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Why Go to a Physical Therapist Before a Chiropractor

physical therapy vs chiropractic careWe often hear people claim physical therapy is the same as chiropractic treatment.  While both professionals deal with the treatment of pain and injury, the methods used and training of the physical therapist and chiropractor are drastically different. At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we focus on identifying the most effective treatments for pain and inflammation. Our goal is to identify the treatments that work for your body and accelerate healing time.

Specializing in Soft Tissue Injuries

Physical therapists are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries. We often work with soft tissue injuries related to the muscles, ligaments, fibrous tissue, tendons, nerves, fascia, blood vessels, and synovial membranes. Soft tissue injuries can occur from something as simple as failing to stretch before a workout to something more extreme. Soft tissue injuries commonly occur when you have an unexpected or uncontrolled movement, such as tripping while walking upstairs and injuring an ankle.

When you are dealing with a soft tissue injury, it is common to feel immediate pain or delayed swelling. Typically patients will have stiffness within 24-48 hours following the injury. The recovery time from a soft tissue injury varies based on the extent of the injury and the treatment plan you are following. In the majority of cases a grade 1 soft tissue injury normally recovers in about two weeks. A grade 2 injury can take upwards of four weeks. We recommend visiting our physical therapy office in Layton for additional information related to your injury. Our experts will work with you to determine the extent of the injury and figure out how to accelerate healing time to get you back to doing the activities you love.

Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries

We use Dry Needling and a variety of techniques to effectively treat soft tissue injuries. We want to ensure you receive the best possible treatment for your injury. Physical therapy is designed to speed up the process for an injury and prevent long-term care and potential surgery needs. Our experts will discuss the best method with you regarding active rest, total immobility, and other needs for soft tissue rehabilitation. Having gentle, controlled motion and exercise is the best way to stimulate the overall healing process and prevent additional damage.

The use of specific manual therapy techniques is commonly used to restore motion to the impacted area. We will provide other treatments to reduce swelling and manage inflammation. Dry Needling is commonly used by our physical therapist to aid in managing pain, reducing inflammation, and restoring normal range of motion. In addition to a restorative treatment program, we will discuss at-home techniques you can do to aid in the healing process. Our goal is to restore the muscles ability to respond and move properly within the body.

What Chiropractors Provide

Chiropractors are different from physical therapists as they focus on adjustments and various techniques that may be able to reduce the pain in your body and assist in helping you move more freely. However, when it comes to long-term pain relief, chiropractors do not provide the same services you will receive from a physical therapist. Normally a chiropractic treatment can help patients feel good for a day or two, but often have the stiffness and pain return in a day or two. Without proper treatment for the injury sustained, the healing process will not work effectively. At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we focus on helping your body return to its pre-injury status and help you become capable of withstanding the day-to-day forces you face in your life.


What is Cupping Therapy?

cupping therapy Did you notice along with many other viewers of the 2016 Olympics the welts that decorated Michael Phelps upper back and shoulders? Many viewers along with the media were enthralled by the red circles that looked to be the size of tennis balls. Those welts came about because of a cupping a technique used by physical therapists to invigorate blood flow to specific areas of the body. Thanks to Michael Phelps, this therapy has become trendy, however the practice has been around dating back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures.

History of Cupping

Cupping is a method of healing developed over time. This form of healing began with hollowed out horns of an animal that would siphon any toxins that came from snake bites or skin lesions. It evolved from animal horns to bamboo cups that were then eventually replaced by glass. There are records dating back to 28 AD that shows the Chinese believe that acupuncture and cupping would cure half the ills of life.  The Chinese deeply believed that cupping was a way of providing a defense for a body’s immune system.

The Egypitians also employed the cupping practice and used it for vertigo, menstruation, fever, pain, weakened appetite and imbalances. The practice became widespread from Egypt throughout the centuries than moved in to Europe and eventually to America.

Methods of Cupping Therapy

Even though cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine, the practice continues to be improved and implemented. The different kinds of cupping therapy are:

  • Wet
  • Dry

At our physical therapy office in Layton, we perform the dry cupping method. We use alcohol because of its level of flammability and get a small flame on the glass cup. As the flame burns out we put the cup on your skin upside down as to induce suction to your skin as the air inside the cup cools. Your body will react to this and your skin will become red and will rise because your blood vessels are espanding. In our practice, we leave the cup standing in place for 3 minutes.


