Treatment Approach

how can we help

At Movement Solutions we provide detailed assessments of physical abilities from general coordination and balance needed for posture, strength training and movement retraining for joint support and pain relief, to the eye movements needed for reading, writing, copying and catching a ball.

Using standard medical (non-invasive) tests, we can identify where signs of physical weakness, stiffness or neuro-motor immaturity are present and offer effective exercise programs to stimulate the development of mature motor skills.

Many problems with balance, coordination, sports performance, reading, writing, spelling, math, concentration, under-achievement and behavior have their roots in immature development of physical abilities which support many aspects of learning.

We specialize in traditional physical therapy as well as address issues related to Neuro Developmental Disorders.

our multi-dimensional approach to healing

Movement Solutions offers a multi-dimensional approach to treating our clients by looking at the entire body versus one part at a time.

We have earned our doctorate degrees in physical therapy and use multiple techniques to get the results that our clients want including: traditional strength and balance training, Kinetic Control, McKenzie,Method, Myofascial Release, Active Inhibitory Restabilization, Schroth method of scoliosis treatment., Muscle Activation Techniques, Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training, Neuromuscular Therapy, Strain-Counterstrain, Muscle Energy Techniques, Neuronet and INPP (Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology) exercises for school aged children.

developmental issues

While there are many social and educational reasons for specific learning difficulties, physical abilities are affected with every aspect of learning, from the eye movements needed for reading, hand-eye coordination for writing, sequencing for learning days of the week, months of the year and spatial awareness involved in solving certain mathematical problems and for social interaction. When these problems are corrected, we can start to achieve.

PHYSICAL THERAPY SPECIALIZATIONS
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Strength Training

Strength training is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscle contraction which builds strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles.

When properly performed, strength training can provide significant functional benefits and improvement in overall health and well-being including increased bone, muscle, tendon and ligament strength and toughness, improved joint function, reduced potential for injury, increased bone density, increased metabolism, improved cardiac function, and elevated HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Strength training commonly uses the technique of progressively increasing the force output of the muscle through incremental weight increases and uses a variety of exercises and types of equipment to target specific muscle groups. Strength training is primarily an anaerobic activity, although some proponents have adapted it to provide the benefits of aerobic exercise through circuit training.

Corrective Exercise

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Pre and Post Surgery Rehabilitation

To improve surgical outcomes, we provide physical therapy rehabilitation before surgery to strengthen muscles needed to stabilize your joints and recover faster.

Hands on Manual Therapy

Swedish Massage uses slow, kneading strokes across the entire body to relieve muscle tension and loosen sore joints.

Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the muscles that harbor deeper into your body. Deep muscle techniques usually involve slow strokes and direct pressure that provide cross friction movements that go across the grain of the muscles. We use fingers, thumbs or occasionally even elbow to apply proper pressure.

Sports Massage is designed to help you train better, whether you’re a world champion or a weekend warrior. The techniques are similar to those in Swedish and deep tissue massage but have been adapted to meet the athlete’s special needs. Pre-event massage can help warm up muscles and improve circulation before competition, but it can also energize or relax an athlete and help him focus on the competition. Post-event massage can push waste products out of the body and improve recovery.

Soft Tissue Massage

Back in the days before aspirin, heating pads and whirlpools, humans treated their sore bodies the old-fashioned way: With massage. In many ways, massage is the most natural of natural remedies. Touching your body where it hurts seems to be a basics instinct, like running from danger or eating when you’re hungry. And experts say that massage, no matter how humble or low-tech it may seem, can be a powerful healer.

Trigger Point Release

Neuromuscular Massage/ Trigger Point Release is a form of deep tissue massage used to increase blood flow, reduce pain and relieve pressure on nerves caused by injuries to muscles and other soft tissue. Neuromuscular massage releases trigger points in tense muscle that can refer pain to other parts of the body. Releasing a tense trigger point in your back could reduce pain in your shoulder or neck.

Trigger points are small knots in a muscle from being overworked or injured. Trigger points are commonly a cause of most joint and muscle pain and try to protect a joint from injury. Trigger points are often a cause of headaches, neck and jaw pain, sciatica, patellofemoral pain syndrome, carpal tunnel, golfers elbow, tennis elbow and low back pain.

Trigger points were first discovered by Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons. They found a causal relationship between chronic pain and its source called myofascial trigger points. Myofascial tissue responds to touch/compression which is why trigger point therapy is used to relieve muscle and fascial pain by applying pressure to trigger points of referred pain. These trigger points are localized areas in which palpable nodules in tight bands of muscle fiber or connective tissue are very sensitive when compressed. Fascial tissue responds best to compression which is why pressure on these points refer pain to other parts of the body.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a specialized stretching technique used to treat people with pain associated with muscle and fascia. Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle. When stretching your muscles, you are also stretching the fascia and muscle, this is called the myofascial unit. When muscles are injured, the fibers and fascia that surround it become short and tight. This uneven stress can transmit through fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain. Myofascial release reduces these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured muscle and fascia.

