Sports Medicine is a concentration surrounding injuries related to sports and exercise. It is a branch of science which focuses on preventative methods for injuries and, or stresses affecting muscles and joints. Sports Medicine develops diagnosis and treatments implemented in conjunction with physical therapy, manual therapy and chiropractic care.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy (also known as physiotherapy) encompasses many different treatments, and modalities. These treatments either help prevent, manage or rehabilitate injuries to the musculoskeletal system, as well as, chronic conditions like arthritis and certain neurological disorders. Physical therapy is also an integral part of post-operative rehabilitation for various orthopedic procedures. People who have suffered injury or disease affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons of the body will benefit from assessment by one of the physiotherapist at MaxWell Medical.
Most of the patients who come to MaxWell Medical are in some degree of pain when they arrive
so initially physical therapy treatments are geared towards reducing inflammation and discomfort. This can be done with certain electrical modalities like electric muscle stimulation or therapeutic ultrasound as well as manual treatments like deep tissue massage and passive joint mobilization. Thermal modalities like ice and heat are also utilized in different situations, depending on the severity and acuteness of the injury.
Once pain has been reduced and inflammation has subsided, the treatment focus shifts to restoring function.
This often includes strength and flexibility training, gait training, proprioceptive/balance training, and other specialized therapies. Education in ergonomics, injury prevention, and home exercise programs are also a crucial component to any thorough treatment plan.
All physical therapy treatment plans at MaxWell Medical are monitored and prescribed by our board certified medical doctors
regularly updated to reflect both progress and difficulties, and rendered by one of our highly skilled, licensed physical therapists.
Manual Therapy/Medical Massage Therapy
Manual Therapy/Medical Massage Therapy is manipulating the soft tissues of the body to release tension and remove adhesions or "knots" in an individual muscle or between two muscles. Circulation is also increased to remove stagnant metabolic wastes and bring fresh blood and oxygen to an area. At times, the techniques may cause some discomfort but they are necessary to accomplish the goal of restoring the tissues to normalcy. There may also be some soreness the next day which should subside.
Myofascial Release, a gentle form of stretching of fascial tissue which surrounds muscles, is a therapeutic treatment that produces a healing effect on the body's tissues, eliminating pain and restoring motion. The therapist guides the patient through easy stretches designed to help counteract the effects of trauma, poor posture, and inflammation in the body.
Pre-natal Manual Therapy
Pre-natal Manual Therapy is regarded as a form of massage that exemplifies the healing hands approach to care. In a time when it is needed the most, this form of therapy provides a physiological and emotional support for patients. Manual therapy relieves any anxiety or physical discomfort that emerges during pregnancy.
Strength Training is an important component of a MaxWell Medical program. It is used to help strengthen and rebuild your injured areas along with increasing endurance of the muscle. This will prevent the injury from reoccurring and help with general conditioning. Different forms of strength training are incorporated such as free weights, resistance tubing and calisthenics.
Balance Training and proprioception training are instrumental techniques to ensure the return of proper motor control to muscles and efficiency in body control and function. Your body's balance will be examined and after which exercises to restore balance will be performed.
Flexibility Training In general terms, flexibility has been defined as the range of motion about a joint and its surrounding muscles during a passive movement. Passive in this context simply means no active muscle involvement is required to hold the stretch. By increasing this joint range of motion, performance may be enhanced and the risk of injury reduced.
Electric Muscle Stimulation
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is the application of electrical stimuli to a group of muscles, most often for the prupose of muscle rehabilitation after injury, or other incident that results in loss of muscle functions and for pain management. NMES is achieved by passing an electrical impulse form a device through electrodes placed on the skin over the targeted muscle or muscles. For the purpose of rehabilitation and for pain management, electrical stimulation is typically used in conjunction with other methods of physical therapy. The intent of neuromuscular electrical stimulation is to stimulate the nerves in the muscle with electrical impulses. Electrical impulses are a natural part of the normal communication between the brain and the muscular system in an injured or unaffected body. With neuromuscular electrical stimulation, these natural impulses are simulated and can help "retain" the muscles to function again and help with pain relief. Your muscles may twitch slightly during electric stimulation.
Therapeutic Ultrasound A deep tissue heating modality reaching underlying tissues as deep as 1 to 5 centimeters, it is used to treat musculo-skeletal injuries, back and joint conditions, limited range of motion, soft tissue injuries, and chronic conditions. Treatment is administered directly which penetrated the tissues, increases blood flow, relaxes muscle spasms, repairs damaged tissue, and dramatically speeds the healing process. It creates permanent, physical changes and repairs both hard and soft tissues problems. You may feel a slight warming sensation during the ultrasounds treatment. For soft tissue healing, ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves, well beyond the range of human hearing, which cause molecules in the tissues to vibrate, producing heart and mechanical energy.
Chiropractic is a healing art, science, and philosophy that deals with
the spinal column and its associated structures - particularly the vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and the facet joints that guide motion in the posterior of the spine. The spinal column is the boney protection for the delicate spinal cord, and because spinal nerves exit from between each and every bone of the spine, there is also a neurological component to chiropractic care that can have far reaching effects on one's overall health.
Chiropractic sometimes incorporates certain physical therapy modalities, exercises, and massage techniques, but at MaxWell Medical, these treatments are generally left to their respective specialists.
In fact, this is one of the strengths of our integrated, multi-specialty approach - all our providers can focus on what they do best without you, the patient, having to sacrifice quality of care.
What should I expect from my first adjustment?
Your first adjustment will be a unique experience. It will start the process of spinal alignment and restoration of motion and for many of you, will be the first step on the road for good health and improved quality of life. A spinal adjustment is a gentle manipulation of the vertebra that has little, if any discomfort at all. In the case of severe spinal misalignments, or when a joint is very stuck, you may feel a slight soreness following the adjustment. This is normal, and usually doesn't last beyond the first or second adjustment.
The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Chi or Qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely through the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Imagine rivers that flood and cause disasters or an electrical grid short-circuiting that causes blackouts. Acupuncture works to "re-program" and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the Chi energy. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
How can Acupuncture help me?
Treatment varies for each individual. Physical therapy, trigger point therapy, and chiropractic care are not the only medical disciplines that help treat pain. Patients may require a more attentive healing that restores the body's function and balance, acupuncture can do just that. Acupuncture can benefit most muscular and skeletal issues like arthritis, tennis elbow, neck pain, sciatica, low back pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other general body pain.
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