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Treatment Techniques

Biofeedback: Sensory receptors are gently attached to the body. These sensors pick up everything from subtle to vigorous activity and provide you with information about how your body is working. Sometimes excessive muscle tension is happening without the individual’s awareness. Excessive tension may interfere with normal movement. Conversely, too little muscle activity may be present where one thinks the muscles are responding normally. When attached to the body, this almost imperceptible feedback system provides tremendous information that often aids one in returning to normal movement.

Body Mechanics Training: Learning to move with stress-free and pain-free technique is a cornerstone of physical therapy for musculoskeletal pain. Activities of daily living as well as exercise positions and postures are reviewed and training is provided where body mechanics is contributing to pain.

Exercise: Exercises are based on Shirley Sahrmann’s Movement System Impairment model. After a thorough assessment of muscle strength and flexibility, exercises are prescribed that help the individual improve stability (stabilization) in areas that have excessive motion and increase flexibility in regions that were too stiff. In this manner, painful syndromes are often eliminated and ease of movement restored.

Manual Therapy: Manual (hands on) treatments include massage, joint manipulation, neural mobilization, myofascial release and craniosacral mobilization. These manual techniques aid in the ability to move with greater ease and allow one to perform his or her exercises and use ideal body mechanics, the means by which one may truly resume normal daily activities without pain.

Modalities: Ultrasound, paraffin, cold packs and hot packs are used to aid in ease of movement and improve the ease of manual therapy, exercise and body mechanics.



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Based in San Francisco and Oakland in the Northern California Bay Area, our physical therapy offices are within easy access of San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma Counties, including and in addition to South San Francisco, Sausalito, Tiburon, Larkspur, San Rafael, San Anselmo, Corte Madera, Novato, Greenbrae, Ross, Fairfax, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Richmond, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Livermore, Lafayette, Alameda, Albany, Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Dublin, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Hercules, Martinez, Moraga, Newark, Oakley, Orinda, Piedmont, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Pablo, San Ramon, Union City.

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