Top Physical Therapy Techniques You Haven’t Heard Of (But May Need)
Physical therapists use a variety of tools and techniques to treat pain and loss of function. With so many different types of therapy available, it’s likely you may not have even heard of the right technique for your body.
At Bon Secours In Motion, our physical therapists have undergone additional training and education to expand their treatment toolbox. They have spent hours earning certifications so they can offer our patients more treatment choices than ever before.
If you are experiencing pain, weakness, poor range of motion, or many other issues, you may benefit from one of these physical therapy techniques our therapists commonly use:
The Graston Technique uses specialized stainless steel tools to break up scar tissue around your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These tools are frictionless, leading to a smooth massage, and allow physical therapists to apply pressure in areas their hands may not be able to reach.
The Graston Technique may be right for you if you experience tightened tissues that cause pain with movement. Our therapists use it to treat conditions including, but not limited to:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- Ankle, knee, and shoulder pain (tendinitis)
- Back and neck pain
- Sports injuries
Repeated treatments will help loosen up tissue, restoring range of motion and reducing pain.
The McKenzie Method is more than just a treatment; it is also a reliable system to properly diagnose problems in the back and spine. First, your physical therapist performs an evaluation of your movements to determine the problem. Next, they prescribe a specific set of exercises, customized to your needs, that should help relieve pain and improve function. Finally, they help you create a plan to prevent future back problems.
The McKenzie Method is all about empowering you to improve your health. It works best when you are actively involved in your care and regularly performing your exercises. It also gives you the tools you need to make long-term changes for your spine health. It’s commonly used for people who experience:
- Numbness in the hands and feet
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
Kinesio taping is popular among athletes, including professionals like Serena Williams. When applied by a trained therapist, the heat-activated latex tape provides additional support to muscles, tendons and ligaments. This support can help the body heal, reducing inflammation, swelling and pain.
Kinesio tape is waterproof and can be worn 24 hours a day for long-lasting support. It’s not just for athletes, but can be used in anyone of any age experiencing strains, sprains or muscle imbalances.
The expert physical therapists at Bon Secours In Motion are dedicated to keeping you moving and preventing pain. Learn more about our treatment options by contacting Bon Secours In Motion today and scheduling your first appointment.