Our Orthopedic Certified Specialists (OCS) focus on treating orthopedic conditions such as ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendon injuries, post surgical conditions and other injuries related to the musculoskeletal system.
We Specialize in a wide range of techniques.
Myofascial Stretch Therapy
Fascial Stretch Therapy (or FST) is a neuro-myofascial manual therapy that focuses on the connective tissue system rather than isolated muscle treatment. We assess passive, active and resisted movements in functional positions as well as on the treatment table. The approach starts with assessment and treatment where needed at the deepest part of the connective tissue system – the joint capsule.
It progresses through all the layers of fascia, ending with the superficial layer. Where the central or peripheral nervous system is restricted or not optimal in movement, proper neural mechanics is restored. Muscles that were inhibited are activated while those that are over activated are normalized. Finally home program prescription follows so that the client/patient becomes an active partner on their journey to wellness or sport performance.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Trigger point therapy technique is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The results and benefits of trigger point therapy are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving a therapeutic intervention with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
The Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
The Graston Technique® instruments are used to enhance the clinician’s ability to detect adhesions, scar tissue or restrictions in the affected areas. Skilled Graston clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the Graston instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.
This Technique separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers. Increases skin temperature while facilitating reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern. Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment). Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area. Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells. Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity.