Services include specialty in orthopedic manual therapy, trigger point dry needling (TDN), therapeutic and corrective exercise prescription as well as thorough education on preventative and self management techniques.
At Peterson Physical Therapy we have a combined 30 years of experience in every Physical Therapy setting including acute trauma care, neurological rehab, home care, acute and subacute rehab, and the outpatient therapy and sports medicine realm. Over the years we’ve been exposed to a number of different philosophies and techniques and have come to realize that there isn’t one perfect approach that works for everyone. We have committed ourselves to lifelong study and learning and have traveled far and wide to learn from the best in our field. Along the way we have created a network of colleagues and friends that have been an invaluable resource. We plan to continue this to serve our clients with the most up to date techniques, information and self management tools available.
Manual Therapy is defined a “the provider performing manual therapy techniques including soft tissue and joint mobilization, manipulation, manual traction and/or manual lymphatic drainage to one or more areas.” It is hands on and can encompass a wide variety of techniques. At Peterson PT, we have trained in Maitland Manual Therapy techniques, Functional Range Release, DNS techniques. Dr. Susan Peterson holds full certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling through Kinetacore and is currently set to begin the process to obtain certification through NAIOMT, North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
Trigger Point Dry Needling:
Trigger point dry needling (TDN) is a technique used by Physical Therapists in which a thin needle is inserted into irritated muscle tissue, or myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points contain increased levels of chemicals that cause pain and affect the tissue’s normal cellular function resulting in decreased blood flow, soreness, and poor muscle function/recruitment. This can sometimes be the source of one’s pain but also can cause a cascade of dysfunction that can cause pain and dysfunction up and down the myofacsial chain. This cascade can result in injuries or diagnoses that may not seem related to the area where the trigger point has been located.
TDN causes a muscle twitch that allows for a chemical resetting which provides a “clean slate” for which the tissue to send and receive information to the brain and for the brain to respond appropriately and accurately with proper retraining. We have studied many soft tissue techniques and the biggest advantage to TDN that we have seen so far is how fast we see results. Like any modality, TDN is not for everyone, but it is a very effective technique that we have used to get our clients moving better and painfree in a much shorter timeline.
TDN can used to treat many conditions including chronic pain, joint pain, tendonitis , TMJ dysfunction, headaches, plantar fascitis, sciatica, spine pain and dysfunction, pain and hemiparesis due to stroke and a number of others.
In the web based world we all now live in we can access exercise routines and workouts to target just about any area of the body. At Peterson PT we prescribe exercise to target movement patterns instead of body parts. We focus on quality over quantity. Emphasizing quality and form causes max challenge and crossover between the brain/nervous system and the bones and joints or the musculoskeletal system. It also increases out metabolic load. If part of the chain isn’t functioning properly our all powerful brain will help us accomplish our task some other way. Often times this causes overcompensation in other areas of the body leading to injury. A great example of this is ankle sprains. Often ankle sprains occur because we are lacking in control of the muscles above it, usually the hip girdle. The ankle can not substitute for the lack of control from the hip and it is over taxed.
This is the most important part of the rehab you’ll receive at Peterson PT. We use our manual interventions to allow for improved mobility and pain relief and we follow it up with a program that reteaches the brain how to integrate the new mobility and information it gained.
We are advanced certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). The SFMA is a standardized assessment that highlights compensations, assymetries, mobility and motor control deficits that can put you at greater risk of injury. At Peterson PT our goal is first to decrease your pain but ultimately to get you moving better.