primary treatments provided
Trigger Point Dry Needling
Trigger point dry needling is a widely used treatment, administered by certified practitioners, to relieve neuromuscular pain and improve function. Fine filament needles, similar to those used by Acupuncturists, are inserted into areas of the muscle known as “trigger points.” Trigger points create predictable patterns of referred pain (i.e. pain in another area in the body) and can result in injury and movement limitations.
Manual therapy is skilled, hands-on treatment by a physical therapist intended to reduce pain, improve range of motion/ joint mobility, and facilitate proper motor control. This includes joint mobilizations and manipulations, soft tissue mobilization (similar to massage), neurodynamic mobilization, muscle energy techniques, and tactile cueing.
Vestibular / Concussion Rehab
The most common vestibular disorder, BPPV, is treated with canalith repositioning manuevers (for example, the Epley Manuever for the most common form of BPPV). Additionally, BPPV and other vestibular disorders often lead to prolonged dizziness, imbalance, and in some cases, falls. A physical therapist can use specific techniques and exercises to improve the function of the vestibular system as well as the other systems that contribute to balance and positional sense.
Vestibular dysfunction also occurs following concussion. Ninety percent of individuals who sustain a concussion will recover within 3 weeks, but the 10% that do not often continue to experience dizziness, headaches, neck pain, disequilibrium, and sensitivity to visual stimulation, sound, and exertion. These symptoms may be a result of vestibular, visual-motor, or cervical impairments that can be addressed through both manual therapy and neuromuscular training by a physical therapist who has experienced with concussion rehab.
Return to Sport Progression
Many barriers exist for individuals who want to return to their sport after an injury. These include understanding tissue healing timeframes, deconditioning of other muscles as a result of disuse, and compensatory patterns that developed as a result of injury. A physical therapist can devise a tailored program based on research and experience to help you safely return to your sport.
Neuromuscular training focuses on the quality of movement and reducing compensatory patterns that lead to overuse and injury. The physical therapist identifies compensatory patterns through observation of specific functional movements, and uses simple exercises and cues to help correct the dysfunction.
This can include a unique combination of any of the treatments described above to facilitate either a return to your regular yoga routine after injury, or if you are new to yoga or a beginner, transition to a safe and healthy yoga practice. Yoga is a great way to maintain good body mechanics and awareness as well as prevent future injury.