Muscle Energy Techniques

Muscle energy techniques are a treatment approach for pain relief and improving flexibility and control that therapists can teach their clients. Muscle energy techniques use gentle muscle contractions that anyone can use to relax and lengthen muscles as well and normalize joint function to reduce back pain, sciatica, headaches and other postural dysfunctions. The theory behind muscle energy techniques suggest that if a joint is not used to it’s full range of motion, it’s function will lessen and be at risk of a muscle strain or injury. This type of muscular therapy uses the person’s own muscle energy (force) while the therapist uses a counterforce that the client will contract their muscle against in order to stretch the muscle and joint to it’s full potential.

Muscle energy techniques can be used safely to almost any joint in the body. Many athletes use muscle energy techniques as a preventative measure to prevent future injury. Although, its primarily used by people who have limited range of motion due to back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, scoliosis, asymmetrical legs(for example, when one leg appears longer or hip appears higher than the other), or chronic muscle pain and stiffness.

Strain-Counterstrain

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Muscle Activation Techniques

Muscle activation techniques assess an individual’s ability to develop proper control and efficiency of muscle contraction necessary for optimizing normal movement patterns. Any loss of muscle control or contraction efficiency may be demonstrated as loss of motion and diminished physical and sports performance. At Movement Solutions, we integrate active inhibitory restabilization techniques to improve the effectiveness of muscle activation techniques.

Active Inhibitory Restabilization Techniques

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McKenzie method

McKenzie method is a spine based treatment approach to assess a patients problem quickly. The McKenzie method can classify most patient conditions by pain level or limitation that results from certain positions or movement.  Many times, a McKenzie assessment can eliminate the need for expensive or invasive procedures such as an X-ray or MRI. There is research that shows the initial McKenzie assessment procedures are as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (for example, x-ray or MRI) to determine the source of the problem and quickly identify people who will benefit from physical therapy.

One of the goals of the McKenzie method is for your physical therapist to prescribe a number of specific exercises that can be used to successfully treat yourself. For patients with more difficult problems, a physical therapist can provide advanced hands on techniques until the patient can reduce pain on their own. Once learning how to treat your current pain, we can give you the skills needed to minimize future risk of reinjury.

Schroth treatment method for Scoliosis

Scoliosis occurs when imbalances occur among muscle groups in the back, neck and pelvis that are supposed to be symmetrical. Muscles in the back may be stronger on one side (occurs more often on the right side) which pulls on lower ribs so the lumbar region of the spine rotates to the side, downwards and backwards. To maintain the spine in upright and forward orientation, the thoracic region has to rotate back in the opposite directions and the neck area responds with a third abnormal rotation. The resulting stresses on the spine predispose the scoliosis to further progression with unpredictable outcome.

Since the scoliotic spine rotates pathologically in the sagittal, frontal and transverse planes, three sets of muscular imbalances commonly appear in the torso, in addition to other imbalances in the lower body. In its effort to reverse the abnormal rotations. Schroth therapy addresses all three planes, hence its name “three-dimensional” therapy.

The Schroth method first corrects the patient’s pelvis position. Then focuses on spinal elongation, derotation in all three planes of motion. Schroth achieves its results through a combination of rotational breathing and strengthening exercises that are individualized to the patient. The rotational breathing technique, a central Schroth concept, focuses on vertebral derotation using the ribs as levers, as well as increasing the patient’s vital capacity necessary for breathing.

At Movement Solutions, we incorporate the Schroth Method for scoliosis into other physical therapy techniques for optimal movement and pain free function.

Schroth can help patients:

  • Improve and maintain your posture and appearance.
  • Stop or reduce the rate at which your curve progresses.
  • Reduce or eliminate scoliosis related back and joint pain
  • Avoid spinal surgery in most cases.
  • Increase your breathing capacity.
Foot Orthotic Recommendations

We provide detailed assessment of structural foot conditions and abnormalities that affect your foot as well as your back, hip and knee.

Recommendations on inexpensive foot orthotic devices compared to custom made orthotics for both work and sports.

Kinetic Control

Kinetic Control is a diagnostic program designed to assess proper movement of the body when movement is painful. A kinetic control therapist looks at where in the body movement is not controlled causing symptoms.  We then relate the uncontrolled movement to changes in strength, myofascial tightness, joint motion and restrictions within normal daily movement.

