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  1. What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

    Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine, thereby changing the force and position of the spine. This will take pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine.

    Over time, negative pressure from this therapy may cause bulging or herniated disks to retract. That can take pressure off the nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

    Doctors have used spinal decompression in an attempt to treat:

    Back or neck pain or sciatica, which is pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg
    Bulging or herniated disks or degenerative disk disease
    Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome)
    Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots (called radiculopathy)

  2. How is spinal decompression therapy done?

    You are fully clothed during spinal decompression therapy. The doctor fits you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk. You either lie face down or face up on a computer-controlled table. A doctor operates the computer, customizing treatment to your specific needs.

    Treatment may last 30 to 45 minutes and you may require 20 to 28 treatments over five to seven weeks. Before or after therapy, you may have other types of treatment, such as:

    Electrical stimulation (electric current that causes certain muscles to contract)
    Heat or cold therapy

  3. What is Pelvic Floor Rehab?

    Pelvic Floor Rehab is non-surgical approach to rehabilitation of dysfunctions in the pelvis that contribute to bladder, sexual health and pain complaints. Behavioral strategies, manual therapies,modalities, therapeutic exercise, education, and functional re-training are some approaches used for rehabilitation. Physio Logic treats clients as a whole through the Pilates-based physical therapy program.

    Dysfunctions treated:

    Urinary incontinence
    Pelvic pain
    Prolapse and pelvic organ descent
    Post-partum pelvic floor neuromuscular re-education
    Diastasis Recti Abdominis

  4. What Should I expect at my initial consultation with the Clinical Nutritionist?

    The initial Functional Nutrition consult allows one hour to review your chief complaints and goals, discuss overall health, family and medical/gynecologic histories, medications and supplements used presently and those that have been effective or ineffective in the past, toxicity exposure, current dietary intake, potential issues with certain foods, allergies, sleep hygiene, physical activity, and other forms of therapy utilized.
    The initial consult will also involve a metabolic assessment form which assesses each organ/gland system of the body, allowing us to target potential imbalances or stressed organs.

    Blood Work assessment:
    In order to assess the body as one integrated system, it is helpful for us to analyze specific markers in the blood.. It is not unusual for us to request blood work that includes a thyroid panel, liver and kidney enzymes, inflammatory markers, immune system markers, electrolytes, cholesterol, and iron markers, along with other markers specific to your condition.
    Additionally, we are able to work with specialty labs that have developed top diagnostic tests for hormone levels, cortisol levels for adrenal function, autoimmune antibodies, food sensitivities, and urine and stool analysis.

    Review of Findings:
    Once all test results are received, we will review all findings and explain the interconnection between health history, diet and your current symptoms. Education is a significant part of our Functional Nutrition program. It is important to us that we explain your test results to you in a way that is scientific, yet easy to understand. We strive to provide clients with the most up-to-date research and top of the line products when making recommendations.

  5. What is Graston Technique?

    Graston:
    Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

    Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 19,500 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.

    GT is utilized at some 2,150 outpatient facilities and 58 industrial sites, by more than 310 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 59 respected colleges and universities.

  6. What is McKenzie Method?

    The McKenzie Method of MDT is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any such issues, then a MDT assessment may be right for you!

    Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging (e.g. x-rays and MRIs). The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body’s potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, or surgery. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.

    If utilized correctly, the achievable goals of the McKenzie Method in a cost- and time-effective manner are to:

    Accurately understand the patient’s presentation and behaviour of symptoms.
    Determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan.
    Eliminate symptoms and restore full function.
    Empower the patient to self treat and prevent recurrences.
    Help inform patients if other medical advice or testing is needed.

  7. What is Active Release Technique (ART)?

    Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue therapy system that treats problems in muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fascitis, knee problems and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

    Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment.

    The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. These unique treatment protocols, with over 500 in all, allow providers to identify and correct specific problems. ART is an approach that is customized to meet the individual needs of the patient.

