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What Are the Different Methods of Physical Therapy?


When you have been prescribed physical therapy, your mind might go directly to stretches with a therapist, but did you know there are many more forms of treatment with physical therapy?

Physical therapists train extensively in:


  • Understanding patients' medical history and notes from the other physicians on a patient's care team

  • Developing individualized care plans

  • Observing patients' movements and diagnosing them

  • Providing patients with the stretches, exercises, hands-on therapy, and equipment necessary to increase mobility, improve health and wellness, and prevent further injury

  • Evaluating patients for progress and modifying the care plan as needed

  • Providing education and support throughout the recovery process and coping with challenges throughout treatment.


Some of the treatments you might receive if you visit the NJ Institute for Spine and Joint Pain are:


Indoor Warm Water Pool Therapy

Warm water therapy pools provide a safe, effective therapy environment. The warm water removes much of the stress on joints created by traditional therapy, reduces swelling, enhances flexibility, and promotes relaxation.

Work Hardening Programs

A Work Hardening Program is a goal-oriented, highly structured treatment plan customized according to the patient's needs. The program aims to get you back to work. Your therapist will address your performance and typical work activities and prescribe musculoskeletal exercises.

Extensive Land-Based Programs

Land-Based Programs incorporate exercises aimed at enhancing a patient's flexibility, strength, or aerobic ability. The US National Library of Medicine studies show that land-based treatment provides "improvements in pain intensity, physical function, and quality of life."

Post-Operative Care

Post-Operative Physiotherapy is all about restoring mobility and normal bodily functioning. When you choose this form of therapy, you can build muscle strength, reduce pain, improve your posture, and enhance your balance.


Specialty services offered at our New Jersey physical therapy clinic include:

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT)

EPAT is more widely known as acoustic pressure wave therapy. It is a highly effective, non-invasive treatment method and is the most advanced treatment method that the FDA has cleared. The benefits of EPAT include metabolism stimulation, healing acceleration, and enhanced blood circulation. It has been proven to regenerate and heal damaged tissue gradually. In more than 80% of patients whose chronic conditions haven't responded well to traditional treatments, their pain was eliminated or significantly reduced.

Spinal Decompression

Also known as Internal Disc Decompression (IDD), Spinal Decompression Therapy has been proven effective for treating neck and lower back pain. At 71%-89%, the success rates with this therapy are phenomenal, and the treatment feels excellent!

Cold Laser

In Cold Laser Therapy, a low-level laser stimulates damaged tissues painlessly and non-invasively. The results include improved healing progression, pain relief, and reduced inflammation. Its ability to treat soft tissue injuries makes it an excellent treatment for chronic inflammation and pain.


If you're looking for a new jersey physical therapy clinic or a chiropractor in new jersey, we'd love to schedule an appointment for you at the NJ Institute for Pain Relief.


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