Our environment and activities affect our bodies. Integrity Physical Therapy bases its practice on the knowledge that all the parts of our bodies are inherently connected. Thus, what often causes pain or discomfort can stem from a separate place or injury. By treating the underlying causes of pain and discomfort, we help our patients achieve increased function, true healing, and lasting change.
Our physical therapists have advanced clinical training in orthopedic manual therapy and are proficient in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions. Many conditions are often a compensation for a problem elsewhere. We perform biomechanical evaluations to identify these possible compensations, then treat the specific tissue(s) that is/are involved to resolve the problem.
Below is a list of just some of the more common practices we provide. Please contact us today if you'd like more information or feel free to make an appointment to come and talk with us personally.
Soft tissue mobilization is the manipulation of tissue with the use of a therapist’s hands or a device in order to help the tissue relax, facilitate healing, reduce swelling, or lessen pain. This technique can be palliative in nature or more aggressive depending on the therapist’s goals of the intervention.
Education and performance of an independent home exercise program developed by the therapist is vital in reaching individual goals. These programs, developed by the therapist, help a patient to stay compliant with treatment when not at therapy. Remember, the ultimate goal is to become independent with treatment for injuries and dysfunction so that the need for medical intervention is decreased.
A type of soft tissue mobilization that treats muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. This can be beneficial in chronic injuries such as piriformis syndrome and IT Band dysfunction among other impairments.
Prescription and Instruction: Exercise and active movement is a cornerstone of treatment at Integrity Physical Therapy. Specific Exercises targeting particular muscle groups is essential to the healing process. Guidance and instruction by a physical therapist allows for proper technique and performance in order to reach an individual’s goals. Simply stated, we are built with muscles, whose purpose are to move and be activated, so lets activate them… properly!
Balance is often a major issue in the aging population but can also become a problem after core and lower extremity injuries. Balance is controlled by three systems, including our vision, proprioceptive receptors, and our vestibular system. Exercise and activities challenging these three areas can help to refine and improve these systems improving coordination, helping to limit falls, and return to desired activities. Education and assistance by the therapists at Integrity Physical Therapy can help to reduce the fear and anxiety associated with balance issues.
Modern technology has provided the opportunity for all businesses to operate more efficiently and effectively. Unfortunately, our posture is paying the price for these advances. Improper posture and ergonomic setup in one’s workplace can lead to a plethora of musculoskeletal pathologies including shoulder pain, neck pain, and back pain. We at Integrity Physical Therapy are highly skilled in assessing patients’ work related duties and developing effective positioning modifications to eliminate the negative effects of improper ergonomics.
Injuries on the job are an unfortunate reality. Being in network with worker’s compensation insurances allows Integrity Physical Therapy to assist with the recovery process of these individuals in order to return back to the job, improve performance, and minimize the potential of further of re-injury.
Simply put, it is the use of a device or tool in order to manipulate the tissue in order to facilitate soft tissue healing. Soft tissue includes muscle, tendon, ligaments, and fascia. “Foam Rolling” is an example seen within the running community.
There are various taping techniques but postural taping can be used as a corrective technique for dysfunction such as kneecap misalignment, scapular (shoulder blade) stabilization, heel pain, and ankle pain.
Paraffin provides thermal relief useful in symptomatic relief of pain caused by arthritis, bursitis and chronic joint inflammation. This is especially beneficial for the hands and feet as the wax is able to evenly reach all the contoured surfaces more effectively than other thermal modalities.