Sports Therapy

Sports Therapy

We offer specialized sports therapy services for patients suffering general orthopedic problems and sports injuries. The primary goal is to expedite recovery and to restore range of motion, muscular strength, endurance, neuromuscular control and coordination, and cardiorespiratory endurance by reducing inflammation and enhancing the repair processes. 

Our clinicians often incorporate one or more of the following therapies into your treatment plan: soft tissue mobilization; mobility & stability training; and functional movement assessments. While effective individually, these therapies also work synergistically, further enhancing treatment effectiveness and significantly reducing recovery time.
Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissues include muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursae, fascia, and nerves. The treatment of these structures is called soft tissue mobilization. When trauma occurs, whether from a single traumatic event or repeated microtrauma, inflammation follows. The inflammation leads to scar tissue formation, decreasing the ability of the muscle to lengthen and contract normally, which negatively impacts range of motion. The effect can be very specific within a muscle or can affect entire muscle groups leading to faulty biomechanics. The scar tissue can also cause pain and predispose you to re-injury.  

The purpose of soft tissue mobilization is to restore normal texture, tightness, flexibility and function to the affected tissue. We utilize several techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART®), Graston Technique®, FAKTR, Myofascial Release, and HansON Muscle Technique.

Active Release Technique (ART®)– involves placing tension on the affected tissue and then instructing the patient to move through a range of motion in order to lengthen the tissue and remove microscopic scar tissue.

Graston Technique®is an instrument-assisted technique designed to detect and treat adhesions, scar tissue and other restrictions. The clinician uses the instruments to break up cross-fiber scar tissue links, splay these fibers and increase fascial mobility.  

FAKTR-Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab is an instrument-assisted technique used to evaluate and treat soft tissue dysfunction.  The technique incorporates movement of the subject in conjunction with application of the tools.

Cupping Therapy - is a form of myofascial decompression where cups are placed on the skin using suction.  It originated in traditional Chinese medicine, though the modern version of cupping uses silicone cups with a pump to create the suction.  Cupping addresses the tension that is present in the fascia.  The cups are applied to the skin and the patient performs various range of motion movements, or the cups can be moved around on the skin, to assist massaging the tissues. 

Myofascial Releasefocuses on removing fascial adhesions by using gentle sustained pressure applied in a specific direction. Fascia is the tough connective tissue that surrounds most structures in the body providing support, protection, and improved shock absorption. Myofascial release is beneficial for treatment of chronic pain, peripheral nerve entrapments, and various other injuries.

Mobility & Stability Training

"Mobility" and "stability" are closely related concepts.  As we move, our body is in a continual balance between two driving factors; the mobility of our joints to function through a full range of motion, while simultaneously providing the necessary muscular and tissue stability surrounding those joints. If one or both of these components is not functioning correctly, that can develop into pain, injury or chronic issues. In a localized view, we have each joint that has an optimal range of motion; expanding that idea, we can consider a global movement pattern involving multiple joints through our entire body. 

Movement patterns require motion through multiple joints and if any areas have restrictions and are unable to move through the required motion, that’s where pain and injury can ultimately begin. 

Lacking mobility through a joint can lead to a multitude of issues on a local and global perspective; this can include our body forcing other joints to function through an excess amount of motion to make up the lost mobility, thus putting those joints in a compromised position, as well as creating abnormal tissue tensions surrounding that joint, potentially leading to issues involving associated tissues. 

As we consider the stability component, our body requires stability in a localized perspective surrounding each joint, but we often are functioning in a global movement pattern and thus requiring stability through entire chains of joints through the entire body. Lacking stability through one joint in the entire chain can give rise to injuries not only at that one joint itself, but can affect and compromise joints and tissues up and down that active chain. As you begin to lose stability through one area, the other areas through that chain build tension, creating abnormal stressors and a variable of other potential issues. 

It is important to not only address the joint and stability on a localized scale, but to expand that view into the connections and associations of all our joints and tissues through the entire system of our body and our movement patterns.
Movement Assessments

Healthy movement is based on real-world situational biomechanics and is defined by the ability to move the body with proper muscle and joint function for efficient, pain-free movement. Movements take place in multi-planes of motion with the use of multiple joints, which place demand on the body’s core musculature and innervation. These movements require the firing of multiple muscle groups in various positions, ranges of motion and varying intensity to achieve a common goal.  The two main methods we use to assess healthy movement are the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).

There are similarities and differences between the two screening procedures. Both the FMS and SFMA provide a complementary means to assess cause and effect, in addition to providing a rationale for continuing care beyond the treatment of symptoms. The purpose of the FMS is predictive; assessing risk and discovering pain in movement patterns. The purpose of the SFMA is to assess the patient who is already in pain and to discover regional movement dysfunctions that cause local symptoms. The SFMA addresses the critical issue of regional interdependence.

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an innovative system developed to evaluate movement pattern quality in healthy individuals.  The FMS can help prevent injuries before they occur by identifying risk factors.  What sets the FMS apart from other screenings — say, for posture or flexibility — is its focus on dynamic movement.  The FMS is comprised of seven movement tests that require a balance of mobility and stability and will quickly demonstrate limitations and asymmetries in basic movement patterns. Muscle tightness/weakness, previous injuries, or bad posture are examples of factors contributing to dysfunctional movement, which increases an individual’s risk of injury and impairs his or her ability to perform. We use the FMS not just to identify but also correct functional limitations by improving durability, flexibility, physical capacity and movement competency.

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is the method utilized when pain is present.   The SFMA also assesses how a person moves, but its purpose is to specifically identify restrictions of joints as well as stability and coordination issues throughout the entire body. The SFMA views the body as a functional unit, making connections through the entire kinetic chain as to the cause of a person’s pain and presenting complaint. Once identified, we can then focus on specific areas of dysfunction and create individualized treatment protocols tailored to each person and the cause of their pain. 

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