Why should I go to a Physical Therapist?
Physical Therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who have received education and extensive training to treat movement and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. A Physical Therapist is well versed with human anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics and how it interrelates with one another. Physical Therapy helps when a person’s body is not functioning at what is considered normal or affecting the quality of life.
What happens at my first visit?
At your first visit, the Physical Therapist will ask you questions to understand the root cause of your problem. The Physical Therapist will then do a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation which may include strength, range of motion, balance, posture, and more. Then, the Physical Therapist will have a customized treatment plan as per your need and problem. Treatment may include manual therapy, stretching, strengthening, and Range of Motion exercises by recruiting the right muscles, pain management, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, biofeedback, and patient education.
What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
The Pelvic Floor muscles play an especially important role to support the organs, assist in bowel and bladder control (continence) and sexual function. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a wide range of problems that can occur if these muscles are not functioning properly. These muscles can be too weak, tight, or not coordinated. The muscles or surrounding tissues might have experienced trauma during childbirth or surgeries. Pelvic floor dysfunction can also occur if there is connective tissue dysfunction, myofascial trigger point Pelvic floor dysfunction can cause incontinence, pain with sexual activity, constipation, prolapse, and more. According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 24% of women in the United States have one or more pelvic floor dysfunction. However, many are left undiagnosed as there is less awareness and people are embarrassed to talk about it.
What is Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation? What happens at my first visit?
Pelvic floor Rehabilitation helps restore proper function of the pelvic floor muscles which is done by a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist who undergoes specialized training to assess and treat the pelvic floor and the body as a whole. Many people think Kegels is the only exercise for the pelvic floor and unfortunately most of them do it the wrong way.
At your first visit the Physical Therapist will take an extensive history of your current problems and will perform a musculoskeletal exam which may consist of assessing your spine, pelvic girdle, abdominal musculature, hip. The Physical Therapist will also need to perform an external or internal pelvic exam if needed with your permission and only if you are comfortable. The therapist will then have a customized plan of treatment which may include but not be limited to manual therapy, strengthening, stretching, biofeedback, etc.
What is TMJ Physical Therapy?
If you have pain in your jaw, you might have a temporomandibular joint disorder (commonly known as TMJ.) Various muscles attached around your TMJ. These muscles help with chewing, swallowing, opening, and closing of the jaw. When the jaw is overstressed due to posture, spasms, clenching, or facial injury it can lead to dysfunction. Physical Therapy will take an extensive medical history, perform an evaluation, and discuss the plan of treatment with you. The plan of treatment may include posture education, manual therapy, joint mobilization, exercises.
Why is Livermore Physical Therapy different than other clinics?
At Livermore Physical Therapy, you will receive undivided attention and uninterrupted service from your Physical Therapist. We take pride in our one on one treatment programs to meet our patient’s desired goals. We combine a hands-on approach with continuing knowledge of medical and therapeutic advancements. We educate and empower patients to take active participation in their plan of care and journey towards recovery.
How are you taking measures to sanitize the clinic during COVID- 19?
We see patients strictly by appointments only. The therapist and patient are both required to wear masks. After treatment, the clinic is sanitized. We don’t schedule patients back to back to assure that we have sufficient time to sanitize our equipment according to the guidelines.