Physical Therapy

Shift Wellness

Health & Wellness Center located in Union Square, New York, NY

The compassionate and caring team of physical therapists at Shift Wellness in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan provides individualized, one-on-one, holistic physical therapy to help you reduce pain, improve balance, and restore strength and mobility. You can choose between various treatment styles, including orthopedic physical therapy, post-op physical therapy, Pilates-based or yoga-based physical therapy, Feldenkrais physical therapy, and more. You can also review each therapist's unique specializations and select a provider whose approach is best for you. To schedule an appointment at the New York City office, call or book a consultation online today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy uses strength training, range of motion exercises, and manual manipulation to help people recover from:

  • Accidents
  • Injuries
  • Surgeries
  • Illnesses
  • Chronic pain conditions

By focusing on mobility, balance, and strength, physical therapy can ease pain and inflammation, encourage circulation, and improve your overall quality of life.

Physical therapy requires hard work and dedication. To achieve the best possible results, it’s important to attend all of your appointments and follow your physical therapist’s instructions carefully. This means working through the pain and pushing your limits, even if it seems difficult.

What happens during a physical therapy appointment?

No two physical therapy appointments are exactly alike. The team at Shift Wellness tailors treatment to a patient’s individual needs. 

Usually, a physical therapy session begins with several hands-on techniques. Depending on your condition, your provider might recommend joint-mobilization exercises, soft tissue work to stretch tight muscles, or manual manipulation. Manual manipulation uses carefully applied force to improve mobility in your joints and connective tissue.

Following hands-on treatment, you participate in a series of exercises and low-level stretches to boost your core strength and flexibility. You might also benefit from rehabilitation technologies to reduce pain, relieve swelling, and decrease muscle spasms. 

Some of the most common rehabilitation treatments include ultrasound therapy, trigger point massage, dry needling, Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates, OrthoBionomy®, the Feldenkrais Method®, and electrical stimulation.

Will physical therapy make me sore?

Participating in physical therapy isn’t always easy. To achieve the best possible results, your Shift Wellness therapist may push you outside of your comfort zone. As a result, it’s normal to experience some tenderness and general discomfort. 

Follow your physical therapist’s instructions carefully and take breaks as necessary. If you’re unable to perform a certain exercise or stretch, speak up and let your provider know. The goal of physical therapy is to help, not harm. 

How long do I need to attend physical therapy appointments?

Physical therapy isn’t a quick fix. Your body needs a certain amount of time to heal damaged tissues and joints. If you rush through the motions or try to speed up the process, you risk further injury in the future.

Physical therapy takes place in stages. Some people finish physical therapy within three to six months. For others, physical therapy lasts a year or longer. Be patient and positive results are sure to follow.

To explore physical therapy, make an appointment at Shift Wellness. Call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book online today.