Physical Therapists are trained in both the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. They use a combination of hands-on techniques along with specific physiotherapy “modalities” such ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, and exercise.
“Manual Therapy” consists of such things as myofascial release techniques (deep tissue treatment by hand), stretching of restricted structures and soft tissue and joint mobilization/manipulation.
In addition to hands on techniques, our physical therapists use an extensive array of therapeutic exercises in treating patients. It is a two step process starting with an evaluated to identify where the problem areas exist for each patient. Following this evaluation, the physical therapist creates a customized program of strengthen and flexibility exercises. The result is that our patients get back to an active lifestyle faster by becoming more fit.
Another we help our patients is to create a home program of care so they become less likely to return with the same complaints after we finishing treating them. These are detailed exercise program centered around their specific needs at the end of their care. We find that this extra step keeps most of our patients from returning over and over again with the same problems.