What most people think of when they hear the term “Physical Therapy” is very far from what you experience at Carter Physiotherapy. You do not enter a clinic-type setting with a lot of exercise machines and hi-tech e-stim and ultrasound units. You enter a peaceful, inviting space with a few key components: a treatment table, my diagnostic skills, and my hands. All of my patients are viewed and evaluated in a holistic way. Every part of the body is connected with all other areas, and you may be surprised by the implications of this when looking for the true underlying cause of your pain.
Though the cause of a person’s pain is often in the same part of the body it is experienced, quite often it lies elsewhere in the body. For example, it is not uncommon to find the true source of a patient’s back pain in an ankle, knee, or hip that is not moving correctly. Maybe there was a previous injury or surgery that left the area weak or less mobile, and the change in movement resulted in injury-causing compensations elsewhere.
As all the contributing factors are discovered, specific and rare Manual Therapy techniques are used to resolve the dysfunctions found. The majority of these techniques focus on the connective tissue called “Fascia,” which surrounds and infuses all the structures in the body. The Fascia very commonly undergoes changes/distortions that create a multitude of problems. Luckily, the Fascia can be manipulated back to its normal, or at least more normal arrangement, quite quickly. Manipulation of joints, the cranial bones, and even the abdominal viscera (organs) may also be used to restore normal pain-free movement and function.
Though it may take some time to collect all relevant information, I feel that you should receive as much treatment as possible on the first visit. For this reason, treatment is generally mixed in with the evaluation and you will usually leave the first session with a drastic reduction in your symptoms.
I do not agree with having patients pay to perform exercises in the clinic when they can be done as part of a home exercise program. Therefore, when exercises or stretches are needed, I give thorough instruction on how to perform them, and it is then your responsibility to get them done. At Carter Physiotherapy, time is spent only on treatments that you could not reproduce yourself.
My goal with every patient is to quickly identify the true cause of your symptoms, and then apply rapidly effective Manual Therapy techniques to resolve your pain and get you back to doing the activities you want as soon as possible. With the hands-on techniques I use, and the fact that each treatment is an hour of one-on-one care, the time it takes to resolve pain and injury is usually far less than at other clinics. What would usually take 1-2 months to complete recovery at normal PT and Chiropractic clinics, often takes 1-2 weeks at Carter Physiotherapy.