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What is Kinesiotape?

What is Kinesiotape? Kinesiotape is often used in rehab settings to assist in healing and provide stability and support.  Physiological effects of kinesiotape are said to aide in “circulatory and lymphatic systems, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.”  Affecting even the integumentary system, kinesiotape “targets different receptors within the somatosensory system by microscopically lifting the [...]

By | December 1st, 2017|

Therapeutic Modalities in Physical Therapy

Therapeutic modalities help reduce pain, promote healing, and augment your physical therapy program.  In conjunction with therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, and manual therapy techniques, modalities can be helpful tools to lead you to recovery.  Here are some common modalities used in physical therapy:    Ultrasound: Sound waves are transmitted into deep heat to promote circulation [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|

The Healing Process

The healing process plays a very important role during your time in physical therapy and often determines the trajectory of your care.  In order to ensure the best healing, we coincide our treatment with these phases to make your tissue stronger and healthier.  Here’s a brief overview of the phases of healing:   ACUTE PHASE:  [...]

By | September 30th, 2017|

What is the Human Balance System?

Balance is the body’s ability to maintain the line of gravity within the base of support.  With balance, you can make automatic postural adjustments to maintain posture and stability throughout everyday life.  There are three key players in maintaining your balance:  Vision, Vestibular, and Proprioception. Vision: Your vision tells you where you are relative to [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|

Mystery Muscles

  Throughout the human body there are certain muscles that have lost their presumable original function or have developed minor new ones.  We call this human vestigiality.  Many of these human features have appeared to become physiologically useless throughout evolution.  Let’s take a look at a few known vestigial muscles and uncover the mystery of [...]

By | July 6th, 2017|

What are Muscle Knots?

A muscle knot is often called a myofascial trigger point in the medical world.  What causes a myofascial trigger point is unclear, like many things in science!  The general consensus is overused muscles, overload, or direct trauma.  Muscles can become overused from sustained or repetitive low-level muscle contractions, like poor posture!  Regardless, trigger points are [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|