yellowDepending on your reason for seeking treatment, physical therapy and rehabilitation can help with flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and balance. Physical therapy helps develop, maintain and restore a body part’s movement and function while reducing pain and swelling. Functional Rehabilitation focuses on each patient’s activities of daily living by incorporating exercises and activities to help reduce pain improve strength and motion.
Dr. Karm will work with you to choose the best modality for your specific issues to help you improve function. Additional therapy may include:

Myofascial Release Therapy – With the aid of a licensed massage therapist, stretching and muscle relaxation techniques can be utilized to help reduce pain and improve range of motion. Physician directed massage therapy is a powerful tool that can speed up the healing process and allow a patient to move out of the acute phase of care quickly. Dr. Karm will work with your massage therapist to fully explain your condition and direct specific treatment goals for each session.

Graston™ Technique – The method uses stainless steel tools to treat disorders of the skeletal muscles and related connective tissue. The therapy reduces pain to an area by stretching, separating and breaking down collagen cross-links, connective tissue and muscle fibers. Results include relief by altering chronic muscle holding patterns and spinal reflex activity, increasing the rate and amount of blood flow to and from an area, and escalating cellular activity and histamine response.

Kinesiotape™ –This holistic therapy addresses physiological, mechanical, and psychological mechanisms using taping techniques to aid the body’s natural healing process by supporting and stabilizing muscles and joints without obstructing motion. The unique composition of the tape provides extended soft tissue manipulation to further the benefits of rehabilitation and physical therapy. The application is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and treats orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.

Cupping – Despite its use as early as 3000 BC, cupping is a technique gaining popularity for treating sprains, soft tissue injuries and backaches. Suction at specific points is created with various sized cups. The results can be immediate and very effective for reducing pain caused by the stagnation of energy and blood flow.