Why Medical Massage Therapy May Be What You’re Searching For

For years massage was seen as a luxury; something you would do to “treat yourself” and only to be had on special occasions. Now, more than ever, medical experts have agreed that massage therapy has many more benefits other than just to get you to finally relax. A few benefits of medial massage include: – … Continue reading “Why Medical Massage Therapy May Be What You’re Searching For”

For years massage was seen as a luxury; something you would do to “treat yourself” and only to be had on special occasions. Now, more than ever, medical experts have agreed that massage therapy has many more benefits other than just to get you to finally relax.

A few benefits of medial massage include:

– Chronic pain relief

– Quicker recovery to injuries and auto accidents

– Stress relief

– Increased circulation

– Increased range of motion

– Decreased insomnia

– Decreased anxiety

– Decreases poor posture

A medical massage differs from a relaxation massage because the therapist uses a problem solving approach to reach the shared goal between the client and therapist to structurally change the body within to relieve pain. The massage is approached with the deep intent of improving conditions and achieving functional outcomes. In medical massage, it is necessary to receive multiple sessions to attain real results. That is why it is important to work with the same therapist as much as possible. Your therapist will get to know you, your background, and your body. They will know what modalities work best for you as an individual and be able to customize the massage so that you may get the maximum benefit from each session.

A unique advantage that Innovative Physical Therapy provides is having a massage therapist in house. With Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Alissa Haight in the office, patients are able to continue muscular treatment after they are discharged from physical therapy. Many patients use massage as a way to maintain their recovery so they don’t relapse.   Patients may also couple it with their treatment to quicken their recovery time. The therapists are able to communicate with each other to come up with the most effective treatment plan.

A medical massage at Innovative Physical Therapy is not limited to patients. It is open to anyone seeking a quality massage that can change their life for the better. Please speak with our front desk or ask for Alissa Haight for more information.

Healing Times

Dr. Jared Brown, DPT, takes us through some healing times for various muscle, ligament and tendon injuries.

Dr. Jared Brown, DPT, takes us through some healing times for various muscle, ligament and tendon injuries.

When Lower Back Pain Turns Into A Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc – MRI Findings and Low Back Pain So you’ve been recently diagnosed with a herniated disc, bulging disc, or disc protrusion. That’s okay! First off herniated discs are commonly treated with conservative approach of physical therapy, corrective exercise and activity modification. Also is the herniated disc causing your pain or is it due … Continue reading “When Lower Back Pain Turns Into A Herniated Disc”

Herniated Disc – MRI Findings and Low Back Pain

So you’ve been recently diagnosed with a herniated disc, bulging disc, or disc protrusion. That’s okay! First off herniated discs are commonly treated with conservative approach of physical therapy, corrective exercise and activity modification. Also is the herniated disc causing your pain or is it due to another impairment or movement limitation? In a study done by Brinjikji et. Al it was shown that 3,110 people ranging from 20-80 years of age had a herniated disc but none of them reported having low back pain! Some of us right now could be walking around with a herniated disc and not experience any symptoms what so ever. It is important to be evaluated for movement impairments if you are experiencing low back pain to isolate the cause of your symptoms.

Patient Inspiration: Carrie Miller

  From Carrie Miller to Dr. Jared Brown, DPT on April 17th: ” Jared! I made it! I’ve run 32 marathons and that was the most insane weather I’ve ever run in! 30mph winds in our face the whole way and upper 30s and constant downpour of rain. I felt pretty good though! I just … Continue reading “Patient Inspiration: Carrie Miller”

 

From Carrie Miller to Dr. Jared Brown, DPT on April 17th:

” Jared! I made it! I’ve run 32 marathons and that was the most insane weather I’ve ever run in! 30mph winds in our face the whole way and upper 30s and constant downpour of rain. I felt pretty good though! I just ran by feel and went with it. My mantra was “overcome”. I stayed positive and ran with a poncho for 24 miles! I qualified for next years Boston by nearly 10 minutes and did better than expected. Shoulder is doing ok too! Now onto the London marathon on Sunday!!  “

Dr. Jared Brown, DPT’s patient Carrie Miller has been keeping busy running 32 marathons! She most recently qualified for the Boston Marathon by 10 minutes and did better than she anticipated. With 30mph winds in the upper 30s and constant downpour of rain, Carrie persevered and came out on top.

