Manual Therapy is a specialized clinical treatment utilizing hands-on techniques to make corrections in the body. This hands-on approach includes muscle manipulation, joint manipulation, joint mobilization and muscle kneading to increase range of motion, eliminate inflammation, reduce pain and promote more efficient healing.
The goal of Occupational Therapy is to restore or improve an individual's ability to perform daily activities, otherwise known as occupational functions. Most of All Star Physical Therapy's occupational therapists choose to specialize in hand therapy as there is such a distinct connection between the two in helping patients gain functional independence. Certified Hand Therapists are highly trained specialists who have passed a national certification exam and have spent more than 4,000 hours in direct hand therapy. Hand and Occupational Therapy includes a detailed evaluation and custom treatment plan. Strength training, splint fabrication and manual therapy techniques may be needed to promote healing and function as well as dexterity training, self-care training and a home-based exercise program among other treatment options.
Neuromuscular re-education is an exercise technique focusing on the relationship between the brain, nerves, and muscles to restore movement. Most people, without even thinking about it, complete simple tasks like standing, sitting or walking. Neuromuscular re-education works to strengthen the connection between the electrical signals sent from the brain and the muscles responsible for movement. Through repetitive movement and stimulation these signals can essentially be retrained, and muscle movement can once again become automatic.
Therapeutic exercise is often incorporated in physical therapy treatment plans, some may even be prescribed for patients to complete on their own, between clinical visits as 'homework'. Therapeutic exercise includes a wide range of activities that help regain strength, flexibility, endurance and stability. Among these activities, patients may perform stretching, resistance exercises, balance exercises, posture correction and overall fitness exercises. Therapeutic exercise promotes functionality of the injured area. Even though patients may feel pain in the affected area it is important to restore movement and strength to promote proper healing and ultimately reduce pain.
Vestibular therapy is a specialized treatment for patients who suffer from dizziness and vertigo caused by inner ear disorders such as Meniere's disease, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and labyrinthitis. The feeling of tilting or spinning is scary and can be quite debilitating for some patients if it affects simple daily activities like walking and driving. Vestibular therapy consists of a variety of specific vestibular and balance exercises to correct signals from the inner ear and alleviate symptoms. This exercise routine might include vision stability training, posture training, walking, neck mobility exercises as well as hands on therapy by your therapist to rotate and position the head and neck.
ART, active release technique, is a patented type of soft tissue therapy that helps relieve tight muscles and nerve trigger points, greatly reducing joint stress or muscular pains. Through the use of pressure and movement-based massage, ART prevents and breaks up dense scar tissue, also called adhesions, after an injury. Adhesions form to help keep injured tissue stable, however as more scar tissue forms more strain is placed on joints and tendons and nerves can become compressed. ART has numerous benefits including providing increased flexibility, improved range of motion, reducing chronic pain and preventing injury.
Joint mobilization is a passive manual therapy technique used to stretch or reposition a joint. Most often, therapists will use their hands to apply force and direction through highly trained techniques to manipulate the joint. The goal of joint mobilization is to reduce pain, improve range of motion and improve joint movement. Ankle sprains, back pain, rotator cuff injuries and arthritis are all common injuries that benefit from specialized joint mobilization.
Home exercise programs are specifically designed for each patient to help them get the absolute most out of their physical therapy treatment plan. Whether you have ‘graduated’ from physical therapy in the clinic or have ‘homework’ to do between clinical visits, home exercise programs are essential. Research shows that patients who are prescribed and adhere to home exercise programs greatly increase their physical function, decrease healing time and lower the risk of long-term reinjury.
Aquatic therapy, or pool therapy, consists of special exercises that are done completely in the water. These exercises use the unique physical properties of water to assist in patient healing and exercises that benefit from reduced weight bearing. The patients that get the greatest benefit of these exercises typically have chronic pain, arthritis, healing fractures, or are very overweight and have difficulty with land based exercises. Many times movement and range of motion can be accomplished early in the rehab process that connot be done otherwise. All Star Physical Therapy offers aquatic therapy at our Vista location located at 1922 Hacienda Dr. Vista, CA 92081.
Electric stimulation therapy, simply put, is the use of electronic impulses to elicit muscle contraction. Physical therapists attach electrodes on the patient's skin, that deliver electronic impulses in certain frequencies and strength that cause the target muscles to contract. There are several forms of electric stimulation, including muscular, general and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, also referred to as TENS. Each form has its own benefits and your therapist will evaluate the best treatment for your individual injury. The goal of electric stimulation is to reduce pain, increase circulation, prevent muscle atrophy and decrease swelling among many other benefits.
Therapeutic ultrasound is a method of stimulating the tissue beneath the skin's surface using very high frequency sound waves that cannot be heard by humans. Ultrasound is used to provide deep heating to soft tissue of the body to promote healing and reduce pain. Performed using a small machine with an ultrasound head, a small amount of gel is used on the injured body part so therapists can easily, and slowly, move the ultrasound head over the skin in small circles. Injuries including strains, sprains, tendonitis and bursitis are commonly treated using therapeutic ultrasound.
ASTYM, pronounced A-stim, is a non-invasive treatment designed to regenerate healthy soft tissue of the muscles, tendons and ligaments. ASTYM helps to reduce pain, restore movement and reduce scar tissue from overuse injuries, sudden trauma and surgery. Specialized instruments are used to glide over the skin of the affected area and the soft tissue below. This allows ASTYM therapists to treat soft tissue in ways their hands can't, providing a deeper assessment and more direct contact with the injury. All Star Physical Therapy has ASTYM certified therapists at select locations, please call us at (951) 679-8066 to find an ASTYM therapist near you. Graston Technique uses a patented form of special instrument treatment that enables therapists to detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect soft tissue of the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Graston technique has numerous benefits including promoting faster recovery, reducing the need for anti-inflammatory medications, and may decrease overall time of treatment. Graston Technique has been proven to restore function to injuries, as well as pre- and post-surgical patients and is often used for patients suffering from muscle strains, painful scars, plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. Specialized instruments are used to glide over the skin of the affected area and the soft tissue below. This allows Graston therapists to treat soft tissue in ways their hands can't, providing a deeper assessment and more direct contact with the injury. All Star Physical Therapy has Graston Technique certified therapists at select locations, please call us at (951) 679-8066 to find a Graston therapist near you.