  8. What is FAKTR?

    FAKTR-PM stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation, Provocation and Motion. It involves treating the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves) with special tools during the ranges of motion that provoke the patient’s symptoms. This helps relieve pain and increase range of motion by releasing adhesions in the involved tissue. .

  9. What Should I expect on my first visit?

    Consultation:
    The most important question for your doctor to answer is whether or not you are a candidate for care in his or her office. The Doctors at Physio Logic are interested in trying to completely understand your health condition. We will ask you questions related to how your condition started, what makes your symptoms better or worse, the severity of your symptoms, how long you’ve had them and other related aspects of your health conditions.

    Physical Examination:
    A physical examination will follow your consultation. After ruling out conditions that require an immediate medical referral, your doctor will perform an evaluation of your neuromusculoskeletal system (a long word for nerves, muscles, and bones). This may or may not lead to a prescription for diagnostic testing, such as an MRI or X-Ray.

    Report of Findings:
    Upon completion of the physical examination an assessment of your condition will be given to you in what is known as the “Report of Findings” (R.O.F.). During the R.O.F. your doctor will discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan.

  10. What is a Joint Manipulation?

    The chiropractic adjustment is performed when the doctor uses their hands to impart a short, quick gentle thrust to areas of restricted motion in a spinal or extremity joint. This adjustment releases deep scar tissue and adhesions helping to relax the surrounding muscles. By restoring normal motion and biomechanics, the adjustment reduces pain and spasm, increases range of motion, and improves coordination and performance.

  11. Do I bring a change of Clothes?

    Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Don’t worry if you forget, we have shorts and tee shirts to borrow.

  12. Do you Treat Other Conditions not Listed on the Website?

    Yes, we treat a wide variety of neuromuscular/musculoskeletal conditions. Those on the website are just an example of some commonly treated diagnoses.

  13. What Should I Expect During my PT Visit?

    Following a complete musculoskeletal and neuromuscular evaluation, your physical therapy visit will consist of a regimen of stretching and strengthening exercises prescribed specifically for your condition or injury. Your physical therapist will be with you at all times to guide and progress you through your program.

    Your treatment may include:

    mat-based exercises
    progressive resistive exercises using bands, weights, or the Universal gym equipment
    Pilates-based exercises using Pilates equipment, such as the Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair
    establishment of a custom home exercise program
    ultrasound, electric stimulation, iontophoresis, moist heat and/or ice to promote healing

    Once patients have completed their skilled physical therapy treatments, they have the opportunity to continue their program of strengthening and stretching at our Pilates studio.

  14. Do I use Heat or Ice after an injury?

    This is a common question, and a very important one. After an injury like a twisted ankle, pulled hamstring or lower back sprain, the inflammatory stage begins and lasts for 24-72 hours. During this time ice is preferred. Typically ice is applied for 10-20 minutes. This cycle is repeated as often as necessary. If you don’t have an ice pack, a bag of frozen peas or corn will do. P.R.I.C.E. a common acronym used after an injury, suggests patients Protect, Rest, Ice, Compress, and Evaluate their injury.

    Heat is typically applied to an injured muscle or joint after the inflammatory phase is over. Moist heat is preferred over dry heat, because dry heat (such as a heating pad) may dehydrate your muscles making them less flexible and predisposing them to further injury. Moist heat applications may last up to 20-30 minutes.

    Ask us which therapy is best for your injury or condition.

  15. Why Does My Back Ache?

    Back pain can be caused by every day things like carrying the kids on your shoulders, cleaning the floors, lifting groceries our of the car, or even lugging around a little extra weight up front (that’s the pendulous abdominal syndrome). It may also be a result of a lifting, bending and twisting, or worse yet, sitting all day at work. Add all of this to a slip and fall or a previous car accident and it’s not difficult to understand why studies show that approximately 80% of Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some time in their life. Many times back pain begins after just bending over to pick up a pencil. Now, it’s not the pencil causing your back pain, but rather your lower back’s structure (meaning the muscles, joints, discs, and vertebrae) has lost its normal functioning,

  16. Can you Help Pinched Nerve or herniations?

    The most common cause for a true “pinched nerve” is a disc herniation. A herniated disc is sometimes, although not accurately called a slipped disc, and is the most common cause of severe back pain and sciatica. A disc becomes herniated when the jelly doughnut-like inside ruptures out to the point that it “pinches” the nerve. Physio Logic is successful at treating this condition with numerous conservative treatment options, which will be discussed with you after a diagnosis has been made.

