What We Treat

Our services are geared towards improving the motion and quality of life of those we serve. We achieve this in a host of ways, using best practices and cutting edge research. Our services include but are not limited to:

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy is an umbrella term for skilled, hands-on treatment techniques performed by physical therapists to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. These include both passive (therapist performed) and active (therapist and patient perform collaboratively) techniques, which are aimed at restoring proper function to soft tissues and joints. Manual therapy is most effective when the techniques are targeted to the individual patient’s needs and coupled with neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic exercise.

Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping Method (muscle taping) is a targeted rehabilitative taping technique, that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints, without restricting the body’s range of motion. It also provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of any manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Kinesio Tape® is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to the advanced age.

Cupping

This is a traditional Chinese therapy that has been adapted to the field of Sports Medicine. Cupping can be used to help treat a variety of injuries including chronic lower back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, cervical spondylosis and other myofascial soft tissue injuries. Cupping aids in healing, as the negative pressure from the cups lifts the fascia to stretch it and allows for the lymphatic system to drain toxins. Cupping can eliminate pain and/or any mechanical deficiencies caused by restricted soft tissue and can treat myofascial strains and other soft tissue restrictions unrelated to injury.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique in which a small filament needle is used to mechanically disrupt dysfunctional muscle(s), fascia and connective tissue. Muscular tightness and spasm of connective tissues can lead to compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine, causing active and / or latent trigger points to occur.  Active trigger points can cause spontaneous pain, whereas latent trigger points cause pain when compressed. Dry needling targets the microscopic dysfunction of the muscle along with the nerves associated with it. The disruption produced by the needle also releases chemical and hormonal messengers that help balance the nervous system. Overall, the goal of dry needling therapy is to return the muscle and soft tissue structures to a “normal” electrical, chemical, and mechanical environment.

IASTM (Instruments Assistive Soft Tissue Mobilization)

The Graston Technique® is a form of manual therapy. It is one of a number of manual therapy approaches that uses instruments with a specialized form of gentle massaging/scraping of the skin. The instruments, usually steel-based, are used to identify and treat soft tissue restrictions and scar tissues that are contributing to a patient’s discomfort. Graston is designed to restore normal range of motion, decrease fascial restrictions, eliminate pain, and restore function to an area of tissue restriction. It is usually performed along with therapeutic exercise and stretching to treat both acute and chronic pain.

Neuromuscular Reeducation

Proprioceptive (perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body) Neuromuscular (pertaining to the nerves and muscles) Facilitation (to make easier). The goal of the treatment is to facilitate patients to restore a movement or posture which has been identified to be in a state of dysfunction. This neuromuscular re-education approach is based on the principles of anatomy, physiology, growth and development, the science of movement, behavior sciences, and neurophysiology to improve the quality and efficiency of movement.

Pain Management

Pain management is a primary goal of physical therapy where multiple conservative strategies are used to enhance quality of life. Strategies may include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, postural retraining and education, to promote optimal healing and reduction of pain. Your therapist will work with you and your medical team to develop an appropriate plan of care that addresses your specific needs and goals.

Postural Retraining

Postural issues and imbalances can contribute to joint and muscle pain, muscular tension, and even decreased internal organ function. Postural retraining or therapy is a natural method of pain relief that uses exercises to correct skeletal misalignment. Proper structural alignment allows the body to function efficiently, without pain, tension, or undue fatigue. By rebalancing the muscles through an individualized program of stretching and strengthening, the therapist will address the root cause of many types of pain. Postural therapy can address conditions such as headaches, sciatica, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, neck tension and pain, tight shoulders, jaw tension and pain, bursitis and low back pain. Correcting your posture can also help prevent injury during athletic activities by allowing the joints and muscles to function as they were designed to do.

Therapeutic Exercises

Sometimes this is called corrective exercise, and  is one of the most effective treatment tools therapists and patients have to reduce pain and disability. Therapeutic exercise refers to instructing the patient on the performance of body movements or exercises designed to restore normal function to injured or impaired joints or tissues. The goal of therapeutic exercise is often to regain flexibility, strength and endurance, but may also include balance training and movement re-education of painful or difficult activities in order to improve a patient’s ability to perform daily movements or tasks.

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