Physical Therapy Treatment Sessions

The physical therapists at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy are trained to evaluate, and treat a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, geriatric, pre-natal, post-partum, pelvic floor (in both sexes), and pediatric pelvic/abdominal dysfunctions.

We strongly believe in continuing education and being informed in the most current developments in the medical and physical therapy fields, and encourage our therapists to participate in courses and conferences annually.

Physical Therapy (PT) can be used to treat many common health problems and assist in the recovery process following surgery. For more information, please follow the links in our Resources section.

In addition to the services described below, we offer Yoga, Pilates, and other complementary services to aid in the recovery process.

WE SPECIALIZE IN:

  • Pelvic Pain and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (Adults)
  • Anatomy of the Pelvic Floor
  • Bladder Dysfunction
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Pediatrics Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Orthopedics
  • Lymphedema

Initial visit:

  • Evaluation: 60 minutes one-on-one
  • Private treatment room
  • Education
  • Development of individualized treatment plan
  • Home exercise program

Follow-up Visits:

  • One-on-one treatment
  • 60 minutes
  • Private treatment room
  • Progression of home exercise program
  • Re-evaluations

We encourage patients to be active participants in their treatment and to ask questions if any concerns arise during their care.

Treatment may consist of:

  • Manual therapy:
    • Myofascial release
    • Trigger point release
    • Connective tissue mobilization
    • Visceral and neural mobilization
    • Joint mobilization
  • Muscle relaxation and/or re-education
  • Exercises for flexibility and strength to enhance function
  • Postural re-education and body mechanic training, which is key in breaking the pain cycle caused by musculoskeletal compensations

Treatment Modalities

We are a manual based practice, and utilize primarily hands-on techniques to address impairments. We also have electrical modalities available, which can compliment and enhance manual therapy, when appropriate.

Biofeedback

An Instantaneous performance-dependent visual and/or auditory feedback regarding the function of muscles to increase self regulation, awareness, and control.

Connective Tissue Manipulation

A soft tissue mobilization technique, utilizing manual contacts to enhance the movement of one layer of fascia over/between another, or to mobilize fascia within a structure. This can be helpful to release tension, and to increase range of motion in the muscle, joint or the body segment. When the tension is released, the blood flow to the area increases, thereby removing toxins from that region, decreasing pain, and ultimately allowing more movement to occur. With each treatment, there is further reduction in connective tissue tension, and this reduction can be maintained through self mobilization techniques and/or exercises taught to you by your physical therapist.

Myofascial Release

Is specifically manual mobilization of the fascial structure of a muscle, or between muscles. It is a type of connective tissue mobilization.

Myofascial release is application of sustained pressure to reduce fascial restrictions within the muscle to relieve pain, improve range of motion, relax the muscle, and relieve neurological dysfunction.

Craniosacral Therapy

A gentle hands on technique, to detect and mobilize restrictions within the CranioSacral system. This system includes the membranes of the central nervous system, cranial bones, vertebrae, brain, spinal cord, sacrum/coccyx, and nerve roots, as well as the cerebrospinal fluid. An imbalance in this system can cause symptoms such as changes in sensation and motor skills, but because of the intimate interaction of the central nervous system with all of our body systems, changes can occur in anyone of these areas. By utilizing light pressure to detect and release fascial imbalances in the cranialsacral system, the practitioner facilitates and encourages correction through an individual's own healing process.

The technique can be utilized to treat migraines, headaches, chronic neck and back pain, stress and emotion-related problems, chronic fatigue, TMJ syndrome, scoliosis, and other orthopedic conditions.

Lymphatic massage/manual lymphatic drainage

A manual technique that uses light pressure with soft pumping movements in the direction of lymph nodes to help increase lymph flow, removing harmful substances from tissues which improves metabolism, and will support optimal immune function.

Visceral Manipulation

A gentle manual mobilization of the fascial system that surrounds and supports the organs. Adhesions may be a result of surgeries, trauma, repetitive micro-trauma from poor posture or body mechanics, or illness, which can result in fascial restrictions between organs, resulting in pain and dysfunction. Visceral manipulation uses gentle palpation and mobilization techniques to evaluate and correct the imbalances.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

The application of mild electrical stimulation using skin electrodes near or distant to an area of pain, which results in interference with transmission of painful stimuli.

Electrical Stimulation

The use of an electrical impulse to stimulate muscles to treat stress incontinence, urge incontinence, pain, urinary and/or bowel retention.

We are a manual based practice, and utilize primarily hands-on techniques to address impairments. We also have electrical modalities available, which can compliment and enhance manual therapy, when appropriate.