Rehabilitation and physical therapy are well known for their post-surgery benefits. However, rehabilitation is useful even if you aren’t planning on an upcoming surgery. Rehabilitation can help manage chronic pain and even prevent sports injuries.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all when it comes to rehabilitation though, and at Premier Chiropractic we proudly offer a variety of rehabilitation and physical therapy treatments. From soft tissue therapy to acupuncture to massage therapy, we’re here to help you feel better.
So, what is the best kind of rehabilitation? Keep reading to explore the two types of rehabilitation.
Why do you need rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation is a process that helps you recover the function of a specific body part, such as your knee or shoulder. Rehabilitation can be used to:
- Help you recover from surgery
- Reduce your risk of a sports injury
- Help you recover from an injury
- Help manage chronic pain
The “best” rehabilitation varies depending on your specific conditions. There are two types of rehabilitation: passive and active.
Passive rehabilitation is one of the first steps in rehab because these therapies help to reduce pain as well as inflammation. Passive therapies also help increase your range of motion and combat stiffness.
Examples of passive rehabilitation include:
- Massage therapy
- Soft tissue rehabilitation (which focuses on muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments)
- Electrical stimulation
- Ice therapy
Through the services of a professional therapist, they are performed on or for you.
On the other hand, active rehabilitation refers to exercises that you perform yourself. These exercises and therapies include:
- Exercise — both cardiovascular exercise and strength training
- Flexibility and balance exercises
- Functional training
Active therapies help increase muscle strength and endurance while promoting a strong brain-body connection. Studies show that active rehabilitation plays a critical role in managing back pain.
Do you need one or the other?
At Premier Chiropractic, we work with you to help you achieve your goals. Depending on your needs and goals, you might need to choose between active and passive rehabilitation. You might benefit from a combination of both. In fact, both active and passive therapies complement each other to help you improve your range of motion, reduce stiffness and soreness, and grow stronger day by day.
You might require several sessions and as you become stronger, the types of therapies you need might change.
Get the rehab that’s right for you!
At Premier Chiropractic, you’ll never feel confused with your rehabilitation plan. We walk through the process step-by-step to ensure you get the customized care you need.
Ready to learn more about your rehabilitation options? To schedule an appointment at our Pearland, Texas clinic, call 281-223-1172.