PRIMAL REFLEX RELEASE TECHNIQUE (PRRT)
In today’s noisy and hectic world, our bodies have become hyper-stimulated. As a result, multiple areas of the body respond involuntarily to stress stimuli-without us even being aware of it. This phenomenon is called the Startle Stress Reflex (SSR), is a conditioned reflex. There is evidence of this reflex present in Gulf War veterans and women who have been assaulted. With everyday conditioning by SSR in our daily hyper-stimulated lives the protective reflexes have the potential for the pain a patient feels.
During our exam we lightly touch about a dozen areas that cause the patient to jump or pull away. These areas have the protective reflexes and the goal of PRRT is to return them to their normal state. With our rapid resets of the hyper stimulated areas most patients report 50 percent decrease in pain after just one visit and a similar improvement in ease of motion. Their smiles light up the room and they are astonished by their newfound joy of movement. Drug-free pain relief can be a reality with PRRT!
LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY (LLLT)
Low Level Laser Therapy also known as Cold Laser Therapy, and phototherapy, involves the application of low power coherent light to injuries and lesions to stimulate healing and reduce pain. It is used to increase the speed, quality and strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation and give pain relief. LLLT has been found to offer superior healing and pain relieving effects compared to other electrotherapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, especially in chronic problems and in the early stages of acute injuries. LLLT is a complete system of treating muscle, tendon, ligament, connective tissue, bone, nerve, and dermal tissues in a non-invasive, drug-free modality. How does LLLT work? Low Level Lasers can strengthen and heal damaged cells. Using photochemical processes, laser light inserts bio-photons into damaged cells. The cells begin to produce energy (ATP), which improves their function, assists their division, strengthens the body’s immune system, and pain disappears. If damaged cells have died, the bio-photons help the division of neighboring cells, generating new tissues, and thus bring about healing. LLLT promotes healing in many conditions because it penetrates the skin, increases the ATP and activates enzymes in the targeted cells. Growth factor response within the cells and tissue as a result of increased ATP and protein synthesis. Improved cell proliferation. Pain relief as a result of increased endorphin release. Strengthening the immune system response via increasing levels of lymphocyte activity.
SOUND ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION (SASTM)
Repetitive motion produces an inflammation process which, over time, results in chronic pain. This inflammation process produces scar tissue which creates muscular imbalances, resulting in decreased performance. SASTM treatment uses specialized instruments designed to detect and treat scar tissue. The treatments allow for remodeling of connective tissue by reintroducing controlled amounts of micro-trauma. The instruments allow the therapist to detect and treat soft tissue adhesions more efficiently and effectively than traditional methods. Indications for SASTM: Scar Mobility and fascial restrictions SASTM can accomplish the following: Release of Fascial Restrictions and Adhesions Separates and Breaks Down Collagen Cross-links Splays and Stretches Connective Tissue and Muscle Fibers Increases Skin Temperature Facilitates Reflex Changes in Chronic Muscle Holding Patterns Increases Rate and Amount of Blood Flow to and from the Area Increases Histamine Response Secondary to Mast Cell Activity.
VESTIBULAR REHAB (FOR VERTIGO)
Complaints of dizziness or vertigo can oftentimes have a simple fix in as little as 1-4 visits. A visit to the dentist with a tipped head position might set it in motion, or to awake from bed with the room spinning. Another scenario might occur while looking up for cereal on a high shelf with a head turn, or looking on the bottom shelf for an object with a head tilt. These moments of dizziness are brief usually lasting less than one minute, but sometimes nausea and off balance can linger for a week. The clinical term for these symptoms is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV for short. Typically, patients are over 50 years old with no prior episodes of dizziness. The problem occurs when some of the crystals in your semicircular canals inside your inner ear, settle into another canal. It is sometimes a simple maneuver to move these wayward crystals back where they belong.
The ATM-2 allows patients to be in functional weight bearing positions without feeling any pain. Specific resistive exercises are performed which reset the central nervous muscle activation pattern enabling patients to feel immediate relief, significant pain reduction and restoration.This Active Rehabilitation Treatment isolates specific joints and muscles to avoid compensation by other parts of the body which contribute to the pain. The treatment provides immediate and long-lasting benefits to those who are experiencing neck, back, pelvis, shoulder, and hip pain.
What We Treat
- Spinal pain including but not limited to disc herniations, spondylolysis, scoliosis, post-surgical fusion, muscle strains and spasms
- Chronic pain including conditions such as fibromyalgia
- Hip, knee, and ankle/foot pain and dysfunction
- Shoulder, elbow, and wrist/hand pain and dysfunction
- Tension Headaches, Migraine, and Pain
- Vertigo, Vestibular Rehab
- Balance Training and Fall Prevention
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation including but not limited to joint replacement, ACL repair, meniscal repair, rotator cuff repair, labral repair, bunionectomy, spinal fusion
Services & Techniques
- Manual therapy and joint mobilization
- Myofascial release and muscle energy techniques
- Movement analysis for gait, running, and/or functional movements
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- Therapeutic and functional exercise for strengthening and flexibility
- Balance training
- Functional Movement System
- Postural and ergonomic training
- Vagus Nerve Activation including Advance PRRT
- The Graston Technique® (now commonly referred to as SASTM)
- Pelvic Health and Rehab
Meet our TeamAt our clinics we combine our expertise in movement and pain with our belief in compassion and respect.
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301 Lennon Ln, #202
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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1840 San Miguel Dr #100
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Pleasanton Physical Therapy
4456 Black Ave, #150
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Did You Know?
When something is out of balance, runners most often complain of knee pain.
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