Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Specialist
Physical therapy can drastically improve your range of motion and mobility. If you’re having a hard time moving around and doing everyday tasks, physical therapy can help restore your function and even get you active again. The physicians at the Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center provide unique physical therapy programs that are tailored to fit the individual needs of their patients. Call their Lisle, Illinois, office today, or book an appointment online.

Physical Therapy Q & A

Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a treatment method aimed at improving your mobility and range of motion. If you’re having difficulty moving around properly or if getting up the stairs or even walking is causing pain and stiffness, physical therapy can help.

Physical therapy usually involves a combination of education, guided movement and exercises, heat and cold temperature methods, and electrical stimulation. It can increase your flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance. Physical therapy can also be a preventive care method.

During your first physical therapy appointment, you have a consultation to discuss your symptoms and daily activity level. The first treatment step involves decreasing your pain and swelling via manual therapy, education, and other techniques.

Your Northstar physical therapist may have you perform exercises such as weightlifting, stretching, and walking. They may also give you exercises to do at home in between visits.

Do I need physical therapy?

If you’re struggling with normal daily functions and experiencing pain, physical therapy could be an effective solution. It's advisable if you're:

  • Recovering from surgery
  • Recovering from a traumatic event or injury
  • Experiencing limited range of motion in a certain area
  • Dealing with a chronic health problem such as arthritis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

What are the types of physical therapy?

The physicians at Northstar provide a range of physical therapies, including:

Heat packs

Heat packs increase your circulation and allow nutrients to flow to areas with lower blood supply. They also assist in flushing toxic waste out of your muscles.

Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound provides heat deep into the soft tissues, tendons, muscles, and joints. Physical therapy ultrasound uses deep heat to relax your tight muscles and increase elasticity.

Microcurrent

Microcurrent uses specific acupuncture points to release muscle spasms and decrease pain.

LED laser therapy

Laser therapy tackles your pain and supports the healing of tissue. The goal is to stimulate the turnover and regeneration of new cells with a gentle laser. That can accelerate the healing process and assist your body in ditching damaged cells.

Interferential current

Interferential currents are used to stimulate the spinal muscles. The goal is to flush out toxins and control muscle spasms. The current delivers a healing energy to your muscles to revitalize them and further kickstart the healing process.

Intersegmental traction

Intersegmental traction is a chiropractic therapy bed that’s used to restore mobility in the spine. Rollers slowly travel the length of your spine, gently stretching spinal joints.

Call or book your physical therapy session online and take advantage of the chance for improved mobility.

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Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center
4513 Lincoln Ave.
Suite 212
Lisle, IL 60532