Paragon of Summerlin Physical Therapy employs licensed Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) to assist you from start to finish in your recovery process. Our team is experienced and provides hands-on, personalized, one-on-one care. Your treatment plan will address your specific conditions and any obstacles you have in the rehabilitation process. Treatment techniques and goals are tailored to meet your needs.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Your Physical Therapist will utilize a variety of soft tissue mobilization techniques in order to relax muscles and elongate tissue, control pain and sensitivity, decrease swelling, and break up scar tissue. This gentle, hands-on therapy, in conjunction with your Physical Therapist’s extensive training in functional anatomy and physiology, will help achieve your recovery.
Joint and Spinal Mobilizations
Accessory movements are passive movements within joints that an individual cannot perform on their own. Joints in our body must move through a combination of sliding, rolling, and spinning motions (accessory movements) during our normal active movements. Paragon Therapists are carefully trained in manual joint mobilizations and spinal mobilizations in order to restore these passive accessory movements. These manual therapy techniques are designed to increase mobility, reduce stiffness, and alleviate pain.
Your Physical Therapist has undergone additional certification to become a Graston Technique Provider. The Graston Technique uses a combination of 6 stainless steel instruments designed specially for myofascial release across the varying contours of the human body. This technique will help to break up scar tissue and adhesions in the myofascial plane and restore the body’s natural biomechanics.
Trigger Point Dry Needling
When the body suffers from injury, muscles surrounding the injury can have increased tension and spasms. This is the body’s response to try and guard against further injury. This guarded response is common in conditions such as arthritis, nerve agitation, muscle and ligament strains and sprains, etc. Trigger point dry needling uses a fine solid filament needle inserted into the muscles to get the deepest possible soft tissue release in order to allow for improved mobility, tissue relaxation, and pain relief. As tissues are released and relaxed, increased blood flow and healing factors from the body can better access injury sights in order to promote further recovery.
Flexibility, Strengthening, and Exercise Prescription
In order for the joints and muscles in the body to function at their optimal levels, the body must maintain a balance between flexibility and strength. Muscles become weak and tight from disuse, spasm, and injury. An appropriate stretching routine can lengthen out muscles and prevent further injury as well as prevent the development of fibrous scar tissue that will further limit motion. As muscles weaken, the body adapts and begins compensating with other muscle groups. As adaptations occur, the body’s normal biomechanical movements are disrupted. This can cause undue pain, abnormal posturing and gait mechanics, and further weaken and strain muscles. As a part of your physical therapy, your physical therapist will prescribe an exercise program to meet your musculoskeletal needs. No matter what level of conditioning you feel you are at, exercise programs will be adapted specifically for you.
Training in Walking Mechanics (Gait Training)
Gait training involves a head to toe analysis and evaluation of how your body moves during walking activity. Quality of walking makes a difference in how you feel. Whether it be a new injury of the back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot; a lifelong condition such as scoliosis; or the progression of degenerative joints and arthritis, these conditions can cause abnormalities in your movements that subsequently cause you to hurt as you walk. Your physical therapist will help you to enjoy better quality of movement and achieve pain relief.
Training in posture can help you eliminate pain during your desk job or while driving in the car. It can also help if you are just having troubles standing and sitting up straight. Your physical therapist will teach you stretching and strengthening exercises and techniques to facilitate postural improvement and to prevent further disability and future problems like headaches, neck and back pain, and disc bulges. Manual techniques performed by your physical therapist will facilitate improvements in spinal mobility and eliminate joint restrictions and “catches” in the neck and back, as well as lengthen out soft tissues and soften and release trigger points.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
PNF is a distinct set of movement patterns designed to retrain the neuromuscular system. Nerves must communicate appropriately with muscles in order to facilitate a timely and appropriate, pain free muscular contraction. Through injury, disuse, and surgery, the neuromuscular system becomes impaired. PNF patterns may be utilized as manual passive movements and stretching, manually resisted movements, or active resistance exercises. The ultimate goal is improved muscle firing through increased muscle fiber recruitment, increased stability, and decreased pain and dysfunction. PNF is a specialized treatment used in hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics to help developmentally and neurologically impaired patients. It is also an important treatment for neuromuscular retraining for injured athletes.
Active, Active Assistive, and Passive Range of Motion (AROM, AAROM, PROM)
Many individuals find that they have decreased mobility and use of a joint. This may be due to injury, disuse, arthritis or surgery. Physical therapists design treatment techniques and exercises to restore pain free active and passive mobility of joints, including accessory movements of the joint. Accessory movements are passive movements within joints that an individual cannot perform on their own. Range of motion treatments are one of the key prescriptions for treatment of arthritis. In physical therapy, the common saying states that "motion is lotion."
Neck & Low Back Traction
Our therapists use both manual and mechanical traction to facilitate unloading of the upper and/or lower spine. Gentle longitudinal gapping of the neck or back will stretch muscles and ligaments and open up the joints of the spine, decreasing muscle spasm and nerve root compression.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
TENS is a relatively low voltage non painful stimulus applied over and around painful areas through small self-adhesive electrodes. The electrical stimulation "disguises" or "overrides" the sensation of pain by disrupting pain signals traveling from the injury site to the brain. Electrical stimulation also promotes muscle relaxation and tissue healing. The TENS unit is a small, portable device which is used in intervals to help manage pain and muscle spasms, promote tissue healing and blood flow, and reduce dependence on drugs.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
NMES is a different application of electrical stimulation that is used to affect the contractile muscle fibers. When an injury occurs to a muscle, sometimes the muscle will shut down and strength is lost due to a disconnect between the nerves and the muscles they communicate with. We see this happen after surgeries as well. NMES provides the electrical signal to recruit muscles to contract, restoring regular neuromuscular communication. NMES settings may be changed to help facilitate either muscular endurance (slow twitch muscle fibers) or muscular power (fast twitch muscle fibers). NMES may be paired with exercise to maximize muscle fiber recruitment and overall muscle contraction.
Ultrasound uses a high frequency sound waves to trigger a natural healing effect in soft tissues. The stream of sound waves helps with nutrition exchange at the cellular level and healing of injured tissue. Studies have shown that ultrasound is helpful for inflammation, ligament healing (strains and sprains), carpal tunnel syndrome, and muscle spasm.
This novel and effective treatment delivers medication through the skin by an electrical charge. Iontophoresis is usually prescribed for injuries such as shoulder or elbow bursitis. Medication is applied topically and the electrical charge delivers it to underlying tissues.
Hot & Cold Therapy
Part of our acute & chronic injury protocol. Icing or cold compresses are used as an effective pain reliever and to reduce swelling immediately after injury. Heat packs are used in clinic and at home during chronic pain or a long standing injury. It also helps relax muscles for other manual therapies used by our therapists in clinic.
Paragon Physical Therapy is one of a handful of clinics dedicated to pulmonary health.
Do you have a smoke related health problem? Pulmonary Rehabilitation can help restore your lung function and improve your health. Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Paragon of Summerlin aims to reduce symptoms, decrease disability, increase participation in physical and social activities, and improve the overall quality of life for patients with chronic respiratory diseases.