Here are some of the common techniques/procedures we use at PDX Bodyworks physical therapy (click on buttons for more info):
A whole-body hands-on approach to evaluate and treat the muscle and connective tissues of the body. Restrictions in the fascia can lead to postural misalignments and abnormal tensions that can lead to lack of mobility and pain.
This technique uses the patient's own muscle contraction to properly align a specific joint. This may also be used to increase range of motion at a hypomobile joint.
This technique consists of moving one joint surface on another in a specific joint. Stretching the joint capsule and loosening of any adhesions is accomplished.
A hands-on physiotherapy treatment, it involves applying pressure through the joint alongside advanced joint movements that often give the sensation of a ‘click’. A great way to relieve pain, reduce joint stiffness and improve posture, joint manipulation also facilitates an increased range of movement, function and body efficiency in sports people and for every day life.
A hands-on approach to free up soft tissue restrictions. It increases the fluid dynamics in tissues where restrictions prevent normal tissue motion.
Occasionally the primary restriction in the body may be the nerve itself. By assessing the neuro tension to find the restriction you can mobilize the nerve.
After an assessment of the patients movement patterns is observed, specific activities or exercises are indicated to arrest any improper movement patterns. May also include a posture assessment and/or balance & proprioception assessment.
These are individually designed exercise programs for the patient's *specific* problem. Our exercise programs are designed to give the patient control over their diagnosis and allow them to do move activity pain free. Often, a home exercise program is indicated.
A passive positional procedure that places the body in a positon of greatest comfort, thereby relieving pain by reduction and arrest of inappropriate proprioceptor activity that maintains somatic dysfunction. We have a certified therapist on staff at PDX Bodyworks Physical Therapy and we also perform Fascial-Counterstrain which is a skilled passive manipulation of the body's deep fascial proprioceptors with the goal of normalizing associated skeletal & smooth muscle reflexes that maintain dysfunction. It can look at the body's different systems of: Nervous System, Musculoskeletal, Lymphatic, Arterial, Visceral and Dura/Cranial.