The Temporal-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is a common area of pain and dysfunction. Poor postural alignment, stress, trauma, long-term asymmetries, and muscular imbalances can all contribute to jaw pain and dysfunction. Treatment will focus on relieving pain in the face, as well as the headaches and neck pain that often accompany TMJ dysfunction.
Graston Technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and treat areas exhibiting scar tissue or chronic inflammation. Clinicians use the instruments of varying shapes to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments break up scar tissue so the body can absorb it. This technique reduces pain and increases range of motion, helping the patient to achieve these goals:
- Improve diagnostic treatment
- Increase patient satisfaction by achieving notable outcomes
- Speeds of rehabilitation and recovery
- Reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Allow the patient to continue to engage in everyday activities
VTPT offers custom-made inserts, tailored to your feet, a good option for individuals with plantar fasciitis, arthritis, tendonitis and ankle sprains. Orthotics help achieve a more natural alignment of the foot and ankle, which allows the knees, hips, pelvis and spine to function in a neutral position. This neutral position puts less stress on your muscles, tendons and joints, ultimately reducing the chance for injury.
Aquatic therapy is an excellent option for joint pain and arthritis, chronic pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, sports injuries, and other conditions.The properties of buoyancy, viscosity, hydrostatic pressure, temperature, and touch sensation combine in the pool to facilitate a faster recovery.
Postural imbalances and increased ligament laxity during pregnancy and in the postpartum period, coupled with fatigue and swelling, often result in pain. Physical therapy is proven to provide relief during and after pregnancy when women may be suffering from back pain, sacroiliac dysfunction, diastasis recti, pelvic floor weakness, and more.
Whatever your injury, it is important to make sure that you understand the cause and how to prevent it from happening again. With our full access to the Greater Burlington YMCA pool and gym facilities, our staff are able to assist you in recovery and in training to keep you injury free.
Edema refers to the abnormal buildup of fluid beneath the skin, often caused by obstruction of the lymphatic system, fluid retention, and poor circulation. It commonly occurs after surgery due to tissue and blood vessel damage. Physical therapy can help relieve discomfort, improve range of motion, and prevent infection caused by stagnation.
The therapists at Vermont Physical Therapy are trained in various manual techniques to assist their patients on the road to recovery. Manual therapy, a proper exercise routine, and activity modifications are proven to be a successful combination in rehabilitating patients.
It is important to prepare your body before surgery to achieve the best long-term outcome after the procedure. Physical therapy before surgery can improve the condition of muscles and joints surrounding the injured area. If these structures are strong before surgery, your recovery tends to be less complicated. After surgery, physical therapy can ease you back into movement and improve your strength quickly and safely.
Balance and Gait Training
Proprioception is the ability to sense where your own limbs are oriented in space. Balance and gait are part of the our proprioceptive system and can be retrained to function more normally, just like a muscle. At Vermont Physical Therapy, we assess balance and gait limitations and provide a specific program tailored to meet your specific limitations.