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Types of Treatment Techniques and Modalities

Based on your diagnosis, your therapist, along with recommendations from your physician, will decide which modalities and treatment techniques will be most beneficial for improving your function. Some of these include:

  • Soft tissue mobilization, manual stretching and strengthening, moist heat, cryotherapy (ice), e-stim, ultrasound, independent, physical therapist-guided exercises
  • PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)is a set of stretching techniques to enhance both active and passive range of motion to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation.
  • Mckenzie Method- assessment and treatment technique for spinal disorders. After a thorough assessment of past pain and pain response to repeated movements, the clinician can assess which spinal disorder is present and use a specific group of exercises aimed at alleviating that disorder and restoring pain-free function to the spine. 
  • Maitland Concept- Based on Geoff Maitlands' manual therapy approach in which a patient’s clinical signs and symptoms and the evaluation of the effects of treatment techniques are used to determine the most effective treatment techniques for each individual.
  • Mulligan Concept consists of mobilizations with movement in the extremities and sustained natural apophyseal glides in the spine. These techniques help increase range of motion and reduce pain in the dysfunctional joints.
  • The Graston Technique® - a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that aid therapists in detecting and treating scar tissue and limitations that affect ideal functional movement. This helps decrease overall time of treatment, enables faster rehabilitation and recovery, decreases the need for anti-inflammatory medications, and helps improve chronic health conditions that were thought to be permanent.
  • Jones Strain & Counter Strainis a manual therapy technique, meaning the therapist uses only their hands, to treat muscle and joint pain and dysfunction. It involves gentle positioning of muscles that are in spasm and joints with dysfunction in the direction of comfort or tissue ease. This causes the muscle to relax, decreasing tension on the influenced joints, helping increase range of motion and relieving pain. Strain and counter strain is beneficial for the treatment of acute sports injuries, ankle sprains, post-surgical conditions and chronic osteoarthritis. 
  • The Kinesio® Taping Method is a taping technique designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time the tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.