Treatments

Here at Portland Physical Therapy, we treat an array of conditions using proven methods, and the newest technology. Whether you are recovering from a surgical procedure, sports injury, are a weekend warrior, or just have a persistent ache that will not get better, we have the skilled clinicians and resources to help. Our therapist has advanced training in orthopaedic manual therapy, which is used in conjunction with exercise and modalities to target the involved structures. By assessing and improving all the structures involved, we can return our patients to their optimal health.

CAPS

The Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems (CAPS) allows us to take a detailed look at our patient’s ability to maintain balance and their ability to correct for balance perturbations. We use this system to assess our patients for fall risk, gait abnormalities, post injury, concussions, lower back pain, lower extremity weakness, and general balance...

Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim)

Electrical stimulation is the use of electricity harnessed through a machine and gently pulsed through the muscle to create a desired effect.  Depending on the setting chosen, electrical stimulation can help reduce swelling, muscle spasms, tightness and/or pain.  It also has the ability to cause a muscle to contract. This is particularly beneficial...

Gait Training

Your gait (walking) can have a profound impact on the rest of your body.  Because we are a continuous chain of interconnected bones and tissue, movement in one area will often have an impact on another.  When we walk our foot is the first thing to contact the ground, and biomechanical issues at the foot can create issues up the chain.  And vice-versa,...

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

IASTM is the process of using a tool to treat soft tissue dysfunction.  The tools are used as an extension of our hands to create change within the tissue.  We are able to effect the superficial layers of fascia (dense connective tissue between muscle and skin), and the neurological sensation of pain derived from the nerve endings within the tissue. This...

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is the process in which a skilled practitioner uses their hands to induce passive mobilization/manipulation to a patient’s joints, and/or soft tissue. By using our hands we are able to assess the quality of movement and feel of the tissue to make adjustments to our forces as we treat.  Our therapist understand the importance of manual...

Neuromuscular Reeducation

Neuromuscular reeducation is the process of training specific movement patterns via the neural pathways that connect our muscles to our brain, also know as muscle memory. Every time we contract a muscle and move there is a feedback mechanism that sends signals to the brain on how, when and where we moved.  Because of injury and/or improper postures this...

Spinal Decompression/Traction

Decompression, also know as traction, is the process of separating the spinal segments to reduce compression of the disc, and increase space for local nerves. We have found it to be a highly effective way to treat both cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) disorders including: degenerative disc disease, bulging/herniated disc, foraminal stenosis, and nerve...

Strength Training

Strength training exercises are specifically targeted at increasing the amount of force a given muscle or group of muscles can produce. There are two major reasons for increased muscular output: neuromuscular adaptation, and muscle hypertrophy. Neuromuscular adaptation is the process of recruiting muscle fibers to fire simultaneously. By getting the muscle...

Stretching

Stretching is a common activity employed by millions of individuals on a daily basis.  Most think about stretching specifically for muscles, but it can be used for other soft tissues as well.  Stretching is used to elongate the targeted tissue.  Specifically, its purpose is to take the tissue into a state of deformation that will stay elongated after the...