Treatment Toolbox: Dry Needling

Treatment Toolbox: Dry Needling PT Blog   •   August, 2017 “A good tool improves the way you work. A great tools improves the way you think.” – Jeff Duntemann What is dry needling? The APTA defines dry needling as “a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscle, and/or connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.” Based on some principles and evidence from the acupuncture literature, dry needling in the United States can be attributed to the work of doctors Janet Travell and David Simons who used small [...]

Treatment Toolbox: Dry Needling2018-08-11T18:17:55+00:00

Treatment Toolbox: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

Treatment Toolbox: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) PT Blog   •   August, 2018 The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. – Confucius Take a moment to ponder the importance of tools; and not just tools, but the right tools. Consider the following scenarios: cutting a tomato without a sharp, serrated knife; swimming laps without fog-resistant goggles; roofing a house without a pneumatic nail gun… frustrated yet? Having the right tools is paramount to achieving success in any field, especially in the practice of physical therapy. In today’s ever-changing, evidence-based, efficiency driven, patient-outcome propelled world in which we practice, understanding, [...]

Treatment Toolbox: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)2018-08-11T13:37:08+00:00

Kinesiotaping

Kinesiotaping: Why Tape That? PT Blog   •   April, 2018 Kinesiotaping. Is it beneficial or just an Olympic hype? Also, what exactly is that colorful tape? Kinesiotape, defined by Dr. Kase, states that it provides support and stability while facilitating the body's natural healing process while not restricting range of motion, thus aiding the benefits of manual therapy. I'd like to take a look at some studies and whether or not kinesiotape proves beneficial: A study examining the effects of kinesiotaping on pain in the osteoarthritic knee patient found no benefit with taping and quads strengthening compared to strengthening alone. Another study examining kinesiotaping effects on [...]

Kinesiotaping2018-06-30T18:00:40+00:00

Are You Using NMES Appropriately in the ACL Patient?

NMES with Movement in the ACL patient: Better Than a Quad Set?  PT Blog   •   January, 2018 How often do you utilize NMES? For a while we have known the efficacy of NMES on quads strength in various patient populations, ranging from post-operative TKA to ACL patients.  NMES can be a useful tool to allow early recruitment of the quadriceps muscle, especially in those with inhibition. Typically, NMES is utilized while performing quad sets in order to improve contraction and activation. This study , however, looks at NMES superimposed on a sit-to-stand-to-sit (STSTS) movement in the ACL reconstruction patient population to not only improve strength, [...]

Are You Using NMES Appropriately in the ACL Patient?2018-01-29T03:26:39+00:00
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