PHYSICAL THERAPY DALLAS
By utilizing therapeutic exercise, various physical modalities (such as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training, our PT’s assist clients with the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury, disability, or other conditions.
A skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
A program designed for people with diseases, injuries, or disorders of the nervous system. Neurological rehab can often improve function, reduce symptoms, and improve the well-being of the patient. *We do not accept insurance
4 Benefits of Dallas Physical Therapy
Every year, half of all Americans experience a musculoskeletal injury that lasts for longer than three months. Unfortunately, many people don’t seek the correct treatment for their injury, opting for home treatments or simply ignoring it in hopes it gets better by itself. That’s why an astounding 2.4 billion people are in need of physical therapy, according to a recent estimation.
But what is physical therapy? How can physical therapy benefit you? In this article, we’re going to cover the main benefits that you’ll experience when you visit our physical therapy center in Dallas.
What is physical therapy?
The definition of physical therapy is a type of treatment that focuses on improving the function of your body. The physical therapists at our center in Dallas are all licensed medical professionals who have been trained to treat an array of physical conditions. These conditions may be related to an injury, disability, disease, or genetics.
Why do people get physical therapy?
Oftentimes, we ignore benign injuries because we don’t think they’re bad enough for medical
care. But this causes the injury to get worse over time, and to usually spread to other areas of the body in an attempt to compensate for the pain or imbalances. This is the need for physical therapy.
What are the benefits of physical therapy?
50 million adults experience chronic pain every day. The only viable treatment for many is pain medication, but this only masks the symptoms rather than treating the source of the problem. Physical therapy is an effective way to manage pain by treating the injury or condition responsible.
A study published in 2018 found that when patients with chronic and severe low back pain received physical therapy, they noted significant improvements in pain and functional status versus a control group.
Improved mobility and function
During one of our physical therapy sessions here in Dallas, a therapist will guide you through stretches and exercises that focus on increasing the range of motion of your joints and strengthening your muscles. As a result, your mobility will improve.
A recent study summarized this relationship, concluding that “frequency of physical therapy is associated with mobility”.
8.6 million sports injuries occur each year, but interestingly, research suggests up to 54 percent of people don’t get the proper treatment. This causes persistent injuries that never really heal. Physical therapy is the most effective way to recover from injuries. Our therapists use hands-on massage and manipulation, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation to increase blood flow to the injury and promote healing naturally.
Continuing from the last point, when you ignore an injury, it gets worse. This increases the likelihood that you will need surgery to fix it. Surgeries are expensive, painful, and have a substantial recovery period that can impact your ability to work, socialize, and look after your family. To put this into perspective, the average cost of knee surgery is $50,000. Treating your injury with physical therapy can prevent the need for surgery further down the line.
If you’re interested in physical therapy in Dallas, reach out to us!
We would love to help you find the solution you need for your condition, to ultimately restore mobility, function, and a better quality of life.
Dr. Brian T.
Doctor of Physical Therapy Dallas
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Dry Needling (ATI Physical Therapy)
Physical Therapy // Dry Needling:
Evaluation + First Session (60 Mins) – $120
Dry Needling (30 Mins) – $75
1 PT Treatment Session (45 Mins) – $80
1 PT + Dry Needling Treatment Session (60 Mins) – $90
5 PT Treatment Sessions (60 Mins) – $400
12 PT Treatment Sessions (60 Mins) – $720
5 Dry Needling Sessions (30 Mins) – $300
Dr. Amanda K.
Doctor of Physical Therapy Dallas
Neurological Certified Specialist
Functional Dry Needling Certification
Physical Therapy // Dry Needling
Evaluation + First Session (45 Mins) – $180
1 Session (45 Mins) – $135
Dry Needling (30 Mins) – $75
5 Sessions (45 Mins) – $625
10 Sessions (45 Mins) – $1,200
The Importance of Physical Therapy for Long Term Strength Gains
If you’re someone who’s looking to build strength, it can be super simple. It can also be a more complex process that contains many moving parts. We know that lifting heavier weights can provide the human body with a stimulus for increasing strength and muscle size. This stimulus has to be carried over a period of time to create the desired change, and if something was to happen this progression could be slowed down. This is why it’s important to include preventative measures that will help reduce injury risk and keep you lifting over a longer period of time. The more time that is spent lifting, the stronger you will be able to get!
There are many ways to make this happen, but we’re going to specifically talk about the role that physical therapy plays in the long-term process of strength gain. We’ll discuss how well they pair together and how you can make this process come full circle to provide the best gains for yourself.
What is physical therapy?
The actual definition of physical therapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. Now, that is a short definition and doesn’t even begin to cover the depth at which physical therapy can help a person.
