It is estimated that 3.6 million concussions occur annually. However, did you know that less than 10% of reported concussions occur from sports? A concussion is a form of a brain injury and requires a multidisciplinary approach for management. A vital member of that multidisciplinary team is the physical therapist. At DPT our concussion therapists possess the expertise needed to properly work with those experiencing symptoms following concussion including headache, dizziness, or visual disturbance. In addition our therapists have the knowledge and experience needed to help guide individuals through the process to return to work, play, and all other aspects of life.
Blood Flow Restriction, BFR, is a treatment that utilizes the application of an external tourniquet pressure system to reduce arterial and venous blood flow to a body region. This occlusion applied to an extremity reduces supply of oxygenated blood and venous outflow. When this is applied, there are greater increases in strength and hypertrophy as compared with traditional low-load exercises.
Active Release Therapy, or ART, is a non-invasive treatment system engineered to locate and quickly resolve soft tissue disorders. Our team uses specific treatment protocols and exact touch to restore proper function and relieve pain.
Dry needling can be a very effective tool to relieve painful trigger points and soft tissue restrictions and improve poor muscular coordination using a thin filiform needle to penetrate skin to affect a change in underlying tissues relating to neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, or disability. Simply put, we use a very thin needle to stimulate the muscles and nervous system to help reduce pain and improve function. This technique allows us to target areas difficult to palpate by hand. When incorporated into an individualized physical therapy plan of care, dry needling provides an efficient way to quickly and effectively release tension and relieve pain, sometimes described as “hitting reset” for a dysfunctional or painful muscle.
Myofascial release refers to a hands-on, manual technique applied to the myofascial connective tissue surrounding our muscles. Gentle, sustained pressure on areas of tension ("trigger points") helps muscles relax and release, reducing pain, stimulating circulation and restoring function to the affected area. As part of a treatment program this technique can greatly help improve recovery time.
Craniosacral Therapy, or CST, is a gentle manual treatment that can provide relief from a variety of symptoms such as headaches, migraines, neck pain, and other chronic pains. By using incredibly light touch through a systematic approach, membranes and fluid around the central nervous system are encouraged to move to reduce pain.
At DPT, we help our patients get better, faster. That means using technology to our advantage! We use Spark Motion, a software that records motions and allows us to pause, slow down, and measure different components of that motion. Video Analysis allows our team to compare biomechanics of a movement in super slow motion and compare to past movements and "ideal" kinematics. The information gained can help guide treatment, and help provide visual feedback to the patient with that specific movement. Some movement patterns we investigate including walking, running, overhead throwing / pitching, overhead hitting / serving, squatting, and jumping.
Our team treats a variety of vestibular disorders including but not limited to BPPV, unilateral dysfunction, neuropathy, post tumor removal, and tinnitus.
Our team uses aquatics (water therapy) and the Alter-G Antigravity Treadmill to train your system without adding impact to your joints. Our treatment can help you safely strengthen while not aggravating existing pain.
As experts in musculoskeletal movement, physical therapists use a variety of techniques to help those living with Parkinson's disease stay active and mobile, including LSVT. LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD techniques train individuals with Parkinson's and other neurological conditions to use bigger movements anywhere in daily living. Our clinicians combine LSVT treatment protocol with expertise in the treatment of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions to provide patients with the best evidence-based care. Patients and loved ones can be assured that they will work with knowledgeable, compassionate professionals.
Physical therapy can effectively address dysfunction involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Located in front of each ear, this complex joint is responsible for opening and closing the mouth. We provide individualized manual treatment to address muscular and joint mechanical dysfunctions and customized neuromuscular education and strengthening interventions to improve TMJ functionality. Some of the conditions we treat include headaches, ear pain, jaw pain, popping, clicking or clenching of the jaw, dizziness, lockjaw and tinnitus.
Our team uses various modalities to help you get better, faster. These modalities include, but are not limited to, ultrasound, phonophoresis, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, moist heat, and ice.
Physical therapy presents an effective nonsurgical option for the treatment of scoliosis and hyper-kyphosis. We help patients improve their spinal shape through three-dimensional principles of correction. Both scoliosis and hyper-kyphosis have components of postural flexibility that can be improved by altering the forces that act upon the spine. Individualized, curve-specific corrective exercises are taught and repetitively practiced in multiple positions to challenge the body to combat the forces of the spinal deformity. As a result, curve progression can be better controlled, pain and aesthetics can be improved, and patients are motivated to become more active in managing their spinal conditions across a lifespan.