we fix whatever hurts. FOR GOOD.
By employing the techniques of Applied Functional Science, Active Release Technique (ART) and Spinal Mobilization and Manipulation, we treat —
Low Back Pain
Radiating or shooting pain in the low back can occur with any number of activities, from running to swimming to yoga to strength training. It can also be caused by a disc issue or scoliosis. The cause of pain may ultimately not be in the back, but only an evaluation with a medical professional can provide clarity. Chronic low back pain can be very frustrating; we’ll find the root cause.
Piriformis / Glute Pain — quite literally, a pain in the you know where.
Indicated by tightness and pain in the gluteal region, it gets worse with standing, sitting long periods or standing on one leg. Runners? This pain often occurs when your glutes aren’t firing properly.
Usually felt as stiffness or tingling, chronic neck pain is often caused by an elevated first rib, herniated or degenerative disc, or decreased range of motion at the shoulder. Active Release Technique (ART) is especially helpful in relieving this condition and increasing range of motion. Commonly seen in yogis and triathletes who spend a lot of time in aero position.
We manage post-op care for all types of back, shoulder, achilles, labral, ACL, MCL, LCL and PCL repairs.
Plantar Fasciitis (Morning Foot Pain, First Step Pain)
Usually worse in the morning, this “first step” pain is felt in the foot, usually along the arch or in the heel of the foot. It’s a bummer when you can’t put your foot flat on the floor when you crawl out of bed!
Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
ITB pain is felt on the outside (lateral aspect) of the knee that gradually increases with running. A clicking sound may be heard, and pain is sometimes described as stabbing. It can get so bad that runners are forced to hobble with a straight leg. We see ITB pain frequently in runners newly increasing their distance, particularly among the ladies.
Patella Femoral Syndrome (PFS), a.k.a. Runner’s Knee, a.k.a. GRRRRRR!
Knee pain that is usually felt around the kneecap (patella). It often shows up out of nowhere when running. Pain worsens with running, walking down steps or sitting for a long time. Being stuck at a desk or going to the movies can be just as painful as your long run.
Shin Splints, a.k.a. Anterior Tibialis Tendonitis
Pain felt on the front (anterior) or inside (medial) part of the shin. Pain may start at the beginning of a run, then fade. Or, it may get worse while running and stick around after you stop. That’s definitely not OK. Don’t run again until you’re evaluated by a medical professional. If you’re using orthotics to mask the root cause of shin splints, please, come see us.
Usually experienced in the outer part of the shoulder, this pain comes from repetitive overhead motions like swimming and tennis.
Pain, swelling or thickening of the achilles tendon. Generally painful with ambulation (walking), going up and down stairs, or calf/heel raises.
Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis
Often mistaken for an achilles problem, pain exhibits in the side or back of the lower leg. New orthotics for over-pronators and running in new shoes with less support are frequent culprits for causing this kind of pain. If you’ve taken up “barefoot” running recently or are trying out minimalist shoes, and are experiencing pain, this could be the reason.
Sciatica pain presents as tingling or numbness down the legs, often caused by piriformis syndrome, herniated or bulging discs, stenosis or degenerative disc disease. It also causes an increased range of motion of the lumbar spine, leading to instability.
Hip Impingement, Labral Tears, Bursitis
These issues with the hip are often the result of anatomical abnormalities (is one of your legs longer than the other?), or decreased range of motion secondary to capsule or labral tightness. No bueno. If you’re experiencing tightness in the hip, come in for an evaluation before a more serious problem develops.
Tennis Elbow, a.k.a. Lateral Epicondylitis
This pain occurs with the twisting motion of racket sports as well as in those with careers involving repetitive-use like painters, assembly line workers, butchers, plumbers, etc. It’s an aggravation of the tendon insertion of the forearm muscles, which Active Release Technique (ART) is very successful in treating.
Golfers Elbow, a.k.a. Medial Epicondylitis
Often occurs when a golfer hits the ground too hard on a swing. It’s an aggravation of the tendon insertion of the forearm muscles, but to the inside of the elbow. Active Release Technique (ART) to the rescue!
Also known as an abdominal separation, diastasis recti often occurs after pregnancy — but it also happens to men and woman who lift very heavy things. (Oh heeeyyyy, CrossFitters!) A diastasis recti can look like a pooch in the center of your stomach, almost as if you’re still prego. While it is not guaranteed that a gap will completely close from PT, the muscles can be strengthened and the separation can be minimized. Ignoring a severe gap is a really bad idea — that can lead to low back, hip, and pelvic pain.
Leaking is NEVER ok! There are a couple different causes of it:
STRESS: If you can’t control your pee when you cough, sneeze, jump, or laugh, it’s usually due to weakness in your pelvic floor and core musculature. This experience sucks, and it’s very common postpartum. But guess what, ya’ll. It can be fixed! (Tell your mom and your grandma they’re wrong about chalking it up to part of being a “joy” of motherhood, and bring them in with you!)
URGE: Feel the need to go but can’t make it to the bathroom in time? That’s urge incontinence.
MIXED: Sometimes there’s a combo of stress and urge incontinence at play. We can help.
Pregnancy is uncomfortable, and in many ways, humbling. You’re hosting another human for 40 weeks, give or take. But pain in pregnancy is not a given or just a result of hormones. Pubic symphysis pain is the WORST — PT can help. Low back, hip, SI joint and nerve pain as well as chronic numbness and tingling during pregnancy can also be addressed and managed with PT.
Sure, you get an adorable baby after this surgery — but it’s still massively traumatic to the body. Like any rehab after surgery, scar tissue is present and needs to be managed properly, and muscles need to be strengthened. Take care of that tiny human you made, but take care of you, too.
de Quervain's tendonitis (mommy wrist / mother’s thumb)
New moms spend a LOT of time picking up and holding their babies, which can take a toll on the wrists. The tendons from the thumb to the wrist become inflamed and can lead to symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain.
Pain at your tailbone can occur after a traumatic event like giving birth, a fall or even prolonged sitting.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse:
This condition occurs when the pelvic organs (bladder, bowel, rectum, uterus) drop lower than normal after childbirth. Feeling like your bladder or something is going to fall out? PT can help decrease your symptoms and prevent it from getting worse.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction:
Worried about what giving birth did to you down there? Does putting in a tampon or having your annual GYN exam hurt like hell? Not sure how to contract and relax your pelvic floor muscles on demand? Get thee to our clinic ASAP.
Newsflash: sex isn’t supposed to hurt. Pain during intercourse can be caused by a variety of reasons related to your pelvic floor. IT’S NOT YOU. Let us help.