This week’s blog will be different than usual. My typical blog is one of pure education, on one specific topic or another. But recently, I’ve noticed that a lot of our patients-even my own- aren’t educated on one thing-all the services we offer here at The Green Room! Many patients on their last day of PT will say, "I didn't know you offered custom foot orthotics," or "what is this light bed thing?" or something along those lines. A lot of this has to do with the fact that we’ve added and expanded many services over the past 1-2 years (and will likely continue to keep adding more). I figured I’d take this week's blog post to outline and detail all of our different services. We do have information on our website here https://www.thegrpt.com/services but this article will act as a slightly more detailed summary of each.
Physical Therapy! This is pretty obvious, but for those of you who aren’t familiar with how we do PT, our sessions are one-on-one starting with a thorough evaluation. Depending on what you’re coming in for, your PT sessions may include hands-on manual treatments, specific prescribed exercises, and/or patient education. We treat everything from random aches and pains to chronic conditions, neurological conditions, poor balance, sports injuries, post-surgery, vertigo/dizziness, and more. Patients we treat vary from babies and children to the elderly, top athletes to the sedentary, those new to PT to those who have been to 10 other PT’s in the past.
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. This is such a wide-ranging service, from men to women, from pain conditions to those of urinary frequency, urgency, and/or incontinence. Our pelvic floor therapists treat everything from pelvic pain to pelvic organ prolapse. This is not a service only for those who are pregnant or post-natal, though these are common times that women come in for Pelvic floor PT.
Class IV a.k.a. High Intensity Laser therapy. Using our Aspen Class IV laser, we can treat a variety of acute and chronic injuries. Also known has High-intensity laser therapy (HILT) in the research, this therapy is painless, non-invasive, and without side-effects. It uses a photochemical effect to improve healing and even promote formation and activation of our body’s own natural stem cells to repair damaged tissue, including tendon, muscle, bone, cartilage, ligaments, and nerves. This all leads to natural healing without any of the pains or side-effects of pills, injections, or surgery.
Theralight 360 Light Therapy/Photobiomodulation Therapy. This therapy uses low-level laser therapy or Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy to the entire body by use of a light bed. The light bed uses red and near-infrared wavelengths of light to painlessly reduce inflammation, enhance healing, and improve a variety of conditions without negative side-effects. Some conditions that can improve with Photobiomodulation therapy include arthritis, fibromyalgia, acute or chronic pain or injury, peripheral neuropathy, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, brain fog, post-COVID symptoms, neurological conditions, and more.
Custom Foot Orthotics. We use a digital laser foot scanner to evaluate a patient’s feet in the weight-bearing position. We are given information on the structure of the foot, any differences in weight bearing between the left and right sides, and more. Custom foot orthotics support all three arches of each foot, not just the inner arch as most off-the-shelf inserts do. The company we work with also offers orthotics that work best in work shoes, sneakers, work boots, and more. They also offer custom sandals and flip flops.
PT Wellness Physical. This is not a usual PT evaluation, which would be targeted to a specific complaint, injury, condition, or post-surgical site. This is an overall assessment of your health and wellness, current physical fitness routine, strength, range-of-motion, balance, vitals (heart rate, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure), and more. The reason we started offering this service was due to the fact that most people’s annual physicals tend to be rushed and lack in many areas. This is a nice option for those of you who want a more detailed and thorough understanding of your health, mobility, and function.
Telehealth Sessions. We started offering this during the Pandemic, and chose to keep it going since it’s been a great option for those who have to pivot quickly to a home PT option. We’ve had patients under quarantine situations, or traveling who still need to keep up with their rehab. We have several patients who last-minute switch their in-person PT sessions to the virtual option for a variety of reasons-sick kids, weather, quarantine, etc. This has been invaluable for keeping patients on their road to recovery no matter the situation.
15-Minute Express Massage. This service is offered by one of our therapists who is trained in myofascial release and other specific soft tissue release techniques. This massage is targeted to the upper back and neck, areas that tend to hold tension and can contribute to pain and headaches. This is not a traditional massage; it gets right down to the point and no clothing needs to be removed.
Normatec Compression Therapy. This therapy is used for several things, but one of the most common is for athletes who are looking for a faster recovery or way to reduce muscle soreness. It can also be used for edema, swelling, in the arms or legs. It can also help to control post-op swelling and fluid.
Cupping Therapy. This therapy is used to relieve muscle tension, improve localized blood flow, and reduce pain, especially in the upper or lower back. We use two different cupping techniques: static and dynamic. Static cupping involves hard plastic cups that are applied to the area to be treated and stay in place for about 5-10 minutes. Dynamic cupping uses soft silicone cups to work over the area to be treated, in a more massage-type fashion.
Graston Technique/Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). This therapy uses tools to mobilize injured tendons and muscles to improve tissue mobility and help aid in the rehab process. It can improve blood flow, desensitize painful areas, and help the rehab process. It can be used for a variety of conditions, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinosis, patellar tendinitis, and more.
Taping. We use both Kinesiotaping and McConnell taping techniques to help with a variety of conditions. McConnell taping has been shown to help with pain in the front of the knee, patellofemoral pain syndrome. Kinesiotaping can be used just about anywhere to help provide support and facilitate lymph flow and circulation.
As you can see, we offer many different services to help our patients live their best lives. Our goal is to offer our community a variety of options to support their health and address their physical concerns, all without pills, injections, or surgery. Your Therapist here will be your best resource when discussing any of these options for your best care and outcomes. If you don’t have a Physical Therapist already and would like to schedule a free phone or in-person consultation with one of our Doctors to discuss how any of our services may help you, you may do so here https://www.thegrpt.com/events-and-offers
In good health,
Dr. Ashley Bertorelli, PT, DPT, Founder/Owner of The Green Room PT
Clifton Park & Troy