At Chardon Physical Therapy it is all about the client. Returning you to your peak performance.

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Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is the cornerstone of our hands-on approach to effective physical therapy treatment. Skilled manual therapists can make immediate improvements to your range of motion and reduce your pain. As a result, their treatments can also create an opportunity for greater mobility, strength gains, and healing response.

Definition of Manual Therapy: The “application of an accurately determined and specifically directed manual force to the body, in order to improve mobility in areas that are restricted; in joints, in connective tissues or in skeletal muscles.

How much manual therapy will my condition require?There is a correlation between the amount of hands-on manual therapy you will need and the amount of time you have had an injury or pain. The more acute/recent the problem, the quicker we tend to see positive results. Acute injuries can often be resolved in just a few visits. However, more serious or chronic injuries will usually take somewhat longer to effectively treat.Factors such as age, overall health, and lifestyle definitely also play a role in how much treatment is needed to get you back to doing what you love. With that said, we do occasionally see major changes quite quickly, even if a problem has persisted for many years. It really depends on many things, which we can identify and more clearly determine at your initial evaluation.

Take-home point: For most people, the sooner you decide to pursue manual therapy treatments, the fewer treatment sessions you will likely need.

Why shouldn’t I just go to a massage therapist to get “manual therapy” and treat my condition?While we are big proponents of massage therapy and often send our patients to get regular massage, physical therapists are uniquely trained to assess and evaluate the musculoskeletal system and injury. Hands-on techniques are often not very effective (and can even be damaging) if they are not guided by skilled evaluation and diagnosis that massage therapists are not trained to complete, and in fact, legally unable to perform.From our in-depth evaluation and constant re-assessments at every visit, our manual therapy techniques are not simply aimed at working on an area that hurts, but also directed at resolving the true sources of your pain and injury. Additionally, most injuries and pain need some form of exercise-based treatment, which again, massage therapists are not trained or legally allowed to prescribe.Again, we love massage therapy and are regular clients of great massage therapists here in town, but when we’re injured, we stick with professionals who can fully evaluate and treat the entirety of the injury.

Will I be sore following manual therapy?It is not uncommon to have some soreness following treatment, and this is nothing to worry about if it happens. This usually subsides within 24-48 hours. If it persists beyond 48 hours, we will adjust our future treatments to match your body’s receptivity to hands-on treatment.


Integrative Dry Needling

WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE DRY NEEDLING?  This modern method of physical therapy helps ease muscle strain due to injury. Despite the use of needles, IDN is different than acupuncture. The needles are placed at different “trigger points” in the body that are causing pain. Containing no saline, they can remain in the body for 30 seconds to 30 minutes, depending on the level of therapy required. Manage your pain and improve flexibility with integrative dry needling therapy, which also helps with tissue restoration and accelerated healing

IS INTEGRATIVE DRY NEEDLING RIGHT FOR ME? The best course of physical therapy treatment for you will depend on the location and severity of your injury. Medical history also plays a factor in deciding whether or not a hands-on treatment like IDN is ideal. However, it is an effective method of treatment for the following conditions, among others:

  • Tendonitis
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Torn ligaments
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches
  • Nerve injuries

Many patients experience an immediate sense of relief from their symptoms, while other bodies take up to a day to feel the same effects. Within a month of sessions, you could be fully healed, depending on the progression of your response to treatment.

BENEFITS OF INTEGRATIVE DRY NEEDLING One advantage of IDN over other treatments is the replacement of injured muscle tissue with fresh muscle tissue. When soft tissue is stimulated by the needle, it initiates the self-healing process of the human body and begins reducing stress on the muscles right away.In addition to almost instant pain relief, this method can also be used before an injury occurs. As a preventative tool for athletes, integrative dry needling helps a body recover more quickly from collisions and acute injuries sustained during sports games.

Interested to find out if Integrative Dry Needling Therapy can help ease your pain? Reach out to a therapist today to learn more about this physical therapy method.


Therapeutic Exercise

A vital part of getting you back to 100%Therapeutic exercise is an integral piece of our practice and the results you will get with our treatment. While our manual therapy techniques provide a window of opportunity with improved pain and range of motion, it’s therapeutic exercise that utilizes that opportunity to regain strength, speed healing, and resolve harmful compensations that you’ve developed. Ultimately, movement is the best medicine for most of the ailments we see.With that said, most therapeutic exercises and components of your “home exercise program” can be performed outside of the clinical setting using body weight and very simple, cheap forms of resistance. Exercises are chosen very specifically for your case and the focus is quality, not quantity. If you are looking for a clinic to hand you 12 exercises to do, we are not the clinic for you. For this reason, we teach our patients the exercises they need to do, and it is then their responsibility to complete their home program on their own time. When our patients are at the clinic, they are not spending time on things that they can reproduce or perform themselves. We can’t stand when we hear stories of physical therapists having their patients simply repeat all their home exercises in the clinic… what a waste of time and money!