Active Release Techniques® (ART)
Active Release Techniques® (ART) is a patented, state of the art, movement based manual therapy system administered by certified professionals to target soft tissue structures of the body. Soft tissue structures targeted by ART include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. The main goal is to reestablish proper motion between these structures. This technique can help to increase blood flow, release adhesions and scar tissue, and aims to increase mobility while decreasing dysfunction. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee pain and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. A certified Cynergy Physical Therapy provider can use this technique to help treat patients with acute, chronic, overuse, repetitive strain injuries and postoperative cases.
Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) is a specialty certification that is obtained through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). With this certification, evidence-based research is used to train athletes and treat patients with the goal of improving strength by overloading the musculoskeletal system and ultimately improving athletic performance. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists can also design sport specific training programs, provide nutritional advice and injury prevention techniques.
Concierge Physical Therapy
Concierge Physical Therapy brings the expertise of our certified clinicians to the comforts of your own home or office, allowing you the flexibility and convenience of licensed therapists to provide individual and specialized care.
Myofascial decompression (MFD), more commonly referred to as Cupping, is a traditional Chinese therapy that has been adapted to the field of Sports Medicine. Cupping can be used to help treat a variety of injuries including chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, cervical spondylosis and other myofascial soft tissue injuries. Cupping can aid in healing as the negative pressure from the cups lifts the fascia to stretch it and allow for lymphatic drainage of toxins. Cupping can eliminate pain and/or any mechanical deficiencies caused by restricted soft tissue and can treat myofascial strains and other soft tissue restrictions unrelated to injury.
A shoe insert molded specifically to each individual foot, custom orthotics are used to help position your feet to improve structural and functional characteristics creating a more efficient position and giving more support to the foot and ankle. They may be used to help treat a number of conditions including flatfeet, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, and other ailments.
Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®)
Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®) is a trademarked system of mobility and joint control training. FRC® aims to increase ones active, usable ranges of motion by simultaneously improving articular mobility, strength/resilience, and neurological control. By improving your active ranges of motion, you improve your athletic performance and prevent injury or re-injury.
Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an evaluative tool used to help clinicians and healthcare professionals screen individuals for risk of injury and/or dysfunctional or performance limiting movement patterns. The FMS consists of seven screening tests and three clearing tests which are used to identify asymmetries which result in functional movement deficiencies. This clinical tool is suitable for all healthy, active individuals including young and middle aged individuals as well as elite, collegiate and professional athletes. A certified Cynergy Physical Therapy provider can use the FMS to help an individual identify physical limitations, optimize physical health and performance, and to prevent injuries before they occur.
Geriatric Physical Therapy
Geriatric Physical Therapy is a field of practice that focuses on the development and implementation of a treatment plan specifically for the older population (>65 years old). There exists a direct correlation between increasing age and the loss of muscle mass, bone density, and the increased risk of developing chronic diseases. However, research consistently demonstrates how such adaptations can be combated by regular exercise and an active lifestyle. Geriatric care provided by Cynergy physical therapists aims to provide a whole-body strengthening approach that is function based and specific to the needs of older individuals who may or may not be affected by comorbidities. Our goal is to empower the geriatric population to take control of their lives and to not let age be a factor in determining what they are physically capable of achieving.
Hand therapy is the treatment of conditions of the upper extremity including fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Treatments include fabricating custom orthotics, scar management, manual therapy, custom exercise programs, desensitization techniques, strengthening, ergonomic, neuromuscular retraining, lymphedema treatment of the upper extremity and postural training. Hand therapists see a variety of diagnoses including carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, distal radius fractures, tennis elbow, flexor and extensor tendon repairs and frozen shoulder. There is at least one Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) at each of Cynergy’s locations. A CHT can be an occupational or physical therapist who specializes in treating individuals who have complex injuries of the hand and upper extremity. To obtain this credential, the therapist must have practiced a minimum of three years, accumulated at least 4,000 hours of treatment in upper extremity disorders, and have passed a certified examination. CHT’s tend to work closely with orthopedic hand surgeons to allow their patients to return to their highest level of function.
