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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.


Different Treatments to Get You Back to the Game of Life

Cupping Layton UtahDry needling and cupping are some of the top treatments we provide to help patients feel better and get back to the game of life! If you are experiencing pain or long-term aches and pain, contact our Layton physical therapy office. We have a variety of treatments that will be able to reduce inflammation and improve mobility.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is one of our in-office treatments we use to assist patients with pain in the muscles and fascia. Dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal system need physical therapy treatment as they will continue to cause pain, inflammation, and swelling. Dry needling involves the use of filament needles that are directly inserted into the skin with the aim at targeting the dysfunction and reducing pain, improving mobility, and restoring function. Dry needling works and will be able to restore healthy function to the tissues that are effected, which allow the patient to feel better faster.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an effective, gentle way that will is used to restore function, improve mobility, improve flexibility, and restore movement. Flexibility in the soft tissue aids in helping your body to function properly and naturally. Cupping is a great way to reach the cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Cupping is relatively new for many people, but it is actually an old practice as it started from traditional Chinese medicine. Cupping works through the use of heat or suction to create a vacuum against the skin. The glass is placed on the skin and the heat helps to gently lift the skin and helps to penetrate the underlying tissues. As the heat gently penetrates the muscle, it breaks up cross linkages between tissue layers. As the cross links are fixed, it aids in flexibility. Cupping will also help to improve hydration of the tissues and does reduce additional cross linkages from occurring.

When the treatment is over, you will have some small red residual marks on the skin. We are seeing several Olympic athletes using this treatment method during the Olympics as it does aid in flexibility and allows them to perform at a higher level.

Schedule a Physical Therapy Appointment

One of the best things you can do is contact our Layton Physical Therapy team for a consultation. We will discuss your health and different treatments that will be able to improve your health and help you get back to the game of life!


Dry Needling for CrossFit Athletes

Dry Needling for CrossFit AthletesOne program that tests the body more than any other workout is CrossFit. Athletes that train with CrossFit focus on testing the stability and mobility of their muscles. Without the correct mobility, athletes can end up increasing the risk of injury. To restore optimal mobility, a number of CrossFit athletes are turning to dry needling. Dry needling is a therapeutic technique that uses small filament needles gently inserted into the body to decrease muscle contractions and decrease pain. At Layton Physical Therapy, we recommend dry needling for CrossFit athletes as it does address the source of pain instead of simply treating ongoing pain.

Success with Dry Needling For CrossFit Athletes

Several patients have seen significant results in mobility from dry needling. Athletes work directly with our therapists to improve performance and reduce the risk of repeat injury to return to CrossFit training. Sometimes the nervous system works hard against the range of motion and will not allow the muscles to relax. When the muscles are incapable of relaxing, dry needling is one of the only methods that will be able to help them relax.

How Dry Needling Helps Athletes

Dry needling targets the neurological response that is built up in the muscles. Sometimes the muscles receptors are stimulated too frequently during exercise over the years, which is what causes the muscles to become tight and restrict your full range of motion. The trigger points are the main point of what we focus on with dry needling, which is what makes a major difference from dry needling to acupuncture. When the needle is inserted into the trigger point, it will cause the muscle to start relaxing. The movement will start to come back once the trigger point begins to relax.

Our Dry Needling Treatment  Method

We use dry needling in conjunction with other joint mobilization during visits to help the muscles relax. Patients undergoing dry needling treatments feel an immediate change in the muscle quality and function. We have found dry needling to be one of the most effective treatments for chronic pain, acute pain, and rehabilitation from injuries.

Upon receiving proper dry needling treatments, patients will be given a series of treatments to follow at home. Home exercises will carryover the new change that has been made to the muscles during dry needling treatment.

What to Expect After Dry Needling

Dry needling has few side effects from other therapy methods. Patients may experience light bruising after the treatment or slight tenderness on the insertion site. Multiple treatments are necessary for patients dealing with difficult knots in the muscles that are having a hard time relaxing.

If you are dealing with stubborn or chronic pain, call Layton Physical Therapy today. Our team will help you if you are suffering with chronic or stubborn muscle tissues that will not relax. Dry needling for CrossFit athletes is an effective way to improve your muscles and overall range of motion. Call today to schedule a dry needling appointment (801)896-9624!


What Is Dry Needling?

UT Dry needlingOne of our latest treatments is dry needling. Dry needling is a procedure using a thin filament needle gently inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. The goal of dry needling is to focus on the contraction knot, which causes muscle tension and pain. Contraction knots occur as a result of neuromuscular dysfunction in areas where your body is prone to stress. One thing we need to make clear about dry needling is that it is NOT the same as acupuncture. While both treatments use needles, they have little else in common.

