Experienced Physical Therapist Offering Custom Services

We offer various custom physical therapy solutions, including dry needling, spinal manipulation, Graston therapy, and so on. We are committed to helping you reach your goals, always providing guidance on how to live a pain-free life beyond treatment.

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IMS Dry Needling

The IMS dry needling procedure uses dry needles to treat the body's afflicted areas. The needle sites may be close to the spine, where the nerve root may have become inflamed and extremely sensitive, or they may be at the heart of taut, sore muscle bands.

A typical muscle can be penetrated painlessly, but a shortened, extremely sensitive muscle can grab the needle in a cramp-like sensation. The result is threefold.

Process of Dry Needling

The process of dry needling is as follows:

  • A Stretch Receptor in the Muscle Is Stimulated, Producing a Reflex Relaxation (Lengthening).
  • Additionally, the Needle Leaves a Tiny Wound That Pulls Blood to the Area and Starts the Body's Natural Healing Process.
  • The Procedure Induces an Electrical Potential in the Muscle, Restoring Normal Nerve Function.

Goals of Dry Needling

The treatment aims to relieve muscle shortening, irritation, and pressing on the nerve. Desensitizing supersensitive places and releasing the constant strain of shortened muscles are possible. IMS successfully releases contracture, and shortened muscles, which reduces mechanical pain from the muscular pull.

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulative techniques are high-velocity, low-amplitude maneuvers that force an individual vertebra against a restriction, beyond its passive range of motion, and back into normal alignment. These methods result in an audible and occasionally tactile articulation. Manipulation has been demonstrated to be safe and beneficial for some types of recently developed neck and back pain, as well as more chronic or recurrent musculoskeletal diseases.

Spinal Manipulation

The Goal of Manipulation

Restoring the musculoskeletal system's full range of motion in a balanced posture is the aim of manipulation. A group of vertebrae or a single vertebra can be manually moved through a passive range of motion without push as part of mobilization techniques.

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Graston Technique

Fascial limitations and muscle and tendon dysfunction can be precisely identified and treated with the Graston Technique. It is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Following the kinetic chain, GT Therapy Providers can use specially created devices to target and treat damaged tissues, frequently correcting previously thought to be permanent problems.

How Does It Work

The practitioner re-introduces small amounts of trauma to the damaged area by applying a cross-friction massage, which entails brushing or rubbing against the grain of the scar tissue. When this process occurs, the area may become briefly inflamed. This causes the blood flow in and around the affected area to increase. According to the hypothesis, this procedure aids in the beginning and promoting of the afflicted soft tissues' healing process.

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Laser Therapy

High-power laser therapy is used to reduce inflammation, speed up healing, and relieve discomfort. The photons from the light source penetrate the skin several centimeters and are absorbed by the mitochondria, which are the cells' energy-producing organelles. This energy drives beneficial physiological reactions that return cell form and function to normal.

Laser Therapy Application

  • Musculoskeletal Issues

  • Arthritis

  • Sports Injuries

  • Post-Surgical Wounds

  • Diabetic Ulcers

  • Dermatological Conditions

These are just a few of the conditions that have been successfully treated with laser therapy, which also treats a wide range of other medical conditions.

The Goal of Laser Therapy

The main objective of laser therapy is to stimulate the cell to carry out its normal processes faster. The high-power diode laser could aid respiration by targeting hemoglobin and cytochrome c oxidase, which has an adequate therapeutic effect. High-intensity diode laser therapy will produce a warm and soothing experience, in stark contrast to "Cold lasers," which produce no warmth or sensation.

Shock Wave Therapy

An acoustic wave called a shockwave transmits high energy to myoskeletal tissues and painful areas in subacute, sub-chronic, and chronic illnesses. Bones, tendons, and other soft tissues may regenerate and repair themselves, thanks to the energy. High amplitude, abrupt changes in pressure, and non-periodicity are characteristics of shockwaves. Compressed air generates the projectile's kinetic energy, which is then delivered to the transmitter at the applicator's tip and farther into the tissue.

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Benefits of the Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in orthopedics, physiotherapy services, sports medicine, urology, and veterinary medicine. Fast pain alleviation and increased movement are two of its key benefits. It is the appropriate treatment to hasten healing and treat numerous symptoms causing acute or chronic pain because it is non-surgical and does not require narcotics.

Conditions We Treat

Shock wave therapy can treat:

  • Golfer’s Elbow

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Shin Splints, IT Band Friction Syndrome

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Achilles Tendinitis

  • Trochanteric Bursitis

  • Trigger Point

  • Patellar Tendinitis

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is an age-old traditional Chinese medicine healing practice in which thin needles are placed at specific points in the body. It's primarily used to relieve pain but also has been used to treat other conditions. Some scientists believe that the needles cause the body to release endorphins, natural painkillers, and may boost blood flow and change brain activity.

