MYOFASCIAL CUPPING Cupping is trendy right now after everyone saw the red circular marks on the athletes during the 2016 Summer Olympics, specifically Michael Phelps. Actually, cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine used to treat many diseases and ailments. Body Mechanix Physical Therapists have been performing cupping on their patients for several years to effectively help reduce their pain. Plastic cups are applied to the skin and a pump is used to create a negative pressure and lift the skin, connective tissue and underlying muscles. Cupping is used to improve blood flow, mobilize the connective tissue and improve fluid movement through the tissues. Cupping is also useful in mobilizing scar tissue adhesions from past surgeries. Click on this link to learn more about the benefits of Myofascial Cupping and pain relief. ...Read More »
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WJAR) — Local practitioners are seeing an uptick in questions about cupping following the Rio Olympics. Former Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Roger Begin says he’s been getting this ancient Chinese treatment at Body Mechanix Physical Therapy in Wakefield for a couple of years now. “I have a chronic condition with my neck and shoulders,” Begin said. So, when he saw Michael Phelps and other athletes at the Summer Olympics: “I knew immediately what it was and it really does make a difference,” said Begin. Karen Agostinucci, a physical therapist and the owner of Body Mechanix, said there have been many inquiries… Read The Full Article Here ...Read More »
Body Mechanix is proud to announce our newest specialty in Osteopractic Physical Therapy. Karen Agostinucci, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, and Shari Kaliski, DPT, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN were both awarded a diploma in Osteopractic physical therapy December 2015. An OSTEOPRACTOR is a physical therapist or medical doctor that has completed an evidence-based post-graduate training program in the use of high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation and dry needling for the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities. The Diploma in Osteopractic (Dip. Of Osteopractic) is a relatively new credential, trademarked by the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and Spinal Manipulation Institute. The term osteopractor literally translates to “bone practitioner”, and osteopractors are trained in treating musculoskeletal disorders. The diploma is given only to physical therapists who have completed a rigorous, evidenced-based series of courses including: Certification in Spinal Manipulation or Cert. SMT (series of four courses) Certification in Dry Needling or Cert. DN (series of two courses, fifty-four total hours) Extremity Manipulative Therapy Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Differential Diagnosis & Multi-Modal Management of Upper and Lower Extremity Spine-Related Pain Syndromes. Body Mechanix is a unique physical therapy practice. Our dedicated professionals are highly skilled in manual therapy and provide patients with exceptional care. We will continue to strive to be the leaders in our profession....Read More »
Many people wonder if they are a candidate for physical therapy, or if physical therapy can help their ailment. For physical therapists, however, this is an easy question to answer: Most people can benefit from physical therapy, whether their condition varies from a simple ankle sprain to a complex neurological disorder. A list of some of the most common reasons to seek physical therapy includes: Neck pain and low back pain Arthritis in one or multiple joints Fractures and other orthopedic conditions Bowel or bladder incontinence Problems with balance or mobility Chronic fatigue and weakness Pre- and post-surgical conditioning and strengthening Cancer recovery Fitness and wellness education including weight loss and prevention of osteoporosis Respiratory problems / poor cardiovascular endurance Knee, ankle and foot problems Shoulder, arm, hand and wrist problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder tendonitis Pre- and post-partum programs Neuro-rehabilitation, such as post-stroke and spinal cord or head injury Wound care such as diabetic wounds and non-healing traumatic or post-surgical wounds Common sprains and muscle strains Work-related injuries such as repetitive motion injuries, slip and fall accidents and other trauma Sports related injuries View Original Article...Read More »
Several of the most common questions patients about physical therapy are answered below.
1. What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy (PT) is considered a conservative treatment method addressing the treatment, healing and prevention of injuries and disabilities. PT focuses primarily, but not solely, on pain relief, promoting healing, and restoring function and movement associated with injury. Other areas within physical therapy are ergonomic (body mechanic) training, fitness/ wellness, and especially education and prevention.Read More »
Sports Physical Therapy is a specialized practice that focuses on prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement of the physically-active individual.Read More »