Physical Therapy Overview
Welcome to Colorado in Motion’s Physical Therapy page, where we cover what you need to know about receiving physical therapy services in Fort Collins, Windsor, and throughout the northern Front Range region in Colorado.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy (abbreviated PT, and also known as physiotherapy outside the United States) is treatment for musculoskeletal issues that uses physical methods rather than drugs or surgery to reduce pain, increase mobility, and optimize your ability to function in your everyday life.
When you receive physical therapy services, you’ll work with a physical therapist to alleviate your symptoms in a way that is safe, beneficial, and gradual. For example, you may be recovering from an injury or surgery, experiencing back pain, living with inflammation or swelling, or experiencing weakness following a stroke. All of these cases can be effectively addressed through physical therapy treatments.
The physical therapist’s approach with you will depend on your unique condition and state of physical fitness. The goal is always to get you as close as possible to where you need to be in terms of improved mobility, reduced pain, and greater comfort.
Examples of what your physical therapist can help you achieve:
- Increase your range of motion
- Speed up recovery and regain strength after surgery, an injury, or a stroke
- Teach you new skills and exercises that will help in your everyday life
- Help you to reduce stiffness, swelling, pain, or weakness
- Help you to increase strength, flexibility, resilience, and endurance
- Guide you in principles of correct muscle movement and proper posture and gait
How Does Physical Therapy Work?
Physical therapy works on the principle of how your body’s bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints work together to allow you to move around. Many times when you have an area of injury, trauma, inflammation, or weakness, you will unconsciously adapt the way you are moving to compensate for the part that hurts. Soon, it becomes a habit to move in a way that your body wasn’t designed to move, leading to further problems.
Physical therapists are trained to understand the relationship between all these factors, and they are equipped with a range of techniques to correct any movement dysfunction through exercises, soft tissue treatment (i.e. massages), and other methods.
Your physical therapist’s understanding of your body’s mechanisms of movement is extensive, enabling them to identify areas of weakness, identify the goal of where you want to be, and put together a plan for how to get you there. They’ll use incremental steps that may not seem to be very difficult or substantial by themselves. However, it’s the accumulated effect of all of the steps that will get you to where you need to be.
What is Colorado in Motion?
Colorado In Motion is a physical therapy and occupational therapy center in Fort Collins and Windsor, Colorado. We specialize in offering physical therapy sessions and much more to all of our neighbors in the greater Front Range area of Northern Colorado. One of our specialties is post-stroke therapy and rehabilitation services. We have four locations to serve you, and our providers are skilled and qualified professionals who care about the needs of those who can be helped by physical therapy.
To benefit from physical therapy rehabilitation services in Windsor, Fort Collins, Loveland, Wellington, or any of the surrounding areas, please give us a call! We are here to serve you.