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What can Physical Therapy do for me that I can’t do on my own?

I saw the question in the header on the Magnoliatherapyla.com FAQ website and thought to myself , “that IS a good question.”

Being an independent, strong-minded boot strapper I know I would wonder, “why can’t I just do it myself.” “I can save myself some money.” AND in the short run that may be true, but in the long run, it could be penny wise and pound foolish.

What if I have back pain; can’t I just “strengthen my core” and get better? It is true that much of your back pain will just go away with time…and it will come back unless the deeper core muscles are strengthened, GUARANTEED! How do I know? Our reflexes are meant to protect us, and before we get hurt, our deeper core muscles (defined as transverse abdominis, pelvic floor, multifidus and diaphragm) work together to contract in the just the right way and time to keep us stable BUT…(and this is a big BUT) after a back injury the smaller muscles get screwed up and they begin to misfire, and the larger bigger stronger ones take over…and that….ladies and gentlemen, means that there will be a lot of compression on the back discs and joints and that will lead to arthritis.

It’s a lot like caring for a car or truck…keep up with the 3000 mile oil changes and that baby will hum for a long time but avoid them and they break down a lot sooner!