Your rehabilitation program will be personally designed by our highly qualified and caring Physical Therapist and Rehabilitation Specialist, Chrissy Frey. After a thorough evaluation, Chrissy works with you to develop a rehabilitation or treatment plan personally tailored to your pain or injury. Our goal is to give you the tools necessary to strengthen and stabilize your body, creating improved balance and helping to prevent re-injury.
With many years of experience and continuing education, Chrissy employs a variety of different physical therapy modalities to personalize your treatment program with a specialty in using Myofascial Release Technique to help alleviate acute and chronic pain.
Physical Therapy is the treatment or management of physical disability, movement, malfunction, or pain, without the use of medicine or surgery. Many times Physical Therapy is a phrase used in the place of Physical Rehabilitation, or rehab, because most Rehabilitation programs are made up of almost entirely Physical Therapy. There are countless reasons why an individual may require physical therapy or rehab. These reasons range acute or chronic pain, post-operative rehabilitation, and / or automobile, sports or work-related injury recovery. Your Physical Therapy program will be personally designed based on your unique situation, needs and goals. We aim to restore your highest level of function through personal physical therapy treatments and home exercises programs to get you back to living a full and active life.
Exercise in Physical Therapy
Physical therapy uses a combination of strengthening and stretching exercises that is specifically designed for your injury, illness, condition, or to help prevent future health problems.
Stretching exercises help to relieve soreness and stiff muscles. Progressive stretching alleviates muscle imbalances caused by sitting or standing in the same posture repeatedly. By focusing on stretching out tight muscles, your body can work properly to help you have better strength and stamina.
Strengthening focuses on specific exercises to build an injured muscle up to meet the demands of your daily activities. Repeatedly stressing muscles with weights or the weight of your body in specific patterns, you will be able to increase your muscle mass and endurance to allow you to work and play.
Myofascial Release works with Fascia, which is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. When the body experiences physical insults such as sprains, strains, scarring from surgery or injury, inflammation, disease, trauma from falls, repetitive stress, and poor posture, it responds by assuming unnatural positions. This puts abnormal stress on the various areas of the fascia which causes a loss of elasticity and, in turn, tension in the muscles which results in pulling the body out of alignment. The fascia then shortens and loses elasticity. This in turn creates tension in the muscles so that they pull the body out of alignment and can cause headaches. These causes can be modified by myofascial release to relieve headaches along with other ailments in the body.
Chrissy, Superior Spine Care’s Physical Therapist, performs movements that alternately stretch and compress the fascia to restore the natural alignment of the body and release tension in the entire body. As abnormal stresses on the head and neck disappear, so do the headaches. This not only works on tension headaches, it can also help prevent or reduce the frequency of migraine and cluster headaches as well.
Chrissy believes that education is one of the most important parts of the physical therapy process. By providing education about how your body works and how you can combine exercises and home treatments to take care of yourself, you will be at top physical performance. Physical therapy almost always includes education and training in areas such as:
- Performing your daily tasks safely.
- Protecting your joints and avoiding reinjury.
- Using assistive devices such as crutches or wheelchairs.
- Doing home exercises designed to help with your injury or condition.
- Making your home safe for you if you have strength, balance, or vision problems.