Therapeutic Exercise

We customize each patient’s exercises to their specific needs. There are no generic protocols for back pain, knee surgeries, etc. The exercises are based off our examination and re-assessment findings and thus target the exact problem areas which need attention. A weak muscle, a tight tendon, an unstable joint, etc. all will be identified and addressed with a tailor-made program just for you.

How Does the Body Respond to Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy has many physiological effects, such as increasing circulation by allowing your body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues. Benefits include:

  • Relaxing & Softening Injured & Overused Muscles
  • Reducing Spasms & Cramping
  • Increasing Joint Flexibility
  • Reducing Recovery Time for Strenuous Workouts
  • Eliminating Subsequent Pains of the Athlete at Any Level
  • Releasing Endorphins
  • Treating Chronic Illness, Injury, & Recovery from Surgery
  • Reducing Post-Surgery Adhesions & Edema
  • Reducing & Realigning Scar Tissue
  • Improving Range of Motion
  • Decreasing Discomfort for Patients with Low Back Pain

How Do You Prepare for a Physical Therapy Appointment?
Wear clothing which will allow the therapy staff to access the injured area or area of symptoms. If not, a patient gown or paper shorts can be provided. Avoid heavy meals before your appointment, but do remember to eat something within a few hours of coming in. Drink plenty of water before and after your appointment to stay well hydrated and facilitate your body’s healing response.

What Happens During a Physical Therapy Session?
Plan to arrive about 15 minutes before your appointment so that you have ample time to fill out intake paperwork on the first visit. After completing the initial questionnaire, the Physical Therapist will review your intake form and discuss with you your reasons for seeking care.

You’ll discuss areas where you may experience pain, your current physical condition, medical history, and contributing factors which may be relevant. Physical Therapy is a collaborative process. During your sessions, the Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant will check in with you to gauge your comfort and response to the interventions. And, at any time, if something in your session makes you uncomfortable, let the provider know so they can make appropriate changes.

Post-Treatment Guidelines

Some post-Physical Therapy soreness is not uncommon. Most often it develops over the next 24-48 hours and feels like muscle pain from a workout or a hike. This usually subsides over the course of a few weeks as you become stronger and more flexible. However, if you do experience a worsening of the original pain that you presented with, stop any new home exercises and contact your therapist to let them know so that they can advise you on possible changes to the plan of care. Drink around 64 ounces of water per day (unless otherwise advised by your medical provider). Good hydration will reduce chances of muscle cramping and will help with the healing process.

Contact us today to schedule sport rehabilitation and physical therapy treatments in Burien, Washington.