movement therapy

what to expect

Fundamental movements are the building blocks for strength, endurance, speed, power and agility. If a person does not move well, over time the body learns to compensate causing micro-trauma to joints and muscles. This may not initially affect performance but eventually as person will experience  breakdown, inconsistencies, loss of performance, fatigue, recurrent soreness and ultimately injury. Working with an expert such as a physical therapist or strength and conditioning specialist will help set the framework to maximize your training efforts and activities of daily living to help direct where to focus your attention.

our movement therapy programs

At Back 2 Normal our goal is to help our patients experience positive movement experiences in order to facilitate confidence in daily activities and overall performance.

We use the following therapies and tools to help restore movement:

therapeutic pilates

Our Therapeutic Pilates is often incorporated into our physical therapy care plans. The sessions focus on core control, spinal mobility, alignment, and breathing. We use a variety of Pilates apparatuses to provide assistance or resistance allowing patients to move through a greater range of motion with ease and control.  This ultimately creates positive movement experiences which builds confidence and carries over to functional tasks.

Programs are designed based on individual needs and home exercise programs enhance what is in the physical therapy sessions. Once pain levels are managed and functional mobility restored, patients are often discharged from physical therapy and progress from a rehab-based program to a fitness-based program.

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yoga therapy

Our yoga philosophy is centered around self-care, balance and mindfulness. Self-care is a multifaceted system of tools, uniquely applied to each individual, which move us in the direction of growth, compassion, an uplifted sense of wellbeing and improved life management skills.  We focus a one-on-one therapeutic approach that uses breath work, props and deep sustained postures to help ease the body into a more relaxed state, helping to relieve stress, decrease pain and restore balance to the mind and the physical body.

melt therapy

New research has revealed the missing link to pain-free living: a balanced nervous system and healthy connective tissue. These two components work together to provide your body architectural support and optimal mind-body communication.  Connective tissue surrounds, intertwines, and connects around every bone, organ, muscle, nerve ending, tendon, ligament, and even blood vessels. When you directly improve the integrity of this fascial system then you indirectly improve efficiency of movement and performance as well as other systems of the body such as sleep and digestion.

MELT Therapy is a revolutionary intervention that allows anyone to treat their own connective tissue utilizing specialized techniques with a soft body roller and small balls. This method rehydrates the connective tissue, rebalances the nervous system and restores space to compressed joints. Balancing the connective tissue is critical for anyone recovering from pain or injury, wants to improve their overall function and be empowered to be their own body worker.

movement screening

Our goal is to find the true cause of injury and identifying movement dysfunction starts on the first day of your evaluation.  Through movement pattern screening we can isolate if a person’s limitation is due to mobility restrictions or loss of stability and motor control. This helps us to target specific strategies the gets quick results.

  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) whether you want to improve your overall performance, return back to sport or daily activities, the FMS is used to enhance performance and only when pain has resolved from an injury to help identify the weak links in movement. Corrective exercises are then prescribed to restore movement and prepare someone to return back to exercise, sport or daily activities in a more effective and efficient way. The FMS can also be used to enhance performance and provide fitness professionals with additional information to create the most effective programs and decrease risk of injury. This testing is also used by professional Tennis, Golf, National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB) and Major League Soccer (MLS).
  • Select Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the source of your symptoms, not just the site of pain.

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