11 Services You May Not Know We Offer Besides Physical Therapy
Even if you're not a client of ours, you can probably tell by the name Functionize Health & Physical Therapy that we are, in fact, a physical therapy clinic. But, do you know what other services fall under our health and wellness umbrella? We aren't your traditional physical orthopedic clinic, and that's why our clients get better, faster.
1. Clinical Pilates
Pilates is a type of exercise designed to enhance strength, flexibility, balance, posture, and coordination.
It is suitable for a wide range of people regardless of age, experience or condition.
Clinical Pilates is instructed by a physical therapist that is also a Certified Pilates instructor. The physical therapist first performs an initial evaluation, then specifically chooses Pilates exercises designed around your injuries and specific physical needs. Each session is unique and modified based on your functional goals and response to treatment. Fitness Pilates, on the other hand, is instructed by a Certified Pilates instructor that is not necessarily a physical therapist. Therefore, they may not have the knowledge to safely work with individuals with injuries or other physical limitations.
2. Strength Training & InBody Analysis
Strength training is wildly important for a host of reasons. It can reduce or eliminate general spine pain, muscle lengthening and flexibility, longevity, injury prevention, and endurance performance, just to name a few.
Too often pain stops people from exercise or moving. We understand the complexity of pain and once serious pathologies or contraindications (fracture, tendon/ligament tears, neurological compromise, tumor, etc) have been ruled out, resistance training is something you can do to help manage your symptoms. The evidence shows consistent long term benefits of strength training with very limited side effects.
If you are unsure of where to start with in terms of strength training or worried that you will injure yourself, we can help! We offer app-based, remote exercise programming, as well as in person sessions to address any physical pain and dysfunction. We also use InBody analysis to measure your progress in terms of body composition measurements and basal metabolic rate to create a measure you can use to track your progress.
And, YES, we do treat tweens and teens, too! Whether you're 10 or 110, we'd love to help you on your strength training journey!
3. Swim Performance
From competitive club swimming to Iron Man athletes, Functionize is here to help you find your inner sailfish. Blending your unique strengths with our prime coaching, we will make the dream team on stroke efficiency, stamina, and speed. Jump on in the, water's fine!
4. (ha!) Golf Performance & Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Assessments
Back pain with golf? Losing distance off the tee? Stiff hips limiting your swing? We can help! The Titleist Performance Institute is the world's leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing, and two of our therapists are TPI-certified!
A TPI Assessment at Functionize includes:
One Hour-long Comprehensive Health Screen
16-step TPI movement screen
Customized home exercise program
Performed in office
5. Trigger Point Dry Needling
Anyone looking to quickly improve their pain can benefit from dry needling. Dry needling is a great supplement to traditional forms of physical therapy such as exercise, manual therapy, stretching, and education on daily and work-related postures. The key is that it creates very quick, but long-lasting improvements in pain. As a result, our clients get back to being healthy and active sooner.
Dry Needling works well for:
Neck pain • Low back pain • Shoulder tendinitis • Tennis elbow • Headaches
Knee pain • Shin splints • Plantar fasciitis
So, is this just acupuncture? Nope! Acupuncture pertains to the flow of energy, while dry needling targets specific muscles for specific, physical reasons.
6. RedCord Neurac
RedCord is a unique treatment approach that uses one’s own body weight to restore proper neuromuscular control and functional stability for daily activities and sports. What makes it special is that you exercise while suspended from literal red cords. These cords consist of a series of bungees, slings, handles, and ropes suspended over a treatment table.
By adjusting the degree of support or tension in the ropes, your physical therapist can target specific muscle groups in the right order without causing pain or joint compression. This approach speeds up treatment time and return to function.
7. Running Assessments
Enhance your running performance with a musculoskeletal assessment and video analysis of your running form. Our physical therapists will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your strength, flexibility, and running mechanics to see where things are going wrong in your run. We use a video gait analysis program to identify areas that are prone to breakdown and teach you ways to prevent and treat running injuries. Based on our findings, our team educates you on appropriate techniques and exercises to improve your form and ultimately your running performance.
Why is a running assessment important?
Running is a repetitive activity that involves high levels of impact on the body. The human body can only withstand a certain amount of impact before it starts to break down. This response occurs gradually as the body makes compensations to avoid pain and continue running. These compensations cause muscle imbalances and overuse in other areas of the body. Over time our running form becomes compromised leading to injury and inefficient performance. In many cases, the answer to all of this may just be a few stretches, some home exercises, the correct shoe wear, or some manual therapy techniques to target the appropriate muscle sequencing and movement patterns specific to running.