Process of Acupuncture

Hair-thin needles are used during acupuncture. Most people claim just to experience minor discomfort while the needle is inserted. During the procedure, needles may be heated or exposed to a gentle electric current. Some claim that acupuncture gives them more energy, while others are at ease.

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McKenzie Treatment

The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy is an internationally researched and acclaimed assessment system for spinal and musculoskeletal disorders. For more than 60 years, it has been widely utilized throughout the globe. All musculoskeletal symptoms can be evaluated and categorized by clinicians trained in the MDT technique. In other words, an MDT evaluation is necessary if a problem originates from the spine, extremity joints, muscles, or tendons.

Features of MDT

An MDT physician can determine whether MDT is necessary, choose the optimal management approach, and sketch out a likely recovery route. The initial assessment, a safe and reliable format for arriving at an accurate classification, is a fundamental component of the approach. Only then can the proper care plan be developed, considering the different variables affecting the patient's perception of pain.

Mulligan Treatment

Health care professionals specializing in treating patients with musculoskeletal pain use the manual therapy technique of mobilization with movement. Individuals can benefit from improving mobility constraints, pain with movement, and functional restrictions with the help of physiotherapists and other professionals educated in the Mulligan Concept. The Mulligan concept uses several various spinal mobilizing procedures. Natural hypophyseal glides (NAGs), sustained natural hypophyseal glides (SNAGS), and mobilizations with movement are among the mobilizing strategies (MWMs). Your physical therapist will decide on a course of action following your pain level.

Sports Injury Rehabilitation

A multidisciplinary team is in charge of the wounded athlete's Rehabilitation, with a doctor serving as the team's head and care coordinator. Athletic trainers, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, and nutritionists are just a few team members. The rehabilitation team works closely with the athlete and the coach to set the goals for the Rehabilitation, go over the results of the various interventions, discuss the progress made, and determine when the athlete will be able to resume training and competition. High forces during sport-specific activities or movements might cause injuries during athletic tournaments.

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Rehabilitation Plan

The rehabilitation plan must consider the athlete's goal of returning to the same activity and environment where the injury occurred. Since avoiding the circumstances linked to the damage is frequently not an option, functional capacity after Rehabilitation should be the same, if not better, than before the injury.

Concussion Management

The complex pathophysiological process of a concussion affects the brain. It results from a biomechanical force injury, such as a hit to the head, neck, or face or a blow to another body region that transmits mechanical force to the head. It's possible that the person didn't lose consciousness (LOC) due to the occurrence. In reality, LOC is only involved in about 10% of concussions.

Role of Physiotherapists
in Concussion

Physiotherapists can treat the impairments managed by physiotherapy and other presenting co-morbidities. They can also make a physiotherapy differential diagnosis of the presenting signs and symptoms. The advancement of the patient's return to play/return to activity is supported by the treatment planning and exercise recommendations. A thorough physical therapy evaluation will also look for more significant pathology or disorders that may need to be referred to specialists or other professions.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you've had a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, or other heart surgery, cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program to enhance your cardiovascular health.

Cardiac Rehab Has Three Equally Important Parts:

  • Exercise Counseling and Training: Exercise activates your cardiovascular system and gets your heart pounding. You'll discover how to move your body in ways that support heart health.

  • Education for Heart-Healthy Living: An essential element of cardiac rehab is educating people.

  • Counseling to Reduce Stress: Your heart is harmed by stress. You can recognize and address common sources of stress as part of your cardiac rehab.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

A particular type of therapy called vestibular rehabilitation (VR) aims to treat both the fundamental and secondary issues brought on by vestibular diseases. It is an exercise-based program that seeks to address any secondary deficits that result from the vestibular condition in addition to reducing vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, imbalance, and fall risk.

The Goal of VR

VR aims to promote compensation by taking a problem-oriented approach. Exercises are tailored to each person's unique issues to accomplish this. Therefore, a thorough clinical assessment is required to identify issues connected to the vestibular disease before an exercise program can be devised. Three main exercise techniques can be recommended depending on the observed vestibular-related issues:

  • Habituation

  • Gaze Stabilization

  • Balance Training

Neuro Rehabilitation

Neurological physiotherapy is a type of rehabilitation offering examination and treatment of the physical problems caused by an individual’s neurological condition, including Stroke, Multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Depending on your condition, physiotherapy treatments will change, and you will receive personalized care centered on your requirements.

Your capacity to perform daily duties will improve with physiotherapy treatment, supporting the functional activities you value most. Walking, using the stairs, shopping, gardening, or even just turning over or getting into bed with help are activities that fall under this category.

