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Manual Therapy

Manual therapy

Manual therapy is defined as the skillful use of the hands to mobilize/manipulate joints, massage and lengthen soft tissues, and to monitor and facilitate improved neuromuscular control. One strength of this approach is that it requires considerable one on one time between the therapist and patient.

There are many manual therapy techniques, and after a comprehensive evaluation, the therapist would decide which techniques would work best for the individual patient. Different techniques include Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Techniques, joint mobilization, the Maitland approach, McKenzie Method, Mulligan Concept, Active Release, CranioSacral Therapy, and Strain Counterstrain.

Orthopedic Conditions

Treatment of the musculoskeletal system to reduce inflammation, increase mobility, and increase strength. Treatments often include joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic exercise, stretching, and many other physical therapy techniques, to decrease joint pain, increase strength, and reach your goal of returning to your sport, your hobbies, or your everyday life.

Common conditions include:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Foot pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Hip/knee pain
  • IT band syndrome
  • Ligament sprains
  • Low back pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck and Back surgery
  • Neck pain
  • Patella Femoral Syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Sciatica
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Total Joint Replacement (knee, hip, shoulder)
Orthopedic conditions

Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling

Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle, without any medication, into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a 'Trigger Point’. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle which is used is very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary drastically from patient to patient.

What does it feel like?

Dry needling

These sterile, disposable needles are very thin and most patients do not even feel the needle go in. If the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp -- which is often referred to as a 'twitch response’. The twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms, and response of the tissue. Patients have described this as a mild tingling, aching, or cramping sensation. These sensations are perfectly normal and even desirable.

Who can benefit from Dry Needling?

Dry needling can treat a variety of problems: Fibromyalgia, neck/back pain, plantar fasciitis, chronic pain/injuries, headaches, tendinitis, muscle spasms, shoulder pain, elbow pain, groin strains, hip/knee pain, muscle strains, contractures, adhesions, whiplash from auto accidents, sports injuries and many more.

What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

While both Dry Needling and Acupuncture use the same tool, a solid filament needle, the principles of Dry Needling are not based on stimulating “channels or meridians” to restore “a balance of energy” like Acupuncture. Rather, Dry Needling utilizes the needle to penetrate skin and stimulate trigger points and connective tissues for the management of pain and movement problems.

How will I feel after my Dry Needling treatment?

This will vary, but many patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in range of motion. Soreness or mild bruising may occur, but is not harmful.

Is Dry Needling covered by my insurance?

Yes, Dry Needling is covered by most insurance companies as part of your physical therapy benefits for manual therapy. If you have further questions regarding insurance, please feel free to contact our office at 505-326-0064 or click on the Kinetacore link below to learn more about Functional Dry Needling and the institution that has trained our physical therapists.

KinetaCore

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine

At Therapy One, we are dedicated to sports medicine and focus our rehabilitation on the performance needs of our athletes as well as the prevention of sports-related injuries. Whether you are a professional, recreational or scholastic athlete, our approach to sports medicine rehabilitation services is simple: personalized and coordinated care with exceptional outcomes.

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports Medicine and physical therapy in the athletic population encompass a wide variety of topics and programming that include

  • Injury prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Injury screenings
  • Sports specific fitness for athletes (all ages and experience levels)
  • Sports performance and wellness
  • Concussion management and rehabilitation
  • Functional Movement Screens (FMS)
  • ACL injury prevention and performance training

At Therapy One you will receive one-on-one attention from a sports medicine trained physical therapist. Physical therapy treatment plans are specifically designed based on each athlete’s unique sport, needs and goals. Our goal is to restore your highest level of function and get you back to your sport as soon as possible and prevent re-injury. In addition, for our scholastic athletes, we will coordinate care with your high school athletic trainers at Bloomfield, Farmington, Navajoe Preparatory, and Piedra Vista High School to provide a more cost effective and complete rehabilitation process.

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio taping

At Therapy One, our therapists are trained using a variety of therapeutic kinesiology taping that includes: Kinesio® Tape, Rock Tape®, or KT Tape®. These taping techniques use a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive that is placed on a patient’s skin to benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, reduce pain, optimize performance, and can be used to promote improved circulation and healing.

Kinesio taping

Kinesiology taping, became popular through its use during high profile events such as at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Major League Baseball and NFL players who display the many colors and fanning techniques that involves kinesiology taping. However, the majority of patients that use kinesiology taping, are non-athletes with varying diagnoses. Because the taping affects the circulatory, nervous and fascial (controls connective tissue) systems, the treatment possibilities are vast.

How Does it Work?

Kinesiology tape is rolled with an elastic stretch built in. When applied to the skin, it gently recoils to slightly lift the skin and forms tiny spaces that allow for improved circulation and decreased swelling.

How Quickly Does the Tape Work?