Physical therapy is going to provide a solution for multiple struggles, or act as a preventive measure for possible future issues.
While this is a service that is often written off as for injured people, this isn’t the case at all. It’s extremely valuable for the person who’s just looking to improve their physical abilities. We all have imbalances, injuries, and pre-existing issues that can be resolved for better performance. While that knee pain may not be that worrisome right now, you could probably lift more without it. This is a situation where physical therapy could get you on track for a better lifting experience.
The therapy, as stated, can come in multiple forms as well. Physical therapy isn’t just a couple of exercises. It can include joint manipulation, massage, and various of forms of treatment. So long as you find the right practitioner, you’ll have a wide variety of treatments at your fingertips. It’s important to note that there won’t really be just one solution for everyone. With the uniqueness of each person, there needs to be unique care and treatment. If you find a good therapist, this is the experience you’ll get and you’ll be on a really good path.
Physical Therapy and Strength Training
When it comes to strength training, it can be tough on the body. In reality, it has to be if it’s going to provide you with enough stimulus to elicit change. It also gets more challenging over time if you’re properly following a progression. As you get stronger, it takes more weight and volume to make a difference. If you’re not properly taking care of your body for recovery and injury prevention (or taking care of existing injuries), over time your ability to keep up with it will decline. This lowers the longevity of your training, which also limits how strong you can get. In addition, you may also end up with an injury that puts your training on the back burner, and this can set you back.
Taking the initiative to keep some sort of preventative treatment in your routine is important for a long career lifting weights. This may come as some form of work outside of the gym, such as physical therapy. Physical therapy is often seen as something for someone with a current injury, but this is far from the truth. It’s actually something that anyone can benefit from at any time. Spending time working on nagging injuries, mobility issues, imbalances, and range of motion will pay off in the long run.
Whether this is something that you do on a really consistent basis or just a couple times a year, it can go a long way in extending your ability to lift for long periods of time.
In the end your body is only going to keep up with training based on how well you take care of it. If you’re neglecting the extra work that is required for intense training, then you’ll fall pretty short. Whereas if you put the time and effort into recovering and prepping the body for what’s to come, you’ll have a long and prosperous lifting career.
The progressions of this type of training fit hand in hand with progressing someone through therapy. Thus, this makes a perfect pairing on the other end of things. You may even use some of your strength training in a physical therapy training session, which should make things feel really natural!
Lifting Prep with Physical Therapy
While working towards those long-term strength gains, you need to also prep the body for what’s to come. This is the perfect opportunity to bring in some physical therapy work. Let’s say you have a very important meet coming up, or maybe just an intense session. You can set yourself up a physical therapy visit to ensure that your joints, muscles, and tendons are locked and loaded to perform. You may notice that things feel a bit smoother, or you hit your positions a lot easier this way. There’s nothing wrong with going the extra mile to prepare. It’s going to improve performance, which will in turn improve how much you take from strength training.
You may also need extra prep by loosening things up from a hard week of strength training. The muscles can get tight and sore, plus you may even build up some scar tissue if there’s an injury. This can limit how you feel on the following week. You may walk in normally and feel so beat up that it takes you 45 minutes to actually feel warm.
This won’t be the case if you add in some physical therapy as recovery and prep. Things won’t feel as stiff, and you’ll be able to hop into a session and feel smooth as can be!
Making Your Training Full Circle
Long term training takes commitment. It also takes going the extra mile to bring things full circle. It’s not just one piece of the puzzle that gets the job done. You’re going to need a pull from multiple areas of training, recovery, physical therapy, nutrition, and more. This is what taking a well-rounded approach is going to look like for the person really seeking long term success. While it may seem a little extra, it’s all an investment to make gains for a longer period of time without injury or setbacks. While these can still happen, you can really lower the chances dramatically in this way!
Physical therapy goes hand in hand with strength training. It’s actually quite important if you’re someone looking to make long term gains. It’s supplemental, but it goes a long way in making sure that you avoid injuries, stay ready for training, and recover properly. Without bringing this into your routine, you could increase chances for injury or lack the proper recovery to keep up with long term training. Your body can only take so much without recovery, and eventually you’ll fizzle out. Thus, it’s important that you include something like physical therapy as a preventative measure.
You may also think that physical therapy is only for people who’ve had surgery or a major injury. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s a great add-in even if you don’t feel like you have anything wrong. Physical therapy is proactive, and not just reactive! Go try out a few therapists to see which ones you like the best. If they can help you get on a track for better performance and longevity, then stick with it. It won’t be a one and done solution because it does take some consistency. However, over time you’ll notice that your training will improve. The weights will seem lighter, you’ll move better, and you won’t hurt as much.