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January 1, 2030

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ABOUT

EVALUATION

 

DIAGNOSIS

TREATMENT

MAINTENANCE

EMPOWERMENT

 

TEAM APPROACH

The Healing Process

While every patient is different, BritPT Wellness Solutions’ proven process is similar for all. It includes a comprehensive patient evaluation, an accurate diagnosis, and a treatment plan designed to most effectively and efficiently provide relief. The treatment plan may include a range of manual therapies, dry needling, and other modalities with the most potential for success based upon the patient’s unique situation. With each visit, the patient is re-evaluated by a PT and the treatment plan updated to reflect the patient’s progress toward recovery. Upon completion of their treatment, patients are given a toolbox to help avoid pain in the future. If patients are unable to continue the preventive steps, or become re-injured, they are encouraged to return to treatment for a tune-up.  Quarterly tune-ups are recommended for all patients unless there are other specific treatment requirements.

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Treatments

Trigger Point Management Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy involves the treatment of painful, tense areas that are found in muscles and fascia, the fibrous connective tissue that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Myofascial trigger points can be found anywhere on the body and are one of the most common causes for chronic musculoskeletal pain. The goal of Trigger Point Therapy is to release these painful and tense points.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a very effective form of Trigger Point Therapy during which your specially qualified therapist will gently insert a thin solid hypodermic, sterile needle into trigger points in the muscles and the fascia. Some points will be locally tender, and other areas will be addressed because they indirectly affect the problematic area. Others will be in locations referring into the painful area. The pinprick action stimulates oxygenation of the contracted muscle fibers and the fascia, reducing inflammation, improving blood circulation, and reducing the local tension in the tissue. The action also produces a short contraction of the taut band, known as the local twitch response. The local twitch response is often described by patients as a pleasant "good pain" with a sense of release.

 

Most patients are pleasantly surprised by the experience, feeling a cramping, pulling sensation rather than a sharp needle. Although there is some discomfort during the process, 85-95% of our patients return and request additional dry needling therapy based upon their satisfaction with the pain relief and increased function it produced. The positive results can be far-reaching, even for chronic pain sufferers with significant X-Ray and MRI changes. Several of our patients who have had multiple level fusions and complex spinal surgery or joint replacements are enjoying less pain and increased movement and function than they have had in years and credit this progress to their dry needling therapy.

Massage

Massage is the manual manipulation of soft tissue. At BritPT, we use massage to encourage blood flow after a more progressive treatment such as Dry Needing has been utilized. Your experience at BritPT will be different from that at a massage therapist’s office as it is one component of the overall treatment plan.

Myofascial Pain Treatment

This treatment is directed at deeper connections between the muscular and fascial systems. Fascia contains muscles, divides them, and runs in continuous lines of connection from head to toe in functional patterns. We frequently use manual therapies to identify and release patterns of restrictions and pain along these lines.

Joint extensibility or stabilization

During this type of therapy, painful joints are manipulated in slow movements described as oscillations which tend to “ease” the joint into improved biomechanics. Many patients who have joint issues but feel uncomfortable with the chiropractic approach to their problem may find these techniques to be a more tolerable alternative. The soft tissue aspect of joint restrictions is also addressed with an array of techniques to reduce scar tissue, increase pliability of the tissue, restore the excursion of the joint capsule, and normalize the length of the ligaments where possible. The supportive musculature may also be addressed, and, as a result, the joint will move more normally with its movement massaging the synovial membranes and improving joint circulation, nutrition, and lubrication. These are the factors that slow the formation of arthritis.

Yoga

Yoga is a wonderful and gentle movement system incorporating stretching and strengthening of the body. There are many styles of yoga, but our small classes are designed to introduce patients and their friends who have had pain and limitations. This is a respectful way of using slow and mindful movements to gain better awareness of how to support the body through practice. Practiced mindfully, yoga is truly the best form of preventive care you can follow to maintain flexibility and balance throughout your life.

Relaxation Techniques

We offer guidance on many types of relaxation techniques. The first level of relaxation training is often simply acknowledging the difference in your body before and after sessions in which we remove physical tension and tightness through trigger point management or manual therapies. We may help you learn breathing techniques, guided imagery, or techniques to help sleep and calm the nervous system. Sometimes we use specific techniques such as Reflexercise. Our team focuses on your body and the unique stresses that hinder your attempts at relaxation as they help you find a technique that works best for you.

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