Accessory programming is a great option for those who are self-motivated to perform exercises and accessory work on their own. Oftentimes, many injuries can be completely fixed by performing specific, targeted exercise to strengthen a weakened region of the body. This is best supplemented with monthly check-in physical therapy sessions to ensure the client is making adequate progress and to make any adjustments that are needed to the exercise program.
Additionally, accessory programming is a great option for those who want to prevent an injury from occurring in the first place. If you feel like there might be an injury starting to accrue in a certain part of your body, accessory programming is a great option to help strengthen that certain area to protect against an injury from occurring. This is also known as prehab.
Dry needling is a modality that can be provided outside of a formal physical therapy plan-of-care. It can be done as often as the client would like without having to commit to a formal physical therapy plan of care.
Spinal manipulation is another tool that can be provided outside of a formal physical therapy plan-of-care. It is a technique that provides a quick-stretch to the tissues surrounding a certain portion of the spine. Although the term “adjustment” is commonly used by healthcare practitioners, this is misleading as bones are not being put back into place.
Spinal manipulation is a great way to quickly restore range-of-motion to a stiff portion of the spine while simultaneously decreasing pain in the same region. Spinal manipulation is best followed-up by active exercise to help strengthen the manipulated region.
Recovery sessions are not formal physical therapy. They are focused on soft-tissue work in one or multiple regions of the client’s choosing and are intended primarily to decrease muscle soreness, improve blood-flow to a specific area of the body, and decrease recovery time so that you can attack your next workout with more confidence and less soreness.
Hands-on soft tissue work
IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization):