Archive for October, 2010

Physical Therapy in Boise – Deep Tissue Massage for Back Pain Relief

October 30, 2010

At Pro Motion Physical Therapy we use deep tissue massage on a daily basis to treat lower back pain, neck pain and shoulder problems. In physical therapy soft tissue techniques are used to relax muscles and normalize tone.

The skilled use of deep tissue massage can often be the difference between a good therapist and a great one, especially when dealing with sore tight muscles in the back, neck and shoulder.

For more information about Physical Therapy in Boise visit our website at:

http://www.promoptboise.com/

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Physical Therapy In Boise – Custom Orthotics For Knee Pain

October 29, 2010

Physical Therapy in West Boise Near HP and Centennial High School

October 27, 2010

We have a West Boise location that is conveniently located just 5 minutes from HP, Centennial High School and Capitol High School. We are near the Corner of Ustick and Five Mile Road in the Medallion Five Mile Professional Center.

For more information about Physical Therapy in Boise visit our website at:

http://www.promoptboise.com/

Get Back Pain Help With Deep Tissue Massage

October 27, 2010

I am a physical therapist and I will occasionally get a call from one of my friends asking where he or she might find a good massage therapist that could help them with their back pain. My response is “you found him, that would be me”. It is funny how many people have no idea that physical therapists receive extensive training in deep tissue body work and use massage on a daily basis to help people overcome lower back pain.

It’s not that a good massage therapist doesn’t have a valuable place in the health care spectrum but why would someone want to pay $50 – $60 dollars cash out of pocket for a massage therapist who may have no more than a 6 months of training when you could get your health insurance to pain for a physical therapist who has three years of training in:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • soft tissue mobilization
  • deep tissue massage
  • evaluation and diagnosis
  • biomechanics
  • medical exercise prescription

It is this unique combination of specialties that make physical therapists the medical community’s go to practitioners for conservative low back pain treatment

For more information about getting back pain help with physical therapy visit our website at:

http://www.backpainhelptoday.com/uncategorized/freedom-from-back-pain-with-ph…

Physical Therapy in Boise – Location, Location, Location

October 26, 2010

Pro Motion Physical Therapy two convient locations in Boise. We treat patients by appointment at either location. Please call us for an appointment at which ever location is closest to you.

For more information about Physical Therapy in Boise visit our website at:

http://www.promoptboise.com/

Physical Therapy Boise – Knee Anatomy Animation

October 26, 2010

This is a very well done anatomy animation that clearly shows the ligaments of the knee and a patellar tendon graft. Such grafts are often used to replace a torn Anterio Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in athletes.

For more information about Physical Therapy in Boise visit our website at:

http://www.promoptboise.com/

 

 

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October 25, 2010

Research has shown (see below) that a rehab regimen consisting of isometric lumbar extension exercises in conjunction with low back stabilization exercises is the most effective way to produce a measurable increase in low back muscle strength (Lumbar Multifidus muscles) thereby combating the muscle atrophy of that occurs in the spine with lower back pain.

For more information about getting back pain help with exercise visit our website at:

http://www.backpainhelptoday.com/

Effects of three different training modalities on the cross sectional area of the lumbar multifidus muscle in patients with chronic low back pain

Danneels LA, Vanderstraeten GG, Cambier DC, Witvrouw EE, Bourgois J, Dankaerts W, De Cuyper HJ

Br J Sports Med 2001; 35(3): 186-191

Authors Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that the static holding component between the concentric and eccentric phase was found to be critical in inducing muscle hypertrophy during the first 10 weeks of training. A treatment routine consisting of stabilization training combined with dynamic-static workload for the paravertebral muscles seems to be the most appropriate method for reversing atrophy of the multifidus muscle.

 

Aerobic Exercise for Back Pain Help

October 25, 2010

Conditioning through aerobic exercise is very useful for both rehabilitation and maintenance of the lower back. Patients who regularly undertake aerobic exercise to condition the back will benefit in several ways:
 
They have fewer episodes of low back pain, and will experience less pain when an episode occurs.
They are also more likely to stay functional (e.g. continue working and carry on with recreational activities), whereas those patients with chronic low back pain who do not engage in aerobic exercise are more likely to experience the gradual loss of functional capabilities.
It is easier to control weight or lose weight, decreasing the stress placed on the spine structures and joints.
An increased production of endorphins after 30 or 40 minutes of exercise can combat pain. These bio-chemicals are the body’s natural painkiller, and frequent release of them can help patients reduce their reliance on pain medication.
Endorphins can elevate mood and relieve symptoms of depression, a condition common in those with back pain or a back injury.

Whatever low-impact exercise is used, the exercise should be vigorous enough to increase the heart rate to the target zone (which is scaled to the age of the patient) and keep it elevated. Elevating the heart rate for at least 20 minutes is required to improve cardiovascular strength, burn excess calories, and make noticeable strides in fitness.

This is a nice synopsis of the benfits of aerobic exercise for back pain by Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD

 

For more information about getting back pain help with exercise visit our website at:

http://www.backpainhelptoday.com/

Physical Therapy in Boise – Educating Patients About Thier Back Pain Is A Primary Part Of Treatment

October 24, 2010
Study Shows a Positive Attitude and ‘Health Literacy’ Play Key Roles in Back Pain Relief
By Salynn Boyles
WebMD Health News

“It has long been recognized that patients’ attitudes and beliefs about their back pain can play a big part in how well their pain is managed. Now new research confirms a patient’s level of knowledge about the condition is also critical, as well as their willingness and ability to use that knowledge.”

One of the primary roles of the Physical Therapist is to educate patients about their back pain.

 

“For most patients, psychological factors as well as beliefs, attitudes, and health literacy will also come into play,” he says. “We can tell patients to stay active, for example, but if they don’t believe exercise  will help or if they fear activity will make their condition worse, they aren’t going to do it.”

Physical therapists also work with patients to guide them through the intial stages of therapeutic exercise to ensure that the exercises are preformed correctly. Therapists also modify the exercises appropriately so that patients do not aggravate their pain.

This guided approach to exercise helps patients break through the fear of activity that can hinder their progress. Once patients know what exercises are benefical, why they work and how to do them correctly without increasing thier pain they make much bigger strides toward recovery.

 

Physical Therapy in Boise – Educating Patients About Thier Back Pain Is A Primary Part Of Treatment

October 23, 2010
Study Shows a Positive Attitude and ‘Health Literacy’ Play Key Roles in Back Pain Relief
By Salynn Boyles
WebMD Health News

“It has long been recognized that patients’ attitudes and beliefs about their back pain can play a big part in how well their pain is managed. Now new research confirms a patient’s level of knowledge about the condition is also critical, as well as their willingness and ability to use that knowledge.”

One of the primary roles of the Physical Therapist is to educate patients about their back pain.

“For most patients, psychological factors as well as beliefs, attitudes, and health literacy will also come into play,” he says. “We can tell patients to stay active, for example, but if they don’t believe exercise  will help or if they fear activity will make their condition worse, they aren’t going to do it.”

Physical therapists also work with patients to guide them through the initial stages of therapeutic exercise to ensure that the exercises are preformed correctly. Therapists also modify the exercises appropriately so that patients do not aggravate their pain.

This guided approach to exercise helps patients break through the fear of activity that can hinder their progress. Once patients know what exercises are beneficial, why they work and how to do them correctly without increasing their pain they make much bigger strides toward recovery.

For more information about Physical Therapy in Boise visit our website at:

http://www.promoptboise.com/