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About Graston Technique®
Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
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Dry needling releases muscle tension and pain.
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Physical Therapy for Men's Health
A Physical therapist specializing in Men's Health has had extensive training in the urologic, reproductive and colorectal systems. A physical therapist can evaluate the musculoskeletal anatomy of the pelvis and spine to determine the cause for low back and pelvic pain which plague men in sports especially biking and running. Some diagnoses treated by physical therapists for men include fecal/urinary incontinence, "saddle numbness", and rehabilitation following prostatectomy. Incorporating manual therapy techniques with EMG biofeedback to assess and treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunction enables the physical therapist to restore normal function of the muscle.
What is EMG/Biofeedback?
EMG/Biofeedback is used to create a permanent change in the muscles' ability to respond to and function in their daily tasks. A patient can see on the computer screen the muscle activity with video/audio confirmation of a desired response such as a muscle contraction. Surface electrodes are placed on the pelvic floor and on the abdominals to assess muscular compensation. This is NOT electrical stimulation. You will not feel anything but will learn and see with the physical therapist if your muscles are very weak or in muscle spasm. EMG/Biofeedback is used to measure muscle activity and record muscle strength progression during rehabilitation.
What is Incontinence?
Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of feces or urine against your will. Along with leakage there may be other symptoms which include:
Stress Incontinence refers to sudden involuntary loss of urine when you sneeze, cough, walk, laugh or exercise. Urge incontinence occurs as soon as you get the urge to go to the bathroom. The sensation is over-whelming and your bladder muscle, the detrusor, contracts at the wrong time and you can't control your urine. Fecal Incontinence includes the involuntary leakage of feces and gas. Weak pelvic floor muscles can contribute to the body's inability to "tighten and close" the opening to the rectum. A careful muscle evaluation can identify the dysfunction and with proper muscle retraining bladder and bowel control and pelvic floor muscle strength can improve.
What is Saddle numbness?
Saddle numbness can occur from excessive pressure applied to the pudendal nerve in the pelvis. Sitting for prolonged periods or trauma from forceful pressure can cause intermittent numbness or pain in the pelvic region. Physical therapy addresses these symptoms with a thorough evaluation of spinal and pelvic alignment and flexibility and muscle strength in the low back and pelvis. A combination of modalities with manual therapy and a home exercise program will promote decreased symptoms and increased function. Our specialists offer a bike fitting program which will ensure proper bike seat fit and joint mechanics.
Enlarged Prostate/Prostatectomy Rehabilitation
Men often experience slow urine stream and difficulty initiating urine stream when diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. If diagnosed with prostate cancer and surgery is planned, men are going into a surgery with a pelvic floor dysfunction and are at a higher risk of urinary incontinence and impotence following the surgery. Physical therapists can assist with a pelvic floor muscle assessment PRIOR to surgery to prescribe an appropriate pelvic floor strengthening program for proper voiding mechanics. After surgery when the catheter is removed another assessment is made with EMG/Biofeedback to combat pelvic floor muscle atrophy following disuse after the prostatectomy. A detailed protocol and functional progression of a home program can help prevent urinary incontinence.
Manual therapy is a system of evaluating and treating musculoskeletal injuries. This approach evaluates:
Manual therapy is the hands-on treatment of problems found during an assessment. The goal of treatment is to restore tissues to normal function.
What services does BODYCENTRAL Physical Therapy provide in regards to manual therapy?
The physical therapists at BODYCENTRAL Physical Therapy use manual therapy as one part of a comprehensive treatment program including exercise and a home program. Some techniques that may be used are:
Manual Therapy techniques are reinforced by the exercise program you receive from your therapist. You must actively participate in your care to get the optimal results from therapy. Manual therapy feels great, but exercise is the key to your full recovery!
What is Sports Rehabilitation?
Sports Rehabilitation is Orthopedic Physical Therapy applied to an athlete. As an athlete, you receive treatment for your injuries as well as education on things like running style, throwing technique, and training methods.
Who would benefit from this specialty?
Anyone from high level professional athletes to weekend warriors would benefit from these services. Sports injuries from running, soccer, golf, tennis, dance, basketball, volleyball, biking, softball, baseball, skiing, and hockey have been treated in our clinic.
Muscle strains or ligamentous sprains are injuries that physical therapists evaluate and treat. All of our staff have athletic backgrounds and understand the importance of returning you to your sport quickly and safely.
What services does BODYCENTRAL Physical Therapy provide with regards to Sports Rehabilitation?
The physical therapists provide a thorough evaluation of your injury, study your patterns of movement, and design a treatment program with your specific activity in mind. For example, a volleyball player would receive a different rehabilitation program than a baseball player. We also use digital video movement assessment to address the mechanics of throwing, running, jumping and other functional parts of your sport. We also offer bike fitting for our road bikers and mountain bikers.
In our "Youth Sports Rehab Program", we work with Athletes ages 7 – 21. Initially, we treat the injury that brings the Athlete to PT. Then we prescribe additional sport specific exercises to return the Athlete safely back to his or her sport.
Specialized programming for Sports offered at our Ultimate Sports Asylum
What is a Vestibular Therapy?
Vestibular Therapy is provided for clients who experience vertigo from various diseases. This specialized therapy works by giving your exercises to increase the dizziness in order to teach your brain to adapt to the decreased balance quicker. Therapy is provided in the form of exercises in the clinic and in a home exercise program (HEP). Exercises in the clinic are usually more complex requiring some equipment, but the home exercise program includes more basic exercises without equipment.
What to expect during treatment sessions.