How Dry Needling is Different

While there are some people that argue dry needling is acupuncture, we want to be clear that they do have similarities but are different techniques. We are not certified acupuncturists and we do not practice acupuncture. Dry needling is based on Western medicine principles and it is used to treat sports injuries and other musculoskeletal problems.

Dr. Kerbs is certified in dry needling and has undergone extensive training to perform the practice. Our dry needling procedures are designed to provide lasting results to patients dealing with a variety of muscular problems. Everything about the way dry needling is performed is different from acupuncture. The needles are placed in different locations, they are applied differently and we target the knotty tissues in the muscles. Once a patient has received the treatment, the muscles start to relax. Oxygen is supplied to the muscle, decreasing the intensity of pain and allowing greater range of motion for patients.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

Dry needling uses fine filament needles that are gently inserted into the muscle. We identify the trigger points that require the use of the needle to help bring relief to that area. Inserting a needle into the trigger point will cause favorable biochemical changes, drastically reducing the pain an individual has been experiencing. Our goal is to help break the pain cycle and to help you move forward with your life.

Is Dry Needling Painful?

We often hear this question as there is a lot of misconception surrounding needles. Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The muscle will have a local twitch response as it is being told to “relax” by the needle. Sometimes the twitch of the muscle can be uncomfortable, but the twitch only lasts for a second as the muscle then starts to relax.

What Happens After Treatment?

Mild soreness is expected after dry needling. Normally the soreness lasts a few hours, but it can last longer than a day for patients with severe muscle problems. Our staff will send you home with specific treatment methods to prevent additional pain and to ensure you are able to stretch the muscles appropriately.

What Does Dry Needling Treat?

Our dry needling techniques are designed to work on a variety of muscles and pains you are dealing with. We have seen patients with knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and other issues find relief from dry needling. We recommend initiating dry needling as part of your overall rehabilitation program as it does help to break the pain cycle.

Our goal is focused on targeting the muscle that is permanently contracted. We identify those trigger points and use dry needling to bring relief. The goal is to help a muscle learn how to “reset” by targeting the knots and helping them loosen. We want to improve our patient’s health for the long-run. We want you to get back to doing what you love quicker, faster, and better than they used to be. If you have a specific injury that needs help, call Layton Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine today and get back to the game of life!


Alleviating Knee Pain through Physical Therapy

Because your knees and your legs carry the majority of your weight when you walk, run, or engage in another type of physical activity, they can become worn out or succumb to various injuries. These injuries and pains can hinder you and keep you from doing the things you love. If you are experiencing knee pain, don’t hesitate to see one of our sports medicine therapists or physical therapists for relief.

Because your knee is subject to a lot of wear and tear, there are many reasons that you might have knee pain, regardless of if you are a professional athlete, a recreational athlete, or just head to the gym every now and again. At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we treat patients with:

  • Arthritis
  • Ligament injury
  • Cartilage tears
  • ACL tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Swelling
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocated kneecaps
  • Growth abnormalities
  • Post-surgical pain/mobility issues

For all these conditions and more that are not listed, our physical therapists and sports medicine therapists can customize treatment plans, give patients a comprehensive evaluation, and perform a variety of therapies to promote your quick recovery. That way, you can get back to the activities you love to do most.


Why Physical Therapy?

No matter what area of the body ails you – neck, shoulder, back, knee – physical therapists have an established history of helping individuals improve their quality of life.

A physical therapist can help you move freely again without pain and discomfort and feeling renewed and ready to move on. They can even help you prevent an injury altogether.

For instance, a study of 1,435 NCAA Division 1 female soccer players demonstrated that those who participated in a physical therapy program had an overall ACL injury rate 41 percent lower than those who did only a regular warm-up prior to practice.1

Because physical therapists receive specialized education in a variety of sciences – physics, human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), to name a few – they understand how the body works and how to get you moving again. They know how to manage all four of the body’s major systems – musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin) – to restore and maximize mobility.

Whether you are living with diabetes or recovering from a stroke, a fall, or a sports injury, a physical therapist is a trusted health care professional who will work closely with you to evaluate your condition and develop an effective, personalized plan of care. A physical therapist can help you achieve long-term results for many conditions that limit your ability to move.

Reduce the Risk of Injury

While playing a round of golf or picking up around the house may seem harmless, but these everyday activities can result in injury due to abnormal movement, stress on joints and strain on muscles.

Because physical therapists are experts in knowing how the body works, they are able to design personalized treatment plans to reduce the risk of injury whether in everyday activities or sports.