  17. Do I have arthritis?

    Arthritis is a general term meaning “joint inflammation”. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA). There are several causes for OA, such as a trauma as a child or young, adult, postural imbalance, repetitive stress, and heavy manual labor to name a few. Physio Logic is successful at treating this condition with numerous conservative treatment options.

  18. What is Sciatica?

    Sciatica is a condition in which lower back pain is accompanied by leg pain. The sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in the body, and is comprised of several individual nerves (L4-S3) that originate from the lower back. The sciatic nerve can become irritated or inflamed by lower back joint dysfunction, disc herniation/bulge, or direct pressure on the nerve itself from a muscle (i.e. piriformis). Physio Logic will find the cause of your sciatica and discuss with you numerous conservative treatment options.

  19. What if I’m Pregnant?

    Pregnancy is extremely hard on the lower back as well as on the neck and shoulders. Examine the spine of an expectant mother from the side and it’s easy to understand why they’re in pain. Due to the increased development of the breast tissue, the shoulders are rounded forward, placing tremendous pressure on the neck and shoulders. The weight of growing child places the lower back in a strenuous position.

    The nine months of pregnancy bring many hormonal changes that relax the ligaments stabilizing the lower back and pelvis. As the pelvis rotates down in the front, the muscles of the lower back become short and tight, causing an increase in pressure on the pain sensitive joints of the lower back, producing achy lower back pain. We can help make this special time in a woman’s life as enjoyable as it is meant to be.

  20. How Do Overuse Injuries Occur?

    Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

    acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
    accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
    not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

    Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

  21. What Can I Do To Eliminate Headaches?

    Almost all people experience a headache at some time in their lives. One study estimates that over 50 million people in the US suffer from headaches! Although most headaches do not indicate serious illness, they are a major cause of suffering and missed work, and rank as one of the most common reasons people consult a doctor. The International Headache Society has actually classified 129 different types of headaches! The most common headaches come from the muscles (muscle tension), joints (from the neck, called cervico-genic), blood vessels, (migraines), or systemic conditions (such as fevers or low blood sugar). Physio Logic has had considerable success in relieving the cause of headache pain. If you suffer from headaches, you owe it to yourself and your family to have them evaluated for their cause. The only thing you have to lose is your pain!

  22. Where Can I get a Massage like the ones performed at Physio Logic?

    Many clients are extremely content with the Massage Therapy Protocol here at Physio Logic and make comments such as, “This is exactly what I needed,” or “I’ve never had that type of massage,” or “What do you call this type of massage?” And to most of them must be explained that Massage is individual to the practitioner, but we do specialize in a medical-grade Massage with attention to specific muscle groups, and thoroughly work out the kinks. NYS Licensed Massage Therapists also have completed the most hands on training and course hours of any state in the U.S. The standards at Physio Logic are held high in order to ensure client/patient satisfaction. If you would like to book private Full Body massage sessions, please contact our front desk..

  23. What Should I wear for my Massage?

    If you are coming in for a visit to the chiropractor, and Massage is part of your therapy, we encourage you to wear separates, i.e. shirt and pants, as opposed to a dress. We do minor draping for these brief massages and it is best if you can just remove the article of clothing in the area of main complaint. So if you have neck pain, we may ask you to remove your shirt/blouse, and if you have hip pain, we may just work through the clothing using compression techniques or you may bring a pair of shorts to change into. For Full Body Massage sessions, there is no dress code requirement, unless you are having Shiatsu or Traditional Thai Bodywork, then comfortable workout or yoga clothes with socks is recommended.