Back and neck pain is among the most common and costly health complaints. Most back and neck injuries do not disappear on their own and are associated with loss of mobility and painful movement. Manual therapy techniques involving joint, soft tissue and nerve mobilizations, manipulation, stretching and strengthening can help give you a speedy recovery.
Injuries can occur while participating in any competitive or recreational sport. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a competitive professional, we understand you have unique needs as an athlete. Most sports injuries are caused by overuse, though they may also be a result of a trauma. Treatments to address swelling and pain, regain full joint motion, restore muscle strength, stability, and balance, will have you back in the game quickly.
Many people struggle with chronic headaches, causing them to miss work or to suffer through a less-than productive day. Headaches are primarily caused by two major factors: muscular tension and vascular dysfunction. Often times it is a combination of both. Based on the findings of your individual evaluation, a tailored treatment will be designed and implemented to give you freedom from this chronic and often debilitating condition.
Repetitive stress on a tendon is the most common cause of a tendinopathy or tendinitis. The term tendinitis means inflammation of the tendon. Tendinopathy refers to all types of changes in a tendon that can cause pain, as inflammation is not the only source of pain. Soft tissue techniques applied to the tendon as well as stretching and strengthening exercises to help the tendon heal and regain its strength are extremely effective.
When one muscle is stronger than its opposing muscle, you have an imbalance. Your opposing muscle and muscle groups are supposed to work together. These muscles must be balanced in terms of strength, flexibility, and even posture to be efficient and to prevent injuries. Treatments to "release" the tight or shortened muscle and "activate" and strengthen the long or weak muscle are very effective to prevent and eliminate this type of injury.
Suffering from unrelenting pain every day is draining and can greatly affect your quality of life. Research has shown that when someone is in chronic pain, areas of their brain become more active, which can cause a change in the way neurons are firing. Over time, this increased firing of neurons can cause an abnormal wiring of the brain and how the brain processes pain. Therapies that included manual techniques to address the injured area are not enough on their own, techniques aimed at education and decreasing fear and stress associated with pain can help reverse the damage and return the brain to normal firing.
A sprain occurs when you overextend or tear a ligament while severely stressing a joint. A strain occurs when a muscle becomes strained or pulled when it stretches unusually far or abruptly or from prolonged, repetitive movement of a muscle. A fracture occurs when there is a break in a bone and is often caused by a strong force, impact, pressure or stress. Untreated sprains, strains and fractures can cause altered joint mechanics. Over time, this altered mechanics can cause extra stress on your joints causing pain. The treatment of sprain, strain and fracture injuries requires reestablishing normal joint alignment and support of the muscles and ligaments.
The thoracic outlet is the area between the neck and the shoulder. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a collection of symptoms caused by abnormal compression of all, or parts of the brachial plexus, the subclavian artery and vein, and various other neurovascular components that pass between the neck and shoulder. It is most often the result of static poor posture, continuous or repetitive overhead activities, and compression caused by carrying heavy loads. Treatment usually includes manual therapy to release soft tissue restrictions and mobilize bony structures, as well as strengthening and education to correct postural asymmetries.
Numbness and tingling are abnormal sensations that can occur anywhere in your body, but are often felt in your fingers, hands, feet, arms, or legs and are often called paresthesias. Sensation is carried to the brain by neurons running from the outer parts of the body to the spinal cord in bundles called nerves. Paresthesias are caused by disturbances in these pathways. Manual therapy techniques involving joint and nerve mobilizations can eliminate these disturbances to decrease and eventually eliminate the numbness and tingling.
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Stefany A. Sarelas, DPT
Telos Physical Therapy