When you are in the grip of chronic pain, it’s hard to remember what life is like without it. Chronic pain makes even the most ordinary activities a challenge – from sleeping and getting dressed, to working and running errands. It takes a toll on your physical and mental health.
Because every person experiences pain in a unique way, there is no single treatment that is effective for everyone. That’s why The Len Cerullo Method is a patient-centered and holistic approach to alleviating pain.
Our team takes the time to get to know who you are, not just what your medical file says. When we understand your personal experience, your symptoms, and your long-term goals, we can determine the best course of action to minimize your chronic pain. Our objective is to help you lead the most healthy, active, and full life possible.
For each patient, we create a customized treatment plan that incorporates diverse recovery options, such as meditation, pilates, and behavioral medicine. Dr. Cerullo often recommends physical therapy, which aids in managing chronic pain through manual therapy, education, and strengthening and flexibility exercises. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends physical therapy as an alternative to prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
“Physical therapy is often a key component in reducing chronic pain,” says Dr. Cerullo. “It requires a patient’s commitment and active participation, but it can greatly improve mobility and quality of life.”
According to an article from the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapists help patients manage their pain in four main ways:
- Exercise: Research shows that people who exercise on a regular basis experience less pain. Physical therapists can tailor exercise recommendations to your personal needs.
- Manual therapy: Physical therapists use a hands-on approach to care, including manipulation, and joint and soft tissue mobilizations, to decrease your pain and improve movement.
- Education: Physical therapists will gather information about your background with chronic pain, then involve you in exploring realistic treatment options.
- Teamwork: Developing a good relationship with your physical therapist can be beneficial to your pain management outcomes. When you are engaged in your own recovery, you set yourself up for success.
Learn more about The Len Cerullo Method’s holistic approach to pain management.