Physical Therapy Services

Manual Therapy

Dr. Asher has completed post graduate studies in a variety of manual therapies and utilizes Maitland based orthopedic manual therapy, joint mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release techniques, and kinesio taping to restore.  Dr. Asher selects the appropriate combination of manual therapy skills to address structural restrictions and movement limitations and pairs it with functional movement and neuromuscular re-education for continued success beyond the PT session.

 

Cupping

It is a form of manual therapy that can help alleviate muscle and fascial tightness, pain, and tension. During a cupping session, special cups that create a suction are placed on the skin. The suction gently pulls the skin into the cup, encouraging blood flow into the specific area. This technique helps to hydrate and relax tissue for people with chronic tightness or muscle spasms, movement restrictions, chronic tightness or spasms.  We can also use cupping as a form of functional soft tissue release and directly mobilize tissue restrictions as well as an adjunct to other manual therapies such as dry needling and spinal mobilizations.

 

Neurologic Dry Needling

Dr. Asher received her training from Integrative Dry Needling which is based on a neurological dry needle model developed by Dr. Yun-tao Ma and Dr. Frank Gargano to address neurogenic inflammation, the cause of most of the pain and dysfunction.  Peripheral Nerve Mapping is the treatment model using the peripheral nervous system as a guideline for evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of soft tissue pain and dysfunction. This allows not only allows target muscle dysfunction but also addresses neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction as an interrelated systemic issue.  This method utilizes one standard systemic protocol, consisting of three types of neuro-trigger points; (1) Homeostatic points, (2) Paravertebral points and (3) Symptomatic points that allow for an individualized treatment plan. This often painless technique is can treat various conditions like spasm, radiculopathy, hypersensitivity, tissue edema, neuro-trigger points, and neuromuscular maintenance.  

Neuromuscular Re-education/Training

When nerves or muscles experience damage or injury resulting from trauma and various medical and neurological conditions, muscle movement patterns and strategies can be negatively affected causing limitations in functional, recreational, and sports related activities.

To restore “normal” motion within an injured body part we must perform specific prescribed motions.The goal of neuromuscular re-education activities is to re-train a body part to perform a specific task that the body part was previously able to do.Neuromuscular re-education is an integral component of physical therapy at PPPTW for all of our rehabilitation patients because we believe the need to re-establish normal kinesthetic sense and proprioception of the Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar spine and Appendicular skeleton is not only critical to eliminating many of the symptoms that the patient presents with during their treatment time but also necessary to prevent re-injury,

 

Pilates Based Exercise Rehabilitation

Dr. Asher utilizes the guiding principles of her Polestar Pilates education such as control, movement integration, and  to develop specific exercise programs tailored to improved movement strategy, coordination, endurance, strength, and flexibility to optimize patient functions and achievement of goals.