DATs How we treat
DAT offers many different modern treatments styles for your injuries. Listed below are specific ways that we are able to treat your ailments.
Education is key. DAT uses physical and virtual examples to show patients the anatomy of their injury. Physical therapy works best when a patient knows what was injured, how it was injured, and ways to prevent future injuries. This includes why we are doing what we are doing.
Dry needling is a technique using solid filament needles to cause micro lesions, improve blood flow, increase flexibility, reduce trigger points (muscle knots), and to affect the muscular and nervous systems. This can be used in conjuncture with electric stimulation to improve activation, strength, stretchability of the muscle. It can be effective in reducing the appearance and improving the elasticity of scars.
Cupping is a form of medicine that originated in Middle Eastern and Asian countries. The cups create a negative pressure that causes blood flow to increase to the surface of the skin. This causes the body to treat this area like an injury and increase the healing factors in the blood in the surrounding area. Cupping is used to treat headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and knee pain.
Graston (IASTM - Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
Graston technique is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Clinicians use the metal instruments to both assess and treat soft tissue restrictions. IASTM is an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis, epicondylitis, tight muscles, and increased scar tissue.
Manual treatment and assessment is a Direct Access Therapies core value. We use a variety of manual treatment styles including joint mobilizations, homeostatic-neuro trigger point massage, active release, sports massage, traction, and guided stretching.
Exercise and Conditioning
One of the most important treatments we can provide is effective exercise. We customize each exercise routine to your specific needs to facilitate a quick return to your favorite sports and activities. Home exercise program sheets are provided to assist you with remembering your exercises. We use patients' cell phones to record them performing exercises with verbal cueing to correct their form and perform the activity correctly.
Kinesiology taping is used to reduce pain, swelling, provide support, and improve performance. The tape reduces the pressure under it allow for improved blood flow, lymphatic draining, and a reduction in pain. K tape is effective at reducing bruises, alleviating plantar fasciitis, reducing patellofemoral pain syndrome, stabilization of joints after subluxation, improving posture, and reducing swelling.