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Joint mobilization is the careful use of skilled graded forces to move a joint in a desired direction. Unlike stretching of a muscle joint mobilization is specific to the capsule of the joint itself. Gliding of the joint is usually used to improve motion and normalize joint function. Joint mobilization also has the added benefit of controlling pain.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a gentle manual therapy intervention that mobilizes joints and relaxes muscles using subtle muscle contractions to relax hypertonic tissue and mobilize joints through active participation of both the therapist and patient. MET is an effective alternative to joint manipulation and can restore leg length discrepancies, pelvic obliquities, postural defects, and spinal rotations. 

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism.

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body.  Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.  The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain.

Traction is believed to help relieve sprains and spasms of the neck and back muscles. By stretching apart the vertebrae of the spine, traction can help relieve pain caused by worn spinal disks. Traction can free nerves pinched by compression between vertebrae. Spinal traction procedures aimed to aid in removing additional pressure on the intervertebral discs helps to restore or repair herniated or bulging spinal discs and other vertebral derangements, and can eliminate the need for surgery.

Electrical Stimulation is a technique used to elicit a muscle contraction using electrical impulses. Electrodes, controlled by a unit, are placed on the skin over a predetermined area. Electrical current is then sent from the unit to the electrodes and delivered into the muscle causing very small ( almost imperceptible) or larger contractions. 
 

Below are some of the benefits clients may experience:

  • Decrease pain

  • Muscle re-education and Strengthening

  • Increase range of motion

  • Increase circulation

  • Decrease spasticity

  • Reduce edema

  • Decrease inflammation

  • Improve overall function

Ultrasound is a method of stimulating the tissue beneath the skin's surface using very high frequency sound waves, When used in physical therapy alternating compression and refraction of sound waves is used to deeply heat and penetrate connective tissueligamentstendons, fascia and scar tissue--to mostly help recondition tissue and relieve pain. 

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