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Manual Therapy Training

Our Therapists Are Trained in Manual Therapy

Orthopedic Manual Therapy (OMT) is a comprehensive hands-on method that helps you regain movement and function. Manual treatment may free restricted joints and muscles, thereby reducing pain. Manual treatment includes joint manipulation, mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, as well as Medical Exercise Training to address a patient’s musculoskeletal system. The physical therapist at Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Training has completed an advanced post-professional certification and residency program in orthopedic manual therapy through the internationally renowned educational center, Folsom Physical Therapy and Training Center in Folsom, CA.  Only a small percentage of physical therapists have such advanced training.  The manual therapy performed at Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Training incorporates the Kaltenborn-Evjenth Concept of Orthopedic Manual Therapy from Norway.  In fact, Mr. Gustafson is one of only six therapists in the United States certified to teach this concept. The dedication that he puts into his education and training is the same he will give you in your rehabilitation.


One-on-One Physical Therapy

We believe that the best therapy comes from the therapists themselves. What other clinics call “Concierge PT”, we call our standard.  Working one-on-one in your recovery provides you with a greater chance of a quick recovery and helps to motivate you in reaching your goals. You are never passed to a physical therapy aide or assistant at Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Training.  You see the same physical therapist throughout your course of treatment. During your initial visit, your physical therapist will spend up to one hour or more evaluating your health history and condition. This is so we can accurately pinpoint where your pain originates as well as what other factors may have an impact on your symptoms.  These may include hypomobile or hypermobile joints, as well tight muscles.  Knowledge of where the pain starts is the key to reducing or eliminating it. It also helps your therapist determine how your recovery and specific treatment program will progress as well as when you can expect to return to a regular lifestyle.

The application of OMT is based on a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s neuromuscular and skeletal system along with the patient’s functional abilities. The examination serves to define the presenting dysfunction(s) in the articular, muscular, nervous and other relevant systems; as well as how these relate to any disability or functional limitation. The examination also aims to distinguish those conditions that are indications or contraindications to OMT Physical Therapy as well as those that demand special precautions, such as where anatomical anomalies or pathological processes limit or direct the use of OMT procedures. OMT includes a large range of therapeutic procedures such as passive movements (mobilization and/or manipulation), and rehabilitative exercises as well as other interventions and modalities. The main aims of OMT are to relieve pain and to optimize the patient’s functional ability.

It is recognized that manipulation is only a small part of a larger continuum of patient care offered an OMT Physical Therapist. It is rare that a patient would only undergo one form of treatment in a session (i.e. manipulation). Ussually OMT Physical Therapy involves a continuum of care employing a multimodal approach to treatment based on the patient’s individual examination / re-examination findings.  Thus your program may combine several forms of applied manual treatment, such as soft-tissue mobilization and joint mobilization, and typically also a very specific form of therapeutic exercise to help restore your mobility and function.