BACK AND NECK PAIN MANAGEMENT
Back and neck pain are two of the most common causes of disability in the working population. 50-80% of adult population experience neck and back pain at some point in their life. Common causes of neck and back pain are muscle or ligament strain, bulging or ruptured disks, arthritis or osteoporosis. At Step Up Physical Therapy we use several treatment methods to treat these conditions. Here are some of treatment options we use :
Myofascial release is a safe and effective hands- on technique that involves applying gentle and sustained pressure on soft tissues to eliminate pain and restore function. It focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness caused by trigger points.
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance. It focuses on core muscles. Pilates exercises are effective in decreasing back pain, improving posture and balance.
The McKenzie method is an exercise based approach which promotes the body’s potential to repair itself. It allows patient to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management.
Microstim is a hybrid device designed for the treatment of acute and chronic soft tissue pain. It applies brief, concentrated microcurrent impulses to treatment points that gently relax muscles, calm the nervous system and release endorphins ( the body’s natural pain killers).
This is a revolutionary treatment that combines hands on manual therapy technique with exercises ,with the intent to affect the nervous system thereby treating the root cause of the problem. The following results are attained with each session : pain relief, increased movement and improved posture.
Lymphedema is a condition where there is a fluid build up in the soft tissues of the body usually in arms and legs causing swelling. It is commonly caused by removal or damage to lymph nodes as part of cancer treatment. At Step Up Physical Therapy we use a complete decongestive therapy approach to treat lymphedema. Our treatment protocol is composed of the ff components:
Manual Lymph Drainage
this is a systematic , light skin stretching massage technique that stimulate the lymphatic system and promote the movement of lymphatic fluid out of the affected limb
application of a multilayer bandages after manual lymph drainage to prevent fluid re accumulation
Exercise & Skin Care
Vertigo is a sensation where you feel like you are spinning or the world around you is spinning. This is often caused by inner ear problems. The most common one is called Benign Paroxsysmal Positional Vertigo ( BPPV) . To treat this problem, we use the Epley maneuver . This is an exercise series meant to bring back dislodged crystals from the inner ear to it proper place.
Kinesio taping is a definitive taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to the muscles. This helps prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered by PT at the clinic. Kinesio taping decompresses areas of swelling and inflammation, delays fatigue, normalizes muscle tone and helps distribute physical stress.
Work Related Injuries
Joint Replacement and other Post Surgical Conditions
Balance and Coordination Disorders