- Providing the best treatment possible embracing current comprehensive concepts and techniques of integrated human biomechanics.
- Providing effective tools which empower individuals to achieve and maintain optimal function and wellness.
- Providing the local community with resources to support healthy, active and self-sustainable lifestyles.
- Advancing the understanding and application of integrated biomechanics via study, research and co-operative investigation.
Advance Physical Therapy became one of about 25 certified Postural Restoration Centers in the US in December 2008.
Postural Restoration recognizes the interdependent, intentionally asymmetrical organization of the body. Although balanced asymmetry facilitates efficient movement, we can easily fall into limited, habitual movement patterns, especially through overuse of our dominant side, repetitive motion activity, sedentary lifestyle or injury. The resulting muscle and joint imbalances manifest as pain, fatigue, propensity for injury, and slow recovery from trauma. Restoring balanced asymmetry is a priority for Postural restoration trained therapists. Hands-on techniques and exercises which precisely target specific muscle groups on the right or left side of the body, combined with breathing, often bring rapid pain relief. As you heal, individualized exercise progressions will enable you to self maintain and strengthen balanced asymmetry. Learn more about Postural Restoration.
First Schroth-based Certified Scoliosis Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center in North Carolina
Many practices advertise Schroth-based approaches, however, Advance Physical Therapy currently employs the first practitioners certified in the Schroth-based Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School Method (BSPTS) in the entire state of North Carolina. Please inquire carefully about the qualifications of practitioners advertising the “Schroth Method”. Legitimate Schroth-based practitioners will have a certification which demonstrates intensive education in the approach.
Orthopaedic Manual Therapies
Orthopaedic manual therapies include many hands-on techniques to alleviate acute and chronic pain, and to reset the nervous system. Muscles relax, inflammation is reduced, joint flexibility is enhanced. Some of the specialized techniques used by our therapists include Counterstrain or Positional Release, Active Release, Joint and Soft Tissue Mobilization, Myofacial and Connective Tissue Massage. Learn more about some of these therapies at our Articles page.
Athletes come in all shapes and sizes. A 9 year-old boy with a painful pitching elbow and a 75 year-old gardener with back pain both still just want to get back in the game. Viewing virtually all patients as athletes in some form, allows us to apply a functional approach to return to “play”. While demands of the game may vary, Sports Medicine is about taking the whole game and breaking it down in to simpler parts. Rehab professionals reinforce healthy movement patterns progressing difficulty and complexity as the body tissues adapt and strengthen from controlled stress.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is and exercise-based program for reducing the primary symptoms of vestibular disorders, including impaired balance, visual problems and dizziness. VRT is a treatment involving specific exercises that can eliminate or significantly reduce symptoms by promoting central nervous system compensation or inner-ear deficits. VRT can help with a variety of vestibular problems, including: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypo-function (reduced inner-ear function on one or both sides) associated with diagnoses such as Menieres’s disease, labyrinthitis, and vestibular neuritis. Even individuals with long-term unresolved inner ear disorders who have undergone a period of medical management – with little or no success – may benefit. VRT can also help people with an acute or abrupt loss of vestibular function following surgery for vestibular problems. VRT begins with and assessment by a specially trained therapist, who collects a medical history and performs various specialized testes to identify the type and severity of the vestibular disorder. An individualized program is then developed for each patient dependent upon those findings. The program may include exercises for:
- coordinating eye and head movements,
- stimulating the symptoms of dizziness in order to desensitize the vestibular system,
- improving balance and walking ability,
- improving fitness and endurance.
For more information on Vestibular Disorders and VRT, please visit the website: www.vestibular.org. Advance Physical Therapy is proud to add Vestibular Rehabiliation to our list of services. This specialized service is provided by Shella LoBianco, MSPT.
In the last 10 years there have been huge advances in the understanding of mechanisms involved in pain production and pain perception. Scientists have demonstrated clear changes in the body, the brain, and the personalities of people suffering with long-term, chronic pain. Faulty and/or inadequate compensatory movement patterns resulting from injury and pain, can be responsible for maintaining and reinforcing poor body mechanics which lead to continued pain. The brain and nervous system adapt to this condition by becoming even more sensitive, lowering tolerance for stimulation and activity. Weakness, fatigue, fear of movement, isolation and depression often follow. Clinicians trained to understand these progressions can offer more effective treatment for long standing pain conditions by targeting multiple body systems which are perpetuating the cycle of chronic pain.
Integrative Personal Training and Fitness Classes
Postural Restoration principles are incorporated for strength and conditioning for individuals or groups. Fitness classes include Tai Chi, ChiRunning, ChiWalking, and Pilates Postural Restoration Style.
We offer a limited number of healing and health related products at reasonable prices. These include: Biofreeze, Sombra, Arnica, Cold Pacs, Exercise Balls, Supports, Pillows, Kinesiotape. We may be able to order braces or other medical products as needed. Inquire with your provider.