Myofascial Release Therapy

Myofasical Release Benefits

Myofacial Release is a technique used to help relief pain. In 90% of our Physical Therapy patients we are seeing improvement in pain with as little as one treatment of myofasical release.

What is fascia: fascia is found in every body. It is like the covering/casing that is common when we eat hot dogs or sausage. Your body has fascia  that covers the muscles under the skin. Facial restrictions become a problem with injury and dysfunction. As a pain becomes more severe our bodies use facial bands to help the body compensate and stay out of pain. These bands if left for too long, can cause severe weakness and over time restrict proper movement causing a person to lose function and mobility.

Benefits of Myofasical Release Therapy: While working with our clients in Physical Therapy we are finding Myofascial release to be a major component to healing and pain relief. By working to see where the root cause of the pain is coming from, we have found greater success in our treatments with the use of MFR in conjuction with other manual therapy techniques.

Who Benefits from myofascial release: Anyone who has myofasical bands that are keeping there muscles from moving and contracting as they should. Pain is usually an indicator that something is wrong. Our therapists are trained on Manual techniques to help you fell better FAST and reduce uneccessary surgeries and medications that have harmful side effects.

To learn more about myofasical release and if you would benefit from this technique call us today. 513-874-8800.

Fall Prevention

Have you fallen in the past 6 months? Are you over the age of 65? Have you ever questioned your balance?

Falls can be very harmful to your self-esteem and confidence. Injuries that result from falls include: fractured bones, head injuries, chronic pain, functional impairment, premature nursing home admission, and in some cases, death. Statistics indicate that 30% of people over the age of 65 will fall this year with that increasing to 50% by age 80!

According to research, the top factors associated with fall risk include the following (from greatest importance to least):

  1. Muscle Weakness
  2. Prior Falls
  3. Difficulty with Balance on 1 or 2 Legs
  4. Walking Deficit/ use of Assistive Device
  5. Difficulty with Vision/Glasses/Contacts
  6. Addition of New Medications
  7. Arthritis
  8. Difficulty Performing Daily Activities

What can you do to prevent a fall if you have any of the above risk factors? Call today and schedule an evaluation. We can help you to increase your strength, flexibility and endurance and decrease your risk for falls within the next year!

Yoga vs stretching

Should I attend a yoga class to improve my flexibility?

I am getting more complaints from patients that are coming in for shoulder pain and back pain after being told by their doctor to start Yoga.

Flexibility is one of the 4 recommended components of a well rounded exercise routine as you age. Although most of us jump right into a yoga class thinking that there are no precautions. My clinic is seeing a lot of injuries from large group yoga classes. Now dont let me scare you, many people that start a yoga routine are not injured. But I often am asked by those that are, “How can I gain the flexibility that I need without the risk of injury”?

Well, that is actually a great question. Our bodies change as we age. Our muscles are not as strong as they were when we were younger. Our joints dont have the synovial fluid that it used to. Causing us to require stretching to maintain proper mobility. Most of us work at professions that require sitting over a long period of time, thus, causing poor posture that increases our risk for injuries. So back to my patients question.

We recommend a stretching class. One that is instructed by a professional that understands each persons deficits and knows when a client is at risk for an injury. We have started Stretching classes at our facility in West Chester Township Ohio to help people improve their flexibility without the risk of injury. Our classes focus on total body stretching working towards yoga poses and getting our clients into a more high level Yoga class. It is important to start in a small group setting to understand how your body should feel with the proper stretching and make sure that you are not putting yourself at risk for an injury.

If you have any questions on how you should stretch and avoid injury, call us today for more information. 5138748800!

Happy Stretching!

Back and Hip Pain

Back and Hip pain that
limits you from walking.

Are you having pain in your back/leg or hip when walking long distances?

Back pain and hip pain are the top 2 reasons that people reach out to our clinic for physical therapy. We are seeing an increase in back and hip pain with patients over 40. Our patients report: pain down the leg, and in the back causing them to limit there walking and running activities. We are also seeing patients that have been misdiagnosed with nerve pain and bursitits when infact they have a rotated pelvis that has caused hip joint tightness. Over time the tightness of the joint and restricted movement has caused a build up of myofascial bands from above the hip down the leg that causes weakness in the muscles around the hips.

Is there a need for surgery? No, we are seeing releif with in 3 treatments. Our focus is on improving the joint mobility, re alignment of the pelvis and Myofascial release to the facia that is restricting the movement.

Benefits of reaching out to a Physical Therapist are:  Save time and money. We do not require a prescription for treatmen and are able to figure out the problem, then work to resolve the pain and fix the problem. This will allow your body to heal itself without pricy testing, time off work and painful side effects with long term use of medications.

Do you feel like you have this pain and want to get relief? Call us today 513-874-8800.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

Do you have foot pain ( plantar fasciitis) when you get up in the morning?

Get relief from plantar fasciitis pain today!

Foot pain commonly diagnosed as Plantar Fasciitis, is associated with: overpronation of the calcaneous.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.

Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.

What options are available for plantar fasciitis? Typically foot doctors will treat plantar fasciitis with a night splint, injections and cold laser treatment. Results are typically seen in 6 weeks with this type of treatment.  We are seeing results in as little as 4 treatments with the use of manual therapy, cold laser therapy and physical therapy. Don’t put off treatment for plantar fasciitis. When this pain becomes chronic it costs more to fix and will take more time to see results.

If you want more information on plantar fasciitis and how to start the healing process. Call us Today! 513-874-8800

Happy Walking!

Carpal Tunnel relief found with Physical Therapy to be equal to surgery

Carpal Tunnel Treatment and Relief

Do you experiance wrist pain that you believe could be carpal tunnel? Here is a study that Physical Therapist have conducted that shows that people that undergo carpal tunnel surgery get the same benefit of pain relief when avoiding costly surgery and seeking out care from a physical therapist.

Learn more about these results here:

Carpal Tunnel pain can be discouraging, however, conservative treatment from a Physical Therapist that focuses on manual therapy can help you start the road to healing and educate you on how to avoid another injury. Carpal tunnel relief can be found in just a few treatments. Don’t delay treatment as your carpal tunnel can become more chronic requiring a longer recovery period.

At Stretch Physical Therapy & Total Wellness our focus is on helping you get better and get back to work and back to activities fast. Call us today for more information on how we are helping people live pain free for life.

Can seeing a Physical Therapist first save me money?

The answer is “YES”.o.

At Stretch Physical Therapy & Total Wellness we are saving people money everyday.  How? It’s easy: Call our office at 513-874-8800, we can typically see you within 24 hours. We will perform a comprehensive exam on the pain you are experiencing. We will let you know immediately if you need to see your doctor for possible xrays. If you have pain that is re-producible then we can get you started on decreasing your pain as soon as your first visit.  Saving you time and money, you don’t have to see your doctor then come to see a PT.o.

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