Injuries present differently and at SET we utilize a variety of treatment techniques to maximize goals.
The goal of manual therapy is to improve muscle, joint and myofascial mobility through soft tissue massage, manual traction, muscle energy techniques, and joint mobilization to restore pain-free range of motion and function.
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)
TDN or Intramuscular therapy (IMT) is a procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. Physical therapists utilize TDN in the treatment of myofascial pain. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
- Class IV Laser (Light Force Lite Cure, Avicenna): A high-powered therapeutic laser with the ability to “bio-stimulate” tissue growth and repair. It is useful with treatment for pain, inflammation and scar tissue formation.
- Class I Laser: A laser that emits a wavelength of 904 nm with short pulses. This laser can treat tendonitis, arthritis and myofascial pain and lymphedema.
- Ultrasound: Pulsed or continuous sound waves emitted at varying frequency that are absorbed by the body to control pain, increase blood flow, and increase soft tissue mobility.
- E-stim: Electric currents used to control pain or activate muscle groups.
Dynamic Movement Assessment
Over the last decade, there has been research that shows a strong correlation with “pathokinematics” (abnormal movement patterns) and increased risk for injury in high impact sports. These same pathokinematics present in a predictable pattern and can be assessed with certain movements.
The Dynamic Movement Assessment™ is a combination of 6 core movements that are videotaped and scored with Dartfish™ . Knowing that these movements are more pronounced with fatigue, the DMA™ uses a research based fatigue protocol in combination with these 6 core movements so the evaluator gets a “true athletic profile” of the athlete and not just a glimpse of an isolated performance. Using the information that is gained from the DMA™, the clinician can then develop a corrective exercise program that improves these movements on these tests.
Pilates focuses on the development of core control, articulation of the spine, breathing, coordination and balance. The exercises involve a series of controlled movements utilizing specific exercise apparatus that is supervised by a certified instructor.
Patients are provided with thorough explanations of their injuries and musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Throughout the sessions, demonstration of exercise and feedback is provided regarding performance and technique. Patients are also educated on injury prevention and guided toward a life of wellness.