OUR TECHNIQUES

We employ the latest evidence-based practices to address the source of your pain and make a measurable difference in the quality of your life.

Redcord suspension is a unique neuromuscular approach to treatment, rehabilitation and performance. The routine consists of tailored exercises performed in a series of ropes and slings. Each exercise challenges your neuromuscular system to help you re-establish quality and control of your movements. There are bungee cords to assist and guide you through the routine. Your provider might also shake the ropes to add even more neuromuscular challenge to an exercise. Finding the right balance of “control vs. instability” during an exercise is key to the success of this treatment method. When done correctly, your provider can help you regain muscle stability, build core strength, and restore pain-free joint mobility faster than conventional treatment methods.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests that help us identify areas of movement dysfunction and muscle imbalances that may be contributing to your pain and health condition. Oftentimes, these areas are far away from where you actually experience the pain. For example, even though someone presents with complaints of neck pain, it may be observed during the single-leg-stance balance test that his or her neck muscles are overworking to compensate for some weakness or joint instability further down the chain in the pelvis, knee or ankle. The traditional physical therapy examination of the neck would not even take this finding into consideration. The SFMA takes it multiple steps further through a system of “breakouts” of each precise movement to help identify exactly WHY you are having pain and physical restrictions.

The SFMA is a progressive, holistic approach to physical therapy that has shown great results. It addresses the source of your painful condition, and not just the symptoms. When combined with other movement tools and tests, such as the Redcord, it can be a powerful system to combat pain.

Similar to the SFMA, we also employ a movement screen known as the FMS for assessing active populations. The FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. It consists of a series of challenging functional movement tests (overhead deep squat, inline lunge, hurdle step, etc.) that help us identify areas of dysfunction and asymmetry. These limitations can reduce your body awareness and impede performance. As you go through a tailored training program that targets the identified deficits, your workouts will become more efficient and effective. Many top athletes are assessed through the FMS to improve the effects of their physical conditioning. The FMS also involves a standardized scoring system to track your progress.

Pilates is a system of mind-body exercises that has evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates. Each routine consists of a series of tailored exercises performed on specialized equipment, such as a Pilates Reformer or Barrel, that utilizes metal springs and the person’s own body weight as resistance. Pilates can dramatically transform the way you look, feel and perform. It builds a stable core – flat abdominals and a strong back – while promoting better body awareness, quality of movement, breathing strategies, and postural control and alignment. At ActivCore we utilize Pilates for both rehabilitation and wellness purposes. Our Pilates Instructors have all gone through formal Pilates training which includes a year-long instructor/student apprenticeship program.

NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) is a very unique hands-on technique that helps to re-program the way your brain and muscles work together. When a muscle is not firing properly, there is a tendency for other muscles to take over for an action. NKT involves a series of manual tests to identify muscles that have been inhibited or weakened from this compensation. Each muscle “failure” is an opportunity for you to re-learn new, functional movement patterns.

First, the NKT practitioner attempts to find and “release” the overactive or compensating muscles that might be inhibiting your other muscles from doing their job. Second, the practitioner takes you through specific strengthening exercises in an attempt to turn back on (re-activate) the inhibited muscles. Finally, the practitioner will guide you through ways to self-release your overactive muscles and to strengthen your inhibited muscles, as part of a comprehensive daily home exercise program that ensures long-term results.

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is a novel treatment approach that comes from the Prague School of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine. This school was established by key Neurologists and Physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th century rehabilitation movement: Professors’ Vaclav Vojta, Karel Lewit, Vladimir Janda, and Frantisek Vele. Based upon their groundbreaking neuro-developmental and rehabilitation principles, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. The nervous system establishes programs that control human locomotion, which is comprised of posture and movement. This “motor control” is largely established during the first critical years of life. DNS emphasizes neuro-developmental aspects of motor control to assess and restore function of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.