Areas of specialization are Active Release Techniques ((ART), Graston Technique, chiropractic, Pilates-based exercise rehabilitation/therapy. Main focus is using manual techniques to address soft tissue injuries and then incorporating a home exercise program to facilitate healing and maintain health. Chiropractic adjustments are used to assist in this process.
EXERCISE REHABILITATION | FMS/SFMA | PILATES
Chiropractic Care is an integral component of your overall health care. The nervous system depends on feedback from the joints of the body to run efficiently. Chiropractic adjustments ensure proper joint function.
Chiropractic assists athletes toward peak performance. Muscles and the brain rely on oxygen for strength and endurance. Specific chiropractic adjustments can increase the ability of the lungs to oxygenate blood, which flows to the muscles and brain.
Chiropractic is proven to be effective in the treatment of low back pain.
Chiropractic adjustments break up adhesions in the spine and deep muscles that form as a result of the inflammation that causes pain.
Chiropractic helps manage chronic headaches and migraines.
Chiropractic is appropriate for children, elderly, pregnant women, injured workers, and “weekend warriors.”
ART Soft Tissue Management is a state of the art form of manual therapy that addresses problems caused by damage to muscles, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.
How do overuse injuries occur? Soft tissue injuries can result from a sudden tear or sprain, or from repetitive motion (carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis), and/or decreased oxygen to the tissues.
How does the body respond to injury? The body responds to injury by releasing inflammatory chemicals and forming fibrous scar tissue called adhesions. Long after an injury has “healed,” the weaker, less elastic tissue remains. Without free range of motion, muscles become shorter and weaker, causing increased tension on tendons, leading to tendonitis. Nerves can become trapped by adhesions, causing tingling, numbness, or weakness.
What conditions can ART‘ treat? Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel, plantar fascitis, knee problems, tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and shin splints.
ART (Active Release Techniques)
The Graston Technique, originally developed by athletes, is changing the way clinicians, including athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and patients view treatment of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries
The Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The Technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
The Graston Technique offers many advantages and benefits.
For the clinician:
* Provides improved diagnostic treatment
* Detects major and minor fibrotic changes
* Reduces manual stress; provides hand and joint conservation
* Increases patient satisfaction by achieving notably better outcomes
* Expands business and revenue opportunities
For the patient:
* Decreases overall time of treatment
* Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
* Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
* Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
For employer, third party payer and the healthcare industry:
* Allows patients to remain on the job
* Reduces the need for splints, braces and job-site modifications
* Contributes to reduction of labor and healthcare costs, direct and indirect
Myofascial Decompression is a different approach to addressing soft tissue adhesions. This technique utilizes negative pressure tools (cups) in conjunction with movement patterns. It works by lifting adhesions rather than compressing. Fibrotic tissue lacks blood flow. A pull is created on these adhered structures instead of compression, allowing for improved mobility. These applications are very effective for orthopedics, sports medicine, contractures, post-op recovery, overcoming dominance strategies, postural syndromes, hand therapy, neuro re-education, and scar mobilization.
Exercise rehabilitation methods utilizing functional exercises which are proving to be most effective at returning an athlete to his/her sport, or an injured worker back to work are developed for every patient who comes into Integro. The exercises are centered around two different types of movement screens known as FMS and SFMA. The screens show where a patient is lacking mobility, stability, and/or strength. An exercise program is then created to encourage more ideal movements and movement patterns. The goal of each program is to develop posture, mobility, and stability, which will in turn assist in building strength to overcome physical challenges in work and athletic pursuits.
The focus of all exercises is on quality of movement, and developing functional strength and flexibility so that your body becomes more adept at perform daily activities and hobbies. Core stability is a primary aspect of exercise rehabilitation, and most exercises work from this central aspect out to the rest of the body. From the work of Gray Cook, PT, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), Paul Chek personal training, a specific, personal set of exercises is given, which facilitates soft tissue healing, decreases pain sensation, and effectively prevents re-injury.
Pilates is a method of conditioning that is safe and effective for virtually everyone because there is no undue stress on the joints, heart, or lungs.
Individuals who suffer chronic neck and low back pain, injuries, and/or poor posture benefit from the specific muscle strengthening and joint releasing effects of the exercises.
Individuals with osteoporosis and the elderly find that the exercises enhance flexibility, circulation, and increase muscle mass, important factors in preventing osteoporosis.
Most of the exercises are carried out on specially designed equipment. The unique equipment creates variable resistances with springs and pulleys that allow muscles to work naturally and without artificial strain.
Exercise rehabilitation programs are individually designed for each person based on her or his needs. Each exercise focuses on strengthening the body’s essential supporting muscles to develop pelvic and scapular stability. The exercises performed on the reformer are the only exercises that simultaneously develop strength and flexibility.
Working with a personal trainer to monitor your exercise program has many benefits. One benefit is to insure safety throughout your "Training Program" while you are performing an exercise. Another is to monitor your form when you are performing an exercise. Proper form enables the intended development of the muscle groups you are exercising. A third benefit of personal training is maintaining motivation while you are exercising so you continue to achieve your goals.
At Integro we take personal training a step farther. Our goal is to prevent injuries, to assist in rehabilitating from injuries when they do occur, and to increase performance by increasing movement efficiency. Our personal training focuses on enhancing functional movement by identifying fitness imbalances, weaknesses, and strengths, and using this information to create a plan to correct imbalances and build on strengths. Our goal is to help you gain flexibility, generate more power with less effort, and be able to do so with less chance of injury.