On your initial visit, the physical therapist (PT) will perform an evaluation to examine how the vestibular and balance systems are functioning. After the evaluation, a HEP will be provided to start the treatment progression. The initial visit will last about 30 minutes. During the following visits, the PT will instruct you in a program developed for your needs. Each subsequent visit will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
It is recommended to have someone drive you home from at least your first visit due to the possibility of worsened symptoms due to testing. This is normal and will subside a few hours later. Dizziness can increase after each treatment session as well, however the initial evaluation is usually the worst.
Why does BODYCENTRAL Physical Therapy use a video camera for Physical Therapy Evaluations?
The digital video camera is an excellent tool to show the physical therapist how you move. We may tape you walking, running, squatting, throwing, jumping and going up and down a step. The ability to observe and analyze these movements is a primary skill used by physical therapists.
The digital video camera records your movement and later, the tape can be reviewed and analyzed step-by-step to find any faulty positions or timing of movement.
This information may allow the cause of your pain to be discovered. Documentation of this movement can be used to show your improvements over time.
What is an orthotic?
An orthotic is a custom made insert that is designed to support the foot and control abnormal motion. By correcting excessive motion in the foot and ankle, the orthotic can also affect movement at the knee, hip, pelvis, and back.
Who would need an orthotic?
Orthotics can be helpful to everyone from high level athletes with foot and knee pain to the construction worker with arch pain. Pain in your foot, knee, hip, or low back may be the result of a hidden problem with the structure and function of your feet. Orthotics may help these problems by correcting and supporting the motions of the feet.
What services does BODYCENTRAL Physical Therapy provide with regards to orthotics?
The physical therapist with advanced training in the foot and ankle, and the application of orthotics will perform an evaluation of your feet and legs, and will talk to you about your activities and shoe wear before ordering the device.
This will ensure that you get the best possible fit, have the orthotic made based on your specific problem and adapted for your activities. Your orthotic appointment will include taking measurements, analyzing how your body moves, and making a cast impression of your feet. These casts are sent to a laboratory, and your orthotics will arrive in approximately 3-4 weeks.
If it is determined that you do not need a custom orthotic, based on the severity of the mechanical problems, your therapist will direct you to an appropriate over-the-counter device. You will also receive counseling regarding footwear. In addition to these things, you may receive manual therapy, exercises, and a home program to get you back to your activities.
The BAD News: Back pain in the most common cause of loss of activity among adults under 45. It is estimated that over 80% of all American workers suffer back pain at some time during their careers. Injury in the neck or back is the second most common reason people visit their doctor.
The GOOD News: Most bad backs and necks respond well to rest and conservative treatment and most injuries can be prevented.
Most of us have experienced back or neck pain and most of the time the pain goes away within a few days. For pain that does not go away after several weeks, extends into the arms or legs, or has a pattern of coming and going, medical attention should be sought.
What causes Back or Neck pain?
Your body depends on the spinal column for structural stability. The shoulders, rib cage and pelvis are anchored to the spine for strength and support. The spine consists of discs, which separate and cushion 24 vertebrae allowing nerves to exit from the spinal cord. These nerves branch out to our arms and legs to activate our muscles and allow sensation which travels up to the brain. Structural stability for the spine includes primarily muscle, which acts as a shock absorber, and secondary ligaments, facet joints and their capsules to help the spine move in a controlled fashion.
You can experience pain in your back and neck if there is injury or repetitive strain to any one of these structures. Repetitive strain can occur simply by sitting at your desk at work with your trunk in poor alignment (forward head, leaning into your computer, feet not touching the floor). Injury can occur from poor flexibility or muscle imbalance during lifting or a fall. Your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive screening of all your back and neck muscles and determine source of physical strain to develop a treatment plan to resolve your pain and prevent further injury.
What does a physical therapy treatment plan include?
The physical therapists at BODYCENTRAL Physical Therapy have advanced training in manual therapy, which includes a hands-on approach to patient evaluation and treatment. Manual techniques include soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, myofascial release, and muscular re-education. Manual physical therapists incorporate a total body approach to pain management. They perform a comprehensive examination of total spine and pelvic mechanics including gait deviations and range of motion limitations in your arms and legs, which could cause muscle compensation and strain. You may receive modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or traction. And you will likely be given instruction in posture, ergonomics, body mechanics and sport specific movement re-education to prevent recurrence of pain. Each patient is given a custom exercise program to address flexibility and strength limitations to eliminate pain and prevent further injury.
Our goal is not to just treat the symptoms…but to find the cause for the pain. Only by finding the cause can we provide a comprehensive care program to eliminate your pain and prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Sometimes knee, hip, or low back pain can be caused by a structural problem in the foot. With physical evaluation and video analysis, we can get to the root of your problem.
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Orthopaedic Physical Therapy is a branch of Physical Therapy that deals mainly with bone, joint, ligament, and muscle injuries. This can include anything from a child with "growing pains", to someone who hurts their back at work, to the person who just had a total joint replacement surgery. Sometimes you can develop pain just from working at a computer for a long period of time.
We treat all ages of patients and all of our therapists have experience in orthopaedic injuries. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy includes every joint from head to toe including:
If you are not sure if we treat a particular injury, call us at 325-4002 and we will discuss your problem with you.
Hand therapy is provided at BODYCENTRAL Physical Therapy for injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow. Custom hand splinting is available and may be used to help protect your injury as you heal.
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.
At Bodycentral, the Kinesio Taping® Method is used for all types of injuries – from high level athletes and weekend warriors, to neck and back pain problems caused by too much time on the computer