At Next Level we believe every injury and every patient is unique. During your initial evaluation we take the time to assess not only your area of pain but the body as a whole. Our goal is not just treat your symptoms but find the cause of your dysfunction.
During your evaluation you will be given an individualized plan of care designed by your licensed physical therapist. This includes for you a description of your diagnosis, your treatment plan, a home plan, your goals, and what to expect after your treatment sessions. Your therapist is available for contact between appointments via phone or email.
A post rehab program is offered for patients to follow through with aftercare once they have graduated from their physical therapy treatment. They will be able to use equipment and get feedback or consultation from physical therapists or training staff while they are in their aftercare program.
Dry Needling is also known as intramuscular stimulation. It is a technique used by certified physical therapists in which thin filament needles are used to promote natural healing and restoration of healthy physiology.
Dry needling in an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and can even help with injury prevention. For the treatment to be successful, patients usually return for repeated dry needling sessions over a period of time, depending on their condition and response to treatment.
The dry needling procedure may also be combined with other hands on manual techniques as well as electrical stimulation to reduce muscle tightness and spasms.
Soft tissue injuries can be debilitating and frustrating. Graston/ASTYM is successful in a treating all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic, acute or post surgical. Graston/ASTYM can help you enjoy life again.
The non-invasive technique uses specially designed
instruments to help the clinician identify and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Graston/ASTYM allows a clinician to get as deep into the tissue as necessary to invoke change, yet be sensitive to patient pain and tolerance. As the instruments are moved over the affected area and come in contact with the adhesions, they help break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. In time, this process will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibers, restoring range of motion and eliminating the associated pain. It will help transform your soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.
Cup therapy, or integrative microcirculation therapy, is an ancient form of alternative medicine that’s becoming a popular treatment for sports injuries. Cup therapy can be great treatment for any musculoskeletal condition.
After age 40, 40-60% of our microcirculation of the tissues becomes latent or non-functional. So basically, the blood flow decreases and the body circulates less nutrients and oxygen which are both needed for self-healing. This causes the accumulation of toxins in our muscles. Cup therapy can improve blood flow, help the body to regenerate new capillary systems, reduce inflammation and toxins, and promote self-healing and soft tissue homeostasis.
It works by creating a vacuum under the cup forming an air-tight seal. The cup sucks to the skin pulling upwards on the soft tissue underneath which allows blood to pull to the area. This has an effect that will improve blood flow to the area and reduce soft tissue dysfunction such as inflammation, swelling, scaring, tightness and weakness.
During treatment, you may feel “tightness” however this eases up after a few minutes. Dark circular marks usually remain on the body from a few days to weeks. As you continue treatment, these circles will become less painful and less dark, indicating improved healing and circulation.
At Next Level we believe you should train like you play. The same is true for physical therapy. Exercise machines rarely simulate real life activity; especially machines that target individual muscles or muscle groups. Therefore, we prefer to use natural body movement exercises that incorporate functional neuromuscular patterns. The simple movement of a joint requires the well coordinated co-activation of many muscles.
Breakdown of any component of that system can cause faulty movement patterns creating dysfunction in joints or tissue. Functional therapy emphasizes the correction of faulty movement patterns.
Our physical therapists assess not only your pain but the faulty movement patterns causing your dysfunction. Through activity specific designed exercises we restore normal function, allowing you to reach your goals and prevent future breakdown.
The Kinesio Taping Method is a rehabilitative technique that mimics the human skin. Designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.
Kinesio Tape provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. It is an effective tool for treating chronic pain and inflammation associated with musculoskeletal injuries.
It can also help reduce muscle fatigue, correct posture, adjust joint mal-alignment and optimize performance.
Kinesio Tape is hypo-allergenic, latex free and wearable for days at a time.
Each organ should have the ability to slide and glide in relationship to all other tissues without any restrictions. Efficient visceral mobility improves bowel movement, helps the immune system function more efficiently, decreases stress on muscles, bones, joints and decreased tension on the dura which surrounds the spinal cord .
Some chronic aches and pains that have not responded to traditional therapy, or continue to come back time and again may be the result of poor visceral function. Musculoskeletal dysfunctions may self-correct after proper visceral mobilization.
During visceral mobilization your therapist will utilize direct and specifically placed manual contacts and directed motions to encourage efficient mobility of the viscera and surrounding connective tissue.
One of the unique qualities of Next Level is our ability to use a computer software program that allows us to video analyze motion. Video analysis is used in our clinics for gait evaluations and running mechanics.
The analysis software allows us to slow down the video frame by frame, draw angles at joints; analyze videos from different angles side by side and much more.
Our ability to record a patient’s gait, running, or movement patterns not only allows the therapist to analyze the video; but additionally allows the patient to review the video and learn more about their injury, compensations or technique for improvement.
We also have the ability to share the video or snapshot photos of points in time via email or CD with the patient and physician. If a physician would like a patient to receive a gait analysis and receive a copy of the footage please note on the referral.
Orthotics can be a simple way to improve walking and running mechanics for reducing pain and injury prevention. Orthotics are utilized to limit maximum pronation, increase shock absorption, increase total contact area, improve balance, and normalize gait patterns.
Custom orthotics can be posted to give you more or less support, depending on your foot posture and structure. A skilled physical therapist will utilize functional tests to evaluate your body mechanics, alignment, balance, strength and range of motion with and without the orthotics to determine what would be best for you.
After evaluation and fabrication of the orthotics, you can just place them in your shoe and be on your way!