Physical Therapy Services
Physical Therapy not only helps individuals recover from traumatic injuries or surgeries, it successfully treats common aches and pains. Many people are surprised to learn that there’s much more to physical therapy than hot packs and exercises. The therapists at APT use state-of-the-art, hands-on therapy techniques. They select the most effective techniques available to treat your specific condition.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is the art and science of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals of all ages who have medical problems or conditions that cause pain and/or limit function. Physical therapists look at the person as a whole, using the individual’s history along with a physical examination to determine a diagnosis. Keeping your individual goals in mind, they develop a treatment plan that will maximize your function. They believe that functional movement is a vital part of health and wellness. Physical therapy also strives for prevention; to prevent certain conditions, surgeries, falls and disabilities. Another important component is education. Your physical therapist will help you understand your body, therefore empowering you to achieve lasting health benefits long after you are finished with your physical therapy program. While PTs are most well known for treating musculoskeletal dysfunction, they also provide treatment for many neurological and cardiovascular conditions. In addition, APT provides specialty treatments in Sports Medicine, Pediatrics and Vestibular Rehabilitation (Vertigo treatments).
Manual Therapy vs. Traditional Physical Therapy
While ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and hot or cold packs are valuable aspects of treatment, manual therapy is a highly skilled treatment option specific to your condition. Manual therapists are interested in why a joint or muscle is not functioning properly and view exercise not as the main mode of recovery but as a complement to manual therapy treatment. Manual therapy is most often used to decrease pain, increase range of motion, reduce inflammation, promote relaxation, improve soft tissue repair, flexibility, and/or stability, and improve function. Manual therapy involves hands on mobilization of joints or soft tissues with the purpose of regaining pain-free natural movement of the body. Manual therapists assess the quality and quantity of movement at a specific joint or area of soft tissue. Once a deficit is found, the therapist will choose one or more specific hands-on techniques to correct the problem and restore proper function to the affected area. Manual physical therapy provides effective pain relief for patients with acute or chronic pain. It is very effective in treating the cause of the problem and correcting your condition long-term, not just providing temporary relief of your symptoms.
Main Goals of Physical Therapy:
- Relieve or eliminate pain
- Restore and/or improve strength and mobility
- Restore and maximize function
- Full return to sports or recreational activities
- Avoid Surgery
- Prevent re-injury & disability
- Decrease need for pain medications
Effective Treatment Techniques Offered at APT:
Manual Therapy Techniques
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Joint Mobilization
- Myofascial Release
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Trigger Point Release
- Strain Counterstrain
- Soft Tissue Mobilization & Massage
- Transverse Friction Massage
- Mobilization with Movement
- Functional Joint Mobilization
- Manual Distraction and Traction
- Passive Range of Motion & Stretching
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Therapeutic Exercise & Activities
- Stretching & Flexibility
- Strengthening & Stabilization
- Core Stabilization Program
- Endurance & Cardiovascular Fitness
- Balance & Proprioception Exercises
- Posture & Body Mechanics Education
- Gait Training
- ADL & Functional Training
- Sport-specific Training
- Electrical Stimulation (TENS, IFC & more)
- Neuromuscular Re-education
- Mechanical Traction (Cervical & Lumbar)
- Iontophoresis & Phonophoresis
- Cold Packs & Moist Heat
- Biofeedback for use of pelvic floor conditions
Add Massage Therapy to Accelerate Healing
Our on-site massage can be the perfect enhancement to your physical therapy and rehabilitation. Our licensed massage therapists provide therapeutic deep tissue, relaxation and sport specific treatments, which can help accelerate healing. Learn more about massage therapy at APT.
Trigger Point Dry Needling
Trigger point dry needling is a treatment for muscular tightness and spasm which commonly follows injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes. This muscular tightness and spasm will cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine. When the nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected. This may cause peripheral diagnoses, such as carpel tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility and chronic pain. Small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at the trigger points causing the pain referral. The muscles would then contract and release, improving flexibility of the muscle and decreasing symptoms.