Advanced Treatment Technologies

Hereford Physical Therapy's Specialist Physical Therapists are constantly using "Cutting Edge" treatment modalities and techniques to help our patients quickly and safely recover from their injury and surgery. Some of our most popular advanced treatments include Hands On Manual Therapy, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Dynatron Light Therapy. All of these tools have been very effective in decreasing a patients pain while increasing a their movement and function.

Our Specialist Physical Therapists are regularly attending advanced continuing education classes to remain at the top of their field to provide you with the best care possible.

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Manual Therapy

What is Manual Therapy?
The term “manual therapy” refers to hands-on treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Manual therapy encompasses a broad group of sophisticated techniques performed by hand and by uniquely trained physical therapists. These may include mobilizations or manipulations of soft tissue and skeletal joints. Manual therapy techniques aim to decrease pain and increase function.

Why Do We Use Manual Therapy?
The answer is simple – it’s proven to get you better, faster. While we always work with patients individually and only use manual therapy when appropriate, our outcome studies show better results when physical therapists have manual therapy training. This translates to fewer days off work or away from your favorite activity, and less out-of-pocket expenses.

Which patients should receive manual therapy?
Manual therapy has been shown to decrease pain and increase function. Most patients we see are excellent candidates for using manual therapy as part of their physical therapy care.

Light Therapy

Light therapy has been shown effective in treatment of the following conditions:

Light therapy has been shown effective in treatment of the following conditions:

  • Wound care and tissue repair (wounds, burns, grafts, pressure sores)
  • Inflammatory conditions (bursitis, general tissue inflammation, nerve inflammation including median nerve facial nerve and bells palsy etc.
  • Pain control (acute and chronic) Carpal tunnel syndrome, Head and neck pain, low back pain, Arthritis, post herpetic neuralgia etc. How does light therapy work?

When the light (photons) is applied to the tissue, they get absorbed into the mitochondria (energy cells) and cell membranes by chromatophores (color pigments in cell). This results in elevation of cell ATP synthesis (increased energy availability). This leads to increased DNA and RNA synthesis which are essential for tissue repair and pain control. The cell uses this extra energy to attain homeostasis (balance).

Light therapy is backed by extensive research with more than over 2000 published studies some to demonstrate the physiological action of light therapy and others to prove its clinical efficiency. Currently studies are being performed by scientists at NASA to demonstrate effectiveness of light therapy in tissue healing.

Is light therapy safe?

Light and LASER therapy are relatively safe to use. The type used in physical therapy for tissue healing has been classified as Class II Laser with only safety precaution being avoiding staring directly into the beam. Other precautions/contraindications could include avoiding irradiation over the abdomen of pregnant women, and over cancerous tissue.

With many medications being pulled off the market due to secondary health risks, light therapy and other physical modalities could be forerunners in the treatment of pain in the near future due to their relative ease of use and decreased secondary health risks.

Light therapy is also an invaluable tool for athletes; both to maximize performance and to promote healing between training sessions.