Physical therapy is a resource utilized to treat bodily ailments and build strength.

Mettler Center takes an individualized approach to construct a physical therapy plan to fit each patient. Because physical therapy covers a wide variety of issues, there are different types of physical therapy that each focus on a specific demographic or region of the body. Learn which type would best improve your physical well-being.

1. Pediatric

The exercises and methods used for children’s recovery are different than the standard practices for adults. For optimal results, children have their sector of physical therapy.

Children grow quickly, and sometimes their bodies aren’t capable of keeping up with that growth. The uneven ratio of growth rate to body accommodation can result in some growing pains. Pediatric physical therapy services help kids build strength. Strength enables children to better adjust to their new growth spurts.

2. Orthopedic

Accidents can result in the prolonged malfunctioning of muscles or, in dire cases, immobility. Long-term damage to muscles calls for a unique approach to building strength. Standard and orthopedic physical therapy both strive to build patients’ confidence and bodily functions.

Orthopedic physical therapy, however, typically homes in on areas that have atrophied from surgery or an injury. Orthopedic therapists often employ physical therapy equipment and machines to assist patients during their sessions.

3. Geriatric

Geriatric therapy focuses on older patients. This type of treatment focuses on chronic pain or areas of weakness experienced by elderly patients.

Geriatric physical therapy highlights ways to improve posture and gait and build or compensate for weakened muscles. Enrolling in this type of therapy helps geriatric patients find ways to protect themselves from future injuries.

4. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary

Cardiovascular and pulmonary are two different types of physical therapy that are rare but extremely important practices. These types of therapy are constructed with ways to build cardio and pulmonary strength. Increasing cardio and pulmonary muscle function is crucial to expanding patients’ self-reliance and well-being.

5. Vestibular

Vertigo is a common condition infamous for its ability to make people feel dizzy. Vestibular therapy centers around inner ear problems that cause the dizziness. This type of therapy includes exercises intended to improve patients’ balance and stability.

6. Neurological

Neurological damage can create a myriad of challenges for a patient. This branch of physical therapy works to increase patient life quality by tailoring exercises specific to their brain or spinal injury. Neurological injuries are often highly sensitive, hence their own realm of physical therapy options.

Kimberly Painter, PT, DPT  is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy at Mettler Center. 

Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist.

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