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Physical and Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy today is not just the application of modalities such as heat or ultra sound. It is the development program to meet the needs of the individual patient, the goal of which is to return the patient to normal functioning.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on the restoration of normal function using a holistic model. Restoration of function for the “job of life” is a common goal and includes an individual work, leisure and self-care activities.

Hand Therapy

Hand therapy focuses on evaluating and treating upper extremity injuries and disorders. Patients receive instruction in adaptive work living techniques as well as ergonomics information to eliminate or reduce the risk of re-injury.

Aquatic Therapy

Pool therapy provides an ideal environment in which to exercise. The buoyancy counteracts gravity thereby decreasing the weight placed on painful joints and the spine. When immersed to neck level, buoyancy supports 90% of the body’s weight and in waist deep water, buoyancy can still support 50% of body weight. Diminished weight bearing stress is one of the many advantages of aquatic therapy for patients with osteoarthritis and chronic pain. The benefits of water-based therapy have been researched extensively in medical and rehabilitation literature. STI Baywood is now offering aquatic therapy in an indoor 96,000 gallon chlorine treated hydrotherapy pool.

Medx

The Medx testing equipment accurately tests neck and back strength and range of motion and presents this information in an easy to understand graphical format. The Medx equipment is then used as a tool to strength the lower back and neck musculature and to provide objective data regarding muscle function.

Post-Rehabilitation Continued Care Program

The Medx testing equipment accurately tests neck and back strength and range of motion and presents this information in an easy to understand graphical format. The Medx equipment is then used as a tool to strength the lower back and neck musculature and to provide objective data regarding muscle function.

McKenzie Therapy

The McKenzie Method is not merely extension exercises. In its truest sense, McKenzie is a comprehensive approach to the spine based on sound principles and fundamentals that when understood and followed accordingly are very successful. In fact, most remarkable, but least appreciated, is the McKenzie assessment process.


Assessment. Unique to the McKenzie Method is a well-defined algorithm that leads to the simple classification of spinal-related disorders. It is based on a consistent “cause and effect” relationship between historical pain behavior as well as the pain response to repeated test movements, positions and activities during the assessment process.

A systematic progression of applied mechanical forces (the cause) utilizes pain response (the effect) to monitor changes in motion/function. The underlying disorder can then be quickly identified through objective findings for each individual patient. The McKenzie classification of spinal pain provides reproducible means of separating patients with apparently similar presentations into definable sub-groups (syndromes) to determine appropriate treatment.

McKenzie has named these three mechanical syndromes: Postural, Dysfunction and Derangement.

  • Postural: End-range stress of normal structures
  • Dysfunction: End-range stress of shortened structures (scarring, fibrosis, n.root adherence)
  • Derangement: Anatomical disruption or displacement within the motion segment

(All three mechanical syndromes – postural, dysfunction, and derangement – occur in the cervical as well as thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine.)

Each distinct syndrome is addressed according to it unique nature with mechanical procedures utilizing movement and positions. The Derangement syndrome where the phenomenon of “centralization” occurs is most common.

Well-trained McKenzie practitioners will be able to identify those more difficult cases where advanced McKenzie techniques might benefit the patient versus those patients whose diagnosis is non-mechanical in nature, and those patients are then quickly referred for alternate care, thus avoiding unnecessary periods of inappropriate or expensive management.

Treatment. McKenzie treatment uniquely emphasizes education and active patient involvement in the management of their treatment in order to decrease pain quickly, and restore function and independence, minimizing the number of visits to the clinic. And if a problem is more complex, self-treatment may not be possible right away. However, a certified McKenzie clinician will know when to provide additional advanced hands-on techniques until the patient can successfully manage the prescribed skills on their own.

Ultimately, most patients can successfully treat themselves when provided the necessary knowledge and tools. An individualized self-treatment program tailored to the lifestyle of the patient puts the patient in control safely and effectively.

Preventive. Patients gain an experiential education learning to self-treat the present problem. The management of these skills and behaviors will minimize the risk of recurrence and allow patients to rapidly manage themselves when symptoms occur.

ASTYM


ASTYM (A’-stim) stands for “a stimulation” of the body’s healing response, which results in the remodeling/resorption of scar tissue and the regeneration of degenerated tendons. The approach is a non-invasive therapy that works fast and consistently.

On what conditions does ASTYM treatment work best?

  • Lateral epicondylosis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylosis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Plantar fasciopathy/heel pain
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Shin splints
  • Patellar tendinosis
  • IT band syndrome
  • Chronic hamstring strain
  • Joint contractures
  • Overuse injuries
  • Pain or loss of motion & function following surgery, trauma, or overuse injury

Why ASTYM Treatment?

