On your first visit, our Doctors will perform a comprehensive evaluation/examination including medical history intake, performance of special tests/examination procedures, Muscle and range of motion testing, etc. to provide you with a clinical diagnosis. They will also look at any diagnostic reports (MRI, X-rays) that you may have taken. A plan of care will be established according to your diagnosis.
Refers to techniques that attempt to retrain the neuromuscular system to function properly. The formation of certain patterns of communication between muscles and nerves allow people to perform everyday activities, such as walking and stair climbing.
We believe that without the correct therapeutic exercise, mechanical change would not be long lasting, therefore, exercise prescription is a valuable tool we use for maintaining long term health and pain-free functioning.
Dry needling, also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and trigger point dry needling (TDN), is called such because the needles used in this treatment method are “dry”, solid filament needles, versus hypodermic needles that can inject medication or draw fluids through them.
Dr. Tawil is highly skilled in dry needling for myofascial pain and trigger points. No medication, chemicals, or down time is involved. Small, thin acupuncture needles are inserted in the tight muscles to stimulate a twitch response in order to reduce pain and tension. Dry needling is a highly effective treatment for acute and chronic pain and rehabilitation of injury. Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms.
People with overuse injuries, work injuries, auto accident injuries, sports injuries or other chronic pain conditions who have good results with massage but are disappointed when the discomfort returns may find dry needling a great way to get more long lasting pain relief. Call Tawil Physical Therapy & Sports Performance to set up your trigger point dry needling.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Tawil Physical Therapy goes above and beyond to deliver the most effective treatments. Therefore, we have introduced a revolutionary pain modality, 830ML Laser. Used by many professional sports teams, it was the first cold-laser modality to be approved by the FDA. It is a non-invasive, light emitting medical device. In contrast to general surgical and cosmetic lasers that produce heat and thermo-destructive laser energy, low level laser therapy (LLLT) produces no harm to human tissue. Cold lasers used in LLLT have been in medical use for over 30 years and have a long record of successful clinical studies demonstrating medical efficacy and safety.
Through the action of photostimulation of light reaction biological receptors in the body, LLLT has demonstrated the ability to significantly accelerate and enhance the body’s natural defense and repair component in the presence of injury, inflammation, and certain disease processes. Dr. Tawil has extensively researched the most effective laser treatments available and that is why she is utilizing the 830ml laser. In contrast to other wavelengths, the 830nm laser light produces specific beneficial biological reactions that are not produced by other wavelengths. Pain relief may be felt instantly or may take a few sessions if your pain is of a chronic nature.
All our Physical Therapists are recognized for their hands-on treatment of patients. Manual therapy refers to providing a mechanical change to joints and soft tissue by utilizing the following various techniques:
- Joint mobilizations
- Myofascial Release
- Cross Friction Massage
- Muscle energy techniques
- Taping tecnhiques including Kinesiotaping/Rock Tape, McConnell
- Taping, and Mulligan taping techniques
- Graston/Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Trigger Point Dry Needling (refer to Dry Needling Section to learnmore about this highly specialized area of treatment)