We employ a variety of different evidence based treatments at Advanced Practice Physical Therapy to ensure that you have the optimal treatment for your recovery and pain management. Below you can learn a little more about each term so you know what to expect during your sessions.
Muscle Energy Techniques
Muscle energy technique is a manual therapy procedure which involves the voluntary contraction of a muscle in a precisely controlled direction at varying levels of intensity against a distinct counterforce applied by the operator.
Cranio Sacral Therapy
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational.
Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques
Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM) is defined as the hands-on mobilization of soft tissues, i.e., muscle and associated connective tissues that supports it, tendons (muscle to bone connections) and ligaments (bone-to-bone connections). STM is performed on a patient for the purposes of producing beneficial effects on the nervous, muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.
Joint Moblization Techniques
Joint mobilization is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at a 'target' synovial joint with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect. When applied to the spine, it is known as spinal mobilization.
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The ASTYM™ System is an advanced form of soft tissue mobilization which enables clinicians to effectively initiate remodeling and regeneration of dysfunctional tissue. Treatment is performed with ergonomically designed instruments. Adhesions and inappropriate fibrosis within soft tissue can result from trauma, surgery, immobilization or repetitive strain. The ASTYM™ System stimulates the breakdown of this dysfunctional tissue and allows functional restoration to occur. The ASTYM™ System has also been proven to be a highly effective treatment for chronic tendinitis/tendinosis, joint and muscle stiffness, and pain and stiffness associated with early degenerative joint disease.
Functional Dry Needling
Dry Needling involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the region of a "Trigger Point'. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention with very few side effects.
This technique works to rebalance the nervous system with the structure of the musculoskeletal system (skeleton and muscles of the body). Strain Counterstrain works to inhibit hyperactivity of the spasm reflex, allowing the muscle to relax by improving oxygenation and eliminating pain.
Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation. Physical therapists often use this approach to retrain patients with movement disorders. Interventions are designed to incorporate task and context specific practice in areas meaningful to each patient, with an overall goal of functional independence
Individualized Exercise Instruction
The principle of individual differences simple means that, because we all are unique individuals, we will all have a slightly different response to an exercise program. This is another way of saying that "one size does not fit all" when it comes to exercise. Well-designed exercise programs should be based on our individual differences and responses to exercise.
Functional Stabilization Training
Functional Stability Training is the integration of physical therapy and performance enhancement training and the integration between mobility, strengthening, and dynamic stabilization.
Kinesiology tape gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used after acute injuries to support weakened or injured tissues, to help relieve pain, to facilitate lymphatic drainage after injury, and to either structurally support or functionally enhance the function of muscle groups. It is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.
Manual lymph drainage massage (also called lymphatic drainage and lymph massage) is a form of very light massage that encourages lymph flow in the body. A therapist trained in lymph drainage massage stimulates the lymph system with extremely light, circular pumping movements. By stimulating the lymphatic system, the therapist helps drain puffy, swollen tissues, supports the body's immune system, helps the body heal from surgery, and aids in the body's natural waste removal or detoxification.
Yoga comprises a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these to the health needs of the individual. It helps to promote all-round positive health, as well as assisting particular medical conditions.The therapy is particularly appropriate for many chronic conditions that persist despite conventional medical treatment.
Visceral mobilization therapy is a hands-on approach to assist in the restoration and function of the musculoskeletal system. Organs that remain in good health have physiological movement. For organs that suffer a decrease in movement, visceral mobilization therapy is utilized to administer force which revitalizes the mobility and motility of the tissues. Subtle manipulations are used to heighten the workings of individual organs and systems. Visceral mobilization also produces structural integrity to the whole body. This treatment is used as a catalyst for the client's body to correct itself without excessive force.
Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause lasting effects on brain tissue and change the chemical balance of the brain. Concussion may cause physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms and problems, both short-term and long-term. Physical therapists can evaluate and treat many problems related to concussion. Because no 2 concussions are the same, a physical therapist will examine your neurological, orthopedic, and cardiovascular systems in order to best prescribe a routine to address your particular symptoms and your needs in all of your daily environments. A physical therapist will address post concussive symptoms like vision changes, headaches, vestibular and balance deficiencies.
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program, designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness.
A physical therapist will evaluate your symptoms and review your medical history. Your assessment will include all or part of the following areas:
- Balance and/or leg strength/flexibility
- Gait (how you walk)
- Visual stability and mobility
- Neck mobility and neck and arm strength
- Positional testing, including an inner ear exam
Based on the findings, a plan of care is developed. The goal of your treatment plan is to improve any deficits that were identified. This, in turn, will improve your ability to function in activities of everyday living, reduce your risk for falling and ultimately, improve your quality of life.