Improve Movement…Improve Function…Improve Life!
Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation is a dynamic profession which can diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.
Physical therapists work to restore, maintain and promote not only optimal physical function but wellness, fitness and quality of life as it relates to movement and health.
The physical therapy and rehabilitation approach to health care stresses the patient’s overall health and wellness. It recognizes that many factors affect health, including exercise, diet, rest, environment, and heredity. Physical Therapists provide natural health treatments and rely on the body’s inherent recuperative abilities.
The Physical Therapists at Cornerstone Physical Therapy will work with you to ease your pain, improve your strength, and increase your function!
We specialize in services such as:
- Manual Therapy (joint and soft tissue mobilization)
- Back and Neck Rehab
- Treatment of Joint Pain
- Treatment of Upper and Lower Extremity Injuries
- Athletic and Sports Rehabilitation
- Post-Operative Rehabilitation
- Postural Dysfunction
- Functional Exercise
- Worker’s Compensation
It is our focus at Cornerstone Physical Therapy, LLC to care for each individual patient to the completion of their rehabilitation. While treating the patient, we educate in rehab techniques, exercise, and functional abilities. Our ultimate focus is that the patient’s goals are met and they have the opportunity and knowledge to adopt the Physical Therapy philosophy of health. We love it when patients share their great experiences with others.
What is Manual Therapy?
Manual Physical Therapists perform highly skilled bio-mechanical and postural assessments and treatments. Treatments range from joint mobilizations and manipulations (when appropriate) to soft tissue and neural mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, and manually assisted exercise. Manual Physical Therapists also perform comprehensive neurological screens for differential diagnosis of dysfunction.
What types of injuries are good candidates for manual therapy?
In most cases, neck and spine pain respond very well to manual therapy, as it can alleviate joint and muscle dysfunction contributing to postural imbalances. Manual therapy is also highly beneficial for advanced care of the extremities. Unresolved pain or dysfunction can often be remedied by addressing underlying bio-mechanical problems. For example, ankle sprains often involve ankle or foot joint dysfunction (in addition to soft tissue injury) by limiting proper bio mechanics during the gait cycle. Correcting the underlying bio-mechanical issues may reduce pain and swelling as well as improving recovery time and tolerance to impact activities.
What special training does a Manual Therapist undergo in addition to their Physical Therapy training?
To attain a Fellowship in Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT), a Physical Therapist must complete a specific program of post-professional clinical and didactic education that prepares a clinician in the subspecialty of orthopedic manual physical therapy. The clinical and didactic instruction is intensive and includes extensive mentored clinical experience for building advanced clinical skills. The program incorporates current best evidence with a patho-functional morphological model. This model describes how changes in function can lead to restricted movement and complaints of pain. The ability to perform a focused evaluation that identifies the movement dysfunction provides for efficient intervention. Fellowship graduates will represent the best clinicians in the Physical Therapy profession, equipped to expertly treat any type of movement dysfunction.
Source: The Manual Therapy Institute