Once the movement dysfunction is known, we also look at the pain sensitive tissues and multiple mechanisms that may be causing pain. For example, pain can be a combination of inflammation, mechanical pressure(myofascial trigger points) or sensitive nerves.

After assessing the person’s pain and movement problems, a treatment plan is created and may include: myofascial trigger point release, stretching program, pain management education, active inhibitory restabilization techniques, core stability retraining and an individualized exercise program.

Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training

BRMT is a movement-based program using gentle, yet effective, passive and active movements. These safe and gentle movements replicate the spontaneous, rhythmic movements babies make during the first year of life which are essential for the maturing and “linking up” of their brain and nervous system. In normal development, these natural, spontaneous movements help create new neural pathways necessary for brain development. In addition, these movements integrate the primitive and postural reflexes into an infant’s whole body system in order for the young child to develop and mature physically, emotionally and intellectually.

Why Rhythmic Movement Training?

The BRMT exercises have been adapted from these natural, spontaneous baby movements and have been used effectively with infants, children, teens, and adults. They are suitable for anyone regardless of their age or disability. The movements provide stimulation to several senses, including the tactile, proprioceptive (the inner sense of our body) and vestibular (balance) senses, which all form the foundational basis of our sensory system.

As children move and balance in gravity, they also develop their motor skills, their automatic, conscious, and more skilled movement patterns. Together these motor and sensory skills support the ability to be stable, balanced, and grounded in the body and emotions. All this moving, exploring, taking risks, and interacting with their environment and others around them assist children in creating and expanding pathways in the brain for future development. This continual discovering and interacting also develops their speech, language, visual, auditory, and cognitive skills. In addition, children are further advancing their emotions, self-awareness, and motivation, and learning to play, cooperate, and connect through their heart with others.

All these necessary developmental milestones happen in a sequential fashion. This means that the child will need to develop basic motor patterns prior to building more complicated ones, each skill building on the previous pattern. Whether in childhood or adulthood, stimulating new neural pathways through movement helps access more of the brain’s capacities. More dynamic use of the whole brain, body, and emotional system is accessible, as well as, the higher executive thinking and creative abilities.

How we help

  • Identify whether physical factors play a part in your child’s problem(s)
  • Assess and identify the source of the problem
  • Provide effective remedial treatment (non-invasive and drug-free) aimed at the cause of the problem
  • Provide ongoing support for parents and children seeking help

The key to success is in pinpointing the child’s developmental level of difficulty. Once identified, simple exercises aimed at the level of the child’s problem can help to re-educate pathways between the brain and the body, creating a secure foundation for all aspects of learning.

Through our assessment and analysis of your child, we will devise simple and effective physical exercises that are easy for your child to do, to help overcome the physical basis to learning and behavioural difficulties.

Assessments of Adults

Whilst much of our studies relate to children, Neuro-Developmental Delay is not exclusively a child’s problem. Reflex associated problems usually manifest themselves during the formative years. However, if these abnormalities are not recognized during childhood, they must be compensated for in some way. The price paid for performance is usually increased susceptibility to stress.

It is common for symptoms to first appear during times of significant change. For example, students entering higher education may experience difficulties for the first time: the combination of leaving home, learning to make new friends and coping with large amounts of reading in less structured learning environments, bring to the surface difficulties that have been previously concealed by the process of compensation. When these problems are identified and treated at a neurological and physical level, students start to succeed in their chosen careers.

When Rhythmic Movement Training is used with children and adults with less severe challenges it will improve motor abilities and motor control such as coordination, muscle tone and integration of primitive reflexes. Additionally many people have noticed improvement in different areas such as speech, vision and difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, reading and writing. According to the hypothesis of Dr. Harald Blomberg this improvement can be explained by the stimulation and linking up of different parts of the brain caused by the rhythmic exercises.

To be effective the rhythmic exercises need to be done regularly at least five days a week. Depending on the progress of the client the exercises need to be developed or replaced by follow up movements on a regular basis. The effects caused by the rhythmic exercises may sometimes be noticed after a short period but the changes may not be lasting until the different parts of the brain have been sufficiently stimulated and linked up. This usually takes at least three to six months. In children with more severe challenges it may take a year or more. Some children, especially those with ASD, need to be on a gluten and/or casein free diet to get optimal effect of Rhythmic Movement Training. Some children and adults get emotional reactions during the training and may not want to do the exercises. If this happens the training program usually needs to be changed.