Effective Methods to Manage Back Pain

Back pain Layton UtahMillions of Americans suffer from back pain. This type of pain can become so crippling that it may lead you to search for medicines and methods you can use to relieve the pain. A number of people will try stretching and inversion therapy before they contact us. If we can offer any advise related to back pain, don’t wait! Contact our office immediately as you could be doing your body a great disservice. At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we specialize in treating back pain and a variety of ailments. It is our job to ensure your back feels good and is working the way it should! Here are some of our back pain treatment methods and at-home tips to use to help you get back to the game of life.

Active Physical Therapy – Back Pain Exercises

Some of our clients are able to perform in office and at-home back stretching services. We focus on active physical therapy to aid in rehabilitating the spine. Patients suffering from low back pain need active physical therapy as it helps with exercising and stretching the spine. If you are not performing the exercises properly, it can lead to extensive pain or could injure other areas of the spine or body.

Passive Physical Therapy

Passive physical therapy is determined when there is the need for heat application, ice packs or electro-stimulation to assist in reducing pain, inflammation and swelling. Heat tends to loosen the muscle, preparing it for stretching. We also use dry needling, which allows us to alleviate pain and inflammation in the muscles.

Physical Therapy Before and After Surgery

We recommend all patients dealing with back pain should visit with Dr. Kerbs before and after surgery. There is substantial evidence supporting the benefits of physical therapy and exercise before and after surgery. Our goal is to improve the strength of your back, hopefully preventing you from needing surgery. However, if surgery is required, our post-operation procedures are designed to reduce the recovery time.

Contact Layton Physical Therapy today for more information about your back pain physical therapy treatment needs. Our Layton office is conveniently located off 1200 West in Layton, next door to Country Cleaners.



Using Physical Therapy to Prevent Summer Injuries

prevent summer injuriesPhysical therapy is one of the best treatment methods to help patients before or after surgery, but did you know it can be used to prevent injuries? Now that summer is in full-swing, we are seeing patient after patient with a variety of injuries from hiking, biking, swimming, golf, running, and just enjoying the outdoors. Physical therapy treatments offer an effective way to prevent some serious aches and pains and improve or restore range of motion and flexibility.

Our Layton Physical Therapy office is designed around our patient’s needs. We often deal with patients coming to avoid surgery, or hoping to improve range of motion and mobility. Our goal is to not only meet your goal but to exceed it. In the summer we often see an increase in ankle sprains, back injuries, and more. Using a variety of techniques and strengthening programs, we are able to reduce pain and break down scar tissue.

Preventing Summer Injuries

We love patients that are looking for ways to enjoy their active lifestyles, but we always recommend you play smart! Simple things like stretching before you slalom ski or wakeboard can prevent you from straining your back and shoulders. Learning how to prevent injuries is the best way to focus on staying fit and enjoying your summer. If you have mobility issues, we can help. Schedule a consultation and we will evaluate your current range of motion to determine the best stretching and treatment method to improve your health.

Stretching the Muscles

The best way to prepare your body is to focus on stretching and gradually introducing your body to vigorous activity. If you tend to be sedentary, suddenly getting up and running a 5K can place some major strain on your muscles. Taking a few minutes to do some stretches will allow the muscles to loosen and warm up before you do put it to work playing this summer.

Wear the Right Clothing

Another reason why people become injured is due to their clothing. If you want to go out for a run, wear loose fitted clothing that allows the muscles to breathe. Your shoes play a critical role in your ability to participate in your favorite summer sports. Check on the tread of your shoes and ensure they do have plenty of wear left in them.

Know the Terrain

Hikers often come into our office with wrist strains, knee pain, and ankle injuries. The majority of patients will trip or slip when they are hiking. While you will not be able to prevent all of the injuries that can occur when hiking due to the terrain, you can focus on watching your step! Watching your step can help you stay balanced and could keep you from a serious hiking injury.

Have you already been injured this summer? Layton Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine is here to help! Our physical therapy team will show you the proper stretches you need to help your muscles heal more quickly. Our goal is to help you get back to the game of life and enjoy the rest of the summer pain free!


Car Accident Physical Therapy

car accident physical therapy Have you been injured in an auto accident? Car accident injuries can hamper your ability to feel good about your life. However, with the right physical therapy services, you can easily overcome a number of ailments and get back to living your life. We provide car accident physical therapy services designed to reduce swelling, manage pain, and bring you back to your best following surgery and injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

Common Physical Therapy Treatments for Car Accidents

Injuries from a car accident are painful, stressful, and can make it difficult to perform routine tasks. The pain from injuries often progresses over time and makes it challenging to get through the day without medication and other temporary pain-relief symptoms. If you want to avoid pain medications and surgery, Layton Physical Therapy can help! Research shows that there are several benefits to initiating physical therapy care within 96 hours of a car accident. The sooner you get into our office, the faster we will be able to determine the best care options for your health.

