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MAPS Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain Management

The MAPS Physical Therapy department for chronic pain management is a network of specialized physical therapists who work directly with pain management patients and their medical team to ensure continuity of care. Whether pain management patients are suffering from a chronic pain condition or an acute injury, our physical therapists' expertise in treating pain and movement dysfunction will assist patients in reducing pain and achieving their goals with the proper chronic pain physical therapy for pain management.

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Appropriate regular exercise has been proven to reduce chronic pain. This means that once pain management patients become proficient in the MAPS Physical Therapy program for chronic pain and pain management, they'll become more comfortable performing daily activities, and they'll be able to tolerate increased activity levels with less pain. Pain management patients can expect their MAPS chronic pain physical therapists to be pain management advocates and teammates, helping improve their quality of life and working with them every step of the way to achieve their pain management goals.

MAPS physical therapy for chronic pain program is designed to complement interventional pain management procedures and promotes the most long-term relief possible.  

Our pain management physical therapists focus on neutral spine exercises and promote a core trunk strengthening/stabilization program. The department's individualized chronic pain physical therapy programs include manual therapy, spine stabilization training, soft tissue mobilization, biofeedback training, pool therapy and much more.

At MAPS, pool therapy is individualized, one-on-one physical therapy, ensuring that pain management patients meet their full rehabilitation potential. The goals of pool therapy are to improve postural awareness, spine stabilization ability, balance and body mechanics, and overall functional endurance. Pool therapy is often used to smooth the transition to more advanced, land-based physical therapy.

The MAPS Edina and Maple Grove saltwater rehabilitation pools are located within our clinical space and operate at approximately 98 degrees. Salt water is helpful for buoyancy purposes, as well as for lowering chlorine levels, which can be irritating to those who are chemically sensitive. Our Coon Rapids pool therapy is performed at the Lifetime Fitness pool and is operated at approximately 92 degrees.

MAPS physical therapists measure how pain management patients are responding to physical therapy through a variety of validated outcome tools, including functional performance evaluations and questionnaires. Assessment of how a patient is responding to physical therapy for pain management helps us know if a particular physical therapy program is working and if it should be adjusted to maximize the patient's potential.

Recently, the MAPS Physical Therapy department became involved with the study of neuroscience education, also known as "Explain Pain." Detailed in the book Why Do I Hurt? (available for purchase at MAPS), this research focuses on the nervous system's involvement in chronic pain, and it's a great tool for educating patients on the physiological contributors to the pain sensation.

Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain Treatment and Treatment Methods

The MAPS Physical Therapy department builds individualized pain management treatment programs for patients. These physical therapy programs for pain management treatment may include a combination of the following treatment methods: aquatic therapy (in a warm, saltwater pool), acute pain rehabilitation, chronic pain rehabilitation, advanced manual therapy, myofascial release, joint mobilization, strain/counterstrain therapy, soft tissue mobilization, MedX, spine stabilization training, core strengthening, Pilates reformer therapy, therapeutic yoga, biofeedback, pelvic floor therapy, therapeutic neuroscience education, functional assessments, LIFE Test (activities of daily living ability testing), mirror therapy, graded motor imagery, laterality training, balance improvement, TENS, STS therapy, infrared light therapy, strengthening exercise, flexibility exercise, aerobic exercise education, home program, self-management skills, ergonomics education, body mechanics training, back strengthening and hypersensitive nervous system treatment.

We are equipped to treat the following medical conditions at our Edina, Maple Grove and Coon Rapids locations:

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