A: It is most beneficial to be evaluated by a physical therapist immediately after an injury. Physical therapists are trained to recognize whether or not an injury needs to be referred on to a physician. The sooner one receives care after an injury the sooner one can expect to recover. Physical therapists can advise on how to best care for the injury, including application of cold or hot packs, what kinds of movements should be avoided, which movements should be performed and how much time one can expect to need to recover.
Q: Should I move, even though moving causes pain?
A: It’s important to move within a comfortable, easy range in ways that do not cause pain or intensify existing pain. The Feldenkrais Method is an approach we use to help people become aware of the moment they begin to sense discomfort and to find ways to move within their range of comfort. When they feel safe moving they begin to feel less fear, more freedom, and life is more pleasant.
Q: How long will I need to get treatment?
A: Treatment is ongoing in life, it is necessary as part of your self-care regimen. I compare the body to a car, you take your care in for maintenance, your body needs the same and it is an ongoing process in order to keep up with the day to day demands placed on your body.