What We Do
About Physical Therapy
Physical therapy care emphasizes the optimization of movement, function, and performance while decreasing and preventing pain and injury. The goal of PT is for you to achieve the highest level of movement possible to function and succeed in daily life, whether that means improving sports performance, tolerance to activities like standing or walking, helping you return to exercise safely, or being able to pick up and hold your little ones. PT is a helpful treatment option if you have pain or limitation with activities you enjoy that may or may not be caused by an injury, accident, health condition, surgery, or by overuse, poor movement patterns, weakness of muscles that provide stability and protection of joints.
Your physical therapist will perform a thorough analysis of your movement, posture, strength, and mobility to identify areas of weakness, restriction, and potential sources of pain. You will be provided with exercises as well as alternative ways to perform daily activities such as sitting, standing, and functional movements to address these findings, reduce pain, and optimize your quality of life by improving the way you feel with everything you do.
How PT optimizes healing:
As a movement specialist, I can identify areas of restriction, weakness, or poor motor control that may be holding you back or causing you pain with the things you do. This includes running, lifting, reaching, throwing, your golf swing, volleyball or tennis serve or any other movement that could be improved or stronger.
Just as a physician may prescribe a medication to address an infection, illness, or condition, I prescribe exercises to address your pain and improve your movement. Movement is medicine when it comes to your body and the nervous system. Our goal is to give you the right movements to facilitate strength, mobility, and pain relief.
Manual therapy techniques
Manual therapy techniques are used for pain relief, desensitizing muscles and joints, increasing blood flow, minimizing swelling, improving tissue compliance and joint mobility, and preparing the nervous system for movement. Techniques include but are not limited to myofascial trigger point release, skin rolling, joint mobilization, scar tissue mobilization, cupping therapy, and manual stretching.
TPI sports assessment
The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) specializes in optimizing the golf swing and in improving golf technique. They have created an excellent, evidence-based assessment tool specifically for golfers. The aim of the tool is to identify areas that golfers are lacking in strength, muscle length, or mobility that could be impairing their golf swing and putting them at greater risk of injury anywhere throughout the golf swing. This tool is also applicable to other rotational sports including tennis, volleyball, softball, and baseball.
Whether you are recovering from an injury, returning to running after pregnancy, are experiencing pain while you run, or just want to improve your form, if running is your sport it is important to have it evaluated to:
- prevent future injury
- identify movement inefficiencies
- identify potential causes of pain
After your running analysis, your stride will be explained to you and you will be given drills and exercises that will directly address areas that can improve so you can run safely and efficiently.
Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
We have muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, and fascia all over our bodies, including around and inside the pelvis. Just like the rest of the body, these tissues sustain stress and can be overused or injured and can be a source of pain and dysfunction. And just like the rest of the body, the pelvic floor can be strengthened, and its mobility can be improved to facilitate healing and reduce pain and improve function.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that function to support our pelvic and abdominal contents including the bladder, rectum, intestines, and vaginal wall and uterus if you have them. These muscles are also intimately related to bowel and bladder function, sphincteral and urethral function, sexual function, and breathing. If the pelvic floor muscles are dysfunctional, you may see issues with any of the functions listed above. If you are experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction, a pelvic floor physical therapist can perform an evaluation to assess the muscles and how they may be related to your symptoms.
Anyone, male, female, or non-binary, who experiences or has experienced any of the following will benefit from specialized pelvic floor treatment:
- pelvic pain at rest
- pelvic, abdominal, hip, or low back pain during or after sexual activity
- pain with insertion of tampons, gynecological or prostate exams, urination or bowel movements
- urinary or fecal incontinence associated with or without activity including jumping, running, laughing, coughing
- bowel or bladder dysfunction
- urge to urinate frequently, during the day or at night
- abnormal sensation in or around the pelvis including numbness, tingling, or bulging or pressure
- abdominal or pelvic surgery including hysterectomy, c-section, myoectomy, prostatectomy, prolapse repair, laproscopy, vaginal rejuvination
- interstitial cystitis
- prostatitis or prostate removal
- vaginismus or vulvodynia
- pregnancy or post-partum
- tailbone pain
What should you expect with your first session? First your physical therapist will ask you a series of questions related to your symptoms. We understand that the pelvic floor and associated symptoms with dysfunction are personal and we strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment in which you feel you can express your symptoms and concerns freely.
Your therapist will evaluate your movement, joints, and muscles surrounding the pelvis and core. If you are an appropriate candidate, your therapist will perform an internal examination of the pelvic floor muscles that are located inside the pelvis to adequately assess how the muscles work together and activate, their strength, ability to relax, and general ability to function appropriately.
Often the muscles may require manual therapy to release trigger points or general muscle tightness. Other times the muscles may be long and underactive, and primarily require strengthening. After the assessment, your therapist will provide you with strategies to address any myofascial restrictions found, manage symptoms, and strengthen or relax the pelvic floor muscles.
If you have heard that rest is the best way to heal from a concussion, you're not alone. However, rest is not the solution and can make you worse. This is where a Complete Concussion Management Institute (CCMI) practitioner can help.
After a concussion you may experience:
- poor attention span
- lack of concentration
- lack of coordination
- memory loss
- ringing in the ears
- sensitivity to light and noise
- emotional volatility
- changes in balance and/or vision
- excessive fatigue
- neck pain
How do you know when you can return to your sport, school, work, or normal activity? Using assessment tools developed by the CCMI, we can provide an in-depth assessment of your healing status, reflexes, balance, and readiness to return to activities. Our assessment will determine the safest way for you to return to normal activity with a methodical, gradual, and evidence-based approach. Your assessment will help us determine the best treatment for your concussion symptoms. Whether you had a concussion 3 days ago or you had a concussion 10 years ago and are still experiencing symptoms, we can help.