Individualized Home exercise program :
At Ascent physical therapy after through independent evaluation we prepare a customized home exercises program customized to fit your appropriate need to continue care and improve your condition and health.
There are three primary benefits to ultrasound. The first is the speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area. The second is the decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema. The third is the gentle massage of muscles tendons and/ or ligaments in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened. Conditions for which ultrasound may be beneficial includes: ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendonitis, joint inflammation, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, facet irritation, impingement syndrome, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and scar tissue adhesion.
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) or neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) :
Electrical stimulation is the controlled use of electromagnetic current using fairly sophisticated devices that can create a variety of waveforms which are used selectively or in combined formats to stimulate nerves and therefore muscles, or to decrease pain. Some of the benefits of EMS include relaxation of muscle spasms, prevention and reduction of disuse atrophy, increasing local blood circulation, muscle re-education, maintaining or increasing range of motion.
TENS ( Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation ) :
TENS is an electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes to reduce both acute and chronic pain. TENS machines works by sending stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin and along the nerve strands. The stimulating pulses help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. Tens devices also help stimulate your body to produce higher levels of its own natural painkillers, called “Endorphins”.
Iontophoresis is a technique which uses an electric current to deliver a medicine or other chemical through the skin. In popular (layman) terms it is sometimes called “an injection without the needle”. In the past it has sometimes been called Electromotive Drug Administration, though in modern therapy, this is a rarely employed term.
Common diagnoses treated with iontophoresis include plantar fasciitis, bursitis, lateral and medial epicondylitis (commonly referred to as tennis elbow and golfers elbow respectively) and some types of palmar-plantar hyperhidrosis.
Therapeutic exercises :
Therapeutic exercises are custom exercises prescribed by your physical therapist to correct an impairment, improve musculoskeletal function, or maintain a state of well-being. It may vary from highly selected activities restricted to specific muscles or parts of the body, to general and vigorous activities that can return a convalescing patient to the peak of physical condition.
Benefits of Therapeutic services: Improve exercise performance and functional capacity (endurance), Improve muscle strength and, if possible, achieve and maintain maximal voluntary contractile force (MVC), Enable ambulation, Release contracted muscles, tendons, and fascia, Mobilize joints, Improve circulation, Improve respiratory capacity, Improve coordination, Reduce rigidity, Improve balance, Promote relaxation.
Types of Therapeutic Exercises – Endurance training, Resistance training, Flexibility training.
Myofascial Release (myo = muscle, fascia = connective tissue) :
Myofascial release (MFR) therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. Myofascial release relieves pain or restores flexibility. There are a number of conditions and symptoms that myofascial release therapy addresses.
Soft tissue mobilization ( STM ) :
Soft tissue mobilization is a form of manual physical therapy uses hands-on techniques on your muscles, ligaments and fascia with the goal of breaking adhesions. Goals for STM is breakdown or reduce adhesions, improve range of motion, lengthen muscles and tendons, reduce swelling and edema, decrease pain, restore functionality.
Taping technique is strapping with adhesive tape which is an important form of the prevention of joint injuries, especially the ankle and hand. Taping is also essential during early management of injury and rehabilitation. Recurrence of injury when the athlete recommences training is less likely with supportive taping. Taping technique reduces severity of injury to the ligament, lowers recurrence of injury.
Women’s health condition include pelvic floor dysfunctions, urinary or fecal incontinence, urinary frequency, urinary urgency, constipation, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, tailbone pain, pubic bone pain, pain with defecation or urination. Treatment might include behavior change education, diet modification and nutrition education, muscle re-education, manual techniques to improved joint function and mobility, pelvic floor muscle strengthening, and modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.