Active Motion is trained and preeminently skilled in a wide-variety of physical therapy methodologies for treating injuries.
Some of the more common treatment options include:
- Manual therapy techniques
Encompasses the treatment of health ailments of various etiologies through ‘hands-on’, physical intervention. This form of physical treatment usually refers to hands-on techniques and includes soft tissue mobilization, various connective tissue techniques, myofascial release, mobilization of joints, mobilization of neural tissue, and strain and counterstrain.
- Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)
Defined as the hands-on mobilization of soft tissues, i.e., muscle and associated connective tissues that supports it, tendons (muscle to bone connections) and ligaments (bone-to-bone connections). STM is performed on a patient for the purposes of producing beneficial effects on the nervous, muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.
- Neuro re-education
This therapeutic procedure is provided to improve balance, coordination, kinesthetic sense, posture and proprioception to a person who is undergoing recovery and rehabilitation.
- Therapeutic exercise
Purpose is to develop and/or maintain muscle strength including range of motion and stretching. It is performed with a patient either actively, active-assisted or passively. Could encompass the use of weight machines, free weights or resistance bands.
- Cardiovascular exercise
A system of physical conditioning designed to enhance circulatory and respiratory efficiency that involves vigorous sustained exercise, utilizing treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical machines.
- Mat Pilates
A series of non-impact exercises conducted upon a mat placed on the floor. The emphasis is on relaxed, rhythmic breathing while performing smooth, coordinated movements. The movements, based on yoga and dance exercises, are particularly good at strengthening the stomach, thigh, and buttock muscles.
- Spine/core stabilization
Core stability is a term used to describe the strength of the muscles of the abdomen, lower back and pelvis. Core stability training is the process of strengthening and stabilizing these muscles to increase your body’s overall power, prevent injury, and alleviate back pain. Simply put, core stability controls and protects the body.
Ultrasound equipment generates high frequency sound waves that are transferred to a specific body area via a round-headed probe. The sound waves travel deep into tissue (e.g. muscles) creating gentle heat.
- Electrical stimulation
Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations, the physical therapist can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers. The physical therapist can change the current setting to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing. This therapy is also used to help control pain.
Hot packs increase blood flow, relieve pain and increase movement; cold packs decrease blood flow to an area to reduce pain and swelling immediately after an injury.
Electric current used to transfer certain anti-inflammatory medications into localized body tissues to reduce inflammation.
Manual or mechanical pull on extremities or spine to relieve spasm and pain. Used for chronic back or neck pain.
- Customized foot orthotics
Devices commonly used in the treatment of foot pain. There are typically two basic types:
- Accomodative Orthotics—devices used to distribute the body weight away from the painful area. These are usually more flexible.
- Functional Orthotics—devices that are used to control abnormal movements of the foot during ambulation. These are the more rigid orthotics.
- Customized home exercise program
Based upon a patient’s particular requirements, a regimen of exercises will be developed and provided to the patient for use at home.