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Manual  Therapy

"Manual Therapy is the process of correctly identifying a problem related to the human body and selecting the best technique that will facilitate recovery, reduce pain, and improve function." Manual Therapy can be a broad spectrum of clinical skills and techniques including:

  • Joint Mobilizations/Manipulations

  • Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) 

  • Myofascial Release

  • Soft Tissue Mobilization

  • Manual Traction

  • Functional Manual Therapy

  • Craniosacral Therapy

  We invest in continuing clinical education of our therapists with the best manual skills and the latest research to support these skills. Our therapists have attended and developed manual therapy techniques from the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine, expanded their knowledge about movement impairment systems, postural restoration, anatomy trains, craniosacral from Upledger, the sensitive nervous system, Stanley Paris and Maitland courses. Our therapists combined have over 140 years of clinical experience in rehab and manual therapy.

Aquatic  Therapy

The therapeutic, non-weight-bearing properties of our heated, salt water pool create an ideal rehabilitation environment for a wide variety of ailments. The neutral warmth of 91 degrees F combined with salt water make it more buoyant and less irritating to sensitive systems. Aquatic therapy techniques are designed around the properties of water, facilitating exercise by making movement easier and less painful. Many types of people can benefit from aquatic therapy including: people with chronic pain/disease, people who have just had surgery or recent injury, people with fibromyalgia/arthritis or people at increased risks for falls. 

Some of the benefits of Aquatic Therapy include: 

  • Decreases swelling and joint stiffness

  • Promotes healing, relaxation and body awareness

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Reduces pain levels 

  • Improves flexibility and reduction in muscle tension as well as tone

  • Allows rehab to begin earlier with post-op patients

  • Improves trunk stability for balance, coordination, and gait


We have easy access stairs and a hydraulic lift to for those who need assistance in/out of the pool. Our great therapy staff can enter the pool with you if you require additional hands-on assistance. They will also teach you exercises, and how to best use the equipment.

 

Be sure to check out the Adult Pool classes offered during the week.

*You should not enter the pool if you have any open wounds, skin rash, bowel or bladder incontinence, or are currently with cold or flu symptoms.

Neuromuscular Re-Education

Neuromuscular re-education plays a major role in the out-patient, orthopedic Physical Therapy setting. Pain, inflammation and swelling due to surgery or traumas can lead to loss of neural muscular control and abnormal movement. People often are unaware of their “bad habits” or poor form when performing a movement, which is often where pain originates. Muscles are over worked to help you continue to move, to compensate for another muscle that isn’t receiving the correct signal from your neuromuscular system or isn’t strong enough. Here at Ergowellness our goal is to re-train a body part to perform some task that the body part was previously able to do such as lifting your arm or going up stairs correctly, more efficiently and pain free. Your neuromuscular re-education program will consist of repetitive movements, posturing, and stimulation designed to reinforce nerve signals for functional movements.  It is theorized that when the nerve signals are “retrained” and appropriate muscle movements are repeated, movement patterns become automatic again.  Neuromuscular re-education is often done along side other types of treatment to promote functional movement along with improving balance and coordination. 

Post Surgical Rehab

Physical therapy may be indicated after surgery.  Common post-surgical procedure we treat include: 

  • Total/Partial Knee Replacement

  • Total Hip Replacement

  • Total Shoulder Replacement

  • Rotator Cuff Repair

  • Spinal Surgeries (Kyphoplasties, Laminotomies, Fusions, etc.)

  • Arthroscopic Procedures (Upper & Lower Extremity)

  • ACL/PCL Repair 

  • Meniscus Repair/Menisectomy 

  • Ankle Corrective Surgeries

  • And more

During a typical evaluation, your therapist will look at range of motion, strength, and compensatory patterns. Treatment goals will be to decrease swelling and pain, as well as improve range of motion, strength, and function.

These goals will be achieved through manual therapy, personalized gym and home exercise programs, electrical stimulation or ultrasound modalities (if needed) and aquatic therapy (if indicated).  

Sports Injury Rehab

Our staff is comprised of several former athletes and we know how important it is to get you back into your sport and competing at the highest possible level. Do you have plantar fasciitis or knee pain, that just hasn't responded to rolling, stretching, strengthening or taping? The pain may be coming from your low back, neck or opposite hip. Here at Ergowellness, we look at the whole person, from spinal alignment to your foot structure. Muscle imbalances & flexibility/mobility issues are all contributing factors to sports injuries. We will address these issues with a variety of treatments ranging from manual "hands on" therapy, aquatics in our saltwater pool, to exercises targeted to your sport. Sport specific training is the last step in returning you to the court or field. Our therapists have experience treating children, as well as adults, from the competitive athlete, to the weekend warrior. 

