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    Welcome!  PEAK Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation is built on the philosophy of delivering the best physical therapy to the patient by a professional physical therapist or physical therapy assistant with a continuum of care by the individual therapist or team from the initial patient evaluation to discharge.

    If you are looking for a physical therapy provider, we have a handful of reasons why to choose PEAK Physical Physical:

    1.  Hands-on Physical Therapy Care;

    2.  Consistent and constant supervision from the same provider;

    3.  Customized and specialized therapy for you;

    4.  The most innovative techniques and tools in the area:

    5.  Seamless progression from rehabilitation to fitness.

     

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    Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

    Dry needling is fast growing treatment option that can be performed by trained physical therapists with proper secondary training. Many patients are sometimes confused what dry needling treatment is and how it is different compared to acupuncture.

    According to the Federal State Board of Physical Therapy in 2015, dry needling was defined as the following:

    Dry needling is a skilled technique performed by a physical therapist using filiform needles to penetrate the skin and/or underlying tissue to affect change in body structures and functions for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, and disability.

    With that said, here are a few differences between dry needling treatment by a physical therapist and acupuncture:

    • Acupuncture is a treatment based on eastern medical diagnosis requiring training in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Evaluation of a patient often includes tongue and pulse diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis, the practitioner inserts needles into specific points that lie along the merdians or channels of the body through the life force or “qi”.
    • Dry Needling treatment is based on western medical philosophy. The evaluation includes patient history, symptoms, pain patterns, movement, muscular and articular function utilizing functional and orthopaedic tests and measures. Based on this information provided, treatment is guided by the impairments and limitations and the physical therapist will insert needles into muscle tissue that’s causing dysfunction.
    • Physical therapists must have extensive and proper education and knowledge of the muscular and nervous system, along with orthopedics in general skills including manual therapy and re-education in movement.

    These are just a few things that differentiates dry needling from acupuncture treatment. If you would like to learn even more about this treatment and if it would be a good treatment option for you, please visit PEAK Physical Therapy to learn more from our physical therapists that are certified in dry needling.

    Healthy Habits: Everything in Moderation?

    The expression “everything is ok in moderation” is a commonly used axiom among today’s society. In most cases it’s logical as well as being applicable for a wide variety of topics and activities. However, the latest research is now concluding that this is no longer the case pertaining to health and nutrition topics.

    In a recent article published by Tech Insider, Dr. David Ludwig who is an obesity and nutrition expert from Harvard, actually deemed the notion “useless.” Dr. Ludwig believes in an approach that heavily involves considering what it is you eat rather than the amount you consume on a daily basis. He made reference to the Mediterranean Diet, applauding its emphasis on consuming some foods in abundance meanwhile limiting or even eliminating others. For example, a diet that includes moderate intake levels of vegetables and sugar is not healthy nor recommended. According to his research and a number of other studies, a diet with a large quantity of fruits and vegetables and a limited sugar intake will decrease the risk for a number of heart diseases and cardiovascular conditions.
    One of the more riveting references Ludwig made was concerning a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In this study they gave a group of more than 7,000 people at risk for heart disease either a Mediterranean diet with lots of olive oil, a Mediterranean diet with lot of nuts, or advice to eat a low-fat diet as a control. The rates of heart disease dropped so low in the groups eating lots of healthy fats that the researchers were forced to discontinue the study leaving Ludwig in disbelief and reporting “it would have been unethical to keep the control group eating the low-fat diet.”

    In general it is difficult to disagree with many of the points Dr Ludwig made in this article. I do think our society is more knowledgeable and less ignorant than he leads on here. For instance nobody is in line ordering a Big Mac one second and then thinks they can counter that decision by stopping and hitting the veggie aisle at the local Food Lion on the way home. And truthfully, the secret has been out for a while about the health benefits of diets with large amounts of quality fat. In retrospect I would have more so appreciated a study on the difference between the health effects among say the Mediterranean Diet in comparison to the ever growing popular Paleo Diet. Or possibly a retrospective analysis of the difference in impact from choosing one of the previously mentioned diets compared to simply trying to attain similar health effects via over the counter vitamin and mineral supplementation. Regardless, this article should serve as a strong reminder for all of us on how impactful our eating habits can be on our overall health.

    Frozen Shoulder…Are you at risk?

    Shoulder pain and decreased mobility are common impairments for many of us. For some, a chronic history of these impairments may lead to a diagnosis of Adhesive Capsulitis, more commonly known as Frozen Shoulder. Many people have heard of this condition before, but aren’t always educated on exactly what it is and what they can do to treat the issue.

    Adhesive capsulitis is a pathology where there is a chronic history of pain and joint stiffness of the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder complex that can lead to decreased shoulder range of motion, strength, and loss of ability to use that arm for activities. Some risk factors of this disease includes:

    • Overuse of shoulder
    • Prior shoulder injury
    • Immobilizing shoulder such as with wearing a cast or splint
    • Patients with diabetes and thyroid conditions
    • Age: Patients that are 40-65 years of age are more prevalent
    • Sex: Females are more at risk then men

    Fortunately, this condition is a common one treated by health care professionals including physical therapists. A variety of treatment options available through physical therapy in the treatment of this condition include:

    • Patient education to learn more about the pathology process and promoting modifications to everyday activities improve level of function
    • Therapeutic exercise including range of motion exercises and stretching regimen
    • Manual therapy techniques such as joint and soft tissue mobilizations
    • Modalities such as electrical stimulation, laser treatment, and ultrasound to improve pain levels

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