Runners of all levels can benefit from a Running Assessment. From the novice runner to the post-partum mom to the high-level endurance athlete, we all want to run pain-free. But figuring out our barriers to performance is the toughest part – and that’s why we are here to help!
8. Nutrition Consultation
Nutrition and diet play a vital role in your overall health. Chronic health problems such as autoimmune disease, diabetes, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome and gastrointestinal inflammation are impacted by what you eat. If you are dealing with hormonal imbalances or you are experiencing post-menopausal changes, or even if you have an acute problem like a sports injury, assessing and adjusting your dietary habits is critical. Not only does what you eat have a major impact on your healing process, but it is also important to consider how your diet and eating habits may be contributing to your symptoms in the first place.
Incorporating evidence-based dietary changes that are relevant to your particular health and lifestyle is part of a holistic approach to healing and disease prevention. A detailed analysis of your unique circumstances including health history, lab results, lifestyle, and food preferences combined with a personalized plan from an experienced clinician will ultimately yield results that will improve your health.
At Functionize, we approach your care holistically and focus on the four pillars of health: Sleep, Nutrition, Movement, and Stress Management. We are so lucky to work with an incredible Registered Dietitian, Allyson Balzuweit. If you're interested in learning more about her services, you can check out her website here!
* Orthopedic Therapy
OK, so I know we literally just covered this in the intro, but let's take a look at how our physical therapy treatment differs from that of a more traditional clinic.
Your physical therapy appointment at Functionize is a full hour, one-on-one. with the physical therapist. No group setting, no tech, no aides. Our team develops a personalized treatment plan, including your 5-Point Check Up, geared toward your goals and works alongside you every step of the way. With over 20 years of clinical expertise treating injuries of all types and athletes of all levels, we understand the ups and downs of not feeling or performing at your best. We are part of your team and ready to get you back to doing what you love, pain free, as quickly as possible.
At Functionize, we believe in a complete approach to health and wellness that spans from proactive prevention and mobility preservation to comprehensive recovery for the everyday athlete. Bringing decades of expertise, a dynamic approach, creative methodology and holistic perspective to each and every client, we focus on four main competencies that come together to help you go from feeling hesitant and hopeless to becoming a force of movement.
As a Functionize client, you will enjoy a high-touch, empathetic experience coupled with a custom, comprehensive care plan designed just for the wonder that is you. Never a number, our patients are treated like family with a dedicated team in their corner from start to full-function.
9. TMD/TMJ Physical Therapy
If you are suffering from pain in the jaw, ear, face, or head, locking of the jaw upon opening or closing, and/or limited jaw mobility, TMD/TMJ physical therapy could be the solution! Our therapists are trained by a leading expert in Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders to evaluate and treat problems associated with the jaw joint.
Just like our more typical orthopedic appointments, you will receive a thorough examination and an individualized care plan. It is our goal to help get you back to your life free from the burden of pain, no matter where the pain originates!
10. Pelvic Health Physical therapy
Pelvic Health is a sub-specialty of physical therapy. It can be defined as physical therapy to restore the pelvic region to a more functional and/or less painful state.
Pelvic Health Physical Therapists receive specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of pain and dysfunction related to the pelvis and its corresponding muscles, bones, and soft tissue structures. Pelvic Health Physical Therapists treat women and men with pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor muscles play an important role in support for bladder and bowel, sexual health, stabilization of the pelvis, and normal function during the childbearing period. Dysfunction in these muscles can result in bowel/bladder issues, pain, sexual dysfunction, and instability of the pelvis. Our pelvic health therapists have taken additional courses that cover pelvic floor rehabilitation and how to properly evaluate and treat multiple conditions that involve the pelvic floor musculature.
11. Telehealth Physical Therapy Appointments
If you can’t come in for an in-person consultation, don’t worry! We offer telehealth physical therapy consultations for individuals in the state of Georgia. We will not be able to put our hands on you, but we will still help you set up a plan based on your needs. Simply put, Telehealth Physical Therapy refers to physical therapy services that are provided over a technology platform, rather than by in-person means. We will be able to chat face-to-face through a HIPPA-compliant video format and create a treatment plan that’s right for you. If it is determined after the initial consultation that an in-office treatment is needed, we offer a hybrid model including telehealth and in-office hands-on physical therapy appointments.
So, WHO Do We Treat?
Anyone 10 or older! We love treating athletes of all ages, whether you're a cross-stitcher or CrossFitter!
So, are you ready to take your health to the next level? If so, Functionize is ready to join you on your journey! Reach out today to see how we can help you not only achieve, but surpass your goals!