The Graston Technique® is a form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization. It is one of a number of manual therapy approaches that uses instruments with a specialized form of massage/scraping the skin gently. The instruments, usually steel-based, are used to identify and treat soft tissue restrictions and scar tissues that are contributing to a patient’s symptoms. Graston is designed to restore normal range of motion, decrease fascial restrictions, eliminate pain, and restore function to an area of restriction. It is complimented with therapeutic exercise and stretching to treat both acute and chronic pain.
The Kinesio Taping® Method (muscle taping) is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It also provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Kinesio Tape® is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.
Lymphedema is a condition when the lymphatic fluid cannot be adequately drained from the limb region due to damage to the lymph nodes from surgical intervention, cancer treatment or infection. Management of mild to severe swelling in the limbs includes the prescription of specific exercises, light skin-tractioning massage techniques following the lymphatic pathways, and the use of low-compression garments.
Manual Therapy is an umbrella term for skilled, hands-on treatment techniques performed by physical therapists to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. These include both passive (therapist performed) and active (therapist and patient perform collaboratively) techniques, which are aimed at restoring proper function to soft tissues and joints. Manual therapy is most effective when the techniques are targeted to the individual patient’s needs and coupled with neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic exercise.
Neuromuscular reeducation is one technique used by physical therapists to facilitate the return of normal movement in individuals with neuromuscular impairments. Muscle movement patterns are affected when nerves or muscles experience damage or injury as a result of trauma, medical conditions, and neurological conditions.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapy is an evidence-based profession that assists individuals of all ages to gain and/or maximize independence with all daily activities (occupations) in order to promote health and prevent injury, illness, and disability. Occupations range from basic self-care activities such as eating, dressing and bathing to more instrumental activities such as work, play and leisure. Through a holistic approach that carefully considers patient-environment interactions, occupational therapists strive to restore patients’ participation in all meaningful activities through the use of therapeutic exercises and activities, workplace interventions and activity modification and adaptation.
On-site Custom Splinting
At Cynergy, we welcome patients with any same-day splinting needs. Often, after an upper extremity surgery, your doctor will refer you to a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) to fabricate a custom orthosis for your surgical site. Splints (orthotics) are used to protect post-surgical sites, support or immobilize painful joints and muscles, and assist with nerve compression. The CHT’s at Cynergy use thermoplastic material to mold custom splints for the finger, hand, wrist or elbow that are tailored to the specific needs of each patient. The process from start to finish takes 20-30 minutes and our patients leave same day with their newly fabricated, customized splint.
Orthopedic Clinical Specialists (OCS)
An Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) is a physical therapist recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) as an individual who holds a clinical specialization in treating orthopedic injuries. OCS clinicians maintain an expertise for treating bones, muscle, cartilage, tendon, ligament, and joint injuries. Orthopedic Clinical Specialists utilize the latest research and technologies available to provide an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation.
Pain management is a primary goal of physical therapy with multiple conservative strategies employed to enhance quality of life. Strategies may include manual therapy, exercise, postural training and education to promote optimal healing and reduction of pain. Your therapist will work you and the rest of your medical team to develop an appropriate plan of care that addresses your specific needs and goals.
Pediatrics Physical Therapy
At Cynergy Physical Therapy, we work with pediatric patients of all ages, from newborns to 18 years of age. Some common pediatric conditions we treat at Cynergy include scoliosis, torticollis, pediatric fractures and splints, concussion management, severs disease, Osgood Schlatter disease, patella tendonitis, patellofemoral pain, and other congenital musculoskeletal disorders.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
PNF is a neuromuscular re-education approach that stands for Proprioceptive (perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body) Neuromuscular (pertaining to the nerves and muscles) Facilitation (to make easier) that is based on the principles of anatomy, physiology, growth and development, kinesiology, behavior sciences, and neurophysiology to improve the quality and efficiency of movement. The goal of the treatment is to facilitate a patient to achieve a movement or posture which has been identified to be in a state of dysfunction.
