Physical Therapy at Mecca Integrated Medical Center
Physical Therapy in Fairfield: Physical therapy at Mecca Integrated Medical Center involves individual customized treatment plans that aim to improve musculoskeletal function including pain management, mobility, range of motion, and overall physical fitness. Depending on the injury or condition, the patient my need to work on flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance through the use of exercise and modalities. In order to accomplish this, treatment plans focus on preventing or treating problems that affect your muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves.
Total Gym GTS
Exercises on the GTS offer both stretch and flexion in combination to create a comprehensive effect for defining, training, and stabilizing in a short time spam. The dynamic pulley system (an incline that is adjustable so the patient can pull a percentage their own body weight) and the rolling glide board encourage the body to move naturally and synergistically-challenging multiple muscle groups as well as the core at the same time. It recreates, within the context of exercise, real life movements in real life positions, preparing the patient for the day-to-day activities of daily living. The GTS engages all five components of exercise: body composition, muscular endurance, cardio endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility.
When patient symptoms from injuries or other underlying conditions manifest as pain, there is usually muscle spasm and/or muscle damage involved. The Physical Therapists at Mecca Integrated Medical Center set treatment plans including the use of Therabands, Stretching Straps, Soft and Cuff Weights, as well as Exercise Bikes and Treadmills to decrease the muscle spasms that may be involved, and rebuild and re-stabilize the core muscles around the corrected area to prevent a relapse or exacerbation of the same condition. In other words, once the condition a patient is being seen for is treated, the chances of re-injury to the same area are very unlikely.
This modality utilizes sound waves (either high or low frequency depending on the case) to be transmitted to the surrounding tissue and vasculature to cause a deep warming treatment for chronic pain. This promotes muscle and other tissue relaxation, and therefore, is useful in treating pain caused by spasm and tightness. The warming effect of the sound waves also causes vasodilation of the vessels and increases blood flow to the target area which assists in healing.
The use of an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract which in turn will help strengthen the weakened muscle and increase blood supply to the affected area. Electrical Stimulation can also be used at low levels to reduce the sensation of pain; it works by “tricking” pain signals to mask feelings of pain and promotes the body’s natural pain-killers called endorphins.
This treatment gives support and stability to your muscles and joints without interfering with circulation and/or range of motion. Kinesio-tape is applied over affected muscles to decrease pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles, promote lymphatic draining and decrease in edema/swelling, and support muscles in movement. The effects of kinesiotaping have been proven to assist in the treatment of low back/neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, extremity conditions and dysfunction, and pre and post surgical edema.
At Mecca Integrated Medical Center, manual therapies are conducted by physical therapist as well as the doctor of chiropractic. It involves a hands- on approach, including massage, soft tissue mobilization, various connective tissue techniques, and myofascial release, as well as the use of mechanical instruments including the G5 Percussor (vibrational massage) and the PTLMS Stimulator (range of motion and circulation improvement instrument). The goals of Manual Therapy are aimed at modulating pain, increasing range of motion, decreasing inflammation in acute cases, and improving overall function. The course of manual therapy will be determined on a case by case basis in order to maximize the effectiveness of treatment on each patient.
FAKTR (pronounced FACTOR), stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab, A concept, rather than technique, FAKTR incorporates the latest research and evidence-based soft-tissue techniques into a comprehensive protocol to treat common disorders of the muskuloskeletal system and complicated injuries quickly and easily with impressive results. The co-developers utilized their training in a variety of soft tissue techniques including instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) to develop a concept that included function and treatment of the kinetic chain while utilizing various forms of rehabilitation at the same time. FAKTR can treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including tendinopathy, sprains, strains, entrapment syndromes, fascial restrictions such as plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome, myofascial pain syndromes, adhesive capsulitis, shin splints and post-surgical recovery – and many more. Our physical therapist and our chiropractor are both trained in the technique.