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ATHLETIC THERAPY

Athletic Therapy is a combination of manual therapy & movement.

 

The goal of treatment is to relieve pain,  release tension, retrain mobility and stability,  and restore health and vitality.  A treatment plan is formulated by understanding the relationship between the structure of the body and how well it functions, and knowing the connections between all the tissues, fluids, organs and systems of the body.

Jessica Dudas has been clinically practicing for roughly 10 years and continues to develop her skill set with continuing education as well as her study of osteopathic manual therapy to focus on treating the root causes of dysfunction and not just chasing the symptoms.

You can find the Jessica, located in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

 
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Common InjurieS

Athletic Therapists treat all sorts of injuries and conditions.  Some of those conditions include:

  • Acute Injuries
  • Chronic Conditions

  • Muscle Strains

  • Ligament Sprains

  • Contusions

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries

  • Rotator Cuff Tears

  • Tendonitis, Tendonosis, Tendosynovitis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Low Back Pain

  • Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome
  • Disc Herniation / Facet Fusions

  • Whiplash Associated Disorders

  • Pre/Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Post Fracture Rehabilitation

  • Bursitis, Capsulitis, Fasciitis

  • Injury Prevention and Care

  • Prophylactic Taping/Bracing

  • Concussions

  • Postural Assessments

 

Treatment Techniques

Treatment programs use a combination of manual therapy,exercise or modality use. Treatments include:

 

Soft Tissue Release

Soft Tissue Release is a dynamic, highly effective technique that has an immediate and powerful effect on muscle and connective tissue. STR is a combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Assisted Stretching. The technique involves applying precise pressure during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement. The goal is to appeal to the autonomic nervous system in a way that leads to spontaneous release of the injured muscle, thus regaining the original resting length of that muscle.

Joint Mobilization

Joint mobilization is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at a ‘target’ synovial joint with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect.

Myofascial Release

The myofascial release approach is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat dysfunction, resulting pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.

Muscle Energy Technique

It is a form of osteopathic manipulative diagnosis and treatment in which the patient’s muscles are actively used on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed physician counterforce.

General Osteopathic Techniques

Sessions are one-on-one, they range from 60 to 90 minutes. Shorter appointments can be arranged.

Functional Normalization

A therapeutic technique used to restore normalization of position, motion and function of a structure; this is accomplished by specific directed positioning of a joint into the ease of the tissue strain.

Strain Counter Strain

It is a system of diagnosis and treatment that considers the dysfunction to be a continuing, inappropriate strain reflex, which is inhibited by applying a position of mild strain in the direction exactly opposite to that of the reflex; this is accomplished by specific directed positioning about the point of tenderness to achieve the desired therapeutic response.

Craniosacral Therapy

A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which allows them to “tune into the craniosacral rhythm”. Craniosacral therapy treats mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.

Graston Technique

The non-invasive technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to help the clinician identify and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. GT allows a clinician to get as deep into the tissue as necessary to invoke change, yet be sensitive to patient pain and tolerance. As the instruments are moved over the affected area and come in contact with the adhesions, they help break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. In time, this process will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibers, restoring range of motion and eliminating the associated pain. It will help transform your soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.

Stability & Core Training

Core stability relates to the bodily region bounded by the abdominal wall, the pelvis, the lower back and the diaphragm and its ability to stabilize the body during movement. Core training exercises focus on restoring the timing and sequencing of your deep muscles. For the lumbopelvic region these include transversus abdominis, multifidus, the pelvic floor and breathing diaphragm. We use our hands to feel for the right contractions, teach you how to feel with your hands the right contraction yourself, and then teach you to feel internally (bring awareness) the right contraction.

Electrical Modalities

Used in a variety of conditions to reduce pain and inflammation, promote tissue healing, stimulate or promote nerve and or muscle function, ionic transdermal medication transfer, muscular re education, biofeedback and sensory integrative therapy. Electrotherapeutics are not painful and are a use of some therapy interventions. If necessary, but I prefer other interventions.

Posture & Corrective Exercises

A progression from fundamental movements to activity specific movement. Poor posture is the posture that results from certain muscles tightening up or shortening while others lengthen and become weak which often occurs as a result of one’s daily activities. There are different factors which can impact on posture and they include alignment and imbalances within your own body, occupational activities and biomechanical factors such as force and repetition.

Athletic & KT Taping

Supportive strapping is a procedure that uses tape, attached to the skin to physically keep in place muscles or bones at a certain position. This reduces pain and aids recovery. Taping is usually used to help recover from overuse and other injuries.