One of the keys to managing back pain or neck pain is to actively engage in rehabilitation and exercise. Physical therapy helps place patients on the right track by exercising weak points and regaining strength that may have been lost. An exercise program should be tailored to the individual’s condition and pain level, and include a combination of  stretching, strengthening, and aerobic conditioning.

Sometimes called hands-on physical therapy, manual physical therapy uses no devices or machines. With this technique, therapists use only their hands to reduce back muscle tension and restore mobility to stiff joints.
Myofascial release therapy (also known as myofascial trigger point therapy) is a type of safe, low load stretch that releases tightness and the pain caused by restrictions in the fascial system.

Heat and cold therapy, massage therapy, and electrotherapy are a few passive physical therapy modalities aimed at helping to reduce neck pain and stiffness. Find out how they work and some of their associated risks.

Most patients with low back pain will benefit by using physical therapy for pain relief. A physical therapist can show proper exercise technique and ensure follow through.

Physical therapy is often recommended to treat neck pain. Learn about the two most commonly used physical therapy methods and how they help to alleviate neck pain and stiffness.


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