Hands on Therapies

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a primarily used by our trained and licensed Physical and Occupational Therapists to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability. It includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization, joint manipulation, muscle stretching, and other skilled hands on techniques. 
 
Your therapist will determine the appropriate technique in order to increase range of motion, improve tissue extensibility, decrease myofascial restrictions, decrease swelling, reduce pain, induce relaxation, assist your body in muscle or soft tissue repair, and facilitate movement to improve the quality of your life.

 
Myofascial
Release

Myofascial release is a therapy that focuses on relieving pain in areas related to your myofascial tissues — the membranes that are connected and support your muscles. 

A common issue in these areas are the development of “trigger points.” When these “trigger points” are massaged, the tension and tightness in these areas relax as the tension is eased.  
 
This type of therapy is often used with other treatment methods and can reduce pain, increase flexibility and, as a result, improve your mobility. 

 
Kinesio Taping

Kinesio taping is a treatment where kinesiology tape is used to help you move while inhibiting pain and spasms.  This type of tape is a flexible material that moves when you move and helps to increase circulation. It is also thought to reduce pain, decrease swelling, and improve muscle performance. 
 
Our licensed, trained professionals will assess your current situation to determine if this method of care will be helpful to the healing of your condition(s).

 
Manual Traction

Manual Traction is a technique where your therapist uses their hands to perform spinal decompression when you have conditions involving the neck or back. Traction is applied manually by your therapist through controlled force and gradually stretching. 

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This method of treatment can be used in chronic neck or back pain (such as spinal stenosis, sciatica, degenerative disc disease) or acute conditions (disc herniations, nerve entrapments/compressions). The treatment allows for increased flexibility, improved movement and pain relief.

 
Custom Splints

Our Certified Hand Therapists make Custom Splints using a thermoplastic material that is molded to fit your specific needs. Your Custom Splint is used to protect your joints and often to provide stability so that you can move with reduced pain.  
 
All Custom Splints are created in a manner that allows us to adjust them when needed. Changes occur due to swelling, motion, and the various stages of healing depending on your situation.
 
Custom Splints are commonly used to help disorders such as arthritis, nerve injuries, fractures, dislocations, strained ligaments, repetitive strain disorders, post-surgical needs and more.

 
Cupping

The goal of Cupping is to decrease tissue restrictions between layers of skin, fascia, and muscle.
 
Our trained Physical Therapists place specially made Cups on the skin to enhance blood flow and assist with the body’s own healing process. Cupping is generally used along with other treatments to help alleviate pain, decrease stiffness and improve flexibility.   
 
Migraines, low back pain, myofascial pain and neck pain are examples of conditions where Cupping can be helpful.  
Our licensed, trained professionals will assess your current situation to determine if this method of care will be helpful to the healing of your condition(s).

 
IASTM

IASTM stands for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. Your trained therapist will use a variety of specialized tools with the goal to eliminate or reduce unwanted scar tissue, improve muscle extensibility and reduce myofascial restrictions.
 
This type of treatment is non-invasive and is used in combination with other hands on treatments. Instruments are applied to the top of your skin to stimulate tissue turnover, scar tissue resorption, and the regeneration of tendons, muscles, and other soft tissue structures.

 

David Gilboe & Associates

PHYSICAL & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

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