Arthritis, Joint Replacement & PT.

More than a spa treatment: Why massage therapy is part of what we do.

Massage therapy can be more than just a foo-foo spa treatment. Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) are trained in a range of techniques designed to help with a variety of conditions, both physical and mental:

  • improve flexibility
  • decrease joint pain & inflammation
  • improve range of motion
  • decrease pain & possibly decrease medication dependence
  • break down scar tissue
  • promote relaxation
  • decrease stress
  • enhance immunity by increasing lymph flow
  • release endorphins
  • reduce or relieve headaches
  • improve posture and gait
  • reduce post-surgical adhesions & swelling
  • improve circulation

Science has proven massage therapy has a long list of benefits. In conjunction with other physcial & occupational therapy methods, massage therapy can drastically speed results. Supplementing your traditional therapy with massage therapy sessions can  improve your overall therapy experience and emotional well-being during the healing process. Most importantly, you have control over the experience! Talk to your therapist and discuss level of pressure, areas of discomfort or pain, and symptoms and they will customize your session specifically for your needs! Don't wait another minute!

 

Why Astym beats out the competition

After reading up on Astym on our "Special Treatment"  page, you may still wonder why Astym treatment is so much better than just using traditional therapy methods: www.astym.com is a wonderful resource to learn more.

Astym® treatment is a therapy that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym® treatment is highly effective and even works when other approaches routinely fail. One of the main reasons Astym® treatment is so much more effective than other treatments is that it was scientifically developed to resolve the underlying cause of soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to temporarily relieve symptoms. It is one of the most researched and effective therapy treatments available. Astym® treatment is unmatched in its ability to resolve tendinopathies, scar tissue problems, and other soft tissue dysfunctions. Doctors regularly prescribe Astym® treatment specifically for their patients, and elite athletes and knowledgeable patients seek out Astym® treatment for superior results. When your health and ability to stay active is at stake, only the best will do.

Generally, chronic soft tissue problems are due to scarring or degeneration. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons and ligaments. Both scarring and degeneration are common and can result in pain and limitations in movement.

The body's soft tissues degenerate when inadequate healing occurs, and over time the tissues degrade. Degenerated tissues are weak and prone to injury. Degeneration can be caused by many factors, including age, intense use, improper movement, weakened muscles putting extra stress on other tissues, disease, etc. Most chronic tendinopathies are primarily degenerative in nature.

Scarring can happen on top of the skin, but often the biggest problems come from scar tissue that forms inside the body around joints, muscles, tendons and/or ligaments. The body naturally lays down some scar tissue in response to irritation or injury. The fibrous, strong scar tissue is meant to reinforce an area, but often it ends up restricting movement and causing pain. The causes of problem scar tissue can be injury (such as a sprained ankle, car accident, etc.), a surgery (good surgery can be done, but the body's response with scar tissue can prevent a full recovery), intense or over use of soft tissues (such as sports, repetitive work, activity beyond your fitness level, etc.), sprains or other strains on soft tissues.

Good news: Astym® treatment works both to regenerate tissues and eliminate or reduce internal scar tissue. By eliminating the cause of your problems, your symptoms will resolve. (http://astym.com/Patients/About, 2014)

There is a long list of conditions that have had extremely successful outcomes with ASTYM in conjunction with conventional therapy methods:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis/ Frozen Shoulder
  • Impingement/Tendinitis of Rotator Cuff
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/ Tennis Elbow
  • Medial Epicondulitis/ Golfer's Elbow
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Plantar Fasciopathy
  • Post-Surgical Hallux Valgus/ Bunionectomy
  • Patellar Tendinosis
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • De Quervain's

If you or anyone you know have experienced any of these conditions, call us! One of our ceritified ASTYM clinicians will be happy to consult with you about how our treatment could be right for you!

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Let's talk about Repetitive Strain Injuries

Years ago, repetitive strain injuries were thought to only be a problem for factory or assembly line workers as a result of doing exactly the same tasks over and over. However, recent research suggests that any activity, recreational or occupational, that uses the same muscles or muscle groups to complete a variety of tasks within a short period can be a cause for RSI's. 

Love to play tennis? Tennis Elbow (also known at Lateral Epicondylitis) is a common tendinitis condition caused by overuse of the elbow. Have you been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the second most common condition linked to worker's compensation cases in the United States; second only to it's RSI cousin- back pain. In fact, one in every three workers' compensation dollars pays for RSIs. In all, insurers awarded an estimated 2.73 million workers' compensation claims for RSIs in one year, costing employers more than $20 billion. Indirect costs to employers are estimated to be five times that amount at $100 billion.(U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Archive, https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=SPEECHES&p_id=206). You do not have to be doing heavy labor to experience an RSI: a quarter of occupational RSI's recorded in the last 10 years are related to typing and computer work.

What are the risk factors of Repetitive Strain Injury?

  • Age
  • Physical fitness
  • Preexisting contributing medical conditions (arthritis, surgery, diabetes, etc)
  • Posture
  • Body mechanics
  • Stress
  • Vibration
  • Overuse
  • Excessive force
  • Trauma
  • High volume of activity in a short period of time
  • Ergonomics


Why are RSI's so significant? These muskuloskeletal disorders can be debilitating and cause long term damage to muscle, ligaments and tendons. Many of these diagnosis are treated with short term results from pain relievers, injections, and other topical applications. There is also a high percentage of injury recurrence with these treatments. More severe cases often result in surgery and a lot of downtime.


How can we help? Therapy is the most effective way to treat RSI's. We help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, regain strength and mobility, and improve flexibility.  We are also trained to educate patients on improving body mechanics, avoiding related stressors and improving ergonomics to prevent re-injury.


Check out the OSHA training powerpoint to find out more about RSI's, related conditions,  or occupational health and safety.

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Return to work: FCE's and work comp cases

Have you been injured at work and had to deal with the stress of filing a worker's compensation claim? Hundreds of thousands of workers experience injuries from occupation related events or occurrences every year. Thousands of work days are missed and millions of dollars spent. The statistics are staggering: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh2.pdf.

There are so many hoops to jump through and details to pay attention to; it can be overwhelming. Often, one of the hardest decisions during a work comp injury case is knowing when you are ready to return to work. Luckily, we can help with that.

A Functional Capacity Evaluation is one of many tools in our belt. Also knows as FCE, a Functional Capacity Evaluation is an intensive test that requires a patient to perform duties that are a replica of their actual occupation. The physical requirements of the patient's job description are assessed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Our DPT's create a series of physical tests that have to be completed over the course of consecutive hours. The patient's performance, physical capabilities and response are documented using the nationally recognized OccuPro system (Learn more about the importance of thorough documentation at www.occupro.net.) Occupro does not only test the patients capability to perform certain job demands (i.e. lifting, bending, standing, walking, etc.), but also the level of stress the body experiences while performing those tasks (i.e. heart rate, endurance, blood pressure, etc.) The combination of detailed data is what makes our FCE's the most competent test on the market for return-to-work status. 

If you or someone you know has been injured at work, call us! We will be happy to discuss if an FCE could help you in your worker's compensation case.