Physical Therapy

Revolutionary pain relief treatments that work immediately. The programs being offered range from pain relief, post rehab to momaerobics. Patients typically get better in 6-8 visits.

Personal Training and Fitness Classes

Training is the fastest way to reach your fitness goals. Our program is designed to toning and trimming up. We also have sports training for the athletes wanting to get to the next level.

Wellness programs

Our wellness program is guaranteed to get the best of all that PT Squared has to offer. It consist of personal training, pain relief treatments and massage therapy.

Massage Therapy

If you are looking to reduce stress, suffering from aches and pains, or just want to be pampered...Our massage therapy is here to help overcome your needs.

 

Fast Acting Pain Relief With Long Lasting Results

We are the experts in gentle pain and injury solutions. Our progressive techniques are sure to produce the results that you desire with your pain relief. As a patient, you will undergo a complete physical exam and one on one with a skilled therapist who will listen, understand, and be quick in determining your needs. Even if you have tried other treatments and therapies, we offer programs that are right for you, and are proven to be the MOST effective for people suffering from:

 

 

 

Benefits of Our Programs:

1. Reduced pain
2. Start seeing immediate results
3. Learn how to avoid future problems
4. Live life more enjoyably
5. Return to a more active lifestyle
6. Sleep better
7. Increased flexibility & movement
8. Improved core stability


 

Physical Therapy In Collierville

Physical Therapy in Collierville is Being Redefined!

 

Revolutionary pain relief treatments that work immediately are available only at PT Squared physical therapy and personal training. You will love that it is gentle and very affordable, whether you have insurance or not.

 

Physical Therapy in Collierville is not the same at every clinic. The PT squared team are caring, compassionate and they are the best at what they do. The programs being offered here by their licensed therapists range from pain relief, post rehab to momaerobics. You’ll find some of the best physical therapists in Collierville at our facility and you’ll find services not being offered by other therapists. If you are looking for fast pain relief or to improve the quality of your life, we guarantee you will find the best physical therapist Collierville has to offer at our facility.

 

Some of the reasons PT Squared Physical Therapy and Personal Training is unlike any other lies in their caring staff and revolutionary pain relief procedures. They truly are the experts in relieving pain and improving the quality of life for their patients. Call today and get a free screening to determine if we are the right place for you.

 

 

Pre-hab benefits before surgery

Getting In Shape Prior to Surgery Can Make Recovery Easier

Most people facing the need for surgery do their homework first to pick their surgeon, read up on their surgery and speak to others who have undergone a similar intervention. Some may still feel nervous or worried as to whether or not they will bounce back quickly or struggle to get back on their feet. To ensure a speedy recovery, in addition to finding a skillful surgeon, you would benefit from getting into shape with “pre-hab” prior to your surgery.

What is pre-hab? In short, it’s an individualized physical conditioning program to improve strength, endurance, and range of motion prior to surgery. It requires teamwork between the patient, surgeon and physical therapist to maximize the benefits of their surgery and minimize the challenges that come along after surgery like a total joint replacement.

More than a million Americans undergo a total or partial joint replacement every year according to the National Institute of Arthritis. The Journal of Arthritis Care and Research reports that patients who participated in a pre-surgical exercise intervention reduced their odds of requiring post-surgical discharge to an inpatient rehab facility by seventy-three percent, regardless of which joint was replaced.
“Pre-hab makes a huge difference in our patients’ outcomes,” reports Hal Crane, MD and founding medical director of the Rose Institute for Joint Replacement in Denver.

 

 

 

source: http://centerforphysicalexcellence.com/pre-hab/

For most people, two to six weeks is ideal for physical preparation, however, those people with additional problems such as obesity, deconditioning, multiple joint problems and/or cardiovascular disease may benefit from six weeks or longer. Ideally, pre-hab programs are unique to each individual patient. “Even in a fairly brief time period, the exercise paid off for the participants,” said lead author Daniel Rooks, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “The benefits of exercise before surgery are very clear: the more you can do for yourself physically before surgery, the better off you will be.”

Exercises may include isometrics, low impact muscle toning, stretching, and aquatic exercise classes. The goal is to strengthen and improve motion with as little pain as possible. This setting allows for strengthening, balance and endurance training with minimal joint loading.

