|Services and Specialties

PHYSICAL THERAPY

  • Return to Sports Performance Injury Rehabilitation Programs
  • Low Back and Neck Pain Relief Programs
  • Pre and Post Surgery Rehabilitation
  • Hands on Manual Therapy/Soft Tissue Manipulation to improve mobility
  • Headaches/Migraines Program
  • Balance and Falls Prevention
  • Dizziness and BPPV Treatment
  • Arthritis & Osteoporosis Prevention
  • Pain associated with Scoliosis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) Program
  • Chronic Pain associated with Fibromyalgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Pelvic Pain and Pelvic Floor Weakness with associated urinary/bowel incontinence, constipation, urinary retention, dysmenorrhea (painful periods),

**PT services require a referral from your primary care physician or any medical doctor.

MASSAGE THERAPY

  • Relaxation / Stress Management
  • Sports Massage (pre and post events)
  • Neuromuscular Therapy (aka. Triggerpoint therapy)
  • Myofascial Release
  • Ben Benjamin Soft Tissue Assessment And Treatment

INDIVIDUALIZED WELLNESS PROGRAMS:

    • Initial Assessment/Needs Analysis (Posture, strength, flexibility and weight loss)
    • Interpretation of assessment (Why you need to do a specific exercise)
    • One-rep max determination and optimal exercise parameters
    • Personalized Program Design which includes: proper stretches, exercise and self-care tips
    • Identify optimal resistance training parameters which may include progressive resistance exercises, appropriate intensity, workout frequency, repetitions and sets
    • Identify precautions and contraindications to specific exercise performance
    • Education on proper exercise technique
    • Integration of exercise program ensuring functional needs are considered
    • Advice on pre-existing conditions (arthritis, prior surgeries)
    • Ergonomic design of home or work situations
    • Re-assessments as needed to keep you on track with evolving goals and updating your exercise program

Sports Injuries Spinal injuries can restrict range of motion, reduce strength, slow reflexes, shorten endurance and decrease performance. Physical Therapy for these types of injuries has become increasingly popular. Professional sports teams, Olympic trainers, and competitive athletes are employing physical therapists- because they demand results.

Physical therapy helps restore function to spinal joints that are “locked up”, fixated, and not moving properly. Besides helping to relieve pain, physical therapy can also help reduce inflammation. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments depend upon proper joint movement for peak performance. Injuries to these tissues can reduce range of motion, affect delicate nerves, decrease blood supply and can take you out of the game. Normalizing spinal function helps speed the healing of these soft tissues and reduce the deconditioning effect of being on the sidelines.

Aerobic Exercise An aerobic exercise program or a plan of brisk walking can improve muscle tone and help you avoid strains, sprains, and other activity-restricting health problems. Whether you golf, play tennis, bicycle, or bowl, the best treatment for sports injuries is prevention!

What is Back Pain and How Can Physical Therapy Help? Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Most acute back pain is the result of trauma to the lower back or a disorder such as arthritis. Back pain from trauma may be caused by a sports injury, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissues. Symptoms of back pain may range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. Chronic back pain is pain that persists for more than 3 months. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine. Physical therapy can help relieve the symptoms of back pain.

We Can Help With Back Pain Most low back pain can be treated without surgery. Treatment involves using over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation. The goal of treatment is to restore proper function and strength to the back and prevent recurrence of the injury. Medications are often used to treat acute and chronic low back pain. Effective pain relief may involve a combination of prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies. Although the use of cold and hot compresses has never been scientifically proven to quickly resolve low back injury, compresses may help reduce pain and inflammation and allow greater mobility for some individuals. Bed rest is recommended for only 1–2 days at most. Individuals should resume activities as soon as possible. Exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain and help strengthen back and abdominal muscles. In the most serious cases, when the condition does not respond to other therapies, surgery may relieve pain caused by back problems or serious musculoskeletal injuries. Movement Solutions has extensive experience and education in the treatment and relief of back pain through a combination of proper hands on therapy and corrective movement. Most patients feel relief from their back pain symptoms after the first visit.

