Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can be frustrating. RA can limit
your ability to perform basic task like blow drying your hair, walking
upstairs, pushing a shopping cart or even playing with your children.
Incorporating physical therapy to your RA treatment plan can greatly increase
your movement capacity. Learn how the physical therapy can help your RA from a
Houston physical therapist.
Keeping You Moving
The goal of physical therapy is to get your moving. Your Houston physical
therapist will design an individualized physical therapy plan to help
you reach your goals. Patients should expect their physical therapist
to utilize various methods to help stimulate the joints and muscles in
your affected areas resulting in stronger, more toned muscles.
In addition to strength building exercise, your physical therapist will
also work with you on stretching. Stretching of major joints is essential
to prevent contracture formations. Contracture formations occur as a result
of stiffness in the joints, muscles, and ligaments. Stretching helps maintain
and increase range of motion.
One of the immeasurable benefits of physical therapy is the motivation
and encouragement physical therapists provide. Movement restrictions can
take a toll on the mental and emotional health of a person. Some days
you may feel like giving up. Attending physical therapy sessions mean
you have a coach cheering you on the whole time. You may focus so intently
on reaching one huge movement goal, but miss other small achievements
you accomplish on the way. Physical therapists document your progress
every session, meaning they can help provide you with motivation by showing
you have far you’ve come in your exercises.
Help your Keep Your Independence
We understand how annoying it can feel to lose range of motion in your
body. If you lose the ability to style your hair or walk up the stairs,
it can feel like you are losing your independence. Our Houston physical
therapists help you take back some of that independence you feel you’ve
lost since your RA diagnosis. We work with you to reach your goals. If
you tell us your goal is to style your hair with the blow dryer again,
we’ll design a plan around your needs and help you reach that goal.
Ready to get started?
Contact (713) 588-0042 today.