Neuronet

NeuroNet is a research-based learning readiness program designed to help students develop fluency in essential reading, math, and handwriting skills. NeuroNet programs center around 4 Key Concepts:

  1. LEARN INDEPENDENTLY
    Watch and learn, then think and do.
    Engage in productive trial and error problem solving.
  2. MAKE THE SPEED AND ACCURACY NETWORK
    Develop fluency in early reading, handwriting, and math skills.
    Learn how to use what you know to enhance new learning.
  3. GET YOUR BRAIN TO PRACTICE WHAT YOU WANT YOUR BRAIN TO LEARN
    To develop fluency, you must practice fluency.
  4. SELF-EVALUATION IS THE KEY TO MOTIVATION
    Learn to self-evaluate and to equate effort and practice with improvements in performance.

NeuroNet began as a program to help struggling learners become independent learners. The program was developed by Nancy Rowe, an audiologist whose work centered around helping children improve their coordination of motor and cognitive skills in an educational environment that encourages self-evaluation and trial and error problem solving.

Massage Therapy
Relaxation Massage

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Sports Massage (pre and post events)

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Neuromuscular Therapy

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Trigger Point Release
Neuromuscular Massage/ Trigger Point Release is a form of deep tissue massage used to increase blood flow, reduce pain and relieve pressure on nerves caused by injuries to muscles and other soft tissue. Neuromuscular massage releases trigger points in tense muscle that can refer pain to other parts of the body. Releasing a tense trigger point in your back could reduce pain in your shoulder or neck.

Trigger points are small knots in a muscle from being overworked or injured. Trigger points are commonly a cause of most joint and muscle pain and try to protect a joint from injury. Trigger points are often a cause of headaches, neck and jaw pain, sciatica, patellofemoral pain syndrome, carpal tunnel, golfers elbow, tennis elbow and low back pain.

Trigger points were first discovered by Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons. They found a causal relationship between chronic pain and its source called myofascial trigger points. Myofascial tissue responds to touch/compression which is why trigger point therapy is used to relieve muscle and fascial pain and dysfunction by applying pressure to trigger points of referred pain and may include stretching exercises. These trigger points are localized areas in which palpable nodules in tight bands of muscle fiber or connective tissue are very sensitive when compressed. Fascial tissue responds best to compression which is why pressure on these points refer pain to other parts of the body.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a specialized stretching technique used to treat people with pain associated with muscle and fascia. Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle. When stretching your muscles, you are also stretching the fascia and muscle, this is called the myofascial unit. When muscles are injured, the fibers and fascia that surround it become short and tight. This uneven stress can transmit through fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain. Myofascial release reduces these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured muscle and fascia.

Muscle Energy Techniques

Muscle energy techniques are a treatment approach for pain relief and improving flexibility and control that therapists can teach their clients. Muscle energy techniques use gentle muscle contractions that anyone can use to relax and lengthen muscles as well and normalize joint function to reduce back pain, sciatica, headaches and other postural dysfunctions. The theory behind muscle energy techniques suggest that if a joint is not used to it’s full range of motion, it’s function will lessen and be at risk of a muscle strain or injury. This type of muscular therapy uses the person’s own muscle energy (force) while the therapist uses a counterforce that the client will contract their muscle against in order to stretch the muscle and joint to it’s full potential.

Muscle energy techniques can be used safely to almost any joint in the body. Many athletes use muscle energy techniques as a preventative measure to prevent future injury. Although, its primarily used by people who have limited range of motion due to back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, scoliosis, asymmetrical legs(for example, when one leg appears longer or hip appears higher than the other), or chronic muscle pain and stiffness.

Strain-Counterstrain

Details coming soon!

Muscle Activation Techniques

Muscle activation techniques assess an individual’s ability to develop proper control and efficiency of muscle contraction necessary for optimizing normal movement patterns. Any loss of muscle control or contraction efficiency may be demonstrated as loss of motion and diminished physical and sports performance. At Movement Solutions, we integrate active inhibitory restabilization techniques to improve the effectiveness of muscle activation techniques.

Active Inhibitory Restabilization Techniques

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Ben Benjamin Soft Tissue Assessment And Treatment

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MOVEMENT & PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS:
Initial Assessment/Needs Analysis (posture, strength, flexibility and weight loss)

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Interpretation of assessment (Why you need to do a specific exercise)

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Personalized Program Design includes: proper stretches, exercise and self-care tips

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Identify optimal resistance training parameters which may include progressive resistance exercises, appropriate intensity, workout frequency, repetitions and sets

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Identify precautions and contraindications to specific exercise performance

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Education on proper exercise technique

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Advice on pre-existing conditions (arthritis, prior surgeries)

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Ergonomic design of home or work situations

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Re-assessments as needed to keep you on track with evolving goals and updating your exercise program

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