Jeffery Allen PT. OCS
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Manual physical therapy is important to
correct physiological barriers in the body caused
by injury, over use, prolonged poor posture. Examples are
restricted connective tissue, tightened or knotted
muscles, swollen joints,
and misaligned joints, all of which can cause pain, restricted
mobility, and function. Having a therapist skilled with techniques to
physically correct and aide in the healing of these problems, results in
more successful and quicker recoveries. For many chronic pain patients
these manual therapy skills may be their only hope for improvement.
Energy Technique utilizes
the energy of ones muscles through very light contractions to release “
catches “, or biomechanical barriers in Muscles and Joints throughout
the body. This
procedure is frequently used as less aggressive alternative to
manipulation for adjusting the joints of the spine.
Release is best
understood by first describing fascia, a connective tissue that envelopes
every muscle, nerve, blood vessel and ligament fiber of the body. Fascia
is considered continuous from head to toe and has a propensity to thicken,
tighten and restrict in response to inflammation, injury, or mechanical
stress. Fascia restrictions limited muscle mobility and function leading
to longer tern dysfunction.
Myofascial release is the slow progressive multidirectional
stretching of the cross fibers to break free the barriers and
restrictions. Intense training and experience is required to perform
properly and the results of treatment can be dramatic in restoring
function and relieving pain.
Strain is a technique
utilizes the body’s nervous system reflexes to release spasm and tension
in muscles throughout the body to decrease pain and increased motion. The
tension within a given muscle is controlled by the Gama motor neuron
reflex arc which operates through a structure within the muscle called the
muscle spindle. Injury, mechanical, postural, or emotional stresses can
cause and increase in Gama motor neuron increasing muscle spasm and
restricting motion. Each muscle can be positioned with light force to shut
down input from the Gama motor neuron thus releasing the tension in the
muscle. This technique takes extensive practice and skill to perform
properly, but results in dramatic improvement in muscle mobility.
Sacral Technique is the least
aggressive of manual therapy techniques traditionally used in physical
therapy. It involves extremely light touch applied to different areas of
the head and spinal tract including the “ tail bone” or the sacrum.
Cranial sacral techniques are frequently time consuming so are some times
limited in the clinical setting, but are very effective with many
conditions including headaches, whiplash, and TMJ dysfunction.
mobilization is the
physical stretching or manipulation of a joint’s capsule and/or
supporting ligaments in order to restore normal physiologic range of
motion. There are many different techniques for joint mobilization most
utilize various grades 1-5 of oscillation. All joint mobilization requires
specific hand placement and direction of force to achieve the desired
Trigger Point Release is a focal technique
using direct compressive force combined with controlled muscle
contractions to breakup “knots” or small areas of muscle
tightness called trigger points. Most physical therapist treat the
most common trigger points, however Jeffery Allen has trained with
some of the worlds foremost experts in myofascial pain and trigger
point dysfunction. He trained with Jan Dommerholt, PT, MPS, FAAPM
and Dr. Robert Gerwin, MD, FAAN in the Janet G. Travell, MD
Myofascial Pain Syndrome Course Program.
He is also a member of the International Myopain Society (IMS).
Jeffery Allen has experience in multiple techniques for treating
trigger points including dry needling acupuncture technique and
injections directly into the trigger points. The needling techniques
however, are not yet in the practice act in the state of Michigan.
The trigger point injections are available at Dr. Irene
M.D.’s office where Jeffery Allen assists in the procedures using
his precise palpation techniques.
Allen Physical Therapy
"Hands on Treatment, Every Patient, Every Visit"
South Lyon, Michigan
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