- Soft tissue mobilization
- Joint Mobilization and Manipulation
- Neurodynamic Assessment and Treatment
- Dry Needling
- Decreasing pain and swelling
- Increasing joint and soft tissue mobility
- Increasing flexibility and muscle performance
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Medici’s method of soft tissue mobilization comprises of treatments that include myofascial release, trigger point release or massage to reduce or abolish muscle spasm improve circulation or release scar tissue that forms as a result of injury and of course decrease pain.
By deploying manual stretching procedures stress on specific joints are reduced. Some of these procedures include static stretching, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) or dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching incorporates short repetitive stretch cycles and is used when patients are unable to tolerate static stretching.
Joint mobilization and manipulation are used to not only decrease pain but also improve joint mobility. If you have acute neck and back pain, varying techniques and ranges involving gentle oscillations to a low-amplitude, thrust manipulation.
Neurodynamic Assessment and Treatment
Physical Therapists at Medici Medical Arts can determine the cause of a problem and design specific treatments via our systematic assessment process. Although most people understand that muscles can become tight, most people do not realize that nerves running throughout the body can also become tight and result in loss of motion and flexibility. The treatment of nerves is very different then treating tight muscles as potential overstretching may lead to further injury and worsening symptoms. An example of this is the inability to flex the neck when entering your vehicle.
Dry needling inserts a portion of a solid filament needle into a contracted and knotted muscle or trigger point to create a local twitch reflex (LTR). This therapy is intended to break the pain cycle by ultimately reducing inflammation systemically. The pain caused by a trigger point is the result of prolonged muscle activity in tender areas that will not relax. Contributing factors to trigger points are:
- Muscle overload
- Joint dysfunction
- Emotional stress
A.No, Dry Needling is based on Western medical research and principles. It is referred to as “dry” since there is not an injection of any sorts. The needles are very thin are rarely felt entering the skin.
A.Typically, patients undergo several sessions (depending on the nature and contributing factors of the trigger point) to capture the effects of the therapy. Most patients experience some soreness after needling which can last anywhere from a few hours to 2 days. It is suggested to patients to ice or heat and to move the body part to decrease any soreness.