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Specialty Treatment Techniques

In addition to traditional physical therapy techniques, our therapists also have advanced training and certification in the following:

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Dry Needling

Dry needling is a form of manual therapy and is used to treat chronic conditions and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by inserting a needle into contracted muscles theraby increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimualting the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia. 


As in most tissue, irritation of fascia or muscles causes local inflammation. Chronic inflammation results in fibrosis, or thickening of connective tissue, and this thickening causes pain and irritation, resulting in reflexive muscle tension that causes more inflammation. In this way, the cycle creates a positive feedback loop and can result in ischemia and somatice dysfunction even in the absence of the original offending agent. Dry neelding aims to break this cycle through direct needling of contracted muscle tissue. 


It is used to treat some of the following conditions: 

  1. Tendinitis or Tendinosis 

  2. Overuse syndromes

  3. Headaches

  4. TMJ syndrome

  5. Chronic Back pain 

  6. Chronic Neck pain

Maitland Joint Manipulation

The Maitland Concept of Manipulation Physiotherapy as it became to be known, emphasizes a specific way of thinking, continuous evaluation and assessment of the art of manipulative physiotherapy "know when, how and which technique to perform, and adapt these to the individual patient" and a total commitment to the patient. 


Treatment is often used as a stretching process to increase the range of motion in a stiff joint, however, the Maitland techniques have application towards not only mobility but also pain reduction and reducing abnormal joint mechanics. 


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It is used for some of the following conditions: 

  1. Post-operative restrictions 

  2. Restricted joint motion due to immobilization 

  3. Low back pain 

  4. Neck pain 

  5. Headaches

Graston Technique®

The goal of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization is to break up inelastic or fibrous muscle tissue (called 'myofascial adhesions') such as scar tissue from a back injury, move tissue fluids, and relax muscle tension. Our therapists have been instructed in Graston Technique®, an innovative, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.


It is used for some of the following conditions: 

  1. Acute and Chronic soft tissue injuries

  2. Restricted joint motion due to immobilization 

  3. Low back pain 

  4. Neck pain 

Active Release Technique®

Active Release Techniques® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.


These are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.


1. Headaches

2. Back pain

3  Carpal tunnel syndrome

4. Shin splints

5. Shoulder pain

6. Sciatica

7. Plantar fasciitis

8. Knee problems 

9. Tennis elbow


These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.treatments address problems in individual tissues as well as in between tissues. One tissue or structure can affect another structure biomechanically and it can also affect the other structure directly. 

Myofascial Decompression Therapy (Cupping)

Myofascial Decompression (also known as “Cup Therapy”) works to combine decompressive therapy technique with movement in order to release fascial adhesions, increase mobility, and improve muscle function. This is achieved through applying negative pressure devices (cup) to areas of myofascial adhesions while working through various movements which increases the space between tissue layers and providing better mobility along fascial lines.  

Treatment consists of a manual portion using cups to improve mobility followed by a series of therapeutic exercises for neuromuscular education. MFD is supported by Janda’s theory of muscle imbalances where relaxing over-activated muscles allows for activation of others that have been inhibited. There is a wide variety of dysfunctions that can be treated through myofascial decompression.

Treatment for:

  1. Chronic back pain

  2. Flexion Contractures

  3. Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome

  4. Rib Dysfunctions

  5. Shoulder Impingement

  6. Muscle Strains

  7. Bicep Tendonosis

  8. Nerve Entrapments

  9. Upper Trap Overuse

  10. Chronic Hamstring Tension

  11. Post-op Scar Tissues

  12. Scoliotic Soft Tissue Changes

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