Manual therapy techniques are a key component of successful Physical Therapy sessions. Any techniques where the therapist uses his or her hands to manipulate the bodies muscles, tendons, ligaments, or joints is classified as “Manual Therapy”.
- Joint Mobilization
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Strain Counter Strain
- Trigger Point Release
- Muscle Energy Technique
Gentle to firm oscillating or quick stretching of joints performed by the therapist. These techniques are helpful in improving motion of the joints in the extremities or spine. They can be very helpful in treating acute neck or back pain.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Includes various massage-like techniques to relax and loosen muscle, tendons, skin and fascia
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Utilizes plastic or metal tools that are contoured to the curves of the body part. Breaks down scar tissue adhesions and stimulates the immune system to increase the healing processes. Research indicates that this treatment very helpful with tendon problems such tennis elbow and achilles tendonitis.
Strain Counter Strain
A technique that was developed by an Osteopathic physician and can be very helpful to relax tight and tender muscles. Seeks to find a position of relaxation for the muscle.
Trigger Point Release
This technique used gradual, constant pressure to a tender point in a muscle which is held for 3 to 5 minutes.
Muscle Energy Technique
Another Osteopathic techniques where the therapist guides the patient in contracting their muscles in a way that causes the bones the muscle is attached to to move to a position of better alignment.
Trigger Point Dry Needling
Dry Needling (DN) is a skilled intervention used by physical therapists (where allowed by state law) that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, neural, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
The inclusion of Dry Needling Physical Therapists was recently approved by the Utah legislature and signed into law by Governor Herbert. Dr. Greg Schroeder is a one of a few Physical Therapists in Utah register by the Utah Department of Professional Licensing to provide Dry Needling treatments. Dry Needling is a advanced practice skill that requires additional training and experience.
Conditions that Dry Needling can effectively treat:
Exercise is the focus and specialty of Physical Therapy. During your visit to Physical Therapy your therapist will prescribe to your specific exercises that will help your recover from your pain and injury. Therapeutic exercises focus on improving the function of the neuromusculoskeletal system of your body (this includes the muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves). The following are general types of therapeutic exercises.
Range of Motion
These exercises involve moving your joints in various ways to restore mobility to the joint. You will typically begin with very gentle slow movements and progress to more aggressive and fast movements as you recover.
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Use various methods to provide resistance to a certain movement. Designed to progressively strengthen the your muscle. May utilize machines, resistance bands or weights to provide the resistance.
Designed to improve your overall cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Two common pieces of equipment you may use for endurance exercise is a treadmill or a exercise bike.
Neuromuscular Re-education (NMR)
These exercises are designed to improve your sense of balance, posture and coordination. As your range of motion, strength and endurance improves NMR exercises are used to help you regain your normal ability muscle quickly and fluidly.
Available only at our Layton location.
Aquatic therapy is a quantum leap forward in rehabilitation providing a unique environment to enhance patient outcomes. In water, the effects of gravity are reduced and greater functional activity and motion can occur. Water supports the body, reduces joint stress, and provides resistance and assistance to movement in a truly unique manner. This allows patients to improve their mobility, strength and functionality more rapidly during the healing process.
The following conditions are ideal for treatment in the aquatic environment:
Modalities are treatments that utilize the properties of heat, cold, sound, light or electrical to influence the bodies healing processes. As a general rule, modalities are used to stimulate the healing processes and to prepare the tissues your therapist wishes to address with manual therapy and therapeutic exercises.
ORTHOTICS, BRACES, & TAPING
At times it may be necessary in your recovery to have the injured area supported by some type of external support. Examples of this would be:
Orthotics are often referred to as “Arch Supports” and have been shown to be very helpful in relieving foot pain.
Various braces are available to help protect or support an injured area of the body. Check with us if you wonder if a brace would be helpful in treating your condition.
We are proficient in numerous types of taping methods that can help you get back in the game.
Functional Capacity Evaluations
Need a precise, objective measure of your patients/clients functional physical ability? Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) is an extensive physical agility test, and when performed by a medically trained, highly skilled, Physical Therapist you can be assured that each assessment is accurate and will hold credibility in a court of law.
This unique service is provided at Back at Work Physical Therapy – where our Physical Therapist have performed hundreds of FCE’s. Using the Matheson FCE System, each comprehensive evaluation is administered in our clinic, one-on-one with the Physical Therapist and may range in length from 4 – 5 hours. Available in both our Logan, Utah and Layton, Utah locations.
Who Can Benefit from an FCE:
FCE is used to determine: