Entries by Direct Physical Therapy LLP

Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month.  In order to help us celebrate this month of national recognition, it may be helpful to understand what a physical therapist does and how a physical therapist can help you achieve optimal health. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree – either a master’s degree or […]

Gait Analysis

Gait is the way in which we move our whole body from one point to another.  Most often, this is done by walking, although we may also run, skip, hop etc.  Gait analysis is a method used to assess the way we walk or run to highlight biomechanical abnormalities. What is Gait Analysis? A professional, […]

Active Release Techniques® Helps Restore Pain Free Movement

Active Release Techniques® (commonly known as ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. ART is designed to restore motion, reduce pain, and improve strength to help people return to participating in daily activities and sports. Headaches, back pain, […]

Falls: How to Lower Your Risk

Who is at risk of falling? Anyone can fall, although the risk is higher in the elderly. This increased risk of falling may be the result of changes that come with aging or certain medical conditions. What can I do to lower my risk of falling? Most falls happen in the home. Consider the following […]

USE OF ART® TO TREAT KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis is a common condition that causes pain in the knee joint. This is a degenerative condition where the articular (surrounding) cartilage of the knee joint gradually breaks down. Osteoarthritis of the knee is characterized by: •  Morning stiffness •  Swelling •  Pain •  Decreased range of motion In addition, the development of osteoarthritis results […]

The Top 10 things you may not know about physical therapy

10.  Physical therapists can work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practices, home health agencies, schools, nursing homes, and even the Emergency Room. 9.  In addition to working in different settings, there are different types of physical therapy. These may include orthopedic, acute care, post-operative care, wound care, and neurologic […]

What is Active Release Technique®?

Active Release Techniques® (commonly known as ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.  ART is designed to restore motion, reduce pain, and improve strength to help people return to participating in daily activities and sports. Headaches, back pain, […]

Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month.  In order to help us celebrate this month of national recognition, it may be helpful to understand what a physical therapist does and how a physical therapist can help you achieve optimal health. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree – either a master’s degree or […]

Direct Access To Physical Therapy

Did you know that you can see a physical therapist in the state of Oregon without a physician referral? Patient direct access, for which Oregon Physical Therapy Association vigorously advocated, initially was introduced in the state in 1993. This was a win for OPTA and the profession, but the original law imposed a 30-day time […]

Lumbar Disc Injuries

Injuries to the discs in Lumbar Spine are a common cause of lower back pain.  The Lumbar Spine is the lower part of the back, which consists of 5 bones (vertebrae) with 5 discs between the bones.  These discs are made up two primary components: the fibrous outer ring called the annulus fibrosus and the […]

Spine Stabilization

Many times, clients are referred to physical therapy for “spine stabilization” or “core strengthening” to help you with conditions causing lower back pain.  Understanding what spine stabilization is and how it works will help you more effectively engage the RIGHT muscles to support your Lumbar Spine. When pain is felt in the spine, regardless of […]

What is Active Release Technique®?

What is Active Release Technique®? Active Release Techniques® (commonly known as ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.  ART is designed to restore motion, reduce pain, and improve strength to help people return to participating in daily activities […]

Tools of The Trade

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Physical therapists must stay on the cutting edge with the latest techniques in rehabilitation to achieve the best results for their clients. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency, while remaining non-invasive. For those who […]