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Electrical Stimulation Explained: NMES vs. TENS

Electrical stimulation therapy like NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) or TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) can help you retrain and strengthen your muscles as well as provide instant pain relief. TENS targets your sensory nerves while NMES stimulates motor nerves, or those nerves responsible for helping you move. The surface-level tingling sensation that you feel with…

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Getting Handsy: What You Need To Know About Manual Physical Therapy

Let’s talk about what manual therapy is and what it isn’t. Manual therapy and massage therapy are often used interchangeably because both provide hands-on treatment, but each is distinct from the other.  Our physical therapists (PT) deliver manual therapy directly by hand instead of using a device or machine. They use skilled hand movements to…

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How Breathing Can Help Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor

How does breathing affect your pelvic floor? The act of breathing seems so simple since it’s a practice we’ve all experienced since birth. Even when you’re not paying attention, you draw air into your lungs automatically and rhythmically. Your diaphragm contracts down into your abdomen, which creates a domino effect of expansion around your core…

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Why Physical Therapy is Better Than Pills For Pain

Francis* is a grandmother. From her nice slacks and sensible shoes to the small bobby pin that holds back the gentle curls around her face, she appears every bit the sweet, average grandmother you’d expect. But she is not. Francis is an addict. Like many other patients we treat, Francis is addicted to opioids. She’s…

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Physical Therapy for Urinary Retention: Techniques and Expectations

Physical Therapy for Urinary Retention: Techniques and Expectations There are both surgical and non-surgical, natural treatment options available for urinary retention in both men and women. Pelvic floor physical therapy is an option that is non-invasive and a relatively quick treatment. Pelvic floor therapy for urinary retention consists of a series of visits to a physical therapist with…

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