Beneath your skin is a complex structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding these structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. Myofascial Release safely and effectively uses gentle and sustained manual pressure to release connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Trigger points are areas of muscular restrictions and are defined as taut bands which can refer pain to other areas. Dry needling uses acupuncture needles inserted into trigger point to evoke a local twitch response followed by a softening of the muscle. Trigger point therapy has been used for 60 years and requires specialized training and coursework.
Traction: Cervical and lumbar traction has been applied widely for pain relief for neck and low back muscle spasm and/or nerve root compression. It is a technique in which a force is applied to a body part to reduce muscle spasms by stretching soft tissues, and in certain circumstances separating facet joint surfaces for decompression.
Electrical stimulation: An electrical current is used to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract to effectively strengthen the muscle, reduce pain, or decrease swelling and spasm.
Ultrasound: A form of deep heat therapy given by direct contact with the patient's skin. Gel is applied to the skin to improve ultrasonic wave transmission. Ultrasound can promote faster healing by increasing blood flow to an affected area. It can also decrease pain and reduce swelling.
This adhesive is strategically applied to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without fully restricting them. Depending on the placement and pull, it can inhibit or facilitate a muscle while stimulating circulation and healing.
Health In Balance Physical Therapy offers several programs to allow patients to continue to use our facility after completing treatment. These programs allow patients to work out independently or one-on-one with a therapist.
A detailed analysis of your walking or running gait is performed with a video camera and treadmill. We are able to assess any abnormalities and correct them through gait training, cueing and specific exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility. Footwear recommendations are also made based on your gait.
A complimentary 15-minute screen performed by one of our physical therapists to asses an injury or pain can help determine if you would be appropriate for physical therapy intervention. PTs also can assess and personalize home exercise programs to help patients achieve their personal goals.
Before physical therapy, I could not enjoy my summer. All the activities my friends would play, I wasn’t able to. Now I can shoot a basketball, swing a golf club, and live a normal life.SV, Patient