Laser Therapy

How can laser therapy help you?

Laser therapy is a non-invasive technique that can reduce pain and inflammation and improve post-activity recovery. Whether your pain is due to a chronic or acute condition, laser therapy can help support the healing process by reducing inflammation.

Laser therapy treatments generally last between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Laser therapy treatments are administered directly to the skin, as laser light cannot penetrate through layers of clothing. You will feel a soothing warmth as the therapy is administered.

How does laser therapy work?

Depending on the condition being treated your therapy may be administered through either a contact or non-contact hand piece. The contact hand piece is designed to allow the therapist to physically manipulate the tissue while administering the treatment, resulting in a laser-massage treatment. This allows for light to penetrate deeper into tissues than the non-contact hand piece due to its ability to displace tissue through a laser-massage technique.

Patients typically see results after 6 to 10 treatments. Your therapist will customize a treatment plan based on your condition.

Watch the video below to see the LightForce Deep Tissue Laser in action.

Pelvic Floor Rehab

Who is Pelvic Floor Rehab for?

  • Urinary Incontinence: Symptoms may be related to both stress and urge incontinence. 26% of women of reproductive age have incontinence.  It is far more common than you think.
  • Pelvic Pain: Including levator ani syndrome, coccygodynia, and vaginismus. Pelvic pain related to muscle imbalances and falls.
  • Pregnancy/post Partum: Pelvic, low back and sacroiliac joint pain, weak pelvic floor, core stabilization, general  strengthening/conditioning  during  pregnancy and post-partum to restore   optimal function/strength of pelvic region.
  • Education: Basic bladder health, bladder re-training, and lumbopelvic stabilization. Come learn what every  woman should know. You do not have to live with pelvic pain or incontinence.

What Should You Expect During A Treatment?

We will examine how the muscles and joints are working in the pelvic region. This may include both external and internal techniques to assess strength, muscle tone, joint position and movement.

You will need a doctor’s referral for an internal pelvic floor evaluation.

Our Women’s Health Professionals At PT Pro are Laura Clever, MPT, OCS, Megumi Sawanoi, DPT, OCS and Brianna Durand, DPT.

 

Blood Flow Restriction

Owen’s Recovery Science, Delfi

THE BASICS: What is Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training & Why Should We Use it?

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, in order to perform exercises that result in gains in muscular strength and hypertrophy (size), an individual must lift 70-85% of their one-repetition maximum (1RM). Unfortunately, many people, especially those recovering from injury, are not able to tolerate these loads. This can limit their ability to experience adequate gains in both muscle strength and size. BFR, with the Owen’s Recovery Science Delfi unit, can achieve muscular adaptations with significantly less load; about 20-30% 1RM.

Clinical practice and research findings indicate that in addition to gains in muscular strength and size, BFR may also promote in cardiovascular endurance and bone healing. Additionally, BFR can result in reduction of pain and disuse muscle atrophy, which is a wasting of muscle tissue that is commonly seen after significant injuries and surgeries. Implementing BFR as a part of one’s physical therapy rehabilitation can help improve muscle strength and size, thus promoting improvements in function and performance.

Equipment:

The Owen’s Recovery Science Delfi BFR unit utilizes a wide tourniquet (strap) placed at the most proximal (top) part of one’s arm or leg to reduce arterial blood flow to working muscles while occluding the venous return of blood to the heart. At the start of each use the tourniquet is calibrated to the individual based on a variety of factors to determine the most efficacious pressure necessary.

Next, the individual performs various exercises and activities while blood flow is reduced to the targeted limb. This brief and intermittent reduction in blood flow to the muscles during exercise with light weight/resistance has been consistently found to result in significant gains in muscle strength and hypertrophy (size) that are otherwise not seen without heavy load lifting.

THE SCIENCE & WHY: How Does BFR Promote Strength and Hypertrophy Gains at Just 20-30% 1RM?

Research has shown that BFR training at 20-30% of an individual’s 1RM can produce similar results to traditional high intensity strength and resistance training. The Owen’s Recovery Science Delfi BFR unit utilizes a wide tourniquet placed at the most proximal (top) part of one’s arm or leg to reduce arterial blood flow to working muscles while occluding the venous return of blood to the heart. Through this brief and intermittent reduction of blood flow, a hypoxic (lack of oxygen) environment is created within the working muscles; mimicking that seen in high intensity, heavy lifting activities, and leading to a cascade of metabolic and chemical processes that are vital for muscle protein synthesis.

MUSCLE GROWTH = MUSCLE PROTEIN SYNTHESIS – MUSCLE PROTEIN BREAKDOW