Trigger point Dry-Needling invloves placing a small needle into the muscle at the trigger point in order to cause the muscle to contract and then release, improving the flexibility of the muscle and therefore decreasing the symptoms.
TDN is a valuable treatement for musculoskeletal pain.
Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations the physical therapist can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers. Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation helps strengthen the affected muscle. The physical therapist can change the current setting to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.
Ultrasound machines are a treatment modality used by physical therapists that utilize high or low frequency sound waves. These sound waves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue and vasculature. They penetrate the muscles to cause deep tissue/muscle warming. This promotes tissue relaxation and therefore is useful in treating muscle tightness and spasms. The warming effect of the sound waves also cause vessel vasodilatation and increase circulation to the area that assists in healing. The physical therapist can also adjust the frequency on the machine to use waves that will decrease inflammation.
Manual Therapy Techniques
Manual Therapy Techniques are any “hands-on” treatment provided by the physical therapist. Treatment may include moving joints in specific directions and at different speeds to regain movement (joint mobilization and manipulation), muscle stretching, passive movements of the affected body part, or having the patient move the body part against the therapist’s resistance to improve muscle activation and timing. Selected specific soft tissue techniques may also be used to improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles.
What conditions do we treat?
Work related injuries
Back and Neck pain
Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist injuries
Leg injuries and Knee Pain
Ankle and Foot injuries
After my spinal surgery and 3 months in a fairly stiff, 12" wide waist belt, I was ready for and in dire need of physical therapy. But even more importantly, my mind needed therapy too.
I had become so committed to not twisting, not turning, not bending, not doing anything that might loosen the 6 screws in my lumbar spine, that I had become way too mentally cautious.
Jeanine, at Active Body, was my mentor and therapist. She was amazing, in her quiet, professional way, at bringing my body, and more importantly, my mind, back to "normal" activity levels,
which included my addressed goal of wanting to get back to playing golf. I am delighted to say that I am back on the golf course and playing quite well. Thank you, Jeanine.
You folks were terrific in all ways, and I never miss an opportunity to recommend "Active Body" to whomever asks about physical therapy.
"Recommended by the Ft. Belvoir Army Community hospital, I have received the best possible care for 2 separate hip replacements at ACTIVE BODY. This has allowed for a complete recovery with the added benefit of experiencing clear progress without exception every single week I have gone for treatment. That is, in my mind, an exceptional outcome to be able to improve strength and conditioning each and every week as a result of the workouts received at ACTIVE BODY. You will not find physical therapists more capable and more knowledgeable of how to treat a hip replacement than Kari and Jeanine with patient skills I admire. In addition, all of the staff are the nicest people you could ever expect to meet. PT can be a grueling experience particularly at the beginning of a regimen, but proof is in the results that one achieves. If, as I have done, one works hard on one’s own, in addition to treatment given at ACTIVE BODY, a patient can expect the best results that modern medicine and the human body can achieve. My highest regards for my time at ACTIVE BODY and my highest recommendation to anyone in need of physical therapy."
"All Active Body Physical Therapy personnel are professional, talented and passionate about rehabilitation. I began PT for a partially torn meniscus and tendoniitis on my right knee which was painful and often “gave out.” I was committed to avoid surgery, but a little dubious that could happen. I was incredibly impressed with the PT personnel, especially Jeannine, who comprehensively prepared a diversified treatment program and educated me about the treatment. It all made sense and more importantly, it worked! After roughly 6 weeks, with treatments 2-3 times a week as well as home follow-up, my knee is back to, and better than where it was before I re-injured it. I then began a PT program for my back and once again, with an excellent treatment program, I am now on a home regimen with excellent results.
I HIGHLY recommend this facility BEFORE or AFTER surgery. I never had to wait for my appointment and I always received professional and individualized treatment and attention. Allison and Suze also greatly assisted with both treatment and scheduling and I always felt welcomed in a positive, upbeat and clean environment! I saw other clients of all ages come and go during my roughly 3 month period and each person received the same professional care! Many kudos, thanks and appreciation to Jeannine, & Liana (Therapists) Allison & Susie (technicians), and Kari (Owner). You are all quintessential professionals!"