Because our patients deserve to be active and pain free.

  • ASTYM treatment delivers long-term results with short-term therapy – a typical course of treatment lasts only 4-6 weeks.
  • You get to stay active – during ASTYM therapy, you are typically encouraged to continue normal activities. You can still go to work, stay in your sport, or participate in your favorite activity without taking time off from your life while you heal.
  • It’s non-invasive – no needles, no knives, no drugs. Period.
  • It really fixes the problem – the ASTYM process doesn’t just treat the symptoms or hide a problem with a temporary solution. Instead, it stimulates the body to heal properly and completely.
  • It can only be performed by ASTYM-certified providers, clinicians who have undergone intensive training.
  • ASTYM treatment was developed by experienced medical professionals, including physicians, scientists, and clinicians, through years of detailed research.

What’s the Treatment Like?

You become an active participant in your recovery!

The problem starts with scarring or degeneration:
Stubborn soft tissue injuries result when inappropriate healing occurs in muscles, tendons, or ligaments.

Scar tissue can be part of your body’s normal healing process following injury, repetitive uses, or surgery, but sometimes the scarring gets out of control. In these cases, scar tissue becomes disorganized and crazy – it looks like steel wool. Healthy tissue lies down in nice, tidy, organized lines. Scar tissue can restrict the natural movement of soft tissue, and those restrictions can cause pain.

Degenerative tendons are simply not producing enough healthy cells and collagen (the substance that gives tendons their strength). A degenerative tendon is unhealthy, has poor blood flow, and is prone to weakness and injury.

The ASTYM process works to heal both the problem of scar (inappropriate healing) and degeneration (inability to heal properly)

Jump-start the healing process!
ASTYM treatment initiates the natural healing response of the body by gently disrupting abnormal soft tissue. The body sends new collagen to the area being treated, replacing dysfunctional tissue with healthy tissue.

Here’s how it works:

First we stimulate:

An ASTYM-certified clinician uses specially designed instruments to identify the dysfunctional areas where you are hurt. He or she will run instruments firmly along your skin, following the direction of the muscle, tendon, or ligament. You will feel bumps as the instrument moves along your skin. These bumps are the defective soft tissue. The first couple of treatments may be uncomfortable – but stick with it. As your body heals, those bumps decrease and the area around your old injury will smooth out nicely, indicating healing. There also may be some mild bruising in the area being treated, but don’t worry! That is one indication that the body is hard at work, absorbing the old tissue and laying down healthy new tissue.

Then you stretch and strengthen:

It’s up to you to guide how your body heals. Your therapist will give you a customized stretching and strengthening program designed to encourage your body to heal correctly. Stretching tells the new fibers to line up properly, in nice parallel lines. Strengthening makes the fibers stronger, allowing your symptoms of pain and discomfort to go away.

And stay active:

We’ve found that if you continue to work, play sports, or do your favorite activities throughout your ASTYM course of therapy, the tissue remodeling will occur in a way that supports these activities. The great news is that ASTYM allows you to participate in these activities without the pain you previously felt. By remaining active during the ASTYM process, you will get even stronger in the old injured area.

Click here to Watch a short video of the ASTYM process.

Can’t I Just Do This Myself?

You can only get the results ASTYM treatment delivers from an ASTYM-certified therapist.

When you see the treatment done, it looks simple… but don’t let it fool you. Every stroke is done for a specific purpose with an extensive background of knowledge behind it to determine the precise application. The ASTYM system’s outstanding results can not be achieved by picking up something you have at home and rubbing it along your skin. If this worked, there wouldn’t have been any need to spend years on the research and development process. Without the specific knowledge of anatomy and physiology combined with training on the precise application of the treatment, you (or someone working on you) could either be very ineffective, or could actually damage your tissue and make your injury worse.

Medical professionals explicitly insist on ASTYM treatment for their patients because of its solid scientific basis, consistent quality, and excellent results.

You deserve the best – ask for ASTYM treatment.

ASTYM System Outcomes

As certified providers, we can give you detailed information about the effectiveness and appropriateness of the ASTYM treatment. The research and extensive outcomes database took years to develop and collect. The result is a large, reliable database that gives you specific and important information, such as the following:

  • Prior to treatment, you will know how many visits you can expect to resolve your condition.
  • You will know if your injury or condition is treatable with ASTYM therapy.
  • You will be able to predict a range, based on the number of treatments required, of how much ASTYM therapy will cost.
  • Research shows that ASTYM therapy is safe.
  • Outcomes, collected across the country, prove that it works.

To view a sample report, click on the link below. For additional information, visit the ASTYM website at www.astym.com.

ASTYM Outcome Reports

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