Common Sports Injuries: 

  • Tendonitis (Upper & Lower Extremity) 

  • ACL Repair/Reconstruction

  • Meniscus Repair/Menisectomy 

  • Labral Tears 

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Bursitis

Balance/Proprioception

Fall Risk Prevention

If you have had a fall or have a fear of falling, physical therapy can help your balance and improve your confidence. According to the CDC, more than one third of adults 65 years and older fall each year in the United States. Of those who have fallen, 20-30% suffer moderate to severe injuries including hip and wrist fractures. Physical therapy can help to reduce your fall risk through an evaluation and assessment of balance. You will be given an individualized treatment plan after assessing your strength, mobility, flexibility and proprioception. Your treatment may include: strengthening exercises, stretching, neuromuscular re-education, and provide suggestions to make your home safer. Ergowellness has the added benefit of providing aquatic therapy, where balance exercises can be performed in a secure environment. 

Postural Restoration

As physical therapists, we have several tools in our tool belts to assist a person with postural restoration.  Some of these tools include:

  • traditional exercises to work on the core, stretches and manual therapy to address tight structures, tailored home exercise program to address needs

  • exercises based in the principals of Pilates and similar philosophies

  • core stability group classes in both the salt water pool and on land

  • individual attention to car and work ergonomics via certified ergonomic specialists or during traditional P.T.

  • postural chart picture analysis

Functional Therapeutic Exercise Program

Functional training is a classification of exercise which involves training the body for the activities performed in daily life. Interventions are designed to incorporate task and context specific practice in areas meaningful to each patient, with an overall goal of functional independence. Functional training, if performed correctly, will lead to better joint mobility and stability, as well as more efficient motor patterns. Improving these factors decreases the potential for an injury sustained during activities of daily living, work related activities and athletic endeavors.

Components of a functional exercise program, to be effective, include a number of different elements which can be adapted to an individual's needs or goals:

• Based on functional tasks directed toward everyday life activities.

• Individualized – a training program should be tailored to each individual. Any program must be specific to the goals of an individual, focusing on meaningful tasks. It must also be specific to the individual state of health, including presence or history of injury.

• Integrated – It should include a variety of exercises that work on flexibility, core, balance, stabilization, strength and power, focusing on multiple movement planes.

• Progressive – steadily increases the difficulty of the task.

• Frequency

• Use of real life object or context-specific environments.

• Feedback should be incorporated following performance (self-feedback of success is used as well as therapist feedback).

Gait Analysis

Gait analysis is the evaluation or observation of the way in which we move our whole body from point A to point B. In physical therapy we look at your walking or running to determine which compensatory patterns you have adopted over time that may be causing the problem. Gait also gives us a clue as to which joints may be moving too much or too little and which muscles may need to be strengthened or stretched. We use this information to help formulate a treatment plan to return you to your prior level of function. Some of our training includes "When the Feet Hit the Ground.. Everything Changes" which addresses gait analysis from ankle up, along with proper shoes and orthotic use. 

Modalities

Therapeutic modalities are evidence-based technologies that are designed to manage pain, re-educate muscles, reduce inflammation, scar tissue build up, and increase circulation to the targeted area to promote healing after injury or surgery.  

Modalities we offer: 

  • Ultrasound 

  • Electrical stimulation (IFC, TENS, Functional E-stim, Neuro Re-education)

  • Phonophoresis

  • Iontophoresis 

  • Kinesiotape

  • Mechanical traction (Cervical and Lumbar) 

  • Cryotherapy

Dry Needling

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is "a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissue for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments". Dry needling differs from acupuncture in that the needle insertion is based on musculoskeletal trigger points and not the Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians, along with a few other differences. 

How dry needling works:

  • Creates increased blood flow to tissue/joints

  • Decreases electrical activity from muscles that is present in neuromuscular dysfunction

  • Stimulates an inflammatory response

  • Collagen proliferation

  • Relieves remote pain

  • Affects central and autonomic nervous system function 

  • Decreases peripheral and central sensitization

  • Can have immediate affect on ROM and strength

Dry needling is best used in conjunction with hands-on therapy as well as other treatment methods and modalities, which is part of your comprehension plan created by your therapist. 

**Dry Needling is a self pay treatment at $40 per 15 minutes**

Other Areas of Interest

Learning does not stop after school!  Our therapists continue to expand their knowledge base to provide the optimum care for our patients. 

  • Anatomy trains    More Info

  • Maitland    More Info

  • Stanley Paris Courses

  • International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine

  • McKenzie    More Info

  • Kinesiotaping    More Info

  • Postural Restoration    More Info

  • Cranio-sacral    More Info

  • Myofacial Release

  • Ergonomics (University of Michigan,

    ​NIOSH Nation Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
  • When the Feet Hit the Ground...Everything Changes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6012 W William Cannon Dr.

Bldg C Suite 101

Austin, TX 78749

(512) 899-8508

Physical & Aquatic Therapy

Ergowellness

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