WHAT IS PHYSICAL THERAPY?
According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using specific individualized treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
WHAT IS INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION (IASTM) AKA GRASTON?
IASTM is a therapeutic method for diagnosing and treating disorders of the skeletal muscles and related connective tissue. The method employs a collection of stainless steel tools of particular shape and size, which are used by practitioners to massage patients’ muscles in order to detect and resolve adhesions in the muscles and tendons.
WHAT IS KINESIOTAPING?
Kinesio-Taping has been breaking new ground in the fields of sports performance, pain management and physical therapy for over 25 years.The Kinesio-Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully help treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.
WHAT ARE TRIGGER POINTS?
Myofascial trigger points are hyper-irritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. These myofascial “knots” can be an identifiable source of pain and can be successfully diagnosed, treated, and released by Physical Therapists and Chiropactors.
WHAT IS MAITLAND-BASED MANUAL THERAPY?
Maitland’s approach to physical therapy incorporates current evidence-based philosophies and techniques into a patient based assessment and treatment philosophy. The Maitland Approach is a world-renowned, highly effective, gentle approach to the management of nerve and musculoskeletal conditions where therapists perform joint mobilizations and hands on treatment to improve movement, function, and decrease pain.
WHAT IS A JOINT MOBILIZATION?
Joint mobilizations are a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at a specific joint with the intention of achieving a therapeutic effect which may include increasing range of motion, decreasing pain, and improving function. When applied to the spine, it is known as a spinal mobilization.
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