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Physical Therapy

If you have an injury or illness that has resulted in a physical impairment or loss of function, physical therapy can help you. Edward treats people across the entire lifespan from up and coming athletes to the more mature adult. Regardless of age, if you have impaired mobility, a physical therapy evaluation may be warranted to offer treatment and a strategy to improve function.

Some of the most common reasons for a person to see a physical therapist include:

- back and neck pain
- problems with the arms, hands, feet, or legs
- fitness and wellness education

What Will Happen During Physical Therapy?

During the treatment, Edward can use many different techniques to help you decrease pain, decrease stiffness, improve motion and strength, improve mobility and increase flexibility. Physical agents, such as heat and ice can also be used. Home care exercise is often used by the therapists to help people gain range of motion, increase strength, and improve function. Patient education about a condition or illness is paramount to the practice of physical therapy, and may be used. Physical therapy is very much a hands on treatment and one should never underestimate the power of touch.

Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It also provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric.

Kinesio taping has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage helps the body with recover from the stresses of strenuous exercise – facilitating the rebuilding phase of conditioning. The physiological benefits of massage include improved blood and lymph circulation, muscle relaxation, and general relaxation. These, in turn, lead to removal of waste products, better cell nutrition, normalization and greater elasticity of tissues, deactivation of trigger points, and faster healing of injuries. Skilful massage brings relief from soreness and stiffness bringing better flexibility and minimising potential for future injury.

In addition to general recovery, massage may also focus on specific muscles used in a sports or fitness activity. For example, areas of greater stress for runners and dancers are in the legs, for swimmers in the upper body and for tennis players in the arms. These areas are most likely to be tight, with lose flexibility with potential for trigger points.