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.

Rocking the Lunge

A stationary/static lunge is a very powerful exercise to strengthen your legs, lower body, and core. It does not have to be super difficult. It can be a low lunge, high lunge, or you may start with a half kneel if the other two are not possible. Feel a lift from your pelvic floor and pull your core/belly in during this position.

Do NOT collapse into the position, instead, rise against gravity. Imagine that both inner thighs are moving towards each other.

HIGH LUNGE
LOW LUNGE
HALF KNEEL – Make sure to keep the foot flat on your back leg

Therapeutic Movement Information

Welcome to Camarillo Physical Therapy!

Stretching and strengthening exercises appropriate for your specific condition have been selected by your Physical Therapist for you.

Our Physical Therapy Aides have been trained in therapeutic movement and will be assisting our Physical Therapists with demonstrating and supervising proper technique and form when performing exercises.

The work done in the clinic is one part of what will help your healing. The home exercise program assigned to you is an essential part of your treatment and is intended to promote healing, re-train faulty movement patterns, and reduce the probability of pain and injury re-occurrence, among other benefits.

Please communicate with our therapists about any questions or concerns you may have about your assigned Home Exercise Program. If you may have any problems adhering to the regimen prescribed to you, please let our therapists know right away! We want to work with you together as a team and open communication is essential to achieving that goal. Again, if you may have any issues, please let us know so we can assist.  

We only get to see you two to three times a week. The assigned Home Exercise Programs are very important and are designed to help your progress.

You may receive different exercises at different visits. Many patients find it helpful to use a small three ring binder to keep their paperwork organized. This will also be helpful for our therapists to see when you come in for your appointments.

Please do not underestimate the importance of therapeutic movement (the Home Exercise Program) in your healing. It can help mitigate further pain episodes and can even help avoid surgery and/or other invasive procedures. Consistent movement may also benefit you overall! 

Again, welcome to Camarillo Physical Therapy, and we look forward to assisting you with your healing process!

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.