Manual therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that incorporates specific soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques to promote tissue healing. The use of manual therapy provides more effective physical therapy treatments than just exercise and modalities alone. Due to the effectiveness of this treatment, most of our patients will receive this intervention.
For many chronic and rare conditions, the amount of manual therapy applied during a typical physical therapy treatment is not enough. At Atlas, we allow additional time during our treatment sessions to ensure we obtain the desired results. The additional manual therapy techniques are quite effective in treating unresolved pain and mobility issues.
Orthopedics is a branch of medicine focused on the muscular and skeletal systems. This includes all the various types of disorders and injuries affecting our muscles, bones, and joints, such as a simple hamstring pull or a complex knee joint replacement surgery.
Our therapists at Atlas are extensively trained in the treatment and rehabilitation of many orthopedic conditions including post-operative joints, acute sports injuries, arthritis, and muscular strains just to name a few. Through the use of hands-on manual therapy techniques, specialized therapeutic exercises, proprioceptive training, and modalities, we are able to promote proper healing, enhance mobility, decrease recovery time, and improve functional outcomes for our patients.
It’s not unusual to suffer from a work related injury. Conditions leading to work related injuries range from long hours of computer keyboarding at improper desk height to lifting heavy boxes in a company’s warehouse without proper back support. Injured workers benefit from physical therapy services from the onset of injury through their return to work. Early physical therapy intervention consists of treatment for acute neuromusculoskeletal problems and other injuries.
Atlas understands and appreciates how working long hours every day can take a toll on the body over time. We are proud to offer on-site job assessments and evaluations performed by our physical therapists who have enhanced their professional credentials by becoming certified ergonomic specialists from the Back School of Atlanta. Many of our patients who receive appropriate early care return to their job without additional rehabilitation services. For those who are not able to return to work because of unresolved physical problems, our treatment focus changes to restoration of work-related function.
Atlas also offers work conditioning as well as work hardening programs. These programs address the physical issues of flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and work-related function for the overall outcome of returning to work.
Atlas is proud to be the preferred athletic training provider for area high school such as Fulton High School and Missouri School for the Deaf. Jill, our head certified Athletic Trainer, is skilled and proficient in prevention, recognition, evaluation, immediate care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Atlas offers free initial diagnosis and treatment of injuries for area athletes. Our trainers and therapists have extensive experience with treating athletes and understanding their specific biomechanical needs. In addition, Atlas also serves as an Athletic Training Clinical Facility for senior athletic training students at William Woods University.
Whether you are an elite college athlete or a “weekend warrior”, our goal is to get you back to your pre-injury level of function as quickly and safely as possible.
Repetitive motion injuries are among the most common injuries in the United States. Repetitive motions, such as computer keyboarding or running, can result in cumulative trauma causing muscle strains, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. These overuse injuries make up over 50% of all athletic-related injuries seen by health care providers and result in huge losses in terms of cost to the workforce.
The disorders are often characterized by pain, tingling, numbness, visible swelling or redness of the affected area, and the loss of flexibility and strength. At Atlas, we can help treat the symptoms and correct the underlying cause of such injuries by using specific therapeutic exercises, massage, gentle stretching and manual therapy, and perhaps most importantly, patient education.
Did you know that falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States? Unfortunately, dizziness, vertigo, and disequilibrium can occur for many different reasons, at any age, and are often very disabling.
So why physical therapy? If the brain cannot rely on the information it receives from the vestibular system, a person’s ability to maintain posture and coordinate balance can become overly dependent on vision or on the information received from the muscles and joints (proprioception).This can lead to developing new patterns of movement to compensate for the change and to avoid head movements that are apt to create symptoms of dizziness and nausea. Unfortunately, these types of adaptation can result in headache, neck ache, muscle stiffness, general fatigue, and a decrease in the ability to retrain the brain to adjust to the vestibular problem, thus worsening the symptoms.
Our trained physical therapists at Atlas can help you by performing a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause of your symptoms or reasons for your falls. Using the result of this evaluation, the therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan that will include exercises to be performed both in the clinic and at home. These exercises combine specific head and body movements with eye exercises. In most cases, balance improves if the exercises are correctly and faithfully performed. As a result, muscle tension, headaches, and fatigue will diminish, and symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, nausea, and/or disequilibrium will decrease or disappear, reducing your fall risk and greatly increasing your quality of life.
