Providing eclectic Osteopractic Care
An OSTEOPRACTOR is a physical therapist or medical doctor that has completed an evidence-based post-graduate training program in the use of high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation and dry needling for the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities.
Osteopractic Physical Therapy is an approach to care, a sub-specialty within physical therapy, and more accurately describes the kind of physical therapy services (rather than simply “physical therapy”) offered so the public, and colleagues alike, can identify the appropriate practitioner of choice for the condition in question.
When you break a bone, you look for an orthopedist, not just a general medical doctor. When you have a skin condition, you go to the dermatologist. Or when your child needs medical care, you look for a pediatrician. Likewise, when you have neck pain, low back pain, headaches, tennis elbow, heel pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee osteoarthritis, shoulder impingement, or joint pain etc., it makes sense to look for a specialist–an Osteopractic Physical Therapist or Osteopractor–not a generalist, within physical therapy that is specifically trained and has advanced post-graduate qualifications to treat those conditions.
What is manual therapy?
Manual therapists perform highly skilled bio mechanical and postural assessments and treatments. Treatments range from joint mobilizations and spinal manipulations, when appropriate, to soft tissue and neural mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, and manually assisted exercise. Manual therapists also perform comprehensive neurological screens for differential diagnosis of dysfunction.
What types of injuries are good candidates for manual therapy?
In most cases, neck and spine pain respond well to manual therapy as it can alleviate joint and muscle dysfunction contributing to postural imbalances. Manual therapy is also highly beneficial for advanced care of the extremities. Unresolved pain or dysfunction can often be remedied by addressing underlying bio mechanical problems. For example, ankle sprains often involve ankle or foot joint dysfunction (in addition to soft tissue injury) by limiting proper bio mechanics during the runner’s gait cycle. Correcting the underlying bio mechanical issues may reduce pain and swelling as well as improving recovery time and tolerance to impact activities.
What special training does a Manual Therapist undergo in addition to their Physical Therapy training?
To become a Certified Manual Therapist (CMT) a physical therapist must complete an additional 2-3 year program. Manual Therapy Fellow’s (FAAOMPT) have also completed 440 hours of a closely supervised orthopedic clinical residency. Only approximately 300 fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists practice in the United States at this time. Many of these fellows are also recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as Orthopaedic Certified Specialists
At Catalyst Physical Therapy, we offer more than just pain relief in during your rehabilitation. We restore function, make you stronger and improve your quality of life.We begin by creating a comprehensive rehabilitation program tailored to your orthopedic needs, after experiencing you first visit you’ll find the orthopedic expertise and personal attention you needs will be met.