At Twin Cities Movement, we have a large number of tools for treating pain and discomfort in your body, but the one that sets us apart is our assessment. We take a thorough history and then watch you move to find out what hurts and what doesn’t. But we don’t just focus on what hurts, we also take time to find out what you are able to do, so we can work within that range to build you up to wherever in the performance spectrum you want to be.
Sometimes the site of pain we feel is not the area that needs to be immediately addressed. Restrictions and weaknesses in an area can lead to problems in nearby areas of the body. The SFMA is a diagnostic assessment tool that uses several basic movements to find areas of pain, stiffness, weakness, and lack of control. We break these movements further down into their parts to pinpoint areas that will be a high priority for our treatment. This allows us to quickly and efficiently determine the source of your complaints.
When we move our bodies in repetitive ways for a long time, injuries can occur due to the muscles and joints becoming fatigued and remaining that way due to insufficient healing time. ART facilitates movement of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, that have become restricted and potentially entrapped due to injuries both acute and chronic. With IASTM, We can change the pressure and the frequency of strokes to have effects like pain-relief, muscle relaxation, muscle activation, or fascial adhesion release. These are some of our favorite techniques to use because of the way it relieves pain and enhances function in a gentle manner that is easy on our patients in most cases.
We follow developmental patterns when we prescribe our exercises, from the ground up, so we can ensure the exercises we give you are easy enough to perform, and difficult enough to make a change. When you perform the exercises at home and in the office, you reinforce the range of motion increases you gain in the office visits, and you get to keep and control the new movements. DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization) teaches core stabilization in ways that our body is already familiar with (it's how we moved as babies), to move stabilization into the core and allow the hips and shoulders more range of motion with control.
Used by many athletes to help facilitate recovery, we at Twin Cities Movement feel that Rocktape helps “extend” the effects of our treatment time by a couple days. It has been shown to increase circulation and neurological stimulation to an injured area, and can even provide a sensation of support or stabilization. We like to look at it as the “mother’s touch,” which takes advantage of the nervous system’s pain-relieving reaction to gentle touch, similar to a mother comforting her child.