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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|

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:  This is immediately after your muscle injury and occurs in the first week.  Our job during the acute phase is to PROTECT.  […]

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 other objects.   Because of your vision, you can sense motion between […]
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 their existence.

  1. PALMARIS LONGUS: The palmaris longus originates on the medial epicondyle 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 often defined as “tender spots in discrete taut bands of hardened muscle that produce local and referred pain.

By | May 3rd, 2017|

What are Eccentrics?

Before we start, it’s important to know that there are three types of muscle contractions:

  • Eccentric: we’ll talk about today!
  • Concentric: Shortening of a muscle, like a bicep curl
  • Isometric: No change in length of the muscle, like a plank

So what are eccentrics?

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Eccentric activity is when a muscle contracts while lengthening under a load.  During functional activity eccentrics are often the […]

By | April 10th, 2017|