PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES OFFERED
Colleen specializes in the treatment of bone, muscle, and joint disorders.
She practices safe, hands-on manual therapy, neuromuscular reeducation, and one-on-one guided therapeutic exercise for the musculoskeletal system.
She will focus on addressing biomechanical dysfunction to reduce physical stresses to your body and improve efficiency of motion.
She will work with you to get rid of poor habits of posture and movement to guide you toward efficient, pain free living.
Manual therapy is a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to mobilization/manipulation to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of controlling pain; increasing range of motion; reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function.
Neurodynamic assessment evaluates the length and mobility of numerous elements of the nervous system. It is important to have healthy mobility of our nerves as much as it is to have healthy mobility of our muscles. Colleen will evaluate your nervous system mobility and health and treat to gain optimal function.
Core Stabilization and Scapular Stabilization Exercises and Neuromuscular Reeducation
The trunk of our bodies is the foundation of our “house.” If we do not have solid foundations, often our movements will be inefficient and over time could lead to injury. Colleen will help you train your core muscles to provide your body with a solid foundation. The scapular muscles are the foundation for your arm, likewise Colleen will help identify weakness in your scapular stability and help you attain efficient arm mechanics.
Have you been experiencing limitation in back, hip, or shoulder motion for year despite previous physical therapy to those areas? Consider visceral restrictions as a cause of these limitations. Research has identified that limited visceral mobility impacts skeletal mobility and the function of the involved organ. Colleen will improve mobility of your internal organs to help improve functional mobility in your spine and limbs.
This is the assessment of normal and dysfunctional movement at any joint or combined joints creating a motion to perform an action. This can be useful when evaluating movements as simple as squatting and sit to stand to more dynamic movements involved with throwing, running, and swimming.
This is the assessment of how multiple joints and systems effect the way you walk. Gait assessment reveals areas of weakness, biomechanical faults, and possible future wear and tear of structures if not addressed.
Patient Movement and Functional Education
Education is a vital component of the patient rehabilitation process. It is essential for you to understand and demonstrate efficient mechanics to perform daily and work tasks to prevent stress to wear and tear on structures and ultimately avoid pain and injury in the future.
This is the instruction of sitting postures and ways to change the environment to avoid repetitive stressors on your body that lead to chronic breakdown of structures such as the neck, spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands. If you have a poor computer station/ work setup, it can lead to injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, chronic headaches, and Repetitive Strain Injury.
Car Accident and Personal Injury
Car accidents are traumatic. Physical pain caused by high impact forces can unnerve the body triggering ineffective muscle function. Joints need stability and muscles need proper retraining or re-education to support and stabilize those joints.
TMJ Dysfunction Extra and Intra-Oral Therapy
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is a mouth/jaw/face pain that is caused by poor biomechanics at these essential joints. Colleen will help you find the root problem often being posture dysfunction and misalignment that needs to be addressed.
Foot Posture Correction Exercises and Orthotic Fitting
When our feet hit the ground, it is important to have effective responses from the foot to transmit healthy mechanics up the body. When our feet and ankles demonstrate weakness or lack of mobility, this can cause biomechanical dysfunction at the knee, hip, and even into the spine. Colleen will help identify and treat these deficits including orthotic fitting as necessary.
Balance and Proprioceptive Training
The ability to stand and walk upright on two legs requires a great amount of balance. This balance requires the coordination of many systems in the body. These systems work together to help keep the body upright and help to prevent falling. There are three main systems, The Visual System, Vestibular System, and Proprioceptive System, which help control balance in the human body. Injury to one or more of these systems may result in loss of balance and increased risk of falling. The musculoskeletal system and nervous system also play a major role in maintaining balance. Frequently, impairments to these systems may affect your ability to stand or walk normally. Colleen will help you identify and treat common impairments include muscle strength, muscle flexibility, postural deficits.
Agility and Sport-Specific Training
Agility refers to an athlete’s ability to change direction quickly and correctly while maintaining maximal balance, speed, and power. An athlete requires efficient performance of body systems to reach his/her optimal agility levels. How can you improve your agility for your sport? Agility training requires specific focus on three separate skills in order to produce maximal sport agility: core training, balance training, and flexibility. Colleen will take you through a range of drills that will help you improve your agility. These drills will address the movement patterns required for your sport.
There are many taping techniques that can provide support, facilitation, and pain reduction to enhance your therapy. As taping is not meant to be a long term solution, it can provide you with the needed assistance until your body can function efficiently.