few examples of the scenarios which would require that form of treatment.


Scenario: Everyone Attending Physical Therapy

All Physical Therapists start with a detailed evaluation, including medical history. Be prepared for lots of questions and details looking for the root of the issue in order to treat the issue at its source.

Manual Therapy

Scenario: Any injury

Physical Therapists will use multiple types of manual therapy during treatment. Anything from stretching and massage to more hands-on strengthening exercises to help re-train your muscles. Joint mobilization techniques improve quality of motion, spinal alignment and eliminate pain.


Scenario: Staying healthy during and after Physical Therapy treatment. Rehabilitating from an injury or surgery.

Staying active during your treatments and completing your Home Exercise Program (HEP) can help speed up your recovery process. Staying active and healthy after Physical Therapy can help to prevent injury requiring further Physical Therapy.


Scenario: Injuries with inflammation and swelling

Ice is beneficial to the injury treatment process. Ice can prevent and reduce inflammation following an injury by constricting the blood vessels.

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Scenario: Injuries with muscular spasms and tightness

Heat will relax tight muscles decreasing pain and increasing mobility. Heat works well for soft tissues, tendons and ligaments.


Scenario: Tissue Injuries, Muscle Strain and Ligament Sprain

Ultrasound generates heat deep within the muscles, this can help loosen up the muscle in preparation for manual therapy or exercise.


Scenario: Herniated Disc

Traction helps to alleviate the pain of herniated or compressed discs. It opens up the joints allowing less compression on the nerves and disc cartilage.

Electrical Stimulation

Scenario: Poor Muscle Strength, Sudden (acute) or long-lasting (chronic) pain

Electrical Stimulation provides a minor but steady electrical stimulation to the muscles. This creates contractions in muscles that are otherwise dormant. It can also help speed up the recovery process. Electrical stimulation also provides a low voltage steady electrical current for pain relief. The electricity stimulates the nerves in the effected area and sends signals to the brain that block or “scramble” normal pain signals. This stimulation of the nerves may also produce natural pain killers called endorphin’s helping to block the perception of your pain.

Aquatic Therapy

Scenario: Long-lasting, chronic back pain, post surgical conditions, fibromyalgia, arthritis

Aquatic Therapy uses the advantages of water to reduce stress on joints and muscles by minimizing the effects of gravity on the body. The treatment emphasis is to reduce pain, increase mobility and regain function.

Anodyne Infrared Therapy

Scenario: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy – nerve damage caused by diabetes in which patient may experience numbness, loss of sensation and sometimes pain.

Anodyne therapy is monochromatic infrared energy treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Anodyne in combination with exercises prescribed by a physical therapist has been proven to improve sensation, balance, decrease pain and decrease incidence of falls.

Still have more questions? Please feel free to stop by or give us a call! 

805.226.0975 – 1345 Park Street Paso Robles, CA 93446


The APTA, or American Physical Therapy Association, is running an #AgeWell campaign in honor of National Physical Therapy Month.

They have compiled a list of #AgeWell resources online. Click HERE for the link!

Visit APTA’s official consumer information website at MoveForwardPT.com to see what they’re up to in honor of National Physical Therapy Month!

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1345 Park St
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 226-0975

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MoveForwardPT.com lists the following Physical Therapy tips to help you #AgeWell!

  1. Chronic pain doesn’t have to be the boss of you.
  2. You can get stronger when you’re older.
  3. You may not need surgery or drugs for low back pain.
  4. You can lower your risk of diabetes with exercise.
  5. Exercise can help you avoid falls – and keep your independence.
  6. Your bones want you to exercise.
  7. Your heart wants you to exercise.
  8. Your brain wants you to exercise.

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