While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial mishap – sprained ankle, pulled muscle – or there may be an ongoing cause of pain, but some people even suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of damage.
Chronic pain impacts the lives of millions of Americans each and every day. Pain symptoms can limit range of motion, cause loss of strength, and impact how we function in our daily lives. Physical therapy is a vital component of chronic pain intervention. The physical therapists at Atlas are experts in chronic pain rehabilitation, offering personal, professional, compassionate and specific pain intervention techniques. In treating chronic, lingering pain we may use therapeutic modalities, but we generally utilize a more “hands-on” approach. We activate the entire system, performing more manual techniques such as myofascial release, neurodyamics, exercises and cardiovascular work, home programs, and lifestyle changes.
We respect your pain, realize your pain is real, and will provide you with a specialized and unique physical therapy program. Please let us help you have freedom from your chronic pain!
LSVT BIG Keep you movement alive! Physical Therapy for Parkinson Disease and Neurological conditions.
Research on LSVT BIG has documented improved ratings on tests of motor functioning in people with PD following treatment. Improvements include:
- Faster walking with bigger steps
- Improved balance
- Increased trunk rotation
LSVT BIG = Big Exercise!
Research suggests that you should NOT wait until you begin to experience disability, impaired function or loss of balance to start exercise-based physical and occupational therapy.
LSVT BIG techniques train individuals with PD and neurological conditions to use bigger movements anywhere, anytime in daily living. This empowers individuals with the potential they have to keep moving and stay active.
LSVT BIG can be delivered by a physical or occupational therapist. Treatment is administered in 16 sessions over a single month (four individual 60 minute sessions per week). This protocol was developed specifically to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson disease. The protocol is both intensive and complex, with many repetitions of core movements that are used in daily living. This type of practice is necessary to optimize learning and carryover of your better movement into everyday life!
All of our physical therapists utilize and have been trained in McConnell taping. This concept was developed by Australian physiotherapist Jenny McConnell. McConnell techniques are based on an understanding of the influence of posture on dynamic activities as a causative factor for musculoskeletal symptoms. The beneficial effects include unloading soft tissue, usually with a semi-rigid tape, to immediately decrease pain and optimize treatment effects.
The McConnell approach is built on the foundations of understanding the symptoms and causative factors and addressing each of these using tape and specific muscle training. Our therapists can help improve and even correct biomechanical problems, therefore, improving therapeutic outcomes for our patients.
Kinesio taping is a therapeutic taping technique that not only supports muscles and joints, but helps correct muscle function, relieve pain, and improve circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems without restricting range of motion. The specialized latex-free elastic tape is the same thickness as the skin, making it patient and skin friendly. It is durable enough to stay on for multiple days, even with sweating and showering. Kinesio Taping gained worldwide recognition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has been endorsed by many professional athletes.
All of our therapists have completed Kinesio Taping I and II coursework and are trained in the theories and application of the tape, using both corrective and mechanical techniques.
At Atlas, we understand that pain can sometimes be an overwhelming and unbearable factor that impedes patient progress. We offer a wide array of therapeutic modalities to help ease that limitation and enable healing to occur. Such pain control modalities include:
- Electrical Stimulation
- Moist Heat
- T.E.N.S. ( Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation )
We also utilize different types of therapeutic modalities, such as as biofeedback and patient education, as an effective and important tool to help us measure progress and prevent future injuries or impairments.
Follow-up and Maintenance Program
Atlas is pleased to offer an unlimited monthly follow-up and maintenance program available to former patients for the affordable fee of $20 per month. If we have not seen you recently as a patient, we do require a letter from your physician stating that you may safely exercise in our facilities.
Program members are able to make use of any and all of the equipment in our clinic. Our equipment includes free weights, treadmills, a seated Power Trainer, elliptical, stationary bikes, VibraPro, Nautilus leg press, weighted pulley system and balance and coordination aides. Additionally if you wish to track your progress, we provide electrical body fat analysis and have professional scales available. Members are not required to make an appointment, and may come in anytime during normal clinic hours (Monday through Friday, 8AM – 6PM). We close for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00PM.