To adequately recover from an injury, it is important that proper exercises are prescribed to help progress the healing process. Exercise is a vital part of the rehabilitation process for most sporting injuries. The idea that an athlete is completely cured once the treatments on the therapist's table are over is simply outdated. Instead, when athletes visit sports physical therapists, in conjunction with receiving a course of treatment, they will be sent specific strengthening and flexibility exercises that will be personalized to their issues and injuries. Exercises are included in rehabilitation programs to ensure the injury site returns to a fully functional state and/or to ensure that the original cause of the injury is eliminated.
ART (ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE)
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. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
FAT-TOOL (FASCIAL ABRASION TECHNIQUE)
The fascial abrasion technique (FAT) involves the use of a tool to break down scar tissue and resolve fascial restrictions. The technique is used to treat painful conditions resulting from acute injuries or overuse disorders such as; carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, cervical and lumbar strains, tendinosis (achilles and rotator cuff), patella-femoral knee pain, as well as golfer's elbow.
The contoured shape of the instrument allows the clinician to locate the specific area of the fascial restriction. The instrument is then used to apply a precise pressure to reduce the fascial tension. The technique can also be used to stimulate a local inflammatory response that can facilitate the rebuilding of injured soft tissue. It is often considered more effective and less painful than the Graston Technique.
Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 13,000 clinicians worldwide—including chiropractors, physical and occupational therapists, and hand therapists.
DRY NEEDLING & MYOFASCIAL CUPPING
Dry needling is an evidence-based treatment technique that requires effective manual assessment of the neuromuscular system in the treatment of trigger points for persons with muscles, tendon, nerve, ligament, and fascial pain. Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a filiform needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. Physicians are well trained to utilize dry needling in conjunction with manual physical therapy interventions. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of muscles and nerves, and facilitates an accelerated return to pain free activity.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist uses special cups directly on a patients skin for a few minutes to create suction. This therapy is utilized for many purposes, including; help with pain, inflammation, increased blood flow, relaxation, and overall well being.
The reason why cupping is so different from the Graston Technique and the Fascial Abrasion Technique is that with this method, you are able to pull fascia perpendicular to the muscle belly, thus allow us to treat the area 360 degrees.
FORM, GAIT AND FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT
Individual Gait Analysis:
Receive an individual in-depth analysis from our Physical Therapist Chelsea Hall; here you will get the opportunity to get a full video analysis of how you move through basic squats, as well as how you run. We are able to break down the video frame by frame so you can see exactly what the issues are with your individual gait pattern.
You will get a detailed explanation of what your issues are, and then specific exercises to help correct your specific problems and establish an overall more efficient gait cycle. At Ohio Sports Chiropratic and Rehab, we don't believe in one perfect running form; we believe everyone has an individual running gait, and all we need to do is make your gait pattern more efficient.
Our form clinics take place every couple of months, each one is four hours in duration. The doctors, physical therapists, and exercise physiologists will go over different topics from running mechanics, activation drills, core training, and flexibility exercises specifically programmed for runners.
During the clinic runners will each receive a gait analysis. The instructors will concentrate one key issues they see from the film and then you will have the opportunity to work on those issues with one of the exercise physiologists. This is a great opportunity to learn about important topics on running, but also get valuable knowledge on issues with your gait.
Functional Movement Systems
Functional Movement Screening (FMS):
FMS is the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven functional movement patterns. These specific movement patterns are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury.
These movement patterns are designed to provide observational performance analysis of basic loco motor, manipulative, and stabilizing movements. By placing the athlete in extreme positions we can get a better idea of where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable. The idea of the FMS test is to go after mobility issues first then target the stabilizing issues second.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA):
The SFMA is a movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of the symptoms, not just the source. Being able to logically break down dysfunctional patterns we can diagnose the root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.
This systematic process allows clinicians to clearly match their intervention to the main problem of the patient. This model efficiently integrates the concepts of altered motor control, the neurodevelopmental perspective, and regional interdependence into the musculoskeletal practice.
RUNNING PERFORMANCE TRAINING
Looking to improve power, speed and sprinting abilities, and overall stability to take your running to the next level of performance?
Our performance training program is designed to help improve you in all these areas. Modeled after the programs designed for world-class runners by the strength and speed coaches and exercise physiologists from Nike, we can help a wide range of running-based athletes, from football players to long distance runners, gain an edge and increase their power, speed, and stability.
The program is designed to focus on the eccentric loading of the muscles with quick, controlled, explosive power movements. The Hex Bar is the primary piece of equipment used for these types of movements. The Hex Bar is safe to use for these quick, explosive movements because the weight is able to be centered around the athlete, this takes pressure off the back, versus a traditional deadlift in which the weight is in front of the athlete. This way we are able to maximize on explosive power by overriding the muscular system while also working the neurological system to produce overall faster reaction time.
Training sessions are designed to last one hour and can be purchased either as individual sessions or in packages of four or eight sessions.
With many training programs, assigned zones are prescribed for different workouts, many times these are based off of heart rate or effort. For athletes looking for more specific and personalized training zones, lactate profile testing is a great tool to learn which pace you should aim for during different workouts.
Lactate profile testing involves having an athlete begin at a race slightly above their target race pace and then increasing pace until they fatigue out, can't keep the pace or lactate levels peak. Following a test, data analysis will be run by our Exercise Physiologists who while then be able to determine your lactate threshold pace and tempo pace, which will help you to determine goal paces and efforts for different workouts.
Contact us if this is something you believe could help your own training!