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Managing Chronic Pain with Physical Therapy Instead of Medication

Publish Date: Fri, November 10, 2017 - 10:05:00

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When it comes to handling and managing chronic, severe pain, Rock Valley Physical Therapy offers multiple treatment options. Since receiving her Spinal Manual Therapy certification in 2013, Kris Marcks, PT, MSPT has worked hard to improve the lives of all Rock Valley patients using her medication-free techniques—in particular, those patients suffering from severe neck and back pain.

One treatment option for chronic pain is Spinal Manual Therapy. A variety of hands-on techniques, relaxation and education techniques are designed to help patients decrease and manage their pain without overwhelming their bodies with medication.

“Most patients think that medication is the only answer to eliminating their pain,” explains Marcks. “What’s so great about Spinal Manual Therapy is that I get to educate people on alternative pain management in conjunction with traditional body manipulations—like meditation and relaxation—and help them achieve a pain-free life in a natural way.” 

Because most individuals with chronic pain are fearful of overexerting themselves and causing more pain or injury, Spinal Manual Therapy helps patients learn the proper ways to manage their pain, as well as increase their awareness of the proper ways to avoid future pain. By allowing patients to open up about their pain and talk about the stressors in their life that cause discomfort, Marcks is able to help patients accept their pain and work towards improving their quality of living. 

“Recently, I treated a patient in her 60s who was suffering from chronic neck and shoulder pain for the past two years,” explains Marcks. “After only eight Spinal Manual Therapy treatment sessions, where we worked on addressing her stress and environmental triggers as well as teaching her stress relieving exercises, her pain was reduced by more than 50 percent.” 

For those particular patients who can’t seem to handle large quantities of medication in their system, Spinal Manual Therapy is a great treatment option, as well. By educating them on their internal and external stressors, and by performing simple stretch exercises, Spinal Manual Therapy is able to help decrease their pain while keeping themselves safe. 

Kris Marcks, PT, MSPT is located at our Waterloo, IA clinic.  To schedule an appointment with Kris, please call (309) 233-6995 or request an appointment online

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