What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is an evidence based form of treatment that uses manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and other modalities to address a wide array of musculoskeletal concerns. This means; treatment is based on research and case studies to determine what is the most effective way to treat all your aches and pains, diagnoses and conditions.
Physical therapists use manual (hands on) techniques; such as soft tissue mobilization, massage techniques, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, joint mobilization and trigger point release to address soft tissue (muscle, tendon, fascia, ligament, etc.) restrictions, tightness and adhesions.
Therapeutic exercise, range of motion activities, stretching and strengthening are used to support increasing mobility and stability in the body.
Other modalities can include; traction, ultrasound (a deep heat), electrical stimulation and hot and cold therapy.
These techniques can help address:
Post Surgical Rehabilitation
Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Rotator Cuff Repair
Acute and Chronic Sprains and Strains
Stress & Tension
Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction
What does this mean for you? If you come into our office because you have elbow pain from playing too much tennis or golf or sitting at your computer for too many hours moving the mouse around. We will make sure we do a thorough assessment to determine what is causing that elbow pain and then make a plan catered to you and your signs and symptoms.
For example: if you were diagnosed with lateral epicodylitis, generally described as a tendonitis of your wrist extensor muscles in your forearm, we may heat you up first to promote blood flow and tissue relaxation, complete massage techniques to relieve tightness and restrictions in those tissues, instruct you in stretching and gradually strengthening exercises to promote flexibility and then strength and stability and then apply ice at the end to help decrease inflammation present. End result being over a series of treatments you start to have less pain and get back to all those things that have been difficult like opening a door or a jar or gripping a pen to write.
Why is physical therapy effective?
Physical therapy is effective at JPT because we take a whole body approach to your treatment. As a physical therapist you study the musculoskeletal system of the body as well as internal symptoms. Gaining an understanding of the whole body inside and out. We address physical signs and symptoms as well as stress, nutrition and other concerns as needed. At JPT we focus on manual therapy and movement, two things research has shown to be effective and efficient in recovery. We listen to your concerns and goals and work with you to make a plan.
We are consistently working to expand our knowledge to better support you and learn from each of you to work to provide the best care we can.
How long are the appointments?
Appointments are generally about an hour long. We understand that your time is valuable, so we try and stick to the schedule and see you for the time you are booked.
How long should I expect to undergo physical therapy?
The honest answer to this is that it can really vary. For some people who have had pain for years it can take a while for them to get to their goals. If pain and dysfunction have been building and developing in your body for years it probably won’t resolve and be “fixed” in a month. For others who have a very acute injury that is caught quickly we can get them back to where they previously were in a relatively short time, 4-6 weeks. That said, everyone is different so we have treated people who have had pain for years and in a matter of a couple of months were feeling great and I have seen individuals who had a fall and a relatively minor injury that lead to the discovery of underlying issues and needed a longer rehab to achieve their goals.
What health insurance do you accept?
We are a fee-for-service practice at this time. This means payment is due at the time of treatment. An hour long session is $95.00. We will provide you with the information you need to submit a claim to your insurance, however, we can not guarantee they will reimburse you. As mentioned our focus and commitment is to you and your health; due to ever changing and growing requirements by insurance companies they have made it a challenge to keep that focus and not be consumed by paperwork, phone calls, faxes, etc. This is the reason we no longer bill insurance companies directly.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your first visit tends to be the “getting to know you ” visit. There will be documents to fill out and sign and the physical therapist will do a thorough examination to better understand what is bringing you into the clinic and the causes for your signs and symptoms as well as your overall health that may be contributing to your current concerns or our treatment plan moving forward.
For example; we need to know about your pain, what makes it better or worse, how do you sleep, if you have a heart condition or intestinal issues and all the medications you are on. These things may impact exercise we have you do or how you heal because your absorption of vital nutrients and minerals is impacted.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Treatment evolves as you progress. Some days you may just need to relax on a table and focus on breathing and allowing your muscles to let go of tension. Other days you need to be ready to get out in the gym and move.
Appropriate footwear is important too. We may want you to hop on a treadmill for a few minutes just to observe how you walk. Wearing sneakers or shoes with good support that stay on your feet is important for us to help gain an accurate picture of how you move.