Empower Physical Therapy

470 John Young Way
Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
Phone: 610-873-3076

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Orthopedic Rehabilitation

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. 

We treat:

  • Back and neck pain

  • Tailbone (coccyx) pain

  • Shoulder and knee problems

  • Arthritis and joint pain

  • Foot and Ankle pain

  • Osteoporosis

  • Sports Injuries

  • Craniosacral Therapy

  • Headaches

  • 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-Based Therapy

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

Back and Neck Pain

Back and neck pain is one of the most common – and debilitating – symptoms we treat. After a comprehensive evaluation, treatments for this condition may include one or more of the following techniques:

  • Soft tissue work including trigger point release and myofacial techniques

  • Joint mobilization

  • Craniosacral therapy

  • Visceral mobilization

  • Therapeutic exercise

  • Core strengthening

  • Postural education and body mechanics

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Muscle re-education

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Gait training

  • Balance training

  • Plyometrics and return to sport activities

Foot and Ankle Pain

After a comprehensive evaluation, treatments for this condition may include one or more of the following techniques:

  • Soft tissue work including trigger point release and myofacial techniques

  • Joint mobilization

  • Therapeutic exercise

  • Core strengthening

  • Postural education and body mechanics

  • Muscle re-education

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Ultrasound

  • Gait training

  • Balance training

  • Plyometrics and return to sport activities

Sports Injuries

After a comprehensive evaluation, treatments for this condition may include one or more of the following techniques:

  • Soft tissue work including trigger point release and myofacial techniques

  • Joint mobilization

  • Therapeutic exercise

  • Core strengthening

  • Postural education and body mechanics

  • Muscle re-education

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Ultrasound

  • Gait training

  • Balance training

  • Plyometrics and return to sport activities

Arthritis and Joint Pain

After a comprehensive evaluation, treatments for this condition may include one or more of the following techniques:

  • Soft tissue work including trigger point release and myofacial techniques

  • Joint mobilization

  • Therapeutic exercise

  • Core strengthening

  • Postural education and body mechanics

  • Muscle re-education

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Ultrasound

  • Gait training

  • Balance training

Tailbone (Coccyx) Pain

After a comprehensive evaluation, treatments for this condition may include one or more of the following techniques:

  • Soft tissue work including trigger point release and myofacial techniques

  • Joint mobilization

  • Therapeutic exercise

  • Core strengthening

  • Postural education and body mechanics

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Biofeedback

  • Muscle re-education

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Behavior modification

  • Gait training

  • Balance training

  • Plyometrics and return to sport activities

 

Real Patient Story: "Why I Highly Recommend Rachel Miller"

“About four years ago, I started having pain in my coccyx. The pain quickly became intolerable. I could barely sit without a specially designed pillow. An MRI was negative. I saw the first pain management specialist who delivered an injection. The first helped. The second failed. I then spent one year at a frequency of three times a week with a physical therapist who felt my coccyx moved too much and delivered painful needling techniques and stretching exercises. Next, another pain management specialist whose treatment had the same result as the first. Finally, I was referred to Rachel. There was some relief after only the first treatment. I could sit! Carefully, but I could sit! A correct diagnosis and expert treatment.

Rachel cares. She sees you one-on-one without seeing several other patients at the same time. Rachel listens. She gives you the best state of the art diagnostic insight, taking her time to get it right. And she doesn’t stop there. Each session involves continued diagnosis, progressive treatment, and an ongoing home program.

My work with Rachel is not complete yet, but I am at least 80% improved. My life has changed.”

-Karen D.

Headaches

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Treatment for chronic headaches may include:

  • Soft tissue work, including trigger-point release and myofacial techniques

  • Joint mobilization

  • Craniosacral therapy

  • Therapeutic exercise

  • Core strengthening

  • Postural education and body mechanics

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Muscle re-education

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Ultrasound

  • Behavior modification

  • Gait training

  • Balance training

Shoulder and Knee

After a comprehensive evaluation, treatments for this condition may include one or more of the following techniques:

  • Soft tissue work including trigger point release and myofacial techniques

  • Joint mobilization

  • Therapeutic exercise

  • Core strengthening

  • Postural education and body mechanics

  • Muscle re-education

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Gait training

  • Balance training

  • Plyometrics and return to sport activities

Osteoporosis

After a comprehensive evaluation, treatments for this condition may include one or more of the following techniques:

  • Soft tissue work including trigger point release and myofacial techniques

  • Joint mobilization

  • Therapeutic exercise

  • Core strengthening

  • Postural education and body mechanics

  • Muscle re-education

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Gait training

  • Balance training

  • Plyometrics and return to sport activities

Craniosacral Therapy

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Cranialsacral Therapy is a light-touch, whole-body treatment technique that releases tensions within the central nervous system so that every other system in the body can relax, self-correct and free itself of pain and discomfort. If you have suffered trauma to your head or tailbone (falls, concussions, head injuries), then this system will not be working appropriately, contributing to chronic symptoms. With treatment, these symptoms can be significantly improved in a short period of time.

This technique is extremely helpful for:

  • Comprehensive evaluation

  • TMJ

  • Concussions

  • Hormonal rebalancing

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