Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness is a one-stop destination for all your therapy needs. With a wide range of therapies offered, you can be sure to find the perfect solution for your specific condition. Our team of highly skilled therapists is dedicated to providing top-notch care and helping you achieve your wellness goals.
If you’re recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or simply looking to improve your overall fitness (with our state-of-the-art EGYM), their physical therapists have got you covered. With a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs, you’ll be on the road to recovery in no time. From manual therapy techniques to therapeutic exercises and modalities, the therapists at Apex will use every tool at their disposal to help you regain strength, flexibility, and function.
With state-of-the-art facilities and a compassionate staff, Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness is the place to go for all your therapy needs. So why wait? Take charge of your health and schedule an appointment today!
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft tissue mobilization is a manual therapy technique that uses the therapists’ hands or a tool (such as ASTYM or cupping) to detect areas of myofascial restriction and direct treatment to these areas. The purpose of the treatment is to increase blood flow to restricted or injured tissues to improve mobility and stimulate healing within that tissue.
Myofascial release is a manual therapy technique in which the therapist uses their hands to identify mobility restrictions between the layer of skin, fascia, muscle, and bone. These restrictions can come as a result of surgical scars, injury to the area, or from lack of general mobility in that region and can cause pain and restrictions in range of motion and normal muscle function. The therapist applies a gentle, sustained pressure to improve mobility between these layers of tissue to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and improve function in these areas.
Visceral refers to our internal organs deep inside of our body. These organs are surrounded by fascia, which under normal circumstances helps to compartmentalize our organs, but should also allow enough mobility.
Joint Mobilization and Manipulation
Joint mobilization and manipulation are manual therapy techniques that are used to restore normal movement to a specific joint, relieve pain in the area, and to improve function to the area. The patient may experience a cavitation, or “crack”, when a joint manipulation is performed. This “crack” is gas bubbles within the joint popping and can produce an analgesic effect to the painful area when performed.
Blood Flow Restriction Training
Blood flow restriction training uses a cuff around the arms or legs to reduce a percentage of blood flow to the affected limb. Exercise is then completed with the cuff in place. By reducing blood flow to the working muscle, less external force is needed to improve muscle strength and hypertrophy. This is especially helpful when someone has an injury or recent surgery that limits the amount of weight they are able to lift without increasing risk for further injury. Blood flow restriction allows these patients to gain strength without risking injury or compromising a recent surgery.
Gait and Balance Training
Injury, surgery, deconditioning, vestibular problems and aging are just a few reasons why someone might notice changes in the way they walk and difficulty with maintaining their balance. Our physical therapists will assess your balance and gait to identify impairments and use specific exercises to address these areas of impairments to improve your gait and balance and reduce your fall risk. A walking and running gait assessment can also be helpful to identify issues that may be contributing to an overuse injury. Addressing these gait impairments can reduce strain to the musculoskeletal system, allowing you to get back to walking and running without pain!
Biofeedback uses electrodes placed on the surface of the skin over a specific muscle group to measure the electrical activity in that muscle group which helps to determine how well it is functioning. This is especially useful when training the pelvic floor muscles as it gives our patients a better understanding of how to correctly engage their pelvic floor in different positions and with different activities!
Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging
Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI) gives the physical therapist and the patient a look inside of the body at muscles that can be difficult to train such as the pelvic floor, transverse abdominus (deep core muscle), and multifidi (deep muscles of the back). When these muscles aren’t working properly people can experience urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, low back pain, hip pain, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti, or constipation. RUSI will determine how these muscles are functioning in your body and which exercises work best for your body to help you learn how to correctly engage these muscles.
Exercise is an important part of the healing process. At Apex, we understand that everyone’s bodies are different, and no two patients are exactly alike. We use this approach and our patient’s goals to guide our therapeutic exercise prescription, making sure to emphasize correct form and technique with each exercise.
Return to Sport or Exercise
Not everyone who needs physical therapy is in pain! Sometimes an illness, pregnancy and childbirth, or a medical condition can leave us feeling weak and deconditioned and unable to return to our previous exercise routine or sport. The goal of physical therapy is to help you return to your previous level of activity and function. Our physical therapists will work with you to identify your specific goals and develop an individualized exercise program (with a strong emphasis on proper form and safety) to help you meet them!
Electrical stimulation is a physical therapy modality that can be used with other treatments to help reduce pain and improve muscle function. Settings are adjusted to either (1) produce a muscle contraction to help a muscle group that may be having a hard time contracting on its own, such as after a surgery, or (2) to reduce pain in an area (typically this is completed at an intensity that does not produce a muscular contraction).
Mechanical traction is a physical therapy modality used in conjunction with other treatments for patients experiencing low back pain related to a disc issue. The patient is set up on the traction table which is set up to apply a specific amount of traction through the low back and pelvis to reduce pressure on the disc and nerves that it may be affecting.
Functional Dry Needling
Dry needling is a treatment technique that uses small filaments inserted into trigger points within a muscle to stimulate the healing process and as a “reset” to that muscle to help improve it’s function and reduce pain. Often, the needles are hooked up to electric stimulation to achieve a muscle contraction which can enhance the benefits of the treatment.
Kinesiotape is an elastic tape that is applied over specific muscle groups in varying patterns and tension based on the desired outcome. It acts as a type of feedback for your body to help facilitate a muscle’s function and improve stability in these regions. It can also be applied in a fan type pattern to help reduce swelling after an injury or surgery.
The balance board is a firm board (like a wii board), that uses technology to report an individual’s balance. It determines a percentile for fall risk and breaks down the areas of balance (vision, proprioception, vestibular) based on age and gender-related norms. It can also be used in treatment with programs that improve a person’s balance based on their test results. Apex utilizes the balance board for a variety of impairments including but not limited to: Fall risk, concussion, vestibular disorders, athletes return to play after orthopedic injury, and neurological conditions (multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease, cerebral palsy, etc).
Frenzel goggles are specialty goggles used to diagnosis and treat vestibular disorders such as BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), neuritis, and labyrinthitis. Frenzel goggles use a camera to visualize the patient’s eyes in a dark environment to watch for a dysfunction eye movement called nystagmus that can cause dizziness. This allows the therapist to correctly diagnose the cause of dizziness and treat it appropriately.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a skilled manual therapy technique that uses light touch to identify and treat areas of restriction that have an effect on the movement of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord. This can be especially helpful in treating nervous system disorders, migraines, and dizziness.