Almost all joint replacement patients can benefit from pre-hab. Pre-hab can also deliver benefits like changing negative attitudes and fears as well as providing some of the mental and emotional confidence needed to succeed in the post-surgical programs and physical therapy. Vonda Wright, MD, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Sports Medicine reports “Fifty percent of outcome success is due to the surgeon, and the other fifty percent is due to the patient’s commitment to recovery- starting with pre-hab.”

Surgeons may not regularly advise pre-surgery physical therapy so you may need to speak up and ask him/her to put you in touch with a physical therapy program familiar with pre-hab programs. Returning to the same therapist for post-surgery care will create an even more seamless and efficient program to get you back in to shape sooner, stronger, and with more confidence.

Physical Therapy benefits at the end of the year

Well it’s December again and the end of the year is vastly approaching. With the upcoming New Year there will be many changes, and one of those is that our insurance deductibles are all going to start over at the beginning of the New Year. For some, this can be terrifying as they may have extremely high deductibles to reach each year. On the bright side, once you do finally reach your yearly deductible, then your insurance company covers a majority of your medical expenses for the remainder of the year. It is important to know what your deductible balance is so you can use it to your advantage before the year end. You can find this by calling the number on the back of your insurance card.

If you have insurance that has little to no coverage then you will have what is called a deductible you have to meet before your insurance “kicks” in. Private insurance can be quite expensive and will force a lot of people to get the cheapest monthly premium they can afford. With this comes the high deductibles. The lower the insurance premium the higher the deductible goes. A deductible is the amount of money you have to spend out of your own pocket for doctors’ visits, prescriptions, lab work etc. How a Deductible Works When it comes to insurance deductibles and the numbers it can be a foreign language to some, at least it was for me. Having your insurance professional break it down for you and explain how it works can help you truly choose the right plan for you.

Example: If you have a $2500 deductible, then that means that you will be paying 100% of the medical costs until you reach that $2500. With that, you might also have a $5000 family deductible which can also be reached and then a majority of your family’s medical costs will all be covered. After you meet your deductible you will have what is called a co-insurance percentage you will have to pay. Co-insurance is essentially you and your insurance company sharing the cost of your medical expenses. If you have a 20% co-insurance then that means that you have to pay 20% of the bill and your insurance company has to pay the other 80%. It is important to know what your co-insurance amount will be when picking your plan, to make sure it is worth it in the long run. You will also need to take into consideration if you plan on seeing the doctor a lot and if so, then you will need to get the lowest co-insurance percentage and the lowest deductible you can get.

For example, if Jane has a $1500 medical bill for services rendered after she has met her yearly deductible, then she would have to pay $300 (20%) and the insurance company would pick up the rest of the tab of about $1200 (80%). It’s pretty simple and is very important to know. Time to Squeeze in Those Last Procedures Before the Year Ends Now that you have met your yearly deductible, how about getting some procedures done? It can’t hurt to get an epidural injection, some physical therapy before the end of the year. After all it is what you pay for and rightfully deserve. Now is a good time to do it if you have met your deductible then your expenses will be covered. Your insurance companies don’t want you to know that you can go ahead and schedule all the procedures you want that your plan will cover. Yes, this is true and you should make an appointment to get your physical therapy work done ASAP. BASIC Spine can help accommodate you to get you procedures done, all you have to do is call.

Knee pain made easy

Understanding what is causing your Knee Pain may be a simple task, or more complicated. A skilled physician can use clues to determine the cause of knee pain. Some of these clues have to do with you (how old are you? What types of activities do you do?), and some with your symptoms (has your knee pain been ongoing? Was there a recent injury?).

Here are some of the common knee pain symptoms that are experienced by patients, and what these symptoms may mean about the cause of your knee pain.

    • Front of Knee: Pain over the front of the knee is most commonly related to the knee cap. kneecap pain can be caused by several different problems.

 

    • Inside of Knee: Pain on the inside, or medial side, of the knee is commonly caused by medial meniscus tears, MCL Injuries, and Arthritis.

 

    • Outside of Knee: Pain on the outside of the knee, or lateral side, is commonly caused by lateral meniscus tears, LCL injuries, IT Band, tendonitis,  and arthritis.

 

  • Back of Knee: Pain in the back of the knee can be due to the collection of fluid, called a Baker’s Cyst.

Timing of Pain:

    • While going down stairs: Pain while walking down steps is very commonly associated with kneecap Problems, such as chrondromalacia.

 

  • Morning pain: Pain after first waking in the morning that quickly resolves with gentle activity is typical of early arthritis.

Swelling:

Swelling of the knee is common with several different knee problems. When there is an effusion immediately after a knee injury, a possible cause is severe injury to an internal joint structure, like the anterior Cruciate Ligament or a fracture.

When swelling develops gradually over hours to days after an injury, it is likely to be something less severe, like a tear of meniscus or a ligament sprain.

Swelling that occurs without the presence of a known injury can be due to osteoarthritis(common), Gout(less common), inflammatory arthritis, or a joint infection (uncommon).

Mobility:

Mobility of the knee can be affected by a number of common conditions. If mobility is chronically limited, often the cause is arthritis When the surface of the joint becomes irregular as a result of the arthritis, the mobility of the joint may become limited.

If the mobility is limited after an acute injury, there is likely swelling limiting the motion, or a torn structure that is limiting the mobility.

Instability/Giving Way:

The stability of the knee is provided by the ligaments that connect the shin bone (tibia) to the thigh bone (femur). When the ligaments are stretched or torn, the knee may feel as though it is giving away beneath the patient. A sensation that the knee may give out from beneath you is a common symptom of ligament injury.

Popping/Clicking/Crunching/Grinding:

Popping and snapping within the knee is common, and often not a symptom of any particular problem. When the pops are painless, there is usually know problem, but painful pops and snaps should be evaluated by your doctor. A pop is often heard or felt during an injury when a ligament, such as the ACL, is torn.

Grinding or crunching is a common symptom of cartilage problems. If the cartilage is damaged — a condition called chondromalacia – a crunching sensation is often felt by placing the hand over the kneecap and bending the knee. A similar grinding sensation may be felt with knee arthritis.

Locking:

Locking is a symptom that occurs when a patient cannot bend or straighten their knee. The locking can either be due to something physically blocking motion of the knee, or by pain preventing normal knee motion.

One way to determine if there is something physically blocking knee motion is to inject the knee with a numbing medication. After the medication has taken effect, you can attempt to bend the knee to determine if pain was blocking the motion or if there is a structure, such as a torn meniscus that is blocking normal motion.

Examining the Knee:

Determining the cause of knee pain relies on a proper examination of the knee joint. Learn about how your doctor can examine your knee to determine the source of your pain, and what tests can be performed to make the diagnosis.

 

Source: Orthopedics.com

PHYSICAL THERAPY BENEFITS

PATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY BENEFITS are Renewing Soon

It’s Time to GET TREATMENT before the beginning of the year.

Our Revolutionary PHYSICAL THERAPY Treatment Progerams are helping patient GET BETTER FASTER even if they have tried Physical Therapy, Accupuncture, or Chiropractic before.

Some of our Physical Therapy Programs:

  1. Revolutionary 830 Laser
  2. Pressure-Point Release Therapy
  3. FLEX-N-MOVE Program

Most of our  Physical Therapy Treatments focus on the ROOT CAUSE of the Pain/ Problem and does not wear off like most meds, e-stim, ultrasound, heater or ice. It focuses on the body’s own healing power and accelerates that process leading to long lasting relief. Patients love it!

Our Physical Therapy Treatements successfully relieve most muscle, joint, tendon, and nerve pain associated with Arthritis, Back Pain, Tendonitis/ Bursitits, Fibromyalgia, Plantar Fasciitis, Migraines, and more. It’s even safe on children!

SAME DAY APPT’S available

Payment Plans/ Wellness Plans and Most  Major Insurances Accepted.

If you have met your deductible and are in Pain or are wanting some strength training for an existing condition now is the time to get you started before the new year starts. We can get you in our family friendly Clinic with a licensed Physical Therapist. We can work around your schedule to get you pain relief as soon as possible. Below is a Recent Review from a Patient.

Stephen Bing
 
I lucked out picking PT^2 to rehab after my injury. The staff was very well trained and used a great series of techniques to retrain my ankle. The team constantly engaged in conversation making the entire experience pleasurable. I had therapy three times a week for about five weeks and I never had to wait a minute past my scheduled appointment time. I was amazed at how quickly I regained the ability to walk unassisted. If you are in need of physical therapy, I highly recommend checking out PT Squared.

