Guide to physical therapy

Physical Therapy Guide

Are you wondering if you would make a good candidate for physical therapy? We are here to serve as your guide so you can make an educated decision for your needs. Physical therapy is a safe and effective method used to relieve musculoskeletal conditions, promote healing, restore function, improve mobility and prevent injury or illness without the need for harmful medication or surgical intervention. 

Whether you have sustained a traumatic injury from high-impact sports or you have developed chronic pain and discomfort as a result of age-related degeneration, physical therapy can help you get back to the activities you have been missing out on. If you’re interested in choosing this route on the path to wellness, learn about the world-class specialists at Armor Physical Therapy and the treatment plans offered to reclaim your quality of life once and for all.

What it takes to be in a physical therapy career

A physical therapy career requires a bachelor’s degree and a graduate physical therapy degree from an accredited academic physical therapy program. Throughout their education, those pursuing physical therapy learn about medical diagnostics, patient examination, patient evaluation, orthotics, prosthetics and medical screening. 

Some therapists who wish to continue their education and specialize in a particular area also complete a residency where they can choose from the following designations:

  • Sports
  • Women’s health
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Geriatrics
  • Clinical electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary

At Armor Physical Therapy, our physical therapists are committed to delivering patient-centered care and have years of advanced training to handle even the most complicated of musculoskeletal injuries. In fact, our staff consists of the only board certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy in the southwest Michigan area and a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics. 

Physical therapy methods to recapture your lifestyle

Using conventional tools and advanced technology, such as movement investigation and gait analysis, our team of experts at Armor Physical Therapy will determine the root of your problem rather than simply treating your symptoms. Once the diagnosis is known, we will then develop a customized treatment program best fit for your needs. 

For instance, your treatment plan may consist of a combination of our physical therapy services like manual therapy, Kinesio taping, cupping, electrical stimulation, myofascial release, IASTM/Graston technique, pediatric physical therapy, therapeutic exercise, spine and back therapy, neuromuscular re-education, LSVT BIG exercise and TRX training.

We also have a program dedicated to improving sports performance and athletic achievement, so that you can be at the top of your game. This includes services such as gait evaluation, lactate threshold testing, sports performance training, biomechanical evaluations, triathlon training, shoe and orthotic recommendations, healthy spine treatments, Golf Performance Academy, Just for Kids!, S2 P.E.A.K. training, and performing arts & dance therapy.

Getting back in motion with Armor Physical Therapy

If you think that you may benefit from the physical therapy methods mentioned in this guide, reach out to Armor Physical Therapy for your pain relief, healing and injury prevention. We have locations throughout the southwest Michigan area with leading physical therapy experts standing by to help you reach your wellness goals.

Turn to the patient-centered care at Armor Physical Therapy today so we can help you live your best life. Contact our dedicated team to schedule your free 15-minute screening to determine the physical therapy treatments that are right for you.