Aquatic Therapy Treatment:
BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION (BFR) TRAINING
Blood-flow restriction training is an innovative training method. It can help patients make greater strength training gains in injured or weak muscles while lifting lighter loads, thereby reducing the overall stress placed on the recovering limb. BFR uses a device like a blood pressure cuff. The cuff is placed around a limb, inflated to a specific, individualized pressure, and is kept on while exercising. Research suggests that training with BFR provides support with tissue healing, decreased loss of muscle strength while recovering from an injury, and significantly faster development of muscle size and strength. All of which allows individuals to get back to their desired lifestyle sooner. The biggest advantage of training with BFR, is that these benefits can be achieved without the heavy resistance training required during conventional strengthening. This makes BFR training ideal for use in treatment and rehabilitation. PRO Medical’s Physical Therapists are well studied on the most up-to-date research regarding BFR.
SELECTIVE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT
SFMA takes a comprehensive approach to finding errors in your movement so you can address what’s hurting now before it becomes a debilitating injury. SFMA starts with assessing seven key motions that you do all the time, such as reaching, squatting, or looking over your shoulder. Once the area is identified, your therapist will create a treatment plan to fix it.
The Graston Technique is an instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization therapy. It is beneficial in breaking up fascial restrictions, scar tissue adhesions, and detecting areas of chronic inflammation and/or fibrosis. It is also helpful in treating conditions such as strained muscles, pulled ligaments or tendons, tennis/golfer’s elbow, lumbar sprain/strain, rotator cuff tendinosis, and even Achilles tendinosis.
The McKenzie Method is an overall program of assessment, treatment, and prevention strategies (including exercise). The focus is determining directional preference of spinal motion to help “centralize” pain by moving it away from the extremities (leg or arm) to the back. Theory of the approach is that centralizing the pain allows the source of the pain to be treated rather than the symptoms. The long-term goal of the McKenzie Method is to teach patients suffering from neck pain and/or back pain how to treat themselves and manage their own pain for life using exercise and other strategies.