Advanced Services Included
At Kinetik Performance and Rehab, located in Mission Viejo, California, we strive to stay ahead of the game and deliver the most advanced techniques backed by the most up to date scientific research. Advanced Services are the therapy techniques that are already included in your chosen program. The services in which you receive are dependent on what your therapist deems necessary for you to reach your goals each session.
Therapist Direct services are services that are administered to you directly by the physical therapist using their extensive knowledge and training as doctors of physical therapy (PT). These are the techniques that set us apart from other health care professionals and are the foundation of the treatment plan.
Therapeutic Massage Techniques
Your therapist will have extensive knowledge in anatomy and muscle fiber direction to be able to proved the most efficient therapeutic massage technique to be able to improve blood flow, improve muscular mobility, and decrease tonicity to allow for the tissues to function at peak capacity and allow for improved healing times.
Therapeutic Joint Mobilization Techniques
Not only must you rely on your muscles for your overall mobility and flexibility, but your joints play a large role as well. Both your muscles and joints must work optimally and efficiently to allow for peak, pain free performance. Our therapists are experts in grades 1-5 of joint mobilization techniques.
Rehabilitative Stretch Techniques
The therapists at Kinetik PaR have a very detailed background in anatomy, including muscle fiber direction which is the most important factor when deciding which stretch techniques to improve the length and elasticity of your muscles.
Therapeutic Exercise Training
The physical therapists at Kinetik PaR have extensive knowledge in proper mechanics, technique, and muscle targeting of different exercises. The most important factor of performing any exercise is being sure that it is being performed correctly and without compensations.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
PNF is an advanced technique that uses your body's neurological system against itself to increase mobility and flexibility of your muscles and joints to improve efficiency of movement. Your therapist at Kinetik PaR is well trained in these different techniques to help maximize your functional capacity through many different avenues.
Modalities are therapy techniques that are added on to the traditional Therapist Direct treatment techniques. These typically involve some form of up to date technology or equipment that works with your nervous system or muscular system in addition to the healing techniques already used. These typically help reduce pain or decrease healing times of tissues.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Tens is a great tool which has widely used in and outside of the therapy setting for many years. TENS units help stimulate the nerves to assist in decreasing the pain signals sent to your brain.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
NMES is similar to TENS units, but use different wavelength and frequency. Typically this version of electrical stimulation is used to help recruit more neurons to then activate a muscle when it has become very weak, i.e. after a surgery. This assists muscle fiber activation to improve strength in a shorter period of time.
Photobiomodulation Therapy (Laser)
Light therapy has been experimented with for many years, but over the past 10-15 years science has made significant progress on the proper wavelengths and frequencies to be applied for certain phases of healing. With the proper equipment, these different parameters of light can be harnessed and focused to assist in the healing process. Laser therapy is one of the most advanced and well accepted modalities to date.
Moist Heat Therapy
Heat packs have been very popular over the years and for good reason. Warming up the tissue before activity involves improving blood flow and neurological connectivity to allow for optimal use of a muscle and decrease risk of injury. This same thought process is used in our clinic to be sure you make progress as efficiently and safely as possible.
Application of cold packs has been a staple in the rehab world for years and certainly still have their place. When excess swelling is present after an acute injury or recent surgery, application of cold temperature can help decrease the amount of stagnant swelling, calm the neural firing, and in turn decrease pain for the time being.
Adjunct therapy techniques are different styles of techniques to help achieve the same goal. There are multiple ways to facilitate tissues to perform how you want them, and some people respond better to different styles of administration than others. The advantage of having multiple different avenues to administer a therapy technique is that we can be sure to find the version that best suits your needs.
Percussion Massage Therapy
Percussion massage therapy is a very recent trend that has become very popular with medical professionals as well as the general population, and for good reason. There is little risk involved in using these pieces of equipment, but using them improperly can render them useless. Understanding muscle fiber direction and understanding the proper amplitude, frequency and pressure of how, when, and where to apply your percussion tool, all make worlds of difference your potential for healing.
Myofascial Decompression (Cupping)
Nearly all forms of massage techniques require compression of the layers of the skin to the muscle to the bones. This is one of the only techniques that decompresses the different layers and allows for blood flow and nutrient rich fluid reach areas that would otherwise be blocked. Improved blood flow, improves healing, improves tissue mobility, and in turn, improves functional output.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
There are many different forms of tools that have been used throughout history to assist in blood flow and nerve ending manipulation. These types of tools, typically made of jade or laser cut metal, are formed with specific edges that assist in fascial manipulation and proprioception of muscular adhesions while decreasing pain receptor activation.
Kinesio-Tape is a form of heat activated tape with elastic properties that allow it to stretch with movement, and facilitate or inhibit muscle activation when applied properly. They also work with the lymphatic system by decompressing layers of the skin to assist in the decrease of swelling.
Active Release Technique (ART)
Active release technique is a great form of therapy which allows you to assist in the process of activating or inhibiting specific muscles. This technique allows for full relaxation of overused muscles while improving the strength and control of other muscles at the same time.
We use a very carefully crafted piece of equipment that can be strapped around your upper torso to allow for a gentle decompression of your spine to allow the muscles, ligaments and nerves around the spine to relax. We let the traction unit do the work for you all while you lay back and take a nap...because we know you deserve it!