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Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

The weather is quickly turning warmer and warmer, the sun is staying out longer, and you are ready to increase your outdoor physical activity. Whether you are running, hiking, walking, training, playing sports, or spending the day outside with friends and family, keeping hydrated is extremely important. Hydrating may seem like a simple concept, drink some liquid throughout the day and you’re all set, right? Not necessarily. Despite the simplicity on the surface, there is […]

By | June 19th, 2018|

Myofascial Decompression: What is it?

What is Myofascial Decompression?

Myofascial decompression evolved from a technique called cupping therapy.  Cupping initially dates back to ancient Greece and is commonly practiced in traditional Chinese medicine.  There are a few types of cupping:  dry cupping uses a suctioning effect without skin perforation, as opposed to wet cupping that involves superficial bleeding.  From the cupping, the patient will experience ecchymosis from the suction that may last a few weeks.

By | March 22nd, 2018|

What is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?

What is IASTM?

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a non-invasive technique used to treat fascial dysfunction due to soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration.  Physical therapists can use IASTM tools to break down adhesions and scar tissue.  This improves range of motion and decreases pain so that proper mechanics can be reinforced and taught through exercise and other modalities.  IASTM tools come in many shapes and sizes, but the most commonly used […]

By | February 16th, 2018|

TENDONS: What are they?

A tendon is a fibrous connective tissue that joins a muscle to a bone.  Tendons are made of collagen and are designed to withstand load and transmit force.

What’s the difference between tendinitis, tendinosis, and tendinopathy?

Tendinitis and tendinosis both fall under the umbrella of tendinopathy, or disease of tendon.  Overuse or repetitive trauma often leads to tendon pathology.

  • Tendinitis refers to an acute tendon injury […]
By | January 29th, 2018|

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 skin.”

 

There are different techniques to promote different benefits.  Kinesiotape can […]

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 […]
By | October 31st, 2017|