Some of the Services We Provide
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy. Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles and supported by research.
1on1 Physical Therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation.
Trigger Point/Myofascial Release Therapy is a very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce pressure on pain sensitive structures.
1on1 Physical Therapy sessions are hands-on, each treatment session is performed directly on the skin enabling the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions. Trigger Point Release is effective in freeing up the tissues and restrictions that can pull on other structural parts of the body such as joints, the spine and the muscles, helping to treat the following conditions:
- Neck and Back Pain
- Spinal Disc injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Post Surgical Scar tissue
Joint and Spinal Manipulation, also known as ‘Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy’, is an ancient art and science tracing its origins to early medical practitioners. Spinal manipulation is unique compared with other manual therapy techniques in that the clinician applies a rapid impulse, or thrust, in order to achieve a gapping and subsequent cavitation of the target joint. Joint cavitation is accompanied by an audible release recognized as a ‘popping’, or ‘cracking’, sound.
1on1 Physical Therapists utilize spinal and extremity manipulation, along with other manual therapy techniques and exercise, in the treatment of neuro-musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction in order to restore mobility within these systems. This technique is used to:
- Facilitate movement
- Relieve pain
- Increase circulation
- Relax muscles
- Improve muscle function.
Therapeutic exercises are specific exercises meant for correcting specific problems. The focus of Therapeutic exercise is on regaining flexibility, strength, and endurance related to specific physical problems.
Therapeutic exercise is the systematic and planned performance of body movements or exercises which aims to improve and restore physical function. 1on1 Physical Therapists will determine the type of exercises that you need to regain the level of activity that you were accustomed to prior to your injury. 1on1 Physical Therapists will also prescribe exercises that meet your short term as well as long-term goals. These exercises can improve:
- Range of Motion
- Muscular strength and endurance
- Breathing and circulation
Functional Mobility Analysis
Functional mobility describes a person’s ability to move around in his or her environment. Examples include walking, scooting along a bed, and rising from a chair. If you are injured or ill, you may have a difficult time maintaining normal functional mobility. That’s where 1on1 Physical Therapy comes in.
Your functional mobility may become impaired when you suffer an injury or illness. Muscles may become weak, your balance may be impaired, or muscular spasm and pain may limit your ability to move. Your 1on1 Physical Therapist can help determine your current level of function and the assistance that is needed to keep you moving safely. Your physical therapist may also prescribe specific exercises to help improve your functional mobility. Exercises may include:
- Strengthening exercises
- Range of motion exercises
- Flexibility exercises
- Balance exercises