How Physical Therapy Helps Treat Pain after Motor Vehicle Accidents

At Layton Physical Therapy, we focus on not only treating your pain, but identifying the best course of action to relieve and prevent additional pain. Our therapists have training in the latest treatments for pain relief including dry needling. Our team will gather information about the severity of the accident, discuss the types of treatments you are receiving, and create a personalized patient treatment program to assist with your healing. We use a combination of exercises, treatments, and modalities to improve your health and strengthen your body. There are a number of treatment methods used for car accident injuries including:

  • Acute treatments –these treatments include manual therapies that focus on light pumping exercises and other hands-on techniques.
  • Long term treatments – based on the severity of the injury, we may recommend using long-term treatments including manual therapies and strengthening exercises designed to reduce pain and strengthen the body.

Whiplash Treatment

If you are suffering from whiplash from a motor vehicle accident, we can help! Our team uses a number of active treatments designed to reduce pain and inflammation in the neck and back. We often find neck rotation and posture control are two areas that assist in reducing neck pain. Layton Physical Therapy uses other active treatments that will strengthen the neck and improve the way you feel. Call us immediately to start treatment for whiplash injuries as there is a small window of time for us to help prevent long-term issues.

Long Term Car Accident Injuries

Some people will not experience pain after a car accident, but eventually notice pain developing in other areas of the body. We can diagnose where there may be acute pain symptoms and identify the source and provide an effective treatment.

Why You Need Physical Therapy after a Car Accident

If you need surgery after a car accident, your body will start to alter the way it works to compensate for the injured area. It is important to work on physical therapy treatments as soon as possible to prevent long-term changes to the function and movement of the muscles and joints. Physical therapy after a car accident can help to reduce or eliminate the following:

  • Back pain
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches related to muscle tension

Our goal is to improve function and modality of your body after a car accident. Call our office to discuss your car accident case and schedule an appointment for treatment today.


What Is Causing Your Backaches?

At one point in your life, you will have back pain. It doesn’t matter whether you are physically fit or not. Backache occurs when the muscles in your spine are injured. This is referred to as a strain. Another cause arises from sprains or damage to backbone ligaments. Accidents, excessive weights and engaging in strenuous physical activities are some of the reasons behind back injuries. It is difficult to see some of these injuries especially those affecting the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Here are some of the most common causes of back pain and steps you can take to prevent it:

Improper Posture

People who work in offices have to sit for long hours every day. Considering the fact that we spend most of our days at the office, there is need to address how we sit. The problem is not with how long you sit but the way you do it. Poor posture overstretches your spinal muscles. At the same time, you may be sitting on a poorly structured seat. To rectify the situation, always ensure that you sit upright and align your back against that of the chair. Don’t lean forward or slouch. The knees should be level with the hips.

We recommend taking breaks from sitting at least once an hour for a minute or two. Stand up and stretch the muscles to keep them loose. This helps to move the blood, which prevents it from clotting in your legs.

Lack of Exercise

If you stay for long periods of time without stretching or doing regular exercises, your muscles will become stiff and weak. Failure to receive at least 30-60 minutes of exercise can wreak havoc on your health. It is essential to focus on daily exercise to keep the muscles strong, preventing backaches and pains in other areas of the body.


Our bodies will start to experience backaches and other muscle pain when we carry around too much stress. Exercise is a great way to help the body cope with stress. If you have too much stress, you may find yourself eating poorly, or having problems sleeping. Your back can take on excess pressure as it tries to handle stress. Daily stretching of the back is a great way to keep it loose, so it can handle your daily lifestyle. However, tight muscles in the neck and back often need professional intervention. We can provide in-office treatments that will help your back get back to the right position, and will reduce the amount of stress you are currently dealing with.

Contact Layton Physical Therapy today to learn how we can help you overcome painful back pain problems (801)896-9624.


Why You Should Do Physical Therapy Before Surgery

Has your doctor told you it is time for rotor cuff surgery? Do you constantly limp due to a bulging disc and other back pain and strain? Surgery is an invasive process, and sometimes leaves a patient in a worse situation. Come to our office before you schedule a surgery to find out how we can help. Many physical ailments can be alleviated through the appropriate intervention techniques.