 

 

Collierville Physical Therapy Patients are Seeing Quick Results at PT Squared

Collierville Physical Therapy is being redefined as you know it with the treatments and customer Service at PT Squared. There was a time when all Collierville Physical Therapy Clinics JUST did Physical Therapy and now its becoming the norm to include fitness training as well as massage. This is making you as a patient see better results than ever before with your personal Collierville Physical Therapy Clinic. 

Krista and Josh Robinson knew from the start of writing a business plan that they wanted to revolutionize Collierville Physical Therapy with better treatments and top notch customer service. They started their plan knowing they wanted to Multiply your results with a variety of services. Thats where the name PT Squared (or known as PT2) came from. Collierville Physical Therapy and Personal Training is where it all began. Next came the idea to add Massage Therapy as well to help with the healing process and multiply the benefits of fitness training. Massage therapy has so many benefits to Collierville Physical Therapy with pain relief. Since then PT Squared Physical Therapy and Personal Training in Collierville has added group fitness classes and pre packaged meal plans. 

Collierville Physical Therapy has also been changed at PT Squared LLC with supreme customer service. When you walk in our doors you immediately get greeted with a smile and sometimes a hug. Your appointment time is your appointment time and nobody else’s. You are back within 5 minutes of your appointment time and already getting started because we value your time. You are never forgotten at PT Squared once your Therapy is over as you get checked on every few months with a check up, Birthday Cards, and Christmas cards. You are always family at PT Squared LLC. 

Physical Therapy for Knee Pain

When To Exercise Your Knee for knee pain:

Knee pain is among the most commonly encountered orthopedic problems. While there are many causes of knee pain, most can be helped with some specific stretching and strengthening exercises. Even if surgery is necessary on the knee, physical therapy exercises will certainly be a part of your recovery process.

If surgery is necessary, we know that physical therapy tends to be a smoother process in stronger knees. Patients with stronger muscles around the knee going into surgery have a faster, more successful recovery.

Why Knee Exercises Are a Must for knee pain:

The goal of knee pain physical therapy is twofold. One is to prevent weakening of the muscles that surround the knee. Second is to diminish the burden on the knee joint.

People who have stronger muscles surrounding the knee often have fewer problems with the joint. Weaker muscles create more work for the knee joint by providing less support. Conversely, strong muscles of the leg better support and control the knee joint.

Stretching Out:

The first and last part of any exercise program should be a simple stretching routine. A few simple leg stretches can get your physical therapy exercises started off properly. Try not to neglect this step, even if you’re in a hurry.

Before you begin any stretching program, be certain you understand the basic rules of how to properly stretch. Improper stretching technique can be counterproductive and even lead to the development of injuries.

Exercising Muscles that Surround The Knee for Knee pain:

The muscles surrounding the knee include the quadriceps, hamstring, and calf muscles. The focus of most knee Physical Therapy is on these muscles. When injuries occur, often these muscles become weaker and less supportive of the knee.

 

Exercises for the muscles that surround the knee include quadriceps strengthening exercises, hamstring strengthening exercises, and calf strengthening exercises.

Working the Hip Stabilizers:

Often neglected, but a common source of knee problems, are the muscles around the hip joint. Remember when someone once told you the leg bone is connected to the hip bone? Well, new research is revealing that knee problems can often be traced to weakness of the muscles that surround the hip. Many progressive physical therapists devote a significant amount of time to strengthening the hip stabilizing muscles.

A program to help develop hip stabilizers should focus on the hip abductors, hip flexors and gluteal muscles. Most of  these exercises can be done without weights, and should emphasize proper form.

Increasing Muscle Endurance:

Many patients rehab their knees by doing a select number of strengthening exercises a few time each day. But the fact is that just as critical as the overall strength, is the endurance of these muscles. Without endurance, these muscles will quickly fatigue.

Increasing endurance is best accomplished with low impact cardio activities among the best of which is riding a stationary bicycle. Also excellent are swimming or other pool workouts. Walking is an OK exercise, but higher impact on the knees. If you must walk or do other high impact sports, try to also incorporate some cycling and swimming.

 

source: http://orthopedics.about.com

Personal Trainer for Everyone -Collierville and Germantown

You might have thought in the past about getting a personal trainer for numerous reasons. I have seen people time and time again get results they never imagined by using a personal trainer. I am the first to say that everyone doesn’t need a personal trainer but if you need to get over a hump or you are not very knowledgable in the gym trainers can help tremendously.  Lets start with what could be holding you back from getting a personal trainer. 

