What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a non-invasive discipline that helps individuals develop, maintain and restore maximum body movement and physical function. Physical therapy can help clients recover from an injury, relieve pain, prevent future injury or deal with a chronic condition. It can be applied at any age or stage of life. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to improve health and quality of life.
Physical therapists work as part of an individual's treatment team. Generally, they begin by conducting an evaluation, which includes a medical history and a physical examination. Based on this information, the physical therapist will structure a treatment plan, monitor progress and provide some manual (hands-on) support for exercises.
Physical Therapy Evaluation...
The first physical therapy visit with Randee Engelhard, MPT is personalized to meet your needs. This session will include discussion of your history and condition with a thorough examination of strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, posture, and function. She will assess mobility of your joints, muscles, and other tissues. In completion of the evaluation, Randee will create a plan of treatment to help you meet your goals. The session will be completed with treatment to address symptoms and will provide an initial start to home activities to help you with healing.
Physical Therapy Follow-up...
Provided by Randee Engelhard, MPT, this will include modalities to help with pain (cryotherapy, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage, joint and/or tissue mobilization), therapeutic exercises, home exercises, education on condition and methods for healing. In addition, Randee will progress you as needed with balance, gait, and functional activities to help you get back to doing what you love.
It is a customized massage session including a variation of myofascial release, trigger point, instrument assisted (IASTM), and deep tissue massage in order to enhance the body’s natural restorative functioning. Light to firm touch can also be used to release tension, relax muscles, increase blood and lymph circulation, and produce a sense of calm. Therapeutic massage can be used as a collaborative, supportive addition to other conventional or holistic treatment of illness and injury, alleviating pain and stress, aiding soft tissue healing, and revitalizing the body
Reiki massage – is a combination of the therapeutic benefits of these two soothing treatment modalities. A serene calming experience utilizing the Reiki to help improved flow of energy. The release of tension can help create a more effective therapeutic massage session. Both treatments promote relaxation and healing.
How does ultrasound work?
The technology behind ultrasound treatments involves the use of sound waves. These sound waves are used to treat conditions affecting the muscles, ligaments, and bones by creating vibrations that generate heat. When the tissues vibrate, friction is produced at the molecular level, which causes the temperature of the tissues to increase. While heating packs can be effective in warming up an affected area, they are unable to reach the tissues in the same way that ultrasound technology can.
What happens in the body during an ultrasound treatment?
There are two main ways that ultrasound works to heal and repair damaged tissues in the body. The first includes the thermal energy (heat) benefits and the second includes the non-thermal benefits.
How does it work?
The Universal life energy is activated for the purpose of healing. Reiki works to bring the body, mind, and spirit into balance by stimulating our own natural healing abilities, clearing the blocked emotional and physical elements that lead to illness and disease.
What happens to the body during Reiki?
This gentle, powerful ‘hands-on” technique brings wholeness to receiver. The Reiki energy adjusts itself to the needs of the receiver and restores natural balance in the body. It works on the levels of mind, body, emotions and spirit, and produces a deep cleansing effect. It provides deep relaxation, evoking a sense of peace and well-being.