Treatment Options

What We Treat

  • Back conditions
  • Knee problems
  • Shoulder/arm conditions
  • Neck conditions
  • Sprains and muscle strains
  • Ankle/foot problems
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, hand/wrist problems
  • Hip fracture
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

Our Therapists are trained in: Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy, Geriatric Physical Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Fitness & Wellness, Industrial Rehabilitation, Pediatric Physical Therapy, and Aquatic Therapy.

How We Treat

We have a variety of treatment options depending on the nature of the injury. We have several other methods of treatment including, but not limited to exercise programs in our state-of-the-art gym and home exercise programs:

Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a deep heating modality used to promote a healing effect. It can be used to decrease swelling, pain, and muscle spasms. It can also break down scar tissue and increase range of motion. There may be a gentle warming but this treatment should not result in excess heat. Gel, lotion, or water must be used during this treatment to conduct the sound waves. A hydrocortisone cream may be used as an additional means of decreasing inflammation.

Traction

This modality can be applied to the neck or lower back. A machine applies a distraction force to the spine with the goal of decreasing pain and alleviating any neurological symptoms such as numbness or tingling. It can be applied with a constant or intermittent pull and is often combined with hot packs.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electrical Muscle Stimulation or E-Stim, uses an electrical current to affect the muscles and nerves in order to stimulate the healing process and decrease pain. E-Stim may also be used to create a muscle contraction in order to slow muscle atrophy and reeducate the muscles. Sensations felt during treatment include tingling, buzzing, pricking, and/or tightening of the muscles.

WellWave Acoustic Compression Therapy (ACT)™

A sound approach to treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Acoustic Compression Therapy is widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons, and joints. ACT describes the use of acoustic waves to target tissue at varying depths to compress and manipulate tissue resulting in a focused and precise deep tissue massage.

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Myofascial Decompression (Cupping Therapy)

Myofascial Decompression (MFD), otherwise known as Cupping, is a form of soft tissue work where a pneumatic pump is used, along with plastic vacuum cups and placed on the skin to release the fascia and muscle tissue underneath. Cupping has been used in many traditional cultures for thousands of years, including ancient Chinese medicine, early Egyptians, Native Americans, and others. Ancient cultures used hollowed-out animal horns, bones, bamboo, nuts, seashells, gourds, or iron and glass to achieve desired results.

The traditional way of using Cupping is following the meridian lines in the body. The cups are placed along these particular lines to cause change within the body (either in tissue or targeted to specific organs) by unblocking Qi. In contrast, MFD is built on these principles, but used specifically to treat the fascia and muscles following fascial lines across the body. Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance to a spider's web or a sweater. It is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as all our internal organs including heart, lunges, brain, and spinal cord. It is the 3D “glue” that holds everything together. MFD is used in conjunction with movement of the body or movement of the cups during treatment to effectively break down adhesions or scar tissue in the fascia.

Most manual therapy techniques utilized in physical therapy are compressive in nature (soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilization, Graston® etc.) MFD works in the decompression of adhesions; reducing inhibitions of fluids and nutrient exchange. It is effective in decreasing stiffness and pain, improving tissue health and increasing mobility. It has been used to:  

·  Reduce scar tissue formation following inflammation or trauma   

·  Release trigger points and decrease tightness in a muscle and the surrounding fascia 

·  Decrease myofascial dysfunction, break up adhesions/scar tissue already present in an area of the body

·  Increase blood flow to a slow healing muscle, tendon or ligament

The most challenging part of myofascial decompression (MFD) is the bruise marks. Almost every patient is left with circular marks from the negative pressure of the cups. These marks are normal, non-painful and can last anywhere between 2 days to 1 week, sometimes even longer. The coloring of the marks can sometime be an indication of the health of the tissue underneath. Darker marks mean more tissue stagnation (lack of blood flow) and increased build up of adhesion/ scar tissue.

Myofascial Decompression can be useful in the treatment of chronic overuse injuries such as bursitis, tendonitis, tendonosis, and other myofascial pain syndromes (low back, mid back, neck pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain etc.) It also may be effective with some post-surgical patients who develop soft tissue restrictions as a result of surgical trauma causing adhesions around the surgical site and around the surgical scar.

MFD isn’t the best treatment for every patient, but there can be some significant benefits which are difficult to achieve with other manual therapy techniques. It is just one more “tool in the toolbox” that our therapists use to assist our patients, as we constantly search out and learn new techniques to provide the best care possible.

Iontophoresis

This modality utilizes an electrical current to primarily decrease inflammation. The treatment pad is filled with medication called dexamethasone. The electrical current is then used to drive the medication through the skin and into the inflamed tissues. It is common to feel a prickling sensation during this treatment, but it should not feel like burning. There may be some skin irritation but this should go away within 24 hours.This treatment can also be done with pads that utilize small batteries to provide the current. In this case, the pads are worn for 24 hours and nothing is felt during the treatment.

Massage Therapy 

Massage is a form of soft tissue manipulation that is used to decrease muscle spasms, decrease pain and swelling, break down scar tissue, decrease soreness and tightness in the muscles, and stimulate healing. There are different types of massage that may involve stroking, kneading, rubbing, pinching, or shaking the tissues.

Cold Packs/Cryocuff

Cold applied to the area decreases the flow of the fluid into the tissue and slows the release of chemicals that cause pain and inflammation. The Cryocuff provides the benefits of cold combined with some compression to further work on decreasing swelling.

Hot Packs

Hot packs are used in treatment to improve tissue healing, increase range of motion, decrease joint stiffness, decrease pain, alleviate muscle spasms, and provide relaxation. Hot packs are kept at 170° and should feel hot to warm, but not feel too hot or burning.

Paraffin Bath

The paraffin bath is a mixture of paraffin wax and mineral oil. It is primarily used in the treatment of hands and wrists with the goal of increasing range of motion, decreasing stiffness, promoting healing, decreasing pain, and alleviating muscle spasms.

The Graston Technique®

This remarkable procedure allows detection and treatment of areas such as scar tissue or adhesions to muscles, tendons, or ligaments that can reduce range of motion and cause pain. The instruments are then used to break up the restriction or adhesion.

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Aquatic Therapy

While the elderly population benefits greatly from aquatic therapy, it is great for a wide variety of ages, from our youngest patient to our oldest patient. With our Aquatic Therapy staff trained in a variety of techniques, we will tailor your program to you. Aquatic Therapy offers a low-impact treatment option that is great for athletes suffering from overuse injuries as well as athletes trying to prevent overuse injuries. 

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AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®

The leading choice to get the body moving and keep the human machine functioning optimally. Elite athletes, professional sports teams and top facilities have chosen the AlterG® as an essential component of their training and recovery programs. With the groundbreaking AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®, you can experience cardiovascular and lower body training like none other. Nothing compares to the Anti-Gravity Technology of the AlterG®.

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