Discover a wide range of physical therapy treatments when you visit our facility. From traditional physical therapy to sport rehabilitation treatments, we offer all of the treatment options that you need to improve your overall health while healing from any injury. Our physical therapy treatment sessions include a variety of treatments, including:
Physical Therapy Treatments
By using a series of specially designed instruments, we evaluate and treat soft tissue injuries. ASTYM is a form of deep-tissue massage, which allows the therapist to identify areas of abnormal tension or scarring and then remodel those areas into healthy tissue again. There are several conditions that respond well to this treatment, including:
Electrical Stimulation Methods
Electrical stimulation is a modality that utilizes electrical impulses to stimulate nerve receptors. We apply electrical energy to the system via electrodes to reduce edema and inflammatory reactions while aiding in the healing of wounds and ulcers. You can also see improvement in the way motor nerves recruit muscle fibers to build strength and coordination as well as improved circulatory impairments to normalize sensation in an area. We also reduce pain associated with an injury.
Gait & Balance Training
There are a variety of different reasons for loss of balance or a disturbance in gait. In order to execute a normal gait pattern, you need adequate strength, range of motion, sensation, coordination, and balance. In addition, you must also have the ability to adapt to various environments such as uneven surfaces, loss of vision, and obstacles. Balance training consists of exercises with the goal of restoring the ability to maintain your center of gravity over the base of support, whether the base of support is narrow or broad.
Performing Manual Therapy for Our Patients
Joint mobilizations are techniques utilized by physical therapists to increase or improve arthrokinematic motion at a joint. They involve the therapist using hands to stabilize a joint as well as applying motion through the joint surfaces passively as the patient relaxes. Joint mobilization can be performed on virtually any articulation in the body from the temporomandibular joint to the spine and from the fingers to the toes.
Manual therapy also includes soft tissue techniques, such as myofascial release, to stretch connective tissues and positional release to reset nerve receptors in the muscles and tendons to reduce tension. These techniques aid in restoring normal joint range of motion, decrease pain, and allow improved ability to resume full activity symptom-free.
Manual therapy is typically followed by strengthening exercises to create and maintain joint stability and stretching exercises to maintain the appropriate joint motion.
Healing Muscles & Soft Tissue
When there is pain, injury, or trauma to a specific region of the body, scar tissue forms and compensatory movements are subconsciously implemented. These changes create pain and soft tissue dysfunction. Soft tissue release directly treats the reasons for the soft tissue dysfunctions and subsequent referred pain and nerve entrapment.
In acute situations, manipulation of the soft tissue aids the formation of scar tissue, and in chronic conditions, soft tissue work breaks up the fibrotic or scar tissue. Returning the muscle to its original length is important in restoring full function and eliminating pain.
Neuromuscular reeducation is a therapeutic technique used to improve balance, coordination, posture, kinesthetic sense, and proprioception by training nerves to send signals to impaired muscles. This reestablishes optimal resting tone and movement. These neural networks and motor pathways are necessary to produce smooth coordinated movements and decrease the pain associated with particular dysfunctions.
Patient Education Services
This customized treatment plan is established by the therapist based on the surgery performed and a thorough initial evaluation. The plan will continue to progress following the necessary protocols determined by the specific surgery. The treatment plan reduces swelling, heals scars, and restores a full range of motion and muscle control. They consist of multiple interventions, including:
The return-to-work program focuses on retraining the individual to perform job tasks without the repetitive stress on their body. We develop job-specific exercises and show you proper techniques to prevent future injuries or micro traumas while on the job. Additionally, we also combine postural and biomechanical training, along with strengthening and patient education.
When returning to a sport following an injury or trauma, it is critical to take both the individual and the principals of the sport into consideration. Sports conditioning programs are designed based on the goals of the individual and the fundamentals of the sport or activity.
The physical therapist will analyze movement patterns and make recommendations to improve form and reduce or eliminate pain. A sport specific physical therapy program, including strength training, flexibility, neuromuscular reeducation, and manual therapy, helps the athlete recover from an inquiry and avoid recurrences.
