Physical Therapy Info

MANUAL THERAPY:

  • Myofascial Release: An application of gentle static pressure into the facial (connective tissue) system to release restrictions.
  • Muscle Energy Technique: Using the patient’s own muscle contraction to reposition a joint to normal.
  • Active Release Techniques: Apply external pressure with dynamic movement of the muscle to achieve release of restriction.
  • Strain-Counterstrain: A method of positioning muscles to change inappropriate neural activity.
  • Joint Mobilization: Moving the joint through a plane of motion to release restriction and improve range of motion.
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization: A hands-on technique to reduce muscle spasms.

MODALITIES:

  • Ultrasound: Ultrasound waves can penetrate deep into the tissue and cause warming of the tissue, provided improved circulation and flexibility. Ultrasound may be used in conjunction with individually tailored exercise programs to help a patient regain full mobility.  Physical Therapy sessions may include the use of ultrasound to reduce pain and increase flexibility to tightened muscles.
  • Electrical Stimulation: A TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) would be one form of electrical stimulation (e-stim) therapy. A TENS unit is a small, battery-operated device that delivers low-voltage electrical current through the skin via electrodes placed near the source of pain. The electricity form the electrodes stimulates nerves in the affected area and sends signals to the brain that scramble normal pain perception. TENS is not painful and has been prove to be effective therapy to mask pain.
  • Cervical and Lumbar Traction: Traction gently extends the neck or low back, opening the spaces between the vertebrae and temporarily alleviating pressure on the affected discs. Cervical or lumbar traction can either be done continuously or intermittently, alternating between short periods of pulling and resting.
  • Iontophoresis: A method of pushing medication through the skin with an electrical currently for direct delivery to the injured site.

EXERCISES:

  • Nearly all of our patients are given a personalized exercise plan suited to his or her area(s) of pain and subsequent rehabilitation program.
  • Neuromuscular: This is also referred to as muscle reeducation. It is any type of exercise directed at facilitating inhibited muscles with incorrect neural instruction. It also encompasses proprioceptive retraining or joint position sense awareness.
  • Therapeutic exercises: A class of exercises, which stretches and strengthens your muscles and increases range of motion.