Immediately if it is applied correctly, including reduced pain, improved range of motion, greater muscle control. Reduction in edema typically decreases within a few hours. The improvements can last from three to five days or as long as the tape remains on the skin depending on the individual’s activity level.

Work Injury and Industrial Medicine

Work injury

Our comprehensive work injury rehabilitation program treats acute and chronic conditions resulting from any work-related injury.

Work Injury Treatment goals:

  • To return the injured worker back to work through individualized work-related injury therapy
  • To assist case managers, adjustors and risk/safety managers in reducing lost days.

As a part of our work injury treatment therapy, we perform Functional Capacity Evaluations, Post Offer Screens, and Return to Work Evaluations - all solutions to help minimize the increasing costs of workers compensation.

Work Conditioning

If an injury at work has impeded your performance in the workplace, our work injury rehabilitation program provides an aggressive yet cautious approach to getting you back to work quickly and at an optimum performance level.

Your personal physical therapy begins with a comprehensive evaluation of functional limitations and areas of pain. Our team of expert physical therapists will design a treatment plan based on your work-related needs and goals. This includes real or simulated work activities specific to your job, such as lifting, climbing or keyboarding.

Throughout your treatment, we will work hard to help you return to all normal functional activities. When you are ready for discharge, you will receive a personalized home exercise program to allow you to stay healthy on the job, further enhance your rehabilitation outcome and prevent the possibility of re-injury.

Functional Capacity Evaluations

What is it? The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive assessment of a client's overall functional abilities. The evaluation measures range of motion, strength, endurance and tolerance to work-related tasks.

What does it do? This comprehensive assessment is an effective tool that allows us to determine your ability to fulfill your required job duties. How does this assist my work rehab? The data gathered from the FCE also allows us to establish a baseline of your functional level and compare it to your specific job description. We can then develop an effective therapy program, a timeline for your safe return to work and parameters to prevent re-injury.

Post Offer Screen

The post-offer screen evaluation is designed with input from the employer to determine if a candidate for employment is physically able to perform the requirements of the job. This information allows the employer to place candidates in the most physically appropriate job while minimizing the potential for injury.

Spinal Conditions

Back pain

Back pain is the number one reason patients seek physical therapy. When your neck or back hurts, it affects every part of your life. The key to the successful rehabilitation of spinal disorders is by correctly assessing the problem, creating an individualized treatment program and also focusing on education and prevention of future recurrence.

Back pain

At Therapy One, we treat every variety of pain, including muscle strain or spasms, injury, surgical recovery, herniated discs, compression fractures, sciatica, SI joint (pelvic) dysfunction, fibromyalgia, and other chronic and acute conditions. The physical therapists at Therapy One are highly skilled in the treatment of every aspect of neck and back pain and provide a range of gentle, innovative treatments tailored to your specific needs. We evaluate and track your progress, answer your questions and address your concerns throughout the therapy process.

Our goal is to return you to your lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Wellness Plan

Wellness Wellness

Therapy One invites their patients who have completed their physical therapy to continue exercising at our facility. Former patients enjoy exercising in a comfortable atmosphere and know that we are always available for assistance. This is a per month fee with no contract.

The goals of our Wellness program are:

  • Help control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to perform activities of daily living

Eccentron

Eccentron

Continuing our mission of enhancing clinical outcomes with technological innovation Therapy One is proud to be the only provider in the state of New Mexico to provide patient access to the Eccentron training device.

With this very sophisticated tool, the therapy staff at Therapy One will be able to speed the recovery of a broad spectrum of patients with lower extremity weakness. From the elite athlete looking for a speedy return to competition, to the person who is deconditioned due to a serious medical condition, the use of the Eccentron will assist our therapists in tailoring specific treatment regimens. The Eccentron not only retrains the muscles of the lower extremities but monitors progress and provides visual feedback to the patient before, during and after every session.

What is eccentric resistance?

Also known as negative resistance, eccentric resistance is commonly found in the real world. As you descend a flight of stairs, your leg muscles perform eccentric contractions, controlling the rate of descent, keeping you safe and stable on the potentially dangerous stairs. The ability to control the descent requires that the muscles lengthen while it is in a state of contraction. These lengthening contractions safely create up to 40% more tension inside the muscle, strengthening the muscle more quickly and simultaneously giving the muscle enhanced stability. This enhanced stability helps to prevent falls and that sensation of “giving way” that many of our patients report before beginning therapy.

Am I right for the Eccentron?

If you have lower extremity weakness due to a musculoskeletal, neuromuscular or even cardiopulmonary condition, the therapists at Therapy One can use the Eccentron as part of a specifically designed program to improve your strength, balance, and endurance. In the athletic population, eccentric training helps to develop the explosive power that is necessary to succeed. In patients with cardiopulmonary problems eccentric training requires 80% less oxygen consumption than traditional aerobic training.