Physical therapy interventions are multifaceted, with therapeutic exercise being one of the core elements in most plans of care. The goal of exercise is to improve function through increased strength, endurance, flexibility, and blood flow. Patients often find that improvements in these factors decreases pain and restore function.
Therapeutic exercise encompasses a vast array of methods and techniques, including resistive bands or weights, stretching, walking, cycling, and many other activities. The type of exercise and the right amount can be determined by a physical therapist based on a thorough evaluation. The therapist will gradually modify the program over time to produce the desired results.
What Can Therapeutic Massage Do for You?
Massage and bodywork are among the most natural means of restoring and maintaining a person’s health and well-being. An integral part of health care, in many cultures dating back to antiquity, the advantages of receiving bodywork are numerous and well documented. Bodywork offers a drug-free, non-invasive, and humanistic approach based on supporting your own body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Therapeutic massage has been shown to be extremely beneficial for a variety of health conditions with the most prevalent being stress-related tension. This single factor, experts believe, is a causal factor in 80% to 90% of all disease in modern society. Massage has been proven to be an effective complementary treatment for several issues, including:
How Does the Body Respond to Massage?
Massage has many physiological effects, such as increasing circulation by allowing your body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. Massage also stimulates the lymph system against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer. Additional benefits include:
Psychological Benefits of Massage
Massage therapy promotes the reduction of tension, anxiety, and fatigue. It also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to release relaxation hormones while fostering a sense of relaxation and renewed energy and promoting body awareness.
How Do You Prepare for a Massage?
Avoid heavy meals before your appointment. Drink plenty of water before and after your appointment to stay well hydrated and facilitate your body’s release and flushing of toxins. As with any form of bodywork, it is important to observe good personal hygiene.
Is It Necessary to Undress Completely?
Massage, with some exceptions, is traditionally received disrobed. This is to facilitate the licensed massage practitioner’s ability to reach and work targeted muscles. The client is comfortably and conservatively draped, exposing only the area being worked. If you prefer not to be completely undressed, you are encouraged to disrobe to your level of comfort.
What Happens During a Massage Session?
Plan to arrive about 15 minutes before your appointment so that you have ample time to fill out intake paperwork and discuss your needs with the licensed massage practitioner. After completing the initial questionnaire, the LMP will review your intake form and discuss with you your reasons for seeking massage.
You’ll discuss areas where you may experience pain, your current physical condition, medical history, and lifestyle. Massage is a collaborative process. During your session, the LMP will check in with you to gauge your comfort and response to the work. And, at any time, if something in your session makes you uncomfortable, let the LMP know so they can make appropriate changes.
Take your time and rest for a moment on the table before you get up. When you are ready, rise slowly, as it is natural to experience slight dizziness. Try not to schedule other appointments immediately following your massage so you won’t feel hurried; your body will continue to integrate the work for some time after the session is over.
Drink plenty of water. The body naturally releases toxins during massage which can then be flushed from the system. Removal of those toxins will help to minimize any stiffness or soreness related to the massage. We recommend you drink pure water and avoid juice, soda, or sports drinks. Avoid alcohol and caffeine for the rest of the day.
Some post-massage soreness is not uncommon. However, if you do experience any lingering tenderness, it shouldn’t last for more than 24 hours. If you experience soreness for longer than 24 hours, contact your therapist or advise her at your next appointment.
How Often Should You Receive Massage?
The number and frequency of your visits depend on your goals and expectations for the work. Injury recovery is typically more successful with an intensive approach: frequent, regularly-spaced appointments over a shorter period of time. In contrast, relaxation and stress reduction are more successfully achieved and maintained by spacing less frequent visits over a longer timeframe. Talk to your LMP to find the plan that is right for you.
Therapeutic ultrasound is commonly used as an adjunct in the management of soft-tissue injuries, including capsular, ligamentous, or musculotendinous inflammation. Ultrasound is high-frequency sound waves applied to the skin via a transducer. The sound waves travel through your tissues to stimulate tissue regeneration, increase blood flow, produce changes in cell metabolism, soften fibrous and scar tissue, and provide pain relief.
Contact us today to schedule sport rehabilitation and physical therapy treatments in Burien, Washington.