According to a recent study of Swedish amateur athletes, those who received ACL therapy before a surgery were able to avoid surgery altogether. If you start out with rehab only, there is a good change you can have a positive outcome compared to early ACL surgery. It is surprising to many people to learn that they do not end up needing ACL reconstruction.

Each year, close to 200,000 Americans will need ACL surgery. Some patients feel a knee brace is the best way to prevent additional problems with the knee. While a knee brace can provide support, there are some other things that must be done to keep the knee strong. We highly recommend visiting our offices and sitting down for an evaluation to find out how our programs can help.

Even if your doctor still recommends surgery, there are some basic exercises we will teach you prior to the surgery. They are designed to strengthen the knee and improve flexibility. These techniques will help you recover faster from surgery.

For more information about our services, and how we can help you get back on your feet and feeling better faster, contact Layton Physical Therapy today (801) 896-9624!


5 Most Common Causes Of Back Pain

Back pain will be experienced by just about everyone at one point in time during your lifespan.  This often sudden and debilitating pain or long term aching and discomfort can affect your daily actions and lifestyle.  Understanding back pain causes can help you not only in working with your doctor for diagnosis, but allow you to be more prepared and effective in back pain prevention as well.  Here are the five most common causes of back pain:

  • Back pain such as strains or sprains caused by overuse or misuse of your back muscles can account for most back pain felt by the average individual.  Most common back pain relating to sprains and strains can occur because of improper positioning of your back during exercise or activity.  These sprains and strains will often heal on their own within a week or so.
  • Injury is another common cause of back pain.  Whether caused by repeated overuse or misuse or during an accident, back pain that is caused by an injury can take much longer to heal.  Where a simple strain will heal on its own, often an injury will require medical intervention, medication, and even specific exercises and physical therapy.
  • Improper posture, sitting for long periods of time, and even inactivity can cause back pain as pressure on nerves begins to build.  Inactivity can lead to back pain because the muscles and ligaments used to support your entire body weight are weak and don’t support properly allowing your nerves to rub or pinch.  Learning the proper positions for exercise as well as learning not to slouch at the computer or when watching TV can help to prevent back pain.
  • Illnesses or degenerative diseases can cause back pain.  For some these illnesses will last a lifetime and the pain will never fully resolve.  Other illnesses are more short term and can cause pain that can be relieved with treatment and the return to health.  When dealing with back pain caused by an illness it is important to get proper medical care and follow those care directions.
  • Fractures or other physical damage to areas of your spine will also cause back pain.  Pain caused by actual damage to areas of your spine will require more intense medical treatments for repair and require longer healing times.  Often back pain that is caused by physical damage to your spine or nerves will never go away completely but will only be lessened over time.

While there are many different causes of back pain, the truth is that many of them can be effectively prevented or dealt with as you choose an effective and healthy lifestyle pattern.  A healthy diet and exercise routine can be a great way to help prevent back pain.  Making sure that you get the right vitamins and minerals through the right foods and supplements can be important.

In addition, take the time to learn about your body and the important things you can do to take care of it and strengthen it.  These include things such as learning what exercises will help strengthen your core, and how to increase physical activity each day to ensure the overall health of muscles will help.  For more information, contact Layton Physical Therapy today at 801-896-9624.


Are You Tired of Suffering from Back Pain?

Though there are hundreds of causes of back pain, almost every person suffers from either acute or chronic back pain sometime during his/her life. Because it is such a widespread problem, few people find it important enough to seek out treatment. Or, if they have looked for treatment, it might not have been as effective as they were expecting.

At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we want to be able to reach people who are suffering from back pain and let them know that there is a way to recover! Whether you’ve been in an accident or have just developed the pain over the years, you shouldn’t have to deal with it.

Treatment for Chronic or Acute Back Pain

Back pain treatment begins with recognizing the cause of the pain. Once you have either been diagnosed or the cause has been otherwise determined, we can get you on a recovery plan that works for you and your lifestyle. We have a variety of treatments plans, which can include any combination of the following:

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Vibration therapy
  • Correction of body mechanics
  • Lumbar stabilization
  • Core strengthening
  • Spinal adjustments
  • Flexibility training

At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we believe in getting you to a condition in which you can be active again. We don’t want you to have to miss out on any part of the game of life for back pain or any other reason. That’s why we are so dedicated to helping our patients.

Scheduling an Appointment with Us!

If you are tired of waking up in the morning to an incredible back-ache, don’t wait any longer to get the treatment you deserve! Just give Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine today at (801)-896-9624 to schedule an appointment!