Physical Therapy Evaluation:
The patient’s first visit is an uninterrupted one-hour appointment. Our physical therapist will do a thorough evaluation and examination of the patient’s complaints, provide education so our patients understand their problem, and develop a plan that provides solutions. Our physical therapist will initiate treatment and home exercise program during this visit.
These appointments are approximately one hour in length. Our patients enjoy at least 30 minutes uninterrupted time with their physical therapist, followed by one-on-one instruction from our exercise specialists. We do not double or triple book our patients so we can focus on optimizing the patient’s mechanics and getting them better faster.
Redcord® Personal Training Sessions (Loop office only):
Our patients have loved the workout they get with the RedCord® Suspension System, so we decided to offer a one hour training sessions! RedCord® is a suspension therapy that focuses on muscle recruitment and stabilization and requires considerable control. Our Physical Therapists can design and tailor an amazing workout that will leave you feeling great! (Cash only, packages available).
The McKenzie Method (Lincoln Park):
The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. It has been widely used all over the world for more than 30 years. MDT clinicians are trained to assess and diagnose all areas of the musculoskeletal system. That means that if a problem exists in or around the spine, joint or muscle, an MDT evaluation may be appropriate. MDT is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by clinicians and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. This approach continues to be one of the most researched physical therapy based methods available. Steve Goostree – Certified McKenzie Practitioner
Dry Needling (all locations):
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy. Dry needling is an effective technique from treating chronic muscular pain.
Graston (Loop office only):
Graston Technique® is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue, fascial restrictions and range of motion through comprehensive training, resulting in improved patient outcomes. The unique protocol uses specially designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Are you having reoccurring back pain? Can’t seem to get past mile 3 on your runs? Have you found only temporary solutions? Try our StabiliCore program! Our physical therapist will take the time to find the movement pattern faults and muscle imbalances that are keeping you from reaching your goals. True core stabilization is a complex biomechanical problem that requires a multifaceted approach. Our physical therapist will develop a plan that will address your mechanics, weaknesses, and train your core. We begin with proper muscle recruitment, strengthening, and coordination to ensure proper muscle function. From there we progressively increase loading, instability, incorporating the Bosu and RedCord machines. The StabiliCore program typically last 4 to 6 weeks.
The Office Warrior Program:
Getting pain while using the computer at the office? This program is designed for the Office Warrior suffering from neck/upper back/shoulder/headaches. Our physical therapist take a manual-based approach to decrease tissue acuity, improved muscle stability, and improve spinal muscle endurance. We take a focused approach aimed at improving computer/office ergonomics. The program focuses on low load, long-duration holding and spinal stability exercises to address the problem at its root.
Are you a runner with reoccurring lower extremity injuries? Video gait analysis, exercise and treating the soft tissue only gets a small piece of the picture. Our physical therapists will complete a thorough, hands-on biomechanical examination from the lumbar spine down to identify mechanical causes. Running by its very nature is a complex and repetitive activity that requires the utmost sensitivity to analyze and correct. Let our physical therapists help you reach your distance or that faster time.
Boot the Boot:
Foot diagnoses and fractures are commonly treated with immobilization. Our skilled manual physical therapists can help improve your foot mechanics quickly and help you develop the muscle strength and endurance you need to get back to walking and running. We will work alongside your orthopedist or podiatrist to ensure safe return to your activities.
Manual physical therapy: Manual Treatments are an integral part of any Physical Therapy plan of care. In order to maximize physical function, your therapist has to know what the body systems are doing mechanically. Your Physical Therapist may incorporate:
- Joint mobilizations to improve range of motion
- Joint manipulation to “unjam” a spinal or peripheral joint
- Soft tissue mobilization to decrease tissue irritability and improve tone
- Active and/or passive muscle stretching to improve a muscle’s length
- Manually resisted strengthening and stabilization
- Manual traction for spinal decompression
Stabilization and balance are important components to maintaining proper posture and decrease risk of injury. When the unexpected occurs, your nervous system has to be able to interpret what is happening and quickly send instructions to prevent damage to internal stabilizing tissues like ligaments, cartilage, and intervertebral discs. Our Physical Therapists believe that this is one of the most crucial elements to return patients back to their activities. Our clinicians use manually guided stabilization techniques for the cervical spine (see our Office Warrior Program), equipment such as the Bosu extensively (see our StabiliCore Program) to tune up you body’s ability to maintain stabile joints while to work and play.
Physical Therapy is a unique field because it is one of the few active forms of medicine. Muscles are the driving force behind movement and must work optimally to decrease risk of injury and prevent breakdown. Your Physical Therapist will prescribe exercise to strengthen and improve muscle length to normalize your biomechanics. Our Physical Therapist are experts in human movement, strengthening and conditioning and utilize the latest techniques in muscle strengthening, and conditioning. Our clinics use TRX, RedCord, and Pilates-based exercises to improve muscle strength and endurance. Our clinicians utilize a video-based home exercise program software so patients can continue making gains at home and after discharge.