The Magic of Manual Therapy / Hands On Treatment at Camarillo Physical Therapy

What is special about Camarillo Physical Therapy are the physical therapists trained in different manual therapy techniques. Our therapists regularly take courses in joint mobilization techniques, myofascial release and soft tissue mobilization procedures. We are passionate about our hands on techniques and believe in healing patients with our hands. Breaking down old scar tissue, reducing inflammation , increasing range of motion and reduction in pain levels are only some of the benefits of hands on treatment. Come and see for yourself what the magic of manual therapy is all about!

Posture and Neck Pain in Teenagers

Since the pandemic, I have noticed an increase in the number of teenagers with complaints of neck pain, shoulder pain, and headaches. On further investigation, I realized many teenagers developed postural deviations from holding their cell phones incorrectly.

BAD POSTURE
GOOD POSTURE

Look at the 2 pictures posted above and see if you identify yourself, or your teenager, in either of the postures presented. Holding the phone up towards your head, rather than hanging your head to get closer to the phone is very helpful. Make sure you keep your shoulders away from your ears and hold your chest up, instead of sagging down on your belly. “Nod” the head to look at the phone, instead of poking your head forwards. Making these slight changes will have a significant impact on decreasing neck pain and headaches.

Healing Damaged Tissues

Whenever we are injured, the healing power of human body kicks in. Tissues become inflamed which brings body immune cells and rebuilding cells to the affected area. A scar is formed, and the skin and muscles are not as mobile as it was before, but it has repaired. With physical therapy we can assist this healing process with either appropriate movement and sometimes even supportive bracing. This holds true for acute or chronic or sports injuries.

Ways to Prevent or Eliminate Back Pain

Back pain and neck pain many times are a result of bad posture and body mechanics.  This blog post will give you a basic outline of the principles of body mechanics and posture.  You also can come and visit us in our office for an evaluation and specialized program.  The goal will be that using these body mechanics will result in your body learning and ultimately becoming naturally used to being in a “normal” or proper posture.

The human spine consists of the neck or cervical spine, the mid-back or the thoracic spine, the lower back or the lumbar spine, the bottom triangular flat part called the sacrum and the lowest part which is the coccyx or commonly known as the tail bone.  We humans being bipedal, that is we walk on two legs tend to be more susceptible to back pain.

Proper Techniques to Eliminate Back Pain

Proper Reaching When Sitting
Do not slump the upper back or extend the neck to reach, instead hinge at the top of the hip joint and shift the weight forward so that you work form your body’s core.

Proper Overhead Reaching When Standing
Follow the hands with the eyes. The key is that the arms and neck move together to avoid compression in the lower back and neck.

Push-Pull Activities
When pushing an object or pulling on something make sure to maintain a neutral position of the lumbar spine and avoid arching your back or flexing it too much.

Principles Of Lifting
When you lift something this activity requires strong upper and lower extremeties as well as core muscle contraction. The key muscle groups required for lifting are the quadriceps which are the thigh muscles, the gluteal muscles or buttocks, your core muscles and arm muscles.