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How are you movin’? Did you go on a nature walk today, practice virtual yoga with Cory

Sade Meeks, MS, RD


How are you movin’? Did you go on a nature walk today, practice virtual yoga with Cory, or visit the local farmers market for some in-season fruits? No matter how you decided to move, the important thing is that you are moving! While we are on the move, sometimes we may have to look to the experts to keep moving! Physical Therapists are the experts in movement who help improve movement and manage pain. Physical Therapists not only address pain and injuries, but they focus on preventive strategies as well. So, if you are active in any way, you can benefit from Physical Therapy!

At Nashville Physical Therapy and Performance, they specialize in keeping active people active! At their three locations (Franklin, South Nashville, and East Nashville), they have experienced Physical Therapists who can help anyone, from those recovering from a recent injury to active people interested in preventative care and strategies. Bonus, it is all done without medication, surgery, or pain! Instead, they use various specialty techniques: Manual Therapy, Dry Needling, and the Mckenzie Method.

Manual Therapy: Manual Therapy is a hands-on approach to addressing joint issues, reducing pain, and assisting the body with muscle repair, without the use of equipment. During manual therapy techniques, PTs may apply pressure to soft tissue to relieve pain, increase blood flow, and relax the muscles. Other methods may involve loosening up restricted joints or lengthening shortened muscles.

Dry Needling: At first sight, dry needling may resemble acupuncture. They both involve thin needles, but they are quite different. Acupuncture is a 3,000-year Chinese tradition used to address pain issues through acupuncture points. In comparison, dry needling is a newer practice used by Physical Therapists to relieve pain in muscles. Needles are placed in knotted or stiff muscles known as triggered points. The needle is used to help loosen knots and pain. The problem being treated can determine how long the needle will stay inputted. Nashville PT offers 20-minute dry needling sessions for patients that have been evaluated.

Mckenzie Method: is a trusted system used all over the world to treat spinal and extremity musculoskeletal disorders. During the assessment, the PT will gather some history and ask you to perform specific movements. This will help them better understand your symptoms and range of motion. Next, the PT will provide you with education and exercises to perform as part of your treatment plan. The PT will give you the tools to keep you informed and practice self-maintenance for preventing the reoccurrence of the problem.

These methods may sound new or intimidating, but you can rest assured that the experts at Nashville PT make the treatments personable, comfortable, and engaging. A treatment plan is designed specifically for you—nothing cookie cutter. And they don't leave you with a PT tech or assistance; instead, they provide you with the one on one attention needed to achieve your goals. Through exercises and education, you will leave empowered to accomplish your health goals and implement prevention methods.

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