Cryotherapy | Superficial Heat
| Ultrasound | Exercise
Therapy | Electro-Muscular Stimulation
| Interferential Electro-Therapy |
Trigger-Point Therapy | Orthotics |
ART | AIS |
Strain Counterstrain (SCS)
My First Visit
On your first visit to our office you will be welcomed as a
member of our family and our receptionist will greet you
with a warm smile. You will then be asked to fill out some
forms, which will help us gain some information about
yourself and your condition.
A physical therapist will then talk with you and ask you
some specific questions regarding your condition to
determine how we may best serve you. After a thorough
consultation with the therapist, you will have a complete
examination. This will include testing your reflexes, your
ability to turn and bend as well as other standard
orthopedic, neurologic, postural, and physical examinations.
This exam allows the therapist to gain valuable information
regarding your condition so that he/she will have a better
understanding of how we can help you.
Once all the information and examinations have been
performed, the therapist will give you a report of findings
and tell you recommendations for treatment.
Cryotherapy is the application of ice, ice massage, or
compressions to reduce the temperature of tissue, thus
reducing inflammation by decreasing the blood flow to the
area of application, numbing the painful area, and stopping
further swelling. Ice is most often used at the onset of an
acute injury or an exacerbation of a chronic injury.
Superficial heat is the application of heat to the body by
way of direct contact. This heat increases the temperature
of the tissue being treated. It helps to increase the
circulation, reduces joint stiffness, relaxes tissues such
as muscles in spasm and connective tissue, and relieves pain
temporarily. Heat is usually used for chronic pain
conditions and/or muscle spasms.
Ultrasound is a high frequency sound, which penetrates the
soft tissue on the surface of the body and creates a heat
response deep within the soft tissue being treated. It
causes an increase in blood circulation, relaxes deep muscle
spasms, and speeds up the healing process of damaged tissue.
Therapeutic exercise is a individualized assessment from a
chiropractic physician which includes stretches,
strengthening movements, and aerobic activity designed
specifically for the purpose of increasing ranges of motion,
increasing support and stability to injured areas,
rehabilitation, and prevention of further injuries.
This is a specific form of electrical current applied at the
site of soft tissue injury. Small amounts of electrical
currents are introduced to the surface of the body, and
these currents reduce the swelling in the tissue, reduce
pain sensations, promote muscle tone, and increase the
This is much like electro-muscular stimulation in its
application. Interferential is used primarily for pain
relief. These currents are helpful in the release of
endorphins within the body, which naturally relieve pain.
Trigger points are uncontrolled muscle spasms which cause
referred pain to other areas of the body. These muscle
spasms cause pain, decrease range of motion, and increase
muscle weakness. Trigger point therapy is the act of
decreasing of relieving these muscle spasms. The spasms are
relieved by sustaining pressure over a short period of time.
This treatment is a great way to reduce chronic muscle
spasms, avoid scar tissue formation, improve muscle tone,
and increase range of motion.
Active Release Technique®
The Active Release Technique® was developed by Dr. P.
Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP®. ART® is a patented soft tissue
movement based massage technique that treats problems with
muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Each ART
provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture,
tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons,
ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by
combining specifically directed tension with very specific
patient movements. For more information go to
Active Isolated Stretching
The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Method was developed by
Aaron L. Mattes, RKT, LMT for the therapeutic treatment of
deep and superficial fascial release. It is a dynamic
facilitated stretch of major muscle groups. This technique
allows the muscle to stretch for only up to 2 seconds to
prevent the protective stretch reflex while lengthening the
tissue. For more information on this technique to to
Strain Counterstrain (SCS)
Strain counterstrain was developed by the osteopathic
physician Dr. Lawrence Jones. SCS is a manual massage
technique created to relieve musculoskeletal pain and
spasms. It is a positional release technique and a gentle
and safe technique that relieves spinal or other join pain
by passively shortening the affected muscle groups.
At Performance Therapeutics
we also specialize in the
prescription and fabrication of custom made accommodative
and semirigid foot orthotics for foot pain and proper lower
extremity alignment. A thorough evaluation of each patients
needs is performed through assessment of lower extremity
structural alignment, foot pronation-supination alignment,
and video gait analysis. If custom orthotics is recommended
a cast impression is made of the patients feet and orthotics
are fabricated in less than 2 weeks. Orthotics are covered
by some insurance companies. Contact your service
representative for information regarding your health care
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are foot and ankle supports
designed to insert into casual, dress, or athletic shoes.
Orthotics are designed with a variety of materials, from
rigid to flexible, and are commonly prescribed for athletes,
children, and adults. Orthotics are custom made and are
designed to withstand the repetitive and prolonged stresses
of standing, walking, and running, and usually last for
several years. Orthotics realign the forces of gravity from
the ground up and reduce abnormal musculoskeletal function.
Orthotics provide functional shock absorption by improving
Orthotics control the abnormal
compensatory motion of the heel, ankle and forefoot.
Individual with ankles that roll in, flat feet, leg, back or
sacroiliac pain, chronic shin splints, achilles tendonitis,
and plantar fasciitis, may benefit from the use of
orthotics. Heel spurs, diabetic foot uclers, unusual bony
prominence or malformation, neuromotor dysfunction, neuromas,
muscle cramping, and flaccidity, may also be treated with