As physical therapists, we are best known for our advanced manual therapy methods. Typically, your evaluation will reveal areas of your body that are tight and restricted. If so, we will utilize our hands to specifically mobilize these areas in your muscles, joints, and deep connective tissue. Next, we train your muscles and nervous system to fire appropriately and efficiently. Our skills continue to grow as we are involved in teaching manual therapy continuing education programs to other physical therapists nationally as well as within our community and in physical therapy education programs at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Marquette and Concordia Universities. Click on the following videos to see brief examples of some manual therapy techniques:
Therapeutic Exercise and Home Exercise Programs
If you have been spending months, or even years getting your neck or back "cracked" or "rubbed" by a practitioner and have become reliant on this as your only source of relief, it may be time for a new approach! The exercises that we teach you will be unique to your problem and not the usual pre-printed routine that is ineffective. We often prescribe only 2-4 exercises using simple equipment (provided), which helps with compliance and effectiveness. Be advised that your consistency will make or break the success of treating your problem. Celebrate the idea that you will be in control of your pain, instead of your pain controlling you. Many clients find that their injury resolution is often the catalyst for getting involved in personal training for longevity of their fitness program.
Well-aligned, efficient posture is not something that should be painful or a lot of effort. When your muscles, joints, and connective tissue are tight and restricted, merely existing in a field of gravity drains your energy and effectiveness. Our process usually involves freeing your restrictions, strengthening weak areas, and training your awareness with a few cues. This is also an area that dovetails well with Pilates and Yoga. Click to watch a brief, practical sitting posture video.
Dry Needling (Intramuscular Therapy)
Trigger points are tender, tight areas around muscles and tendons that cause pain and make movement inefficient. To relieve this pain and help you restore ease of movement, we gently stimulate trigger points with thin (very small diameter), solid filament needles which help relax your muscles and surrounding connective tissues. This is non-traumatic to the tissue and there is rarely even any bleeding as the needle is so small. We typically use dry needling (dry means nothing injected) in combination with other techniques including manual tissue manipulation, joint mobilization and manipulation, and therapeutic exercise. We are one of the first physical therapy groups in the state of Wisconsin to be trained and certified in these methods. Read our latest dry needling blog entry.
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill
With the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, located in our downtown and Pewaukee clinics, you can add speed, add volume, train through injury or recover because the AlterG “unweights” you allowing you to exercise between 20 and 100 percent of your body weight. Learn more here.
Gregg Fuhrman and Adam Lindsey are our physical therapy cycling experts that can help you feel your best on and off the bike. In fact, Adam is Madison's only local physical therapist certified in BikePT, a specialized training in proper bike fitting and form for cyclists. Cyclists, whether weekend recreational riders or elite racers, should be as comfortable and as efficient as possible when riding. While many local bike shops offer the latest in bike fit technologies, most lack a physical therapy approach to their fit services. Our Integrated Cycling Evaluation starts with a thorough exercise and medical history. Next, with musculoskeletal screening, we assess your flexibility, strength, and balance. Then we begin the bike fit process and analysis. We do more than move your seat up and down, or shift you forward or back. As we observe your body’s own need for adjustments, we perform physical therapy techniques and show you what you can do at home so it’s not pain or injury that slows you down.