Manual physical therapy effectively addresses the mechanical, biochemical, and psychological qualities of the treatment process.
You’re expected to see better range of motion in stiffer joints and pain relief by improving how your brain processes pain signals.
Your physical therapist will design a customized exercise program to target specific muscles and improve the stability and strength of your ankle. These exercises may include:
Range of motion exercises to improve flexibility.
Strengthening exercises for the muscles around the injured area.
Proprioceptive and balance exercises to improve stability and prevent future injuries.
Functional exercises that simulate everyday activities to restore normal movement patterns.
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For conditions like arthritis or joint stiffness, early physical therapy plays a key role in preserving joint function. Therapeutic exercises, stretches, and mobilizations can mitigate stiffness, improving joint mobility and preventing long-term limitations.
Physical therapists will use these manual mobilization techniques when joint structures are limiting the normal motion (i.e sliding, pivoting, etc.) of your joints. Using small and specific movements.
Our physical therapist manually moves a target synovial joint through natural levels of resistance.
These motions stretch and strengthen the tissue surrounding the joint bone—normalizing joint motion, reducing spasms, and controlling pain.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
What Can I
(STM)/Myofascial Release (MYR): Mobilization is a hands-on therapeutic technique that is designed to restore mechanical movement and increase range of motion by releasing tension within fascia.
Fascia are sheets of fibrous tissue that surround and support muscles by separating them into layers.
Following some kind of trauma or injury fascia and muscles may shorten and restrict movement and blood flow.
Depending on where your restrictions are located, your physical therapist will apply different directions of pressure to break down muscle adhesions.
A physical therapist utilizing strain/counterstain techniques will look for specific “tender points” in the body that indicates which fascial structure is involved.
The technique is mainly used to reduce chronic and acute muscle spasms anywhere in the body.
Once your physical therapist locates the fascial structure involved in the spasm, they position your body for a certain amount of time) so the muscle is shortened and relaxed.
Trigger Point Release
Trigger point release is a therapeutic technique used to treat muscle knots or trigger points, which are areas of tightness and hyperirritability within a muscle.
These trigger points can cause pain, discomfort, and restricted range of motion.
Trigger point release aims to alleviate these symptoms by applying pressure and releasing tension in the affected muscle fibers
What You Can Expect
Heat or Ice Therapy
Heat increases blood flow, promoting the relaxation of muscles and easing tension, making it an excellent choice for relieving tightness.
Ice therapy helps constrict blood vessels and decrease blood flow to the affected area, reducing inflammation and swelling – a crucial element in the early stages of injury.
Pain Relief Electric
Pain relief electrical stimulation, often referred to as electrical stimulation therapy or neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), is a medical and therapeutic technique that uses electrical impulses to alleviate pain and promote healing.
Massage therapy after surgery can accelerate the recovery process by promoting healing, preventing complications, and regaining function sooner.
Our skilled therapists employ hands-on techniques to pinpoint and alleviate specific areas of pain and discomfort, providing immediate relief and promoting a faster recovery.
Uses high-frequency sound waves to treat various musculoskeletal conditions and promote tissue healing.
Ultrasound therapy stimulates tissue repair and accelerates the natural healing process. By promoting blood flow and collagen production, it enhances the body's ability to recover from injuries and surgeries.