During the course of our lives, we develop habitual patterns of posture, thought, movement, and emotion that directly relate to our ability to prevent, recover, and heal from injury and bodily strain. Integrative physical therapy can help us become aware of these chronic patterns and how they may be contributing to our physical and emotional imbalances. We can then use our expanded awareness to restore our balance and health. Rather than simply treating our symptoms, integrative physical therapy focuses on uncovering and addressing the root cause underlying our health issues.
A Holistic Approach to Restoring Mobility, Vitality, and Ease
The conventional medical model often cites the origin of chronic pain and movement problems as arising from physical dysfunction, such as overuse or repetitive strain injuries. Science now supports a deeper model of health, including interactions of body, mind, and consciousness. If injuries do not heal in the expected time span, then there may be other psychosocial and/or emotional factors that prolong recovery. Science refers to these myriad of factors as “yellow flags.” We know, for instance, that anxiety, fear, habitual negative thought patterns, catastrophizing, and frustration at work or home are all are predictors for longer recovery times. Our interpretation of life’s stresses and strains can increase muscle and fascia tension, restrict movement, and contribute to the pain cycle. To put ourselves in the optimal position for health and recovery, we need to address all aspects of ourselves, including our mind-body makeup and interpretations of life.
The Benefits of Integrative Physical Therapy
Integrative physical therapy focuses on helping us uncover and address the root cause underlying our health issue rather than just treating the symptoms. Physical therapists help you improve your quality of life by showing you how to move better, with less pain, more motion, and less fatigue. An integrative physical therapist, one who addresses all aspects of your life, can help you discover the areas of physical, emotional, and mental tension held in the body’s tissues ‒ and work with you to release that tension and return to your natural state of balance.
Integrative physical therapists have a unique understanding of how the physical body interacts and relates to the mind and spirit and can discern the best therapeutic approach that will have the greatest positive benefit.
Integrative physical therapy can help a wide variety of health conditions, including:
- Neck and back pain
- Migraines and headaches
- Sports and yoga injuries
- Fibromyalgia and fatigue
- Joint pain
Disclaimer: Please note that integrative treatments are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease and is not a substitute for medical care. Please consult an appropriate health care practitioner about any medical concerns that you have.