For example, women perform athletic tasks in a more upright position, putting added stress on parts of the knee such as the ACL, resulting in less controlled rotation of the joint. While men use their hamstring muscles more often, women rely more on their quadriceps, which puts the knee at constant risk. To combat these natural tendencies, your physical therapist may develop a treatment program to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination, as well as to counteract incorrect existing patterns of movement that may be damaging to joints.


What is Athletic Training?

Being an athlete means more than just doing well on field or in the ring; it means developing skills that put you above the competition, acclimating your body to the amount of stress your sport demands, and taking the necessary precautions to stay healthy and strong. At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we can help you heighten your abilities and skills in a way that is long-lasting and safe for your health.

What is Athletic Training?

Athletic training is a clinical kind of training that focuses on helping you stay healthy and fit while you’re improving your athletic skills. Athletic training covers a broad spectrum of strategies, which include but are not limited to:

  • Customized diet plans
  • Injury prevention
  • Risk management
  • Physical therapy
  • Injury diagnosis and treatment

Our athletic trainers aim to provide you, the athlete, with skills that can decrease your risk of long-lasting or threatening bodily harm. That way, you can enjoy your sport, continue to compete, and steadily improve your skill level without risking your health.

We Have Training Techniques for Athletes of All Levels

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Regardless of whether you are just starting out, are training for a marathon, or are at the top of your game, our staff can analyze your abilities and design training programs that help you build strength, endurance, and skill without putting your body at risk.

In addition to arming you with techniques that will minimize the stress that your body experiences, our athletic trainers will help you know what you’re capable of at each step of your training. That way, you know where your limits are and where you need to work harder.

Our staff are all registered and licensed so you can rest assured that you are getting the best care possible. When you come into our office, we want to make sure that you are comfortable and have pleasant experiences with our staff. Call Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine today at (801) 896-9624 to schedule an appointment!


Neck Pain

Almost everyone has experienced some kind of neck pain, whether it only lasts for a day or is a persistent annoyance. Neck pain can cause headaches and other health problems if left alone, so it is important that you have your neck pain looked at by a physical therapist or a sports medicine therapist.

If you have neck pain due to a sport or physical activity you have been engaging in, you might have an injury that needs to be diagnosed immediately. Because your neck is so important to the health of your brain and the rest of your body, you shouldn’t wait to get neck pain checked out.

Sports Medicine and Neck Pain

Here at Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we want to help you recover from your injury or pain as quickly as possible to you can get back to the sports and other physical activities you love. To help you rehabilitate your neck after injury or wear, we use approved sports medicine techniques such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Traction
  • Manipulation
  • Manual therapy
  • Soft tissue mobilization

If you come to Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we won’t ever give you a one-size-fits-all solution for your neck pain. Our physical therapists pride themselves on using up-to-date modalities to promote quick recoveries for all of our patients with neck pain. We will assess the severity of your injury, customize a rehabilitation and recovery program, and help you keep up your strength in the meantime.


How Does the Vibration Plate Work?

Whether you’re a professional athlete, a recreational athlete, or are just anxious to get your body into better shape, vibration plate therapy and training can help you become stronger without taking up too much of your time.

How Does the Vibration Plate Work?

When you are doing training or therapy on the vibration plate, the machine will create instability in your body with small vibrations. That will force your body to readjust to the changes several times per minute. The vibration plate also works on a three-dimensional scale and oscillates on three planes to make sure that your entire body is affected.

If you have vibration plate therapy or training several times a week for as little as 15 minutes a session, you can see enormous results in several areas of your physical performance and overall well-being.

Benefits of Vibration Plate Therapy and Training

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Many empirical studies have shown that there are a vast variety of health benefits that come from vibration plate therapy and training. Some of these incredible results include:

  • Increased muscle strength
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased bone density
  • Decreased cellulite
  • Decreased pain
  • Decreased soreness
  • Better workouts in a shorter amount of time
  • More complete recovery for post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Faster recovery times

The best part about vibration plate therapy and training is that a variety of people at differing levels of physical capability are able to benefit from the vibration plate technology. Additionally, vibration therapy is sport-specific and will help you do better on the field.

Doctors, sports medicine therapists, and physical therapists can all include the vibration plate treatments into their other clinical methods and techniques.

Find Vibration Plate Therapy and Training in Layton!

At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we offer vibration plate training and therapy to all our clients. We have seen the results and highly recommend that you give it a try, whether you are looking to improve your athletic ability or want to reduce pain.

Come to Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine today or call us at (801)-896-9624 to find out more about the vibration plate!

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