Manual Therapy is an advanced level of physical therapy training that includes skilled, specific hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat soft tissue and joint structures.
Expected outcomes may include:
- Increasing range of motion
- Reducing soft tissue tension
- Eliminating joint inflammation
- Increasing joint mobility
- Improving joint stability
Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT)
Spinal Manipulation, also known as "High-Velocity-Low-Amplitude Thrust". SMT is unique compared with other manual therapy techniques in that the clinician applies a rapid impulse or thrust, in order to achieve a gapping and subsequent cavitation of the target joint.
SMT is used by physical therapists to:
- Facilitate movement
- Relieve pain
- Increase circulation
- Relax muscles
- Improve muscle function
Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. The needle can treat very deep parts of the muscle, allowing the ability to achieve significant pain relief.
Dry Needling is not Acupuncture, and is never intended to be a treatment by itself. It is always done in conjunction with other forms of physical therapy treatment. These may include exercises, postural training, education, and other hands-on techniques such as soft tissue work and manipulation.
Dry Needling is used to treat the following conditions:
- Neck and Lower back pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Sciatic Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis and Golfer Elbow
- Chronic pain conditions
- Muscle Spasms
- Headaches and whiplash
Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) Therapy
What is Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? TMD, are disorders of the jaw muscles, joints, and/or the nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Any problem that prevents the complex system of muscles, bones and joints from working efficiently may result in TMD.
- Myofascial pain, the most common form of TMD, which is discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function and the neck and shoulder muscles.
- Internal derangement of the joint. This means a dislocated jaw or displaced disc, or injury to the condyle (the rounded edges of the jaw).
- Degenerative joint disease, such as osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw joint.
- Jaw discomfort or soreness (often most prevalent in the morning or late afternoon)
- Pain radiating behind the eyes, in the face, shoulder, neck, and/or back
- Earaches or ringing in the ears (not caused by an infection of the inner ear canal)
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Locking of the jaw
- Mouth motions are limited
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Sensitivity of the teeth without the presence of an oral health disease
- Numbness or tingling sensation in the fingers
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
Whether you are a weekend warrior, young, or a serious athlete, sports injuries are common. Immediate attention to acute injuries or repetitive stress injuries can result in a quicker return to activity and athletics. Building strength and flexibility is the best way to avoid injury or re-injury. Physical therapists will guide you through specific movements that help to avoid injuries based on your sport and your specific build and get you back to your sport.
Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on the treatment or rehabilitation of injuries to the orthopedic system, which includes muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Physical Therapy is often helpful in the treatment of orthopedic conditions that can cause pain, decreased strength and decreased range of motion.
ADDITIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES:
The greatest amount of your time is spent at work, it deserves the best attention. Our therapies are specifically designed to evaluate and treat the specific concerns related to returning you to your job safely and efficiently. Our work rehabilitation program offers:
- Work conditioning
- Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)
- Education of safe work habits
- Safe and timely return to work after injury or illness
Pre-Operative Physical Therapy
This program is designed to help you prior to surgery so that you can have the best outcome possible after surgery. Goals of pre-operative physical therapy include:
- Mentally prepare for surgery
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Restore range of motion
- Normalize movement patterns
- Improve overall well being and fitness
Video Gait/Running Analysis
A full, comprehensive view of your running, by looking at your movement from different angles and analyze how each joint is performing. This examination will point out deficiencies that are slowing you down, that could be causing or potentially lead to injury.