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Based on our experience, we believe that each body responds differently to each type of treatment available. As a result, we have adopted the philosophy that a variety of techniques must be employed in order to simultaneously facilitate effective rehabilitation of joints, muscles and nerves.
During your sessions, here are some of the methods or techniques we may utilize for treatment.
Joint Mobilization and Manipulation
Promotes improved joint mobility and range of motion using a variety of treatment philosophies including: McKenzie, Mulligan, Muscle Energy, and Maitland.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Mobilization/Massage of the skin, muscle, nerve, and fascial layers to break down scar tissue and adhesions.
Deep palpation using a small surface area to promote fascial stretch and muscle relaxation. If a muscle is in spasm, it can lead to imbalances such as leg length discrepancies or rotation/obliquities in the pelvis.
Trigger Point Release
Deep palpation to promote muscle relaxation in an area of hyper-irritability and contracture.
Dynamic Muscular Release
Deep palpation to the origin (attachment site) of a muscle as the patient contracts to engage in the muscle's intended action. This promotes improved muscle function and can eliminate musculoskeletal imbalances.
Also known as "Flossing" or "Gliding," this technique helps decrease inflammation in nerves, breaks up adhesions around nerves that result from inflammation, and can eliminate the sensation of "pins and needles" or numbness and tingling.
Therapeutic Exercise and Activities
Exercises with the intent to improve muscle recruitment, strength, flexibility, and power. Also promotes proper technique in performing functional activities (e.g., lifting groceries or furniture).
Gait Training and Mechanics
Analysis of walking, running, jumping and movement patterns to optimize form.
Enhances the function of the body by balancing the muscle activation patterns about a joint.
Sports Training for Injuries and Prevention
Sports specific manual and exercise prescription based on the demands of the sport or life. Includes plyometric and jump training to protect against ACL tears and other lower extremity injuries.
Decreases fall risk and improves coordination for increased performance.
Joint Stabilization/Core Stabilization
Improves the recruitment of specific muscle groups that stabilize a particular joint (e.g., the hip, pelvis and lumbar spine).
The use of specialized athletic tape to support an injured body area.
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