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How exactly does physical therapy work?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 41 years experience
Improve function: The goal of physical therapy is to restore function of affected parts of the body. It requires passive or active mobilization of groups of muscles or soft tissue ( tendons, ligaments )and treatment of the inflammation with different exercises, movements, technics or machines. They use heat or cold, electrical stimulation, ultrasound waves, weights, massage or others.
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Dr. Alberto Abrebaya
Podiatry 30 years experience
Modalities : Exactly~is relative. Majority of physiotherapeutic modalities ultrasound diathermy work by superficially or deep heating body fluid plasma infiltrates lymphatic or synovial fluid from stagnating inflamed areas. Massage moves fluids by mechanical friction. And electric stimulation galvanic current may in some configurations exchange ions through selective changing cell membrane permeability.
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What is aquatic physical therapy exactly?

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Dr. Cassandra Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Water-based exercise: Aqua therapy is an exercise program performed in water. There are many benefits of aqua therapy - buoyancy of the water helps to decrease the weight bearing stresses to the joints. This may benefit patients with arthritis, recovering from an injury such as fracture or muscle strain, or patients who are overweight. Exercises can also use the water resistance for muscle strengthening.
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