Treatments Carried Out

Treatment may involve walking, strengthening exercises, balance training, and stretching, depending on your condition. An initial evaluation will uncover any issues brought on by your neurological disease, and a customized treatment plan will be created for you. You and your physiotherapist will establish short- and long-term therapy goals as part of a systematic rehabilitation program.

Foot Orthotics

Insoles made of rubber, leather, metal, plastic, or other synthetic substances are orthotic shoe devices. They protect the foot from excessive hammering and balance it in a neutral position. For various foot issues, a variety of orthotics is offered. Orthotics can help treat a variety of foot and lower limb issues, such as foot discomfort, lower limb and back pain, arthritis, skin disorders, sports injuries, and diabetes, when used in conjunction with suitable footwear.

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Pelvic Health

At some point in their lives, up to one-third of all women will have a problem with their pelvic floor muscles. The most frequent issues include leakage when active, stress urine incontinence from sneezing or coughing, and pelvic organ prolapse, which causes the sensation of something falling into the vagina. Strong pelvic floor muscles are necessary for all bowel, bladder, and sexual functions. Postnatal stress urine incontinence is less likely when the pelvic floor muscles function well throughout pregnancy.

Role of Pelvic Floor Muscles

Your bladder, uterus, and bowel are kept in the proper place by the pelvic floor muscles, which run across the base of your pelvis. The ligaments that support the organs hold the muscles in place, especially when increased abdominal pressure is brought on by lifting, bending, carrying, and straining. This is known as intra-abdominal pressure, and when it rises, the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles contract to prevent the uterus and bladder from being forced lower.

Maintain Good Posture

The muscles of the pelvic floor contract to help keep the bladder and bowel openings tight to stop unintentional leaks (incontinence), and they relax to make it simple to empty the bladder and bowels. By enhancing your grip and vaginal feeling, strong pelvic floor muscles can aid in sex. Your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles support your spine, which is crucial for good posture.

Frequent Issues of Pelvic Floor Muscles

At some point in their lives, up to one-third of all women will have a problem with their pelvic floor muscles. The most frequent issues include leakage when active, stress urine incontinence from sneezing or coughing, and pelvic organ prolapse, which causes the sensation of something falling into the vagina. Postnatal stress urine incontinence is less likely when the pelvic floor muscles function well throughout pregnancy.

Functional Capacity Evaluations

Functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) give detailed information regarding a person's capacity to return to work or carry out everyday activities after being injured, ill, or normal. A series of tests are administered to assess how you are doing in several areas as part of the FCE, which is a thorough evaluation of your physical and functional abilities. The FCE is either particular to your work and related responsibilities or universal.

Variety of Tests

The physiotherapist will conduct various tests to measure your balance, level of fatigue, physical strength, tolerance, ability to walk, lift and carry, and ability to perform fine and gross motor skills. You will be asked to perform these tests using machines, tools, and specific motions.

How Personalized
Exercise Programs Help

Individualized exercise plans for those without impairments or functional deficits want to increase their general fitness and enjoyment of life, lower their risk of illness or accident, or all three. A therapist must comprehend how the various forms of exercise influence body tissues and body systems and how those exercise-induced effects impact important areas of physical function to plan and implement successful exercise interventions.

Interferential
Current Therapy

The most popular form of electrical muscle stimulation for treating chronic pain brought on by surgery, injury, or trauma is interferential current therapy (IFC). Pain relief and accelerated healing are the ultimate goals of employing IFC as part of a physical therapy or rehab program. There are few adverse effects of this non-invasive, drug-free therapy. ICT penetrates the skin's surface because it uses higher frequency radiation than other types of EMS. It penetrates deep into the body to target the source of pain without causing discomfort. IFC is frequently used to treat edema, sports injuries, joint injuries, and muscular spasms.

How Does It Help

This treatment can help with symptoms including inflammation, swelling, and acute, chronic pain brought on by conditions like arthritis, surgery, muscle damage, or an injury. Treatment focuses on specific body parts to ease pain, encourage healing, and hasten recovery.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Any ultrasound procedure that uses ultrasonography for therapeutic purposes is referred to as therapeutic ultrasound. In the 1950s, physiotherapeutic ultrasonography was first used in clinical settings. Conditions that ultrasonography therapy treats the following situations can be treated with ultrasound:

  • Ligament

  • Sprains

  • Muscles Strains

  • Bursitis

  • Facet Irritation

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Ligament Sprains

  • Muscle Strains

  • Tendonitis

  • Joint Inflammation

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Metatarsalgia

  • Facet Irritation

  • Scar Tissue Adhesion

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