Joint and soft tissue injuries can severely limit how you live your life. While you may turn to physical therapy to help you recover without surgery, you may not realize all that can be involved in your treatment program. At Cynergy Physical and Occupational Therapy, we begin your care by discovering the origins of your pain. Your doctor's notes and imaging reports give us an idea. However, we go beyond what we're given to better understand how structural issues may be affecting functions like the range of motion in a particular area and how you sit, stand, and walk.
Your physical therapy treatment plan incorporates your in-clinic sessions as well as "homework" exercises that you complete at home to increase flexibility and strength. Knowing that physical therapy works to improve your function in your daily life, we also incorporate various pain management therapies into care programs. To learn more about our services, call or schedule your appointment at one of our five convenient locations throughout NYC and Brooklyn today. We're happy to arrange a consultation at your most convenient office location!
How Does Postural Retraining Help Manage Pain?
Postural retraining is one of the many modalities our skilled therapists use to help our patients regain optimal comfort and mobility. Imbalances in posture can strongly contribute to muscle tension and pain, limited range of motion in the joints, and even diminished function in internal organs. The way postural retraining works is by correcting structural and skeletal misalignments that result in poor posture. When your physical therapist addresses your posture issues, they enable your body to move more efficiently and without excessive fatigue and tension. Through rebalancing in postural retraining, your therapist helps you focus on the root issues that are contributing to chronic pain and regain optimal mobility and comfort through stretching and strengthening the relevant muscles, joints, and tendons in the body. Postural retraining may be beneficial for conditions such as low back pain, neck pain and tension, shoulder pain and tension, osteoarthritis, sciatica, headaches, jaw pain, tendonitis, and more.
What is Cupping and How Does This Treatment Help Pain?
Cupping is an ancient practice that has been brought into modern awareness by elite athletes like Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps. Unlike more traditional cupping techniques, the physical therapy cupping technique does not involve fire. In the clinical setting, cupping is performed using clear cups with a port for suction. Once the desired degree of suction is achieved, the small "vacuum" tube is removed and the port is closed. While under the effects of suction, the skin and fascia can relax and benefit from expanded blood circulation through the area. In some cases, the cups are moved across the area of focus to achieve something like a deep tissue massage.
The cupping technique can help alleviate neck pain, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee osteoarthritis, lower back pain, and other orthopedic issues. It can also help remove toxins from the body and alleviate allergies, anxiety, coughing, and even fever.