Spine, Pelvis, and Hip Disorders
Whether your back, neck, or hip pain started yesterday or 20 years ago, we can help you figure out the root cause of the problem and treat the source, not just the symptoms. Once you have had an episode of spinal pain, you are at much greater risk for re-injury. We focus on restoration of function and prevention of recurrent episodes. To achieve this goal, we use a combination of hands on manual therapy, postural re-education, and customized therapeutic exercise including core strengthening, spinal stabilization, stretching, and the McKenzie method.

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Pregnancy and Post-Partum
An increase in hormones and changes to your posture can alter the mechanics of how your body functions during pregnancy and often continues into the post-partum period. Biomechanically, this can wreak havoc on your body. Some of the more common problems that occur are low back pain, diastasis recti (separation of the abdominals), sacroiliac dysfunction and neck/upper- back pain. We can help you by facilitating proper alignment and restoring muscular balance. Home visits can be particularly helpful, as we can ensure carryover of the postural training in your home environment. We can assist with activities like finding comfortable sleeping postures during pregnancy, lifting your baby out of the crib, and sitting in your favorite chair for breastfeeding in the post partum period.

Orthopedics and Sports Rehabilitation
Whether you are a seasoned athlete, weekend warrior, or a couch potato, injuries can happen. We help restore function, promote healing, and alleviate pain in patients with a wide variety of acute injuries and chronic conditions. Some of these conditions include arthritis, tendonitis, muscle and ligament tears, fractures, dislocations, and repetitive strain injuries. If you have had a surgery, one of the most important indicators of how quickly you recover is the effectiveness of your post-operative rehabilitation program. We customize a treatment plan in coordination with your surgeon with the goal of promoting healing, protecting the repair, and carefully guiding your return to function or to your sport.

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Ergonomic Assessments
Ergonomics is defined as “the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment”. How you sit and function at your workstation can drastically alter how your body feels, and this can continue to affect you even when you are no longer at work! We come on-site to your work office or home office and help you or your employees with ergonomic solutions to reduce work related injuries and improve productivity. This may include re-organizing the furniture and equipment that you already have, and if necessary, making recommendations for the purchase of new products to ensure proper ergonomic alignment.

Balance Training and Falls Prevention
Falls are the number one cause of injury and hospital visits due to trauma among people age 65 and older. And most falls occur in the home. Our fall prevention program involves three main strategies: balance and gait training, muscle strengthening, and environmental/home modifications. We perform a functional assessment of the patient evaluating for the ability to safely perform such tasks as being able to negotiate stairs or rising from a low sofa. We also assess the home environment identifying fall risks and making recommendations for eliminating them. We work closely with doctors and family members to ensure that every patient receives safe and compassionate care.

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