Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)
BFR is taking a device such as a cuff or wrap and placing it around a limb to curb partial blood blow to the affected area. When placing the cuff around the limb, blood flow is restricted by limiting arterial flow and venous return. By restricting the blood flow, higher levels of metabolic stress are created. Both metabolic stress and mechanical tension are associated with increased muscle growth. Because BFR can create this metabolic stress, exercises can be performed with low-load resistance training and achieve the same if not better results than traditional strength training.
Cupping is a manual therapy technique that is used to assist with pain management, decrease muscle or fascia tightness and promote healing. This is done by attaching plastic, glass, or silicone cups to the skin via suction. Cupping differs from other manual techniques because it provides a decompressive force to the tissues. This negative pressure draws blood flow to the area which sparks an inflammatory process to promote healing. Typically, the cups are left in place or moved around by the therapist for 5-10 minutes. The therapist can also assist the patient with moving through motions that they are having difficulty performing due to pain or tightness. This technique can leave marks on the skin but each individual is different with regards to how long the marks will last. Some marks disappear within a few minutes and some can last for several days.
As we age our balance will decline, and without maintaining a functional level of strength, flexibility, and balance you can become prone to an increased risk of falls. Every year more than one in three people age 65 years or older fall, and the risk increases with age. A simple fall can cause a serious fracture of the hip, pelvis, spine, arm, hand, or ankle, which can lead to hospital stays, disability, and loss of independence.
Elderly parents, friends, and neighbors can benefit from a physical therapy program designed to improve their function and ability to remain active.
Graston Technique – Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Soft tissue injuries can be debilitating and frustrating. Graston Technique® (GT) therapy effectively treats all soft tissue conditions, whether chronic, acute, or post-surgical. GT therapy can help you enjoy life again. The Graston Technique and instruments enable the treatment of scar tissue and fascial restrictions during rehabilitation, allowing for faster rehabilitation and greater success when the goal is restoring range of motion, eliminating pain, and restoring normal function.
We take our hands for granted, and often don’t realize that simple, daily activities like opening a door or getting dressed require the ability to grip, twist, turn, and manipulate objects. It’s part of what makes us uniquely human – our hands. A hand, wrist, or elbow injury can be devastating to a patient, athlete, or worker and these patients have specific needs related to their condition and recovery. Certified hand therapists (CHT’s) are physical or occupational therapists with extensive training and expertise in treating upper extremity injuries.
Injuries are not only scary for children, but also their parents. For those under the age of 18 needing physical therapy, Foothills is the place to start recovery. Our therapists are trained in pediatric orthopedic conditions (post-operative, acute injury, post-fracture/immobilization) so we can help your child achieve their maximum level of function and independence despite their injury. We work closely with parents to ensure pull-through at home and strive to make physical therapy fun for our younger patients. With our Sports Medicine-focused philosophy, we also partner with FAST sports performance trainers and athletic trainers in schools to ensure a safe return to any activity or sport.
Pelvic Floor Therapy
Pelvic floor dysfunction occurs when the muscles, nerves, connective tissue, skeletal structures in the pelvis are not functioning properly to keep us content, aid in sexual performance, and assist in core stability. Discomfort from the low back, abdomen, hips, and legs can contribute to pain and most likely have some pelvic floor impairments. Infections, childbirth, and previous surgeries are a few things that can bring on a pelvic floor dysfunction.
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), is a specialized technique that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and release underlying myofascial trigger points (muscular and connective tissues) for the management of neuro musculoskeletal pain. Dry needling is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue to diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and participation.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
Disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be especially painful and debilitating for patients. Our physical therapists specializing in TMD can assist you in addressing your immediate symptoms and work with you to address contributing factors.
Feeling dizzy or unbalanced can be extremely troubling to patients, and these symptoms often result in a loss of function and can severely limit the enjoyment of daily activities. Foothills has locations and physical therapists that can help in cases of positional vertigo (BPPV), gait instability, motion sensitivity, cervical disorders, and other balance-related disorders. Additionally, as post-concussion syndrome continues to gain national attention, we continue to develop and implement post-concussion protocols in combination with national thought leaders and local physicians in the Phoenix area.
Foothills approaches the management of the injured worker the same way we would approach the treatment of any patient – with an emphasis on goals and a focus on getting them back to work safely and effectively. We are partners in your care and recognize some of the unique challenges faced by employers and payers who are looking for efficacious, cost-effective, and safe return to work strategies for their employees. All injured workers are evaluated by a physical therapist and a plan of care is developed and implemented that will minimize time off work and maximize functional recovery.
All Foothills locations accept patients covered under the Workers’ Compensation laws in Arizona.
We strive to offer the full continuum of care, and FAST (Foothills Acceleration and Sports Training) brings a new dimension to therapy by offering additional programs for those returning from injury, those looking to prevent injury, and those looking to advance their health and well-being.
- Sports Performance Training: Looking to become a better athlete or to take your athletic performance to the next level?
- Personal Training: This is the perfect opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone and achieve the fitness goals you’ve only dreamed of.
- Group Training: A program that allows you to improve your fitness level while sharing the experience with others who have similar goals
We created the Recovery Zone to help you recover, faster. We provide state-of-the-art recovery systems with the expertise of certified fitness professionals, ranging from physical therapists to certified personal trainers and more, to keep you feeling great after your toughest sweat. We’re not for the outdated mantra “no pain, no gain”. Our philosophy is that when you feel your best, you perform your best. Our innovative restoration and recovery technology systems relieve the aches and pains, soothe sore muscles, and decrease the time needed for your body to recover from vigorous workouts. The Recovery Zone is located next to our Stetson Village location.
Alter G Treadmill
The AlterG® can help patients recover more quickly while staying active. Whether you’re 91 using a walker or 21 training for the Olympic marathon trials, incorporating the AlterG into injury treatment and prevention can help you achieve your goals. With Stride Smart Technology, we can see the direct effects of gravitational loading and unloading to optimize rehab in a wide variety of clinical applications. Available at our Stetson Village and North Central Phoenix locations.