Physical Therapy Treatment Sessions
The therapists at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy are trained to evaluate, assess, and treat a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, geriatric, women's health, pelvic floor (men and women), and pediatric dysfunctions. Therapists are also encouraged to participate in continuing education courses, thereby being informed about current developments and changes in the medical and physical therapy fields.
Physical Therapy (PT) can be used to treat many common health problems and assist in the recovery process following surgery. The articles in the Health Topics to the left discuss these problems and the role of physical therapy in their treatment.
- Evaluation: 60–90 minutes
- Treatment plan development: one-on-one and individualized
- Home exercise program
- One on one
- 60 minutes (minimum) to 90 minutes
- Updating home exercise program
We encourage patients to take part in their road to recovery and ask questions about any concern they may have throughout the treatment course.
Treatment consists of:
- Manual therapy:
- Myofascial release
- Trigger point release
- Connective tissue
- Visceral and neural mobilization
- Muscle relaxation and/or re-education
- Exercises to enhance function
- Postural re-education and relaxation techniques which are key in breaking the pain cycle caused by these problems
- Patient education for functional activities of daily living
We primarily use manual skills and augment them with electrical modalities.
- Instantaneous performance-dependant visual and/or auditory feedback regarding the function of muscles to increase self regulation, awareness, and control.
- Connective Tissue Manipulation
- It is the movement of one layer of skin over the other to release tension in the tissue and to increase range of motion in the joint or the limb. The manipulation creates a sensation of a sharp scratch, or a "nails" sensation; and the tighter the tissue, the sharper the sensation. 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.
- Craniosacral Therapy
The membranes and the cerebrospinal fluid of the brain and spinal cord form the craniosacral system. It extends from the skull, face, and mouth to the tailbone area. An imbalance in this system may affect sensation and motor skills. CranioSacral therapy is the use of light touch which detects imbalances and encourages correction through an individual's own healing process.
It can be used to treat migraines, headaches, chronic neck and back pain, stress and emotion-related problems, chronic fatigue, TMJ syndrome, scoliosis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other orthopedic conditions.
- Electrical Stimulation
- Used to treat stress incontinence, urge incontinence, pain, urinary and/or bowel retention
- Lymphatic massage/manual lymphatic drainage
- Technique that uses very light pressure with soft pumping movements in the direction of lymph nodes to help increase lymph flow, removing harmful substances from tissues and improving metabolism, which will increase immune function.
- Myofascial Release
Fascia is a sheet of connective tissue that surrounds, separates, or connects muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body.
Myofascial release is application of sustained pressure to reduce fascial restrictions to relieve pain, improve range of motion, relax muscles, and relieve neurological dysfunction.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- The application of mild electrical stimulation using skin electrodes near or distant to an area of pain; results in interference with transmission of painful stimuli.
- Visceral Manipulation
- Adhesions, abnormal tone, or displacement may result in disharmonious movement between internal organs which in turn may lead to chronic irritation and pain. Visceral manipulation uses gentle palpation and manual therapy to evaluate and correct the imbalances.