Carrie was post op RTC (return to clinic) repair on her shoulder. She was unable to actively lift and with the help of Dr. Jared Brown, DPT and the Innovative Physical Therapy team, Carrie got her shoulder back to full range of motion and could run again. Congratulations Carrie, IPT is beyond proud of you and your accomplishments.

  

Not only is Carrie an avid endurance runner, she is also a coach! Carrie holds two certifications — she is USA Track and Field (USATF) Level 1 certified by the National Council of Accreditation of Coaching Education as well as certified by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). Learn more about Carrie, her life and coaching at http://www.onpacecoaching.com/

Time Heals All Wounds

How Long Will it Take My Injury to Heal? One of the first things most people think about after an injury or surgery is, how long will the recovery time be? While sometimes recovery can only take a couple days or weeks, more intrusive injuries can take months or even a couple years to fully … Continue reading “Time Heals All Wounds”

How Long Will it Take My Injury to Heal?

One of the first things most people think about after an injury or surgery is, how long will the recovery time be?

While sometimes recovery can only take a couple days or weeks, more intrusive injuries can take months or even a couple years to fully recover from.

Below is a chart based on AVERAGE recovery times for different injuries (photo image courtesy of @drcalebburgess via Instagram)

As you can see muscle soreness has the shortest recovery time with only a few days of recovery. To relieve muscle soreness remember to always stretch before AND after workouts, roll out sore muscle areas with a foam roller, ball or stick, adding ice/heat when needed for extra relief.

Muscle strain and ligament sprains will take longer; anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks depending on the severity. Resting, switching between ice and heat, and staying elevated are essential for initial strains/sprains. You can go directly to your physical therapist to assess.

Tendon and bone injuries are more severe than a strain or sprain. Seeing a physician for this type of injury should be done immediately after injury occurs. An outpatient program of physical therapy will most likely be part of your recovery which will give you the tools needed to regain muscle strength, movement and overall health.

Cartilage repair and ligament grafs are the most time sensitive on this chart. This will have required surgery and outpatient programs including physical therapy. Your physician and physical therapist will have created a specified program for you and your specific injury filled with manual therapy, at home exercises, ice/heat/electrical stimulation sessions and possible massage therapy.

Always speak to your physician/physical therapist directly when it comes to your injury/situation. All issues can heal differently and on a different timeline than above. It is important to give yourself the right time and care needed to fully recover.

Sleep Tips for Lower Back Pain

Best Sleeping Positions For Low Back Pain Sufferers Sleeping position and sleeping posture are very important for all of us to be aware of. A poor sleeping position can worsen and even be the underlying cause of neck and low back pain. Certain positions can place unnecessary pressure on our necks, hips, and low back. … Continue reading “Sleep Tips for Lower Back Pain”

Best Sleeping Positions For Low Back Pain Sufferers

Sleeping position and sleeping posture are very important for all of us to be aware of. A poor sleeping position can worsen and even be the underlying cause of neck and low back pain. Certain positions can place unnecessary pressure on our necks, hips, and low back.

It is most important to maintain the natural curve of the spine when lying in bed. This can be accomplished by ensuring the head, shoulders, and hips are in alignment, and that the back is properly supported keeping your spine in a neutral position. For people experiencing neck and/or low back pain at night, trying out the following postures may provide relief.

1. Sleeping on the back with knee support 

Lying on the back is usually considered to be the best sleeping position for a healthy back. This position allows for even distribution of weight along the full length of the body’s largest surface. It also minimizes pressure points and ensures proper alignment of the head, neck, and spine. Try placing a small pillow under the knees to provide additional support and help maintain the natural curve of the spine.

2. Sleeping on the side with a pillow between the knees

 Although lying on the side is a popular and comfortable sleeping position, it can pull the spine out of position. This can strain the lower back and neck. Correcting this is easy. Anyone who sleeps on their side can simply place a firm pillow between their knees. This raises the upper leg, which restores the natural alignment of the hips, pelvis, and spine.

3. Sleeping in the fetal position

A curled-up fetal position may help those with spinal stenosis or tight lower back. Adopting a curled-up fetal position may bring relief during the night, because lying on the side with the knees tucked into the chest reduces  extension of the spine and helps open up the joints.