Massage and traction are hands-on treatments provided by a physical therapist.
Massage and Traction are hands-on treatments provided by a physical therapist.
Massage includes manipulation of the joints and soft tissues to decrease pain, increase range of motion and decrease swelling.
Traction is when a weight, pulley or physical force is used to pull on a bone or joint. It can also be used to stretch a tight muscle and decrease spasms.
Commonly treated areas or regions of the body include the neck, back, hips, knees, wrists and shoulders.
These techniques also work to relax muscles and improve the mobility of joints and soft tissue.
In addition to giving treatment, a physical therapist will usually:
Ask about your medical history, current symptoms and your level of function
Test and measure your strength, flexibility and mobility
Discuss how you use your body during your daily activities
If you see a physical therapist, be prepared to discuss your symptoms, how long you've had them and if you have had them before.
Before your appointment, you should make a list of your questions/concerns/symptoms; your medications (including over-the-counter); and what makes your symptoms better or worse.
During your appointment, ask what might be causing your symptoms, when you may start to see improvement, if you should exercise or modify your activity, what the follow-up plans are and what symptoms you should report before your next appointment.
After your appointment, you should understand your treatment plan, including home exercises recommended by the physical therapist.
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