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Physical Therapy

Evaluation

Initial evaluations are performed on each patient. After listening to the patient’s history and symptoms, the therapist will evaluate tenderness, postural symmetry, fascial restrictions, range of motion (ROM), strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination to develop a custom treatment program.

Treatment

An individualized plan is established with each patient to address physical limitations and the patient's functional goals. Treatment may include manual therapy and an exercise program. Individual goals are addressed to maximize each patient's function.

Massage Therapy

Peggy personalizes each massage to the client’s needs and comfort level. Different massage and bodywork techniques are combined to give each client the maximum level of relaxation and wellness.

Swedish Massage

This utilizes broad, gentle techniques for full-body relaxation.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep muscle work is aimed at releasing trigger points and associated pain in a particular area. These techniques may be combined with Swedish massage.

Pregnancy Massage

This is a gentle relaxing massage, with deeper work to low back as needed by the mom-to-be. Gentle bodywork may be used to restore proper body alignment in preparation for childbirth. Infant massage is a wonderful bonding technique taught to new moms. It also helps with digestive difficulties in newborns.

Manual Therapy

A customized program is designed for each patient to address limitations found during the initial evaluation.

Myofascial Release (MFR)

This is sustained pressure, following motion that occurs three-dimensionally as the surrounding myofascial environment releases and eliminates the bracing or holding patterns in the subconscious tissue memory.
-John Barnes

Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Gentle, non-invasive technique to evaluate, correct and modify restrictions in the craniosacral system, consisting of the cranium, face, sacrum, CSF, and membrane system that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
-John Upledger

Muscle Energy (MET)

This treats biomechanical dysfunction and joint hypomobility, using gentle isometric contractions with positional therapy.
-Sharon Weiselfish


Strain-Counterstrain (SCS)

An indirect, passive method of positioning which reduces and arrests inappropriate proprioceptor activity resulting in a decrease in hypertonicity and improved ability of a muscle to relax and fully elongate.
- Sharon Weiselfish

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

Evaluation and treatment of muscular trigger points through deep static pressure, and static pressure with movement of muscle through its full excursion.

Adverse Neural Tension Testing/Treatment (ANTT)

This is an assessment and mobilization of neural restrictions in peripheral nerves.

Body Work

Polarity works on overall energy balancing, desensitization, chakra and balancing/clearing.

Acupressure focuses on balancing Qi, or life energy, along meridians, using acupoints.

Manual Therapy

Gentle hands-on techniques used to decrease soft tissue restrictions, muscle spasms and allow the body to align itself properly.

Therapeutic Exercise

A customized program is designed for each patient to address limitations found during the initial evaluation.

Stabilization

Core stability is aimed at controlling the trunk muscles while performing other activities.

Pelvic stability is used to control the position of the back and pelvis while exercising the arms and legs, and while performing activities throughout the day.

Scapular stability is used to support the shoulder while performing upper extremity activities. This is especially important to the shoulder while reaching and in the rehabilitation of rotator cuff injuries.

Posture

Postural exercises address postural imbalances by educating and strengthening muscles needed to maintain proper posture. Also, patients are educated in the proper way to lift, bend and twist.

Strengthening

Strengthening exercises used to address weak muscles. These techniques may include isometrics, resistance tubing or balls, weights, or stability training.

Stretching

Stretching techniques used to lengthen tight or shortened muscles.

Balance

As we age, our ability to balance decreases. Balance can be trained. Gait training, coordination and endurance are also areas that may be treated and improved upon in order to maximize one's physical potential.

ROM

These exercises focus on gaining more movement in a limited joint. This increased ROM will allow greater functional ability. For example, neck ROM exercises may increase cervical rotation to make driving easier.

Functional Activities

These are activities performed throughout the day, which sometimes become difficult, such as getting up from the floor. The proper technique and strengthening can make these much easier