Garden Home Physical Therapy and Acupuncture

expert integrative care for sports and orthopedic injuries

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Manual therapy:
Manual therapy involves hands-on treatment including joint mobilization and manipulation, soft tissue mobilization and massage, stretching, and other specialized techniques. Manual therapy is used to restore normal mobility, alignment, and balance to the tissues of the neuromusculoskeletal system. It is generally used in conjunction with other forms of physical therapy to provide a more complete treatment. Please read more about my background in manual therapy on my bio page.

Therapeutic exercise:
Therapeutic exercises are prescribed according to each person’s specific needs. When individualizing an exercise program for a patient, their specific condition or injury, general level of activity and fitness, particular goals, and the stage of healing are all taken into consideration. Part of the evaluation process assesses an individual’s level of strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. All of these factors also go into making exercise recommendations. As you recover from your injury, these exercises are then progressed or replaced with ones that are more appropriate.

Before being discharged from physical therapy, exercise recommendations will be made so you can then maintain or ideally continue to advance your progress. Patients have frequently commented that they feel empowered, in better shape, and more confident in their physical abilities after they’ve participated in their own healing with this type of exercise program.

Cold laser/Low level laser therapy:
Low level laser therapy (also known as cold laser) uses light energy, and is quickly gaining recognition as an important recent development in medical treatment. Cold laser reduces pain and inflammation, and actually promotes tissue repair in the region where it is applied. There are currently over 100 randomly controlled double blind studies showing the benefits of cold laser therapy when used for musculoskeletal injuries and wounds.

In addition to being directed over an injury, cold laser can also be applied to classic acupuncture points. These sites have been shown to more readily transfer light energy beneath the skin’s surface. Studies have shown the effects of cold laser applied to acupuncture points to be similar to acupuncture performed with needles. This treatment is ideal for children and for those who fear needles.

Oftentimes we unknowingly contribute to our own pain, injury, or condition throughout the course of the day. Even with injuries that have a specific cause and are no fault of our own, we may be inadvertently hampering our own healing with things like poor posture, poor ergonomics at work or home, stress, an inflammatory diet, etc. At Garden Home Physical Therapy and Acupuncture, we help you to discover things you may be doing which are interfering with your body’s ability to heal and/or that set you up for injury, imbalance, or dysfunction in the first place.


Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-fine needles into the skin at specific locations on the body. Acupuncture improves circulation to the site of injury. This in turn brings in nutrients and removes cellular waste to expedite healing. It improves the synthesis of new protein and collagen, also accelerating tissue repair. In addition, acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain relievers), normalizes function of portions of the nervous system, stimulates the immune system, and decreases inflammation.

Chinese herbal medicine:
Herbal medicines can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or on their own. They can also be used in various forms, both internally and externally, to treat a variety of conditions. The goal of herbal medicine is to harmonize the body’s systems, creating balance. Herbs are prescribed to work synergistically with each other, and are prescribed in a way that is individualized to each patient’s condition. A patient’s constitution, their particular complaint, and the chronicity of the disorder are also taken into consideration when prescribing herbs.

Adjunctive chinese medicine techniques:
Chinese medicine uses a number of techniques other than acupuncture and herbal medicine. Some of these services offered at Garden Home Physical Therapy and Acupuncture include cupping, guasha (a technique similar to ASTYM/Graston technique used by some western medical practitioners,) electroacupuncture with or without microcurrent, and far infrared heat. Many of these techniques are used for sports and orthopedic injuries, and can be used on their own or in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance its benefits.