What is the Prognosis? Most patients with back pain recover without residual functional loss, but individuals should contact a doctor if there is not a noticeable reduction in pain and inflammation after 72 hours of self-care. Recurring back pain resulting from improper body mechanics or other non-traumatic causes is often preventable. Engaging in exercises that don’t jolt or strain the back, maintaining correct posture and lifting objects properly can help prevent injuries. Many work-related injuries are caused or aggravated by stressors such as heavy lifting, vibration, repetitive motion, and awkward posture. Applying ergonomic principles — designing furniture and tools to protect the body from injury — at home and in the workplace can greatly reduce the risk of back injury and help maintain a healthy back.

Shoulder, Arm and Hand Problems Problems with the neck, shoulder and arm are often called different things by patients: neuritis, bursitis, neuralgia, rheumatism, frozen shoulder, fibrosis, sprained, strained or sore muscles or “poor circulation.”

Old Age and Shoulder Pain? Some people may blame their shoulder (or other joint) problems on “old age” even though their other shoulder, which doesn’t have any problems, is just as old.

Brain Control and Should, Arm and Hand Pain What controls your shoulders, arms and hands? How does a message from the brain tell the arm to move, regulate the heartbeat or control the functions of glands and internal organs which are so far away from it? The brain “talks” with the rest of your body through a vast telecommunications system made up of nerves. Nerves come out of your brain in a large bundle called the spinal cord and travel down your back inside the spinal column. As the nerves from your brain trail down your spinal cord they first have to pass through holes (foramina) between the spinal bones (vertebrae).

Plexus Some nerves go straight to their point of destination but some first mix with other nerves to form complicated nerve networks that anatomists call a nerve plexus. You have a number of plexuses in your body: there’s the cervical plexus along each side of your neck, the brachial plexus near your shoulders, the solar plexus near your stomach, the lumbar plexus in your lower back and many, many others. We will be discussing the brachial plexus.

Brachial Plexus The brachial plexus is made up of nerves which come out of the middle and lower neck and upper back. After they interconnect to form the brachial plexus they branch off to supply different areas, especially the shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers.

Brachial Plexus Injury The most common from of brachial plexus damage is to the nerves that make up the brachial plexus as they exit the spinal column through the foramina plexus. In the foramina the nerves are surrounded by a ring of bone and meninges (though coverings) and if the ring becomes smaller the nerves may become compressed or “pinched.” What causes the nerves to get “pinched?” Many things: long-standing spinal stress; old injuries such as falls from childhood; new injuries such as sports mishaps or car accidents (especially whiplash – a situation where the head and neck are suddenly “snapped” forward and backward); arthritis; being twisted, pulled or shaken; or even sleeping in an awkward position as well as many other stresses and strains of daily living.

Results of Brachial Plexus Injury Depending on which brachial plexus nerves are damaged, different symptoms and problems may be experienced. Neck pain or neck stiffness may be one of the first signs of brachial plexus damage. In some people the pain may radiate to the shoulder and down to the arm, wrist, hand or finger. Sometimes there’s extremity pain but not neck pain. Sometimes there’s no pain but numbness – a sure sign of nerve damage – sometimes there’s pain in one area the brachial plexus goes to and numbness in another. “Pins and needles” of the fingers or other areas can be a sign of brachial plexus problems, while weakness of the involved parts may also occur.

Other Conditions Because of the complicated way nerves interrelate, conditions such as headache; migraines; facial pain; dizziness; limited, painful or stiff motion of the head and neck; throat conditions; thyroid and nasal problems and even epilepsy have been reported as being caused by brachial plexus damage. Lower back pain has been reported to be caused by cervical or neck spinal damage as will.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS is now so common it’s been called the “occupational disease of the 1990s.” Symptoms include tingling and numbness in the hand, fingers and wrist; pain so intense that it awakens you at night and similar symptoms in the upper arm, elbow, shoulder or neck. As one researcher has written: “Faulty innervation caused by spinal joint lesions in one of the main factors in the production of wrist swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome, [and] tennis elbow.”

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