Money- It cost to get a personal trainer and there is no denying it. If you weigh out the cost from health problems you would end up saving a lot of money and it would save your family from losing a loved one at an earlier age. The money is initially a hump you have to deal with but your body is an investment just like a house is or stocks (401k) so why not invest in yourself and live a happy healthy life.

Too Hard for beginners- This is so far from the truth. All personal trainers are professionals and before you start any program you should get assessed and forms for all exercises should be checked. This will help make sure you are safe and you get the best results.

Don’t Have time- This is the same with working out in general. At PT Squared we have sessions for 30 min or 45 min. If  you can’t spend 30-45 min 2-3 times a week on  yourself then you might want to think about the next time you go shopping, watch TV, go out to dinner etc….My point being is you have to make time for yourself.

Don’t like the Trainer- I can’t speak for everyone else but at PT Squared we give a 30 day money back guarantee if you don’t see results. this takes off any pressure you might have and puts the responsibility on the Trainer as well to do their best.

 

Now we have defeated any negatives about hiring a personal trainer. Lets look at all the benefits of hiring a personal trainer to help reach your goals. 

ACCOUNTABILITY & MOTIVATION- Trainers are experts at holding you accountable. You have a set, paid appointment. Your trainer will be there waiting for you with a smile on his/her face each and every time you show up. They help you to not only develop your own personalized goals but to also develop a realistic and achievable plan to attain these goals. A personal Trainer has the ability to believe in you even when you are feeling at your lowest and don’t believe in yourself. “CAN’T” is not in a trainer’s vocabulary.

DEVELOP A ROUTINE- Sure, it’s easy to get to the gym and hop on the elliptical, but then what? Trainers are educated on the most effective ways to help you get to your fitness goals. They will work with you to develop a routine that makes since and is realistic for you. If you haven’t worked out in months and are just returning to the gym, a trainer will not expect you to begin a fitness regimen consisting of 60 minute routines 5 days a week. A trainer will help you to figure out what makes since in your life that will maximize your time in the gym but not overwhelm you. They will work with you to develop an exercise routine that takes you on the path to achieving your personal goals. All along the way holding you accountable and providing motivation!

FRESH NEW PERSPECTIVES & IDEAS ON HEALTH, NUTRITION, AND FITNESS- There is an overwhelming amount of fitness, nutrition, and health information available. It is impossible for the average person to have time to sift through this information for what is most valid, accurate and up to date. It is the job of the trainer to stay on top of health trends and continue their education in order to provide you with the safest and most accurate information in the industry. Is that new fad diet really effective? Will I really get a bikini body by doing that popular workout? Is it true what I read in this fitness magazine? These are just some of the questions trainers deal with on a daily basis. Trainers are able to use their education, knowledge and experience to provide you with tips and tricks to help you develop a healthier lifestyle. We are constantly sharing recipes and ways to contend with obstacles in your nutrition such as “candy in the office”, or how to manage menu’s when dining out with friends. Often trainers are the first to say, “Hey, you’ve been complaining about this for a little bit. Maybe you should go see a doctor, massage therapist, nutritionist, etc.” We see you on a regular basis and are able to recognize if something is different or just not right and are happy to point it out and refer you to the appropriate expert. We care about your health and well-being! And we will hold you accountable to taking care of yourself nutritionally, physically, and with your overall health!

SOLID, CONSISTENT, NON-JUDGMENTAL SUPPORT- Not everyone has your best interest in mind. Your trainer, though, only cares about you and your success. Your trainer will be there. Each hour you spend with your trainer is an hour to focus on you and only you! They will provide consistent feedback to help you better yourself and achieve your goals. Most importantly, the trainer is able to do this without making you feel inadequate or judged. We have all gone into the gym and worried about what we look like doing an exercise or compared ourselves to someone else. Trainers don’t judge or derogate. They help you to see all of your successes, big and small, even when you can’t see them yourself. Through this support, trainers will hold you accountable and motivate you, despite your feelings about yourself!

