4 Signs You Need Physical Therapy That Have Nothing to Do With Pain or Surgery

4 Reasons You Need PT that have nothing to do with pain or surgery, PT for anxiety, stress relief, Physical therapy for tension and worries

Most people think you need to get injured, break a bone, or have surgery to need physical therapy.  This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In five years in our physical therapy clinic, only a handful of clients out of over four thousand have come in for those reasons.  Physical therapy can help with everyday pain, optimize how you move to prevent injuries from happening, and make you feel good and strong in your body so you can live the vibrant, energetic, and active life you deserve.  

Here are 4 signs you need physical therapy that have nothing to do with getting hurt. 

1. You’re Not Sleeping Well

Tossing and turning because you have a sore hip? Can’t find a comfortable position to sleep? Low back pain preventing you from laying in bed and restraining you to a recliner? These nagging nighttime issues can be resolved with the help from a physical therapist.  We can help you heal your body so you hit the mattress feeling good. We can also help you find a sleeping position, adding pillows as needed to keep you comfortable.  Finding a nighttime ritual – whether that includes a 3 minute yoga flow, a few moments of meditation, or stream of consciousness journaling can make huge impacts on how well you sleep. Yes, your physical therapist can help you with all of that.

2. You Feel Like You’re Not Living Life to the Fullest

It’s really hard to enjoy life when you’ve got constant headaches.  Food doesn’t taste as good, you don’t want to immerse yourself in a concert, you’re limiting how much you move your body. Little annoyances from your children may completely set you off.  Don’t let any pain keep you from enjoying your life.  No matter how big or small, how long your pain has been going on, your physical therapist can help. 

3. You’re Afraid of Getting Hurt

One time you got down on the floor to play with your kids and you strained your back and could barely stand up. Now you don’t want to get on the floor “in case your back goes out again.”  We totally get it.  Getting hurt is scary, but we know one key to healing is trusting your body and moving soon after an injury.  If you’ve stopped doing anything because you’re afraid of getting hurt (again), a physical therapist can help you trust your body again to get back to the things you love. No, it’s not too late to get back on that bicycle!

4. You’re Constantly Anxious

Getting out of your head and into your body is extremely important. Connecting with your breath and being able to scan your body can help calm your mind. Physical therapy can teach you how to slow down your respiratory rate (how fast you’re breathing), calm your nervous system, and get stronger in your core.  All these things in return can help decrease anxiety. 

Every day we hear “I didn’t know physical therapy could help with that.”  No matter if you’ve had surgery or not, had a pain in your neck for 15 years, or haven’t jogged because you’re afraid of hurting yourself, physical therapy can get you back to feeling your best and living your life to the fullest. You deserve it. 

Call 515-255-3932 or email contactus@breatheptw.com to schedule a consultation.  Virtual appointments available throughout Iowa.

Breathe. is a three-clinic holistic physical therapy practice in Des Moines, West Des Moines and Iowa City / Cedar Rapids area specializing in dry needling, dra, pants peeing, women’s health, pregnancy/postpartum pain and recovery and pelvic floor dysfunction. Learn more at www.breathedsm.com

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