As physical therapists, we are trained extensively in anatomy, viscera (organs) and nerve structures that can be contributing to your symptoms. We frequently see active patients who are exercising regularly, but a part of their body keeps getting injured and they are getting frustrated. The muscle can’t fire appropriately if the alignment is not optimal.
We use advanced evaluation techniques and find the source of your pain. Our whole-body approach — Functional Manual Therapy (FMT) — will help us identify alterations in your alignment and muscle firing that may be contributing to your symptoms, so you can get back to your workout routine and your active lifestyle, without pain.
Back and neck pain
Tailbone (coccyx) pain
Shoulder and knee problems
Arthritis and joint pain
Foot and Ankle pain
TMJ, and much more.
Functional Manual Therapy
or Manual Physical Therapy
Functional Manual Therapy (FMT) is an integrated evaluation and treatment method that promotes optimum human performance by enhancing total body mobility and core postural and movement strategies. Research and functional imaging of the brain continues to reveal a relationship between pain, muscular inhibition and poor movement strategies. Only mobilizing joints, giving patients stretching and strengthening exercises, or having a patient participate in "core stabilization" is not enough to address these complex connections.
The Functional Manual Therapist is trained to identify specific mobility limitations within the joints, soft tissues, viscera and neurovascular tissues. Limited mobility in these structures can impair a patient's function and ability to automatically and efficiently control activities of daily living.
Adapted from The Institute of Physical Art
Pilates is an extremely versatile treatment approach that everyone can modify based on their current ability. We emphasize the use of our Pilates Reformers and Towers with most of our clients to engage their core while also gaining flexibility, total body strength and postural control.
Pilates-based physical therapy is often the missing link in treatment paradigms. Many injuries are caused by muscular imbalances, which are caused by our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out. Most of us move incorrectly in some way, putting too much pressure on some muscles and weakening others.
Pilates exercises promote an even musculature by strengthening the core, the "center" of the body consisting of the deep abdominal muscles and the muscles closest to the spine. Pilates also stresses spinal and pelvic alignment.
Adapted from Balanced Body