PROPER TECHNIQUE & FORM- Watching all the you tube videos in the world and reading all the fitness magazines, does not substitute having a person by your side providing you immediate feedback on form and technique. It is very easy to hurt yourself in the gym. Trainers pay attention, cue both your mind and your body and help you achieve your goals more quickly by making sure you are doing each exercise correctly. They can help you develop better running form, improve your posture, and increase your strength by teaching you to recruit the proper muscles and making a mind body connection. With each exercise trainers will hold you accountable to proper form and technique preventing injury!

INJURY PREVENTION and/or INJURY REHAB- Often people shy away from equipment in the gym because they are afraid of hurting themselves. Likewise, one may stop attending the gym due to an injury. Trainers will teach you how to use equipment properly so that you do not injure yourself. Trainers will also work with you to prevent injuries in everyday life by helping you increase your balance, flexibility, and core strength. They are able to focus on specific exercises that will benefit you based on your activities of daily living. And in the chance that you have suffered an injury, trainers are able to work with you to safely exercise, keep your range of motion, and get your strength back. Just recently, I broke my leg. My trainer did not let me stop working out. After communicating with my physical therapist, we were able to develop a plan for me to keep up my upper body strength and begin rehab on my leg. A personal trainer will not let you use an injury as an excuse to not workout!!

SPORTS SPECIFIC TRAINING- Are you an athlete? Even a recreational athlete can get better at their sport. Trainers have studied body patterns and movements. They know the best exercises to help you develop strength, endurance, speed, and agility for your sport. A trainer will know if you have been keeping up your routine through your performance and will hold you accountable to the sports specific exercises in your program!

MAXIMIZE WORKOUT/MINIMIZE TIME- You will burn more calories in less time when working with a trainer. A trainer develops a program that is efficient and allows you to get the most in, in the shortest amount of time. Time does not need to be lost at the gym. If you are finding it hard to find time to workout, not only will a trainer help you to get the most out of your work out, but they will teach you how you can do that on your own. Each week trainers will follow up to see if you achieved our workout goals for the week, holding you accountable to exercise on your own time and make tweaks to the program to help you be successful!

PERSONALIZED PROGRAM- Personal training is just that, PERSONAL! A trainer will develop a program that is specific to you and your goals. If you have an injury, if you want to climb a mountain, if you want lose weight to become pregnant, have lower back pain… The program will be specific to you and only you! A program your trainer takes the time to develop and teach to you. You know they are going to hold you accountable to achieving the goals of that program!

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING- Some of my favorite time during the week is with my clients. You develop a relationship with your trainer like no other. Your relationship is very personal. There are not very many people whom you share your goals so specifically, who in turn will work so diligently to help you achieve them. Often that hour (or two, or three) a week you spend with your trainer, is the only time in your week that is truly devoted to you, your goals, and your successes. I have had sessions in which my client is angry and just wants to workout. There is no talking for the hour. I have had sessions with clients who have recently lost a loved one and their hour with me is their time to escape. I also have sessions with clients where they are so excited to share with me their personal successes and how what we are doing in training is translating into their life outside the gym. Often times intimate details of life are shared in sessions and I am so grateful that people trust me enough to allow me these details. It is these personal relationships and the intimate knowledge of who you are that helps the trainer work specifically with you and to hold you accountable to your goals!

Although this post is titled 10 Benefits of Personal Training I thought it was important to emphasize the eleventh. The one that is reoccurring through each bullet point. The benefit that above all is most important.

RESULTS- Working with a trainer will allow you to achieve the results that you cannot achieve on your own. Each person’s goals are extremely personal. Whether it be weight loss, injury rehab, or companionship. A trainer is going to develop goals that will lead you down a path to success. As a trainer, I work diligently with each of my clients to help them recognize their results, tangible and intangible, as well as results they never anticipated having. It is these results that not only hold you accountable to me, but they hold me, your trainer, accountable to you!

Massage Therapy with Physical Therapy

As a massage therapist, I am often asked what the difference is between a ‘regular’ massage and a ‘clinical’ or ‘rehab’ massage. This is a great question, especially with the frequency of half-off massage deals that are being offered everyday. The result of these daily deals is that a lot of people are going for a massage wherever they can find the best deal. Is this bad? Not necessarily. What’s important is to ask yourself, “Why do I need a massage?” If you are getting a massage because you enjoy receiving them but don’t necessarily have a chronic injury or problem area, then this is probably fine. I do have to note that there are great benefits in seeing the same practitioner. A licensed massage therapist who sees you regularly will get to know your body and could help you identify potential issues.

