Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Specialist
Nothing slows you down and stops you from enjoying daily life like injured muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Physical therapy available at Southwest Family Medicine Associates in Dallas targets those problems. Dr. Asa Hadsell, an experienced chiropractor, combines exercise with innovative treatments, such as myofascial therapy, to help you heal and regain movement. Call if you have questions about physical therapy treatments, or schedule an appointment online for a comprehensive consultation.

Physical Therapy Q & A

Southwest Family Medicine Associates

What is physical therapy?

When your ability to function is hindered by musculoskeletal injury or disease, physical therapy preserves or restores movement and relieves pain. Using diverse exercises and other treatments, physical therapy helps you:

  • Recover from soft tissue injuries
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve muscle strength
  • Restore balance
  • Reduce risk of future injury
  • Improve posture and body mechanics

What types of treatments are used during physical therapy?

Dr. Hadsell creates a structured exercise plan customized to meet your physical rehabilitation needs. In addition to passive and active exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and balance, your physical therapy may include electrical stimulation to relieve pain, ultrasound to gently heat and relax soft tissues, and diverse types of therapies such as:

  • Joint mobilization: passively moving the joints to improve mobility and decrease pain
  • Massage: improving circulation and flexibility, releasing muscle tension, and targeting muscle knots
  • Postural training: ensuring proper alignment to relieve pain and restore balance

What is active release therapy?

Active release therapy treats damaged muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia, which is the connective tissue that surrounds muscles. This treatment is often used to relieve pain and improve movement in overuse injuries and health conditions such as:

  • Lower back pain
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shoulder strains
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Active release therapy massages soft tissues in ways that help break up scar tissue to improve movement. You actively participate by performing precise movements while Dr. Hadsell presses on or massages the targeted area.

What is myofascial release therapy?

Myofascial release therapy focuses on the fascia surrounding your muscles and trigger points that affect the connective tissues. Dr. Hadsell uses gentle hands-on techniques to stretch and loosen fascia, which lets muscles move more freely.

Myofascial release is often used together with more traditional physical therapy exercises to treat:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports injuries

Can you learn therapeutic exercises to do at home?

Dr. Hadsell often recommends that you continue to exercise at home to support your office treatments and maintain progress. He develops an exercise plan and teaches you about body mechanics and how to perform exercises to achieve the best results. You also learn when to push through pain and when pain means it’s time to take a break, so you can exercise safely at home.

Call or go online today to schedule an appointment to address all of your physical therapy needs.



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