Schroth Method; Conservative Scoliosis Management
The Schroth Method is a specialized treatment for scoliosis that offers a conservative way to manage scoliosis by using Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE). The program consists of curve specific, individualized, three-dimensional, corrective postural and breathing techniques. Patients of all ages may benefit from Schroth therapy. During the session, the patient will perform customized exercises that focus on elongation, derotation, and stabilization of the spine.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a comprehensive assessment used to classify movement patterns, identify regions for further local biomechanical examination, and ultimately, direct manual therapy and therapeutic exercise intervention. It is a system that helps incorporate a movement baseline into a musculoskeletal examination to create a more pattern-specific perspective of how each individual patient moves in relationship to their anatomical information and their medical diagnosis. At Cynergy Physical Therapy, we have certified SFMA therapists who will use this evaluative tool in order to design the ideal personalized treatment plan tailored to suit your specific needs.
Sports Medicine Physical Therapy
Sports Medicine Physical Therapy involves a functional movement evaluation, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of the athlete with specifics to their sport. This specialization is also concerned with performance enhancement. This type of therapy is meant to teach preventative techniques to athletes, families, coaches and even other physical therapists. Sports physical therapists work with doctors to develop programs to help athletes manage pain and recuperate from injuries. They also play a role in assessing when someone is ready to return to physical activity.
Sports Performance Enhancement Physical Therapy
The purpose of Sports Performance Enhancement Physical Therapy is to bridge the gap between medicine/physical therapy and fitness/performance training. For clients and patients who desire to make bigger gains than you would generally expect in a traditional physical therapy setting, Cynergy provides a safe place for patients to train under physical therapists who have advanced training in strength and conditioning, functional training and movement, and kinesiology. With this extensive training and experience, our physical therapists help athletes reach their potential and ultimately improve their athletic performance.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) Treatments
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) is a blanket term used in describing any problem relating to the temporomandibular joint or jaw. Such problems can include myofascial pain that involves pain and discomfort in muscles of the jaw, an internal derangement such as a displaced disc or a dislocation, and/or inflammatory or degenerative changes resulting in arthritis. Our physical therapists who treat TMJ dysfunction can identify range of motion restrictions, muscle tension, and problems with joint mechanics that contribute to TMJ dysfunction. They treat such impairments by utilizing deep tissue massage and joint mobilizations to promote muscle relaxation and increased mobility, prescribing exercises to strengthen muscles of the jaw and cervical spine, and providing education on lifestyle modifications to prevent exacerbation of symptoms and future injury.
Sometimes called corrective exercise, therapeutic exercise is one of the most effective treatment tools therapists and patients have to reduce pain and disability. Therapeutic exercise refers to instructing the patient on the performance of body movements or exercises designed to restore normal function to injured or impaired joints or tissues. The goal of therapeutic exercise is often to regain flexibility, strength and endurance, but may also include balance training and movement re-education of painful or difficult activities in order to improve a patient’s ability to perform daily movements or tasks.
Trigger Point Release
Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern and often accompany acute or chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Manual therapy is used to release trigger points helping to decrease discomfort and improve range of motion. Trigger point release is typically followed-up by range of motion and postural exercises to help decrease the recurrence.
Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX®)
Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX®) is a suspension based exercise system that requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer; a performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete hundreds of exercises. Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. Several Cynergy Physical Therapists are trained in TRX exercises.
Vestibular Rehabilitation is specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate both the primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular (balance) disorders. It is an exercise-based program primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls
Women’s Health Care
Physical therapy for women is catered specifically to a female’s life span from the age of menarche, through young adulthood, through childbearing, menopause, and into later stages of life. Women’s health issues include prenatal/post-partum care, pelvic pain, incontinence, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoporosis, low back pain, and musculoskeletal injuries. At each Cynergy Physical Therapy location, we have private treatment rooms to provide a safe, healing and comfortable environment.