 

Now if you do have a chronic injury or are recovering from an acute injury, you may want to look for a massage therapist who is experienced with clinical massage therapy. Clinical Massage Therapy (or rehabilitation massage therapy) means that the massage is a site-specific treatment with a precise goal or outcome in mind. Similar to physical therapy, you would go to a clinical massage therapist with a specific complaint that you would like treated.

Massage Therapy serving Collierville and Germantown

Here are four ways that clinical massage therapy is different from a relaxation massage:

  1. Experience
    All massage therapists (MTs) start out in a pretty similar place when they graduate from school. Besides the slight difference in curriculum, we all have to pass the same national certification exam. The difference comes with experience. I, personally, do 90% clinical massage therapy. Almost everyone that I have had my hands on for the last 7 years has had an injury or complaint. If you have a torn rotator cuff, you don’t want to see someone who does 90% relaxation massage. A clinical massage therapist learns over time what treatment is most effective for various conditions.
  2. Continuing Education
    Along with experience, continuing education is very important for a clinical massage therapist. There are hundreds of courses out there for MTs. Everything from hot stone massage to energy work to orthopedic massage. The types of classes MTs take shape the kind of practice they develop. A clinical massage therapist will take classes such as Rotator Cuff Treatment, IT Band Syndrome, Common Orthopedic Injuries, Neurofascial Integration, and Positional Release. These classes not only teach advanced anatomy and kinesiology, but skilled hands-on work as well.
  3. Professional Contacts
    Clinical massage therapists usually work within a network of medical professionals. Whether it be chiropractors, Physical Therapist, Chiropractors, Athletic Trainers, or medical doctors, a clinical massage therapist will have resources at his or her disposal. We have all heard that is takes a village to raise a child. I believe it takes a village to bring someone to their optimal health. Very rarely is there one answer to a person’s recovery. A good clinical massage therapist will utilize his or her experience, as well as their contacts, to make sure all bases are covered.
  4. Detailed History and Plan for Recovery
    A good clinical massage therapist will sit down with you before your first session and ask a LOT of questions. They will want to make sure they know all there is to know before they even get their hands on you. We want to know whether your goal is to decrease pain or run a marathon. This will help the clinical massage therapists work with you, the client, on developing a clear plan of care. This means there will be recommendations on how often you should receive treatment, advice on what to do outside of the massage sessions, as well as referrals as needed. A clinical massage therapist will also have the knowledge to know when an injury or condition is outside of their scope of practice.

If you have any questions or need any assistance please call us at 901-221-2619. One of our Licensed Physical Therapist will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

 

source: www.athletico.com

Knee Pain Relief for Runners

Everyone is now starting to train for the St. Jude Marathon and other races we will find runner’s knee more and more with our runners. There are some things you can do to help yourself and also Physical Therapy is very successful with Runner’s knee pain

As the name suggests, runner’s knee is a common ailment among runners. But it can also strike any athlete who does activities that require a lot of knee bending — like walking, biking, and jumping. It usually causes aching pain around the kneecap.

Runner’s knee isn’t really a condition itself. It’s a loose term for several specific disorders with different causes. Runner’s knee can result from:

  • Overuse. Repeated bending of the knee can irritate the nerves of the kneecap. Overstretched tendons (tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to bones) may also cause the pain of runner’s knee.
  • Direct trauma to the knee, like a fall or blow.
  • Misalignment. If any of the bones are slightly out of their correct position — or misaligned — physical stress won’t be evenly distributed through your body. Certain parts of your body may bear too much weight This can cause pain and damage to the joints. Sometimes, the kneecap itself is slightly out of position.
  • Problems with the feet. Runner’s knee can result from flat feet, also called fallen arches or overpronation. This is a condition in which the impact of a step causes the arches of your foot to collapse, stretching the muscles and tendons.
  • Weak thigh muscles.

Runner’s knee is also called patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Symptoms of runner’s knee are:

  • Pain behind or around the kneecap, especially where the thighbone and the kneecap meet.
  • Pain when you bend the knee — when walking, squatting, kneeling, running, or even sitting.
  • Pain that’s worse when walking downstairs or downhill.
  • Swelling.
  • Popping or grinding sensations in the knee.

What’s the Treatment for Runner’s Knee?

