This area of physical therapy care emphasizes elimination or reduction of dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system, meaning how your muscles work with your bones to produce movement. Following an injury, even one from years ago, our bodies tend to create compensatory movement patterns to reduce strain on the injured area. If you have PT early on, sometimes you can reverse these patterns, but most of us will work through a few days of discomfort and go on with life. The problem with this is the initial creation of small compensatory movements will likely evolve into more significant ones, causing unexplained injuries or a predisposition for repetitive injuries.
What we treat:
Pre-habilitation for a successful surgery
Care that spans the lifetime of a woman, we specialize in the "common," but not normal issues that women can experience in relation to their pelvic floor, vulva, vagina, and rectum. It is often thought that you only need this type of PT if you are pregnant or birthed a baby, but these issues can happen at any point in a woman's life. You're probably asking yourself, "What do they actually do during this type of treatment?" Great question! After listening to your history, symptoms, and concerns, your PT will perform an orthopedic examination and possibly a digital intra-vaginal or intra-rectal examination of your pelvic floor muscles. This type of examination allows your PT to test each muscle and coordination of your pelvic floor with other muscle groups. With this information, your PT will determine the best course of treatment for you.
What We Treat:
Pelvic pain/pubic symphysis pain
Safe strengthening program to prepare for post-partum life
Best practice biomechanics for sleeping/sitting/breastfeeding/lifting/carrying/pushing
Safely progressed core strengthening
Scar tissue management (perineal & cesarian)
Pelvic floor coordination
Pain with intercourse, gynecologic exams, or tampon use
Symptoms of a UTI, but with negative urine tests
Maybe you worked with us to rehab an injury and you want to make sure it doesn't reoccur. Maybe you are training for a race, a tournament, or just trying to stay on track with regular exercise. Whatever the reason, you don't have to be injured to benefit from PT services. Just like you don't wait for your car to break down to before you service it, don't wait for an injury to see a PT! Our team values a collaborative approach and is happy to work with you and any trainer, coach, or instructor you have to ensure we are all focused on your performance.
Functional Dry Needling
A technique based in Western medicine, FDN is the insertion of a sterile, solid, very fine needle into a dysfunctional muscle with the purpose of "resetting" it so the muscle can function efficiently. A dysfunctional muscle can be one that has a "knot" or trigger point or one that is weak and/or atrophied. We offer FDN as an add-on service during regular visits, as well as FDN ONLY visits. Your PT will work with you to determine if this intervention would be appropriate for your particular needs.
*It is important to note that FDN is NOT acupuncture.