Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation emphasizes rehabilitation of sports injuries and non-sports related trauma. Our unique services feature exercises and state-of-the-art technology. Utilizing a multi-technique approach, the first and most important part is to get your condition under control. We utilize manual manipulation of the joints and soft tissue. Depending on each patient’s unique needs techniques can vary from gentle to more aggressive.
Our philosophy is based on the thought that “motion is lotion for our joints”. Therefore, assisted joint movement is essential for the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems to function at their peak. Dr. Bhatt and Dr. Anderson frequently incorporate acupuncture into their practice. Dry needling is an acupuncture method that is widely utilized to assist in the recovery and maintenance of soft tissues.
Chiropractic medicine is a specialized approach concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Chiropractic treatments involve manipulation of the joints and soft tissues of the body. We utilize a range of techniques, varying from gentle to more aggressive, depending on each patient’s needs. Assisted joint movement can be very effective for alleviating pain and restoring optimal joint mobility and health.
Dry needling uses the same needles as acupuncture. However, dry needling is typically used to treat trigger points and tight muscles. The needles will be inserted into soft tissue such as muscles tendons or ligaments for the purpose of reducing muscle spasm, trigger points and/or pain. Dry needling is virtually painless for most patients and the risk of infection is minimal. Much of the myofacial pain experienced by our patients results from trigger points. Trigger points are focal areas of a muscle that are tight and hyper-sensitive. They can actively produce pain or will produce pain with movement, stretching or contraction of the muscle. Since trigger points are present in virtually all muscluloskeletal conditions, dry needling is a power treatment option for almost anyone. It is very popular with athletes as well as regular people just trying to live a pain-free life.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine from Asia. It is an eastern form of medicine. As such it uses a completely different set of diagnostic criteria to establish the appropriate treatment and has a completely separate set of diagnoses. Also, acupuncture will treat a wide variety of conditions from smoking addiction to gastric re-flux.
The McKenzie Method, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), is a classification and treatment protocol for problems of the spine, such as low back and neck pain, herniated discs, radiating leg or arm pain/numbness, and sciatica. A key component of the McKenzie Method is patient education in proper exercise and posture in order for patients to treat their own pain, rather than relying on various therapists.
Active release technique and manual therapy techniques
Manual therapy techniques are used when a muscle, tendon, or ligament is tight, painful, or does not function properly. Dr Anderson and Dr Bhatt have extensive training in many different manual therapy techniques including Active Release Technique (ART), instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, cupping therapy, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). These techniques can be very effective in helping to reduce the pain and dysfunction in the soft tissues of the body.
Active Release Technique (ART) involves breaking up adhesion’s in the soft tissues by going through active or assisted range of motion while the doctor applies a very specific pressure to the treatment area. Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization uses specially designed tools, rather than the doctor’s hands, to apply pressure to break up adhesion’s. Cupping Therapy uses targeted suction on the skin to promote blood flow and reduce tension in the skin, muscles and connective tissue. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is an effective form of stretching that involves both a stretch and a contraction of specific muscle groups to improve flexibility and muscle strength.
Improper movement patterns are often key components in pain syndromes and poor performance. By carefully assessing the quality of movement and physical structure of the body, specific exercises can be used to correct these faulty movement patterns. Proper exercise prescription will help reduce pain, improve functional performance and reduce the likelihood of getting injured in the future.
Ultrasound and E-Stim
Ultrasound therapy is the use of sound waves to cause vibrations of tissues in the body, resulting in increased blood flow, reduction of pain and swelling, and enhanced cellular repair. Electrical muscle stimulation (E-Stim) is the use of electrical current through the skin to stimulate muscles and nerves, helping to reduce pain and improve muscle tone. Both of these are considered passive modalities and, while not the focus of our treatment, may be helpful in the initial stages of recovery to promote healing.
Specializing in clinical, orthopedic and medical massage, treatment is based on the patient’s needs and may include, but is not limited to the following:
Myofascial release - (slow, deep gliding movements targeting fascia without use of lotion)
Neuromuscular therapy - (Trigger point therapy, addressing referral pain patterns)
Sports massage - (activity specific, performance enhancing, aids muscle recovery, prevention of injury)
Deep tissue massage - (focused on deeper muscle layers, pressure to patient's tolerance)
Therapeutic Thai stretching - (fully clothed or incorporated with integrative session, includes joint mobilization and assisted yoga pose stretches, performed on cushioned floor mat or table sessions)
Swedish massage - (smooth, flowing strokes to warm tissue prior to deeper work and after focused work to enhance blood circulation and stimulate the lymph system)
Manual lymph drainage - (gentle technique used to treat lymphedema and associated swellings, especially beneficial for pre and post surgery)
Kinesiology - (movement assessment, muscle testing)
Reflexology - (focused on feet, hands, and ears because of the high density of nerve endings found in those areas, especially beneficial for headaches and stress reduction)
TCM acupressure - (incorporated in integrative sessions, benefit additional health concerns such as allergies and women's health)
Prenatal/Postnatal massage - (performed in a side-lying position for comfort and safety, addresses aches, pains, and swelling attributed to the mother's changing body during pregnancy and childbirth)