Regardless of the cause, the good news is that minor to moderate cases of runner’s knee should heal on their own given time. To speed the healing you can:

  • Rest the knee. As much as possible, try to avoid putting weight on your knee.
  • Ice your knee to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days, or until the pain is gone.
  • Compress your knee. Use an elastic bandage, straps, or sleeves to give your knee extra support.
  • Elevate your knee on a pillow when you’re sitting or lying down.
  • Take anti-inflammatory painkillers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like Advil, Aleve, or Motrin, will help with pain and swelling. However, these drugs can have side effects, like an increased risk of bleeding and ulcers. They should be used only occasionally, unless your doctor specifically says otherwise.
  • Practice stretching and strengthening exercises if your doctor recommends them.
  • Get arch supports for your shoes. These orthotics — which can be custom-made or bought off the shelf — may help with flat feet.

Severe cases of runner’s knee may need surgery. A surgeon could take out damaged cartilage or correct the position of the kneecap so that stress will be distributed evenly.

If you would like a consultation concerning knee pain with a Physical Therapist please give us a call at 901-221-2619. 

 

Source: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/knee-pain/runners-knee

Collierville Back Pain Relief – 9 Things You Should Know About Pain

Collierville Physical Therapy is being revolutionized with its treatments on numerous ailments ranging from Foot and knee pain to Back and Neck Pain.

Read below to understand more of the reasons and causes behind back pain. If you need a Screen with a Licensed Physical Therapist please call 901-221-2619 and set your appointment up today

1. Pain is output from the brain. While we used to believe that back pain originated within the tissues of our body, we now understand that back pain does not exist until the brain determines it does. The brain uses a virtual “road map” to direct an output of pain to tissues that it suspects may be in danger. This process acts as a means of communication between the brain and the tissues of the body, to serve as a defense against possible injury or disease.

2. The degree of injury does not always equal the degree of back pain. Research has demonstrated that we all experience pain in individual ways. While some of us experience major injuries with little pain, others experience minor injuries with a lot of pain (think of a paper cut).

3. Despite what diagnostic imaging (MRIs, x-rays, CT scans) shows us, the finding may not be the cause of your back pain. A study performed on individuals 60 years or older who had no symptoms of low back pain found that 36% had a herniated disc, 21% had spinal stenosis, and more than 90% had a degenerated or bulging disc, upon diagnostic imaging.

4. Psychological factors, such as depression and anxiety, can make your back pain worse. Back pain can be influenced by many different factors, such as psychological conditions. A recent study in the Journal of Pain showed that psychological variables that existed prior to a total knee replacement were related to a patient’s experience of long-term pain following the operation.

5. Your social environment may influence your perception of pain. Many patients state their back pain increases when they are at work or in a stressful situation. Pain messages can be generated when an individual is in an environment or situation that the brain interprets as unsafe. It is a fundamental form of self-protection.

6. Understanding pain through education may reduce your need for care. A large study conducted with military personnel demonstrated that those who were given a 45-minute educational session about pain sought care for low back pain less than their counterparts.

7. Our brains can be tricked into developing pain in prosthetic limbs. Studies have shown that our brains can be tricked into developing a “referred” sensation in a limb that has been amputated, causing a feeling of pain that seems to come from the prosthetic limb – or from the “phantom” limb. The sensation is generated by the association of the brain’s perception of what the body is from birth (whole and complete) and what it currently is (post-amputation).

8. The ability to determine left from right may be altered when you experience pain. Networks within the brain that assist you in determining left from right can be affected when you experience severe pain. If you have been experiencing pain, and have noticed your sense of direction is a bit off, it may be because a “roadmap” within the brain that details a path to each part of the body may be a bit “smudged.” (This is a term we use to describe a part of the brain’s virtual roadmap that isn’t clear. Imagine spilling ink onto part of a roadmap and then trying to use that map to get to your destination.)

9. There is no way of knowing whether you have a high tolerance for pain or not. Science has yet to determine whether we all experience pain in the same way. While some people claim to have a “high tolerance” for back pain, there is no accurate way to measure or compare back pain tolerance among individuals. While some tools exist to measure how much force you can resist before experiencing back pain, it can’t be determined what your pain “feels like.”

 

 

This is an article written by Joseph Brence, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, DAC on APTA website. He is not only talking about back in in his original blog but all pain. I wanted to put an emphasis on Back Pain since it is the #2 cause of Disability in America. 

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