At Midwest Muscle & Joint Clinic we look to the latest research to apply a hands-on, patient-centered approach to care, utilizing multiple therapies and modalities.
Every patient is unique and so are our treatments!
Also known as joint manipulation and mobilization, are used to restore motion in restricted joints throughout the spine and extremities. When the doctor applies a force into a restricted joint, they can increase range of motion, decrease pain, and help relax over-acting muscles. Patients may experience a “pop” which is simply due to the movement of gases within the joint. If patients are uncomfortable with certain techniques, other options are available. The primary technique used is Motion Palpation (M.P.I.).
Active Release is a state of the art soft tissue technique used for therapy and recovery. A.R.T. allows Dr. Kayser to take a hands-on approach to treating and diagnosing muscle, ligament, tendon and nerve abnormalities. The application of A.R.T. provides a neurological input that helps reduce pain and tension while increasing range of motion.
Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle into the soft tissue for the purpose of reducing muscle spasm, trigger points and/or reduce pain. The goal of dry needling is to create a local twitch response which is both diagnostic and therapeutic, as it is the first step in breaking the pain cycle. For more information about trigger point dry needling, visit our recent article.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a systematic approach to finding the root cause of pain and dysfunction. Midwest Muscle & Joint Clinic utilizes this assessment with every patient to determine if another part of the body is the source of pain. SFMA is a functional movement examination that enables the doctor to identify the movement dysfunction that is resulting in their patient’s pain.
McKenzie Method, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), is a system to classifying and treating spine and extremity pain. Utilizing end-range loading with repetitive motion, MDT is commonly used for treating herniated discs, radiating symptoms (numbness, tingling) and many more musculoskeletal conditions.
Kinesiology Tape (RockTape) is used in the clinic to subconsciously enhance performance, control and prevent injury, and improve postural strain. RockTape works by providing sensory feedback to the nervous system and the surrounding tissues, stimulating blood and lymph flow, and helping to decrease pain by interfering with pain signals.
Research shows that patients with chronic pain improve faster with increased activity. In addition to passive treatments, patients will demonstrate in the clinic (or take home) corrective exercises to help facilitate healing and recovery time. Active treatment may consist of resistance bands, kettlebells, or body weight movements.
A manual therapy technique that acts as myofascial decompression for pain and recovery. Using silicone cups for suction, the “negative pressure” acts by breaking up adhesions and increasing blood flow to accelerate recovery.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) is similar to A.R.T. but instead uses a stainless steel tool to work out muscle tension throughout the kinetic chain. Midwest Muscle & Joint Clinic utilizes concepts from FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab) and RockTape to reduce pain, increase range of motion and allow the clinician to start retraining and rehabbing the patient.