Ellen Hamilton, PT, MS, of Birmingham PT & Sports Medicine shows how to relieve upper back pain by doing a thoracic manipulation over a foam roller. This technique is easy but can still be specific to a rotated and dysfunctional segment to help you move more easily in your thoracic spine.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is the use of a metal tool to loosen up the skin, fascia and underlying soft tissues. It can be very effective for many musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow, muscle strains, and muscle tightness surrounding surgical sites.
Running Evaluation video
Video Analysis and Corrective Exercise
At Birmingham Physical Therapy our therapists are specifically trained in the assessment and treatment of runners and running related injuries. Our running program includes a full body physical fitness evaluation and a biomechanical gait analysis that includes slow motion video. No one running style is right for everyone and it is determined by a thorough history of running problems/injuries, physical exam, body type, and training goals.
Joint mobilization and manipulation are useful physical therapy treatment techniques used to improve joint mechanics in order to decrease pain, improve range of motion, or normalize movement patterns. These techniques are safe and effective in helping patients relieve dysfunction so that they can return to their desired lifestyle.
Dry needling is a technique used by physical therapists for the treatment of myofascial pain. Based on Western medicine research, dry needling involves the insertion of a monofilament needle through the skin into taut bands of muscle, often called trigger points. The technique is deemed “dry” needling because there is no medication/injection involved.