PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a board-certified physical therapist, Mahir Reiss celebrates a current report
in Hive Health Media that discusses physical therapy as an effective option for chronic back pain. Mahir Reiss is the co-founder of Reiss and Westwood Physical Therapy. The physical therapists at his practice understand how to best address clients' needs and how to create a personalized treatment plan. "A treatment plan for a professional athlete varies greatly from one for an individual who wants to get back to a leisurely morning walk around the neighborhood," he said.
According to the article, "Physical therapy is the blending of exercises with physiology and applying these rules to the body pains when an injury occurs. Physical therapy for back pain focuses on the structural arrangement, which gives support to the spine and joints such as tendons, muscles and ligaments."
adds, "Physical therapy is the best method for reducing the level of back pain. Medication can help address short-term pain relief, but physical workouts help in the long-term relief of pain." While physical therapy is much more than just exercises and stretching techniques, the article points out that there are different forms of therapy, ranging from passive to active therapy. The report differentiates between physical therapy after surgery and active exercise: "Physical therapy not only helps before undergoing the surgery but it also helps in post-surgery. It offers the strengths and stability that help to recover quickly after the surgery. Simple exercises such as cycling, swimming or walking can help in strengthening your back and also give fitness to your entire body. Combine active and passive physical therapy along with basic exercises for good results."
Reiss also points out that "Stretching, a form of active therapy, keeps the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the back flexible and strong. Stretching is key to reducing the injury risk and it should be implemented into every regular workout."
The report mentions heat therapy, a form of passive therapy: "If you are suffering from chronic injury, it is the best method to reduce those pains. Chronic injuries take more time to develop, pain will come and go but it stays for a long time. Heat therapy relaxes the muscles, which are stiff and sore. It increases the joint motion and also increases the amount of blood circulation to the affected area. Hot wet cloths, warm baths, heating pads or hot packs are all easy methods to reduce the pain."
The report also highlights cold therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit and ultrasound and massage therapy as viable passive therapy options. Mahir Reiss offers services ranging from chronic pain treatment, spine rehabilitation, arthritis minimization, balance and coordination training, shoulder surgery rehabilitation programs, massage therapy and much more.
Mahir Reiss is a licensed physical therapist who is also the co-owner of Reiss and Westwood Physical Therapy. Dr Reiss and Dr. Bob Westwood provide comprehensive, customized services and care to adults, children, elderly individuals and professional athletes. Their main drive throughout the practice is to enhance the quality of patients' lives through physical therapy. They use a variety of techniques to promote healing, including aquatic therapy, traditional physical therapy methods, acupuncture, massage and dietary consultations.