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Pain Managment

Solstice Physical Therapists are experts in treating pain with nonpharmacologic therapy and nonopioid means. This is because we treat the root cause of your pain, and not mask the symptoms. Studies show that seeking care from a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) before a medical doctor (MD) for many conditions can result in decreased cost, time, pain, and improved quality of life without the use of opioids or surgery.

We pride ourselves on getting you back to feeling better faster, with a wide variety of therapeutic interventions.

Chronic Conditions

Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitation health that uses exercise and holistic modalities to help people regain or improve their physical abilities. At Solstice Physical Therapy, our unique skill set and inclusive approach to assessment and treatment provides patients with results they have not been able to find elsewhere. A large majority of our patients find us through word-of-mouth referral after becoming disappointed with the traditional medical model. Dr. Wilcox and Dr. Marin are accomplished in restoring pain-free movement and improved functions in those who have exhausted Western medicine’s approach to their chronic condition.

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Evidence Based Practice

The practice of evidence-based physical therapy means integrating relevant, high-quality clinical-research with a patients' personal preferences, and the therapists skills. As doctors of physical therapy, Solstice physical therapists are trained to recognize high-quality research from poorly structured or biased studies. This knowledge means choosing treatments that are effective and science-based to reach your goals in fewer sessions.

Evidence-based practice also means your therapist will educated you exactly why the treatment is working, and this can help with improved compliance. If you understand why your interventions or exercise are working, you are more likely to perform them.

 

 Therapeutic Exercise

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Solstice Physical Therapists are experts in movement and posture. We will provide custom exercise programs to enhance movement, posture, and agility in order to keep you pain-free and active.

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Our individualized programs are designed specifically for your goals, whether that be to prepare you for an upcoming season, or enjoy recreational sports. Solstice Physical Therapy will support you to excel in your athletic goal to make you faster, stronger, more agile, and prevent overuse injuries.

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Our programs do not have to treat a disability, illness, pathology, or athletic goal. Many people choose to work with us to enhance their general wellness and fitness. Unlike a personal trainer, we are medical professionals, and experts in physical movement. Put your fitness plan in the hands of a doctor of physical therapy.

Therapeutic Techniques

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Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a safe, effective, hands-on technique that applies gentle sustained pressure onto the connective tissue or “fascia” to enhance mobility and eliminate pain. Inflammation, trauma, or surgery can cause myofascial restrictions producing tensile pressures throughout the body. At Solstice, we have found that John F. Barnes Myofascial Release is an extremely effective tool for every condition that we have treated from migraines to lower back pain to fibromyalgia, and more. Myofascial release is only one of many, skilled treatments provided by Solstice to promote proper body mechanics and posture, enhancement of strength and flexibility, decreased pain, and improved movement awareness.

Dry Needling

Physical therapists use dry needling, which resembles acupuncture needles, to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Dry needling has been shown to be an effective treatment for trigger point pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, and other neuralgias. Recent studies conclude that dry needling can also increase blood circulation to joints suffering from osteo-arthritis by up to 70%.

Physical therapists who perform dry needling have extensive supplemental education and deep understanding of human anatomy. Learn more about the efficacy of dry needling here.

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Manual Techniques

Solstice Physical Therapy incorporates a wide variety of manual techniques. These include, and are not limited to IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation), therapeutic cupping, lymphatic cupping, effleurage, trigger-point release, and taping.

Unlike massage techniques that use pressure (pushing) cupping uses tensile properties (pulling). This can be a less painful and more effective way of breaking up tissue adhesions and knots than the often-painful deep tissue massage. Dr. Wilcox or Dr. Marin will determine which therapeutic technique is most effective for your particular goals. Sessions may include multiple techniques in one sitting.

JOint Mobilizations

Solstice Physical Therapy provides skilled joint mobilizations to enhance movement and decrease pain. Your therapist applies targeted pressure or force to a joint in a specific direction. The repetitions and intensity vary according to feedback from your body, and your comfort.

Published peer-reviewed research on the efficacy and effectiveness of mobilization as an intervention provided by physical therapists has demonstrated effectiveness for pain reduction and increased range of motion.

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