Twenty-five Access Physical Therapy & Wellness therapists attend two-day low back, lower extremity therapy workshop
Twenty-five Access Physical Therapy & Wellness therapists
attend two-day low back, lower extremity therapy workshop
Twenty-five physical therapists from eight Orange County-area Access Physical Therapy & Wellness attended a Nov. 23-24 Manual Therapy Institute training course about sacroiliac joint – low back – and lower extremity therapy. The two-day course was presented by therapist/trainer Gavin Hamer of the Park City, Utah-based Institute. Access hosts various continuing education courses during the year, as well as “Expand Your Skills Workshops” every two months so therapists can hone their skills, said Access co-owner and Doctor of Physical Therapy Stephen Albanese. “We place great value on offering our therapists the ability to enhance their clinical skills,” said Albanese. “As they continue to learn new techniques, they are able to provide a higher level of care and improve outcomes for their patients.” Access Physical Therapy & Wellness locations – in Montgomery, Port Jervis, Monroe and Goshen in Orange County; Ferndale in Sullivan County; the Hamlet of Wallkill in Ulster County; and in Milford and Dingmans Ferry in Pike County, Pa. – are open weekdays 7 a.m.‐8 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.‐noon. They accept most insurances – and appointments are offered within 24 hours. To learn more, visit www.accessptw.com.
Access Physical Therapy & Wellness offers treatment
with innovative Graston Technique® in Milford, Dingmans Ferry
Innocent Rwakonda, owner of the Milford and Dingmans Ferry, Pa., offices of Access Physical Therapy & Wellness, has been trained and certified in the use of Graston Technique®, a patented, instrument-assisted soft tissue massage/mobilization technique that can dramatically reduce patient discomfort and improve muscle function and quality of life.
Rwakonda is now using the Technique to treat patients at both Access locations in Pike County; he is the only health care provider in the county certified in its use. In fact, according to the provider directory on the Graston website, GrastonTechnique.com, Rwakonda is the only Graston-certified clinician in Pike County. There are no Graston-certified clinicians in New York’s Orange or Sullivan counties.
Developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 17,500 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers, according to the website. The technique is used by athletic trainers for the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball.
It works like this: Therapists and trainers rub smooth metal instruments along muscles, tendons and ligaments to identify where knots and scar tissue are located. Then, the metal instrument is used to “break up” the restriction or adhesion.
“Stretching exercises can then be used to promote re-alignment of the fibers into a normal pattern of healthy tissue,” Rwakonda said.
Access co-owner Steve Albanese said the Technique has been used to treat common diagnosis, such as cervical pain, lower back pain, muscle and joint strains, painful scars and plantar fasciitis, commonly called jogger’s heel.
“At Access Physical Therapy & Wellness, our therapists are dedicated to helping patients decrease their pain, increase their mobility and improve their quality of life,” said Albanese. “The Graston Technique will allow our therapists to achieve these goals more efficiently and quicker.”
In a case study summarized in 2011 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, seven out of 10 participants saw significant improvement in their condition with the use of the Graston Technique® and a home stretching program. The patients received as many as eight treatment sessions over three to eight weeks.
Rwakonda and his team are experienced in the treatment of many conditions. Reach Rwakonda in Milford at (570) 296-3333, or in Dingmans Ferry at (570) 828-0000.
Access is open weekdays 7 a.m.‐8 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.‐noon. They accept most insurances – and appointments are offered within 24 hours. To learn more, visit www.accessptw.com.