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Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Have Knee Pain? It May Not Actually Be Your Knee

Most people assume when they have knee pain that they have suddenly done something to their knee. They go to the doctor, get it looked at, are prescribed medication and maybe some exercises and then get sent on their way. But the truth of the matter is that more often than not, the knee is not the problem.

In the video below, Mark talks about what is more likely the source of the problem, and what to do to correct it.

Do you have knee pain?

Mark goes into detail about why this is all so very important. Learn more here. Make sure to contact us if you have any questions.

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 | 0 comments

What Is Astym Therapy?

astym therapyAstym therapy or Astym treatment is a regenerative physical/occupational therapy that resolves many frustrating musculoskeletal cases, including tendinopathies and post-op or post-injury scarring. Astym treatment is one of the most researched and effective therapy interventions available, and it is unmatched in its ability to resolve a wide range of soft tissue dysfunctions.

The Astym process includes the non-invasive stimulation of regenerative mechanisms of the body, and a customized program of stretching and exercise, which positively influences the alignment of new collagen. More benefits include:

  • Solves chronic issues
  • Quickly decreases pain and increases range of motion
  • Short treatment course: Typically 4-5 weeks
  • Targets the source of the problem, not just the symptoms
  • Stimulates regeneration of damaged soft tissues and the resorption of scar tissue
  • Patients continue to be active during therapy

Until now, the option for treating tendon pain and soft tissue problems were limited and not very effective. Often, people could suffer for months, even years, with pain and movement restrictions due to soft tissue dysfunction. Finally, Astym Therapy is now available and is highly effective AND clinically proven. Mark Slaughter has undergone the intensive training and study to become certified in Astym therapy. It is important that you see a certified provider if you are interested in this treatment. Only certified Astym clinicians are trained in this specific protocol.  Mark will follow specific treatment parameters to initiate a regenerative process in the affected soft tissues, including applying mild to moderate topical pressures, and provide a customized program of stretching and exercise.

Some general conditions Astym therapy is highly effective for include:

  • Chronic tendinopathy
  • Joint and muscle stiffness
  • Sprains and strains
  • Conditions resulting from dysfunctional scar tissue or fibrosis (post -traumatic, post-surgical, etc.)

Some specific conditions Astym therapy is beneficial for include:

  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Ankle Pain and Stiffness
  • Chronic Wrist Pain and Stiffness
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Hamstring Strain
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Jumper’s Knee
  • Low Back Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Mastectomy Scarring
  • Post-Surgical Scarring
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
  • Scar Tissue
  • Tennis Elbow

Again, Astym therapy rebuilds and heals the soft tissues of the body, eliminates pain and restores movement. It does not involve injections or surgery. Astym therapy has helped countless people by resotring their movement, getting ride of their pain, and giving them back their lives. To find out if Astym treatments are right for you, call the office or contact us here so we can schedule and appointment and get started today!


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Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 | 0 comments

Are Squats Really That Important?

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Have you ever been told squats are bad for you? Have you ever been told not to do squats they will hurt you? Have you ever been told not to squat deep.?  As a physical therapist I hear this quite often from new patients. So the bad news for me is: I get/have to be the one to tell them they can never sit in a chair or on a toilet again. Why? That a squat. Getting up and down from chairs, toilets, bleachers is a squat. Calling it by another name doesn’t change the fact that it is a squat.

What’s my point?

Squats are a functional movement pattern. The elderly especially have difficulty getting in/out of chairs. If you don’t do it you lose it. It gets harder and harder for them to get up and down. Pretty soon they aren’t doing it at all and then they become chair bound which really isn’t good for their health. But too much sitting is a whole other set of problems. There are many ways to practice squats besides the traditional gym back squat. For instance putting a bar on your back and squatting. You can also put a chair in front of your kitchen sink and hold on to the counter and then sit back and just touch the chair with your rear end without actually sitting is a great way to start exercising the squat movement. Start off with five repetitions. Of course they have to be done correctly which is a whole other article.

A physical therapist can help.

Remember an exercise is only bad if it is done incorrectly. Practice makes permanent. Imperfect practice yields imperfect results. Therefore anytime a person sits it is an opportunity to do it correctly. Another benefit of the squat is the amount of muscles used in the body. Hips, knees ankles, and feet are involved in the movement while the back and abdominals are working to stabilize the body. Joints are moved through a full range which is good for joint health, and muscles are stretched under a load which means that they are able to control the movement. The best exercises are the ones that use the most muscles at once since they all work together anyway instead of in isolation, and using full range of motion. Squatting deeper than chair height is even better because the muscles are stretched more. The joints are taken through a greater range of their natural motion and the body will be stronger in a lower position. A full squat is important because it is a movement pattern we were born with. To get off the floor as an infant we squatted without being taught. Full range, butt to ankle. The only reason you lose it is if you stop doing it. So in the beginning we could all squat. Get back to it.

“Life goes on within you and without you” George Harrison. Make it a good life.

FYZICAL THERAPY AND BALANCE CENTER is unlike any therapy clinic you’ve been to before. At FYZICAL, our highly skilled, compassionate team of physical therapists are 100% focused on achieving optimal health and wellness for you so you can get back to living the life you enjoy. Unlike other therapy clinics, you will receive a specific program designed uniquely for you.

Contact us today to learn more on how we can help you!

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