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I like the Pilates instructors and their personal attention to class. Zeina is a fabulous Physical Therapist. I have recommended her for Physical Therapy on countless occasions.

Kelly K

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Manual Therapy & Orthopedic Rehab

Our treatment for orthopedic conditions and injuries is simple. We use Pilates based care to heal, care and provide wellness as follows:

Our physical therapists combine manual therapy with Pilates.
They assess and treat the whole person.
They do not treat just a specific injury or symptom. 

Our results are consistent and include the following:

Relaxed muscles
Increased circulation
Reduced soft tissue inflammation
Improved joint function, mechanics and alignment
Decreased chance of re-injury
Timely return to daily activity and sports

Sports Rehab

Synergy+ offers Pilates-based Sports treatment Programs. Our programs meet the physical demands of:

The recreational athlete
The performing artist, and
The competitive athlete.

Our physical therapists understand body mechanics. They analyze both the specific injury and the whole person. Our approach encourages the patient's active involvement.

Our athletic injury management falls under these 4 main categories:

1- Acute care. We assess and diagnose the initial injury.
2- Treatment. We use manual therapy and Pilates to encourage healing. We continue to manage the care for a full return to sports.
3- Prevention. We identify and correct what causes pain using movement assessment.
4- Education. We share our knowledge for the prevention and management of the injury.

SPORTS REHAB PROGRAMS

Some conditions we treat:

Achilles Tendonitis
Ligamentous sprains: hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, and elbow
Patellar tendonitis
Plantar fasciitis
Rotator cuff injuries
Achilles tendon injuries
Shin Splints
Knee injuries: ACL, MCL, meniscus, PCL
Back & Neck injuries: disc, facet joint, hypermobility

SPORTS REHAB BENEFITS

Reduce/Eliminate pain
Avoid surgery
Recover from injury/trauma
Decrease re-injury potential
Improve mobility
Improve balance
Return to sports full force

Specialty Services

Our physical therapists and Pilates Instructors understand your unique needs. They know how to identify special conditions. And they develop programs designed to achieve your goals in the following fields:

 

Our physical therapists and Pilates Instructors understand your unique needs. They know how to identify special conditions. And they develop programs designed to achieve your goals in the following fields: 

 

GAIT DYSFUNCTIONS & ABNORMALITY

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE & DECOMPRESSION

ERGONOMIC SET UP & AWARENESS

SPORT PERFORMANCE RUNNING ANALYSIS

SPORT PERFORMANCE BIKE FIT

Synergy+ offers an innovative approach to women's health. It uses Pilates-based physical therapy care and manual work. At Synergy+ you will find a supportive environment. It has been designed by women for women.

Our physical therapy for women's health addresses:

Women's issues related to the female reproductive system.

Childbirth and postpartum.

Incontinence, pelvic pain, and disorders linked with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Issue related to breast cancer.

PELVIC FLOOR

Learn proper muscular control of the pelvic floor.
Incorporate it into your daily life in order to:
Increase core strength and stability
Decrease pelvic floor pain
Increase urinary bladder control
Understand how pelvic floor control everyday life

SI JOINT

 INCONTINENCE

Restoring and increasing your pelvic floor muscle strength and endurance
Restoring low back, pelvis and hip joint, stability, and movement.

PREGNANCY & PRE-NATAL

We have created Pilates-based programs to suit the changing needs of your body.
Prepare your body for pregnancy.
Maintain strength and flexibility during pregnancy.
Prepare your body for the physical work of giving birth.

PREGNANCY & POST-NATAL

We have created Pilates-based exercise programs to help pregnant women. Our goal is to help you:1- Return to PRE pregnancy body strength and shape<
2- Focus on the pelvic floor and abdominal muscle strengthening
3- Release upper back stress
4- Improve SI joint stability
5- Stretch the chest, arms, and upper back muscles

BREAST CANCER

Women who are battling breast cancer, or
Women who have completed breast cancer treatment
With Pilates we teach you how to:
1- Increase your range of motion
2- Increase your overall fitness and wellness
3- Move and develop the body without increased side effects

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease defined by low bone mass. It can lead to bone fragility. People with osteoporosis have an increased risk of:

 1- Hip fractures
2- Spine fracture, and
3- Wrist fractures.

Both men and women can have this disease. At Synergy+, our physical therapists teach you the following:

 1- Effective treatments that help restore healthy movement, function, and bone strength
2- Exercises for bone health, and
3- How to perform daily and functional activities.

Their goal is to reduce your chances of osteoporosis-related fracture.

PREVENT THE ONSET OF OSTEOPOROSIS

Does osteoporosis run in your family?
This disease can be genetic. To maintain healthy bones and maximize bone production it is important to:
1- Follow a regular and well-designed exercise program
2- Adhere to a healthy diet
Synergy+ can help you do both. In particular, we are experts in designing custom exercise programs. These Pilates-based programs can help you to:
1- Reduce the likelihood of developing the disease
2- Increase muscle strength and tension of the bones
3- Assist in healthy, continued bone development.

TREAT OSTEOPOROSIS

Do you have Osteoporosis or are you at risk of developing it?
It is not too late to start a bone-healthy exercise program. A regular, well-designed exercise program can help you:
1- Strengthens bones and muscles
2- Improve balance and coordination
3- Prevent falls and fall-related fractures
4- Prevent disability.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. It occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. It can also occur as an adult. Synergy+ has a proven method to manage and decrease scoliosis. It includes a combination or all of the following steps:

1- Hands-on manual therapy
2- Scoliosis-specific physical therapy exercises
3- Pilates exercises, and
4- Exercises to address and improve posture.

 

ADOLESCENT SCOLIOSIS

Adolescent scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis. It shows up in the growth years, during puberty. Its progression slows or stops with the closure of the growth plates. Adolescent scoliosis is 4 times more common in girls than in boys.

Synergy+ and its physical therapists can help to:

1- Identify adolescent scoliosis
2- Offer postural corrections
3- Teach stretch and strength exercises, and
4- Minimize compensation patterns and muscle imbalance.

ADULT SCOLIOSIS

Adult scoliosis can occur for a number of reasons. It can greatly impact posture and balance. Synergy+ has the following method to address adult scoliosis.

1- We use hands-on manual therapy
2- We combined physical therapy and Pilates exercises
3- We minimize the effect of the curvature of the spine, and
4- We restore balance in the body.

Chronic pain

Our physical therapists play an important role in managing chronic pain. We treat pain through:

1- Pilates-based strength exercises
2- Manual therapy
3- Exercises to improve posture
4- Body mechanics instruction
3- Patient education. We give self-management tools for reducing overall pain.

Pilates-based exercises have proven to:

1- Increase the quality of life
2- Decrease the chance of secondary illness
3- Increase bone and joint health
4- Stimulate the production of endorphins, which decrease pain.

Balance issues

A balance disorder can cause a person to feel unsteady. Balance issues can be due to many underlying issues. Our physical therapists are experts in finding the sources of balance issues.

With their customized Pilates-based exercise program they can help you:

1- Maintain physical activity
2- Increase strength, and
3- Prevent falls.

PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR BALANCE

Balance disorders can occur for a variety of reasons. Pilates and physical therapy address many of these reasons. Our physical therapists can:

1- Assess and treat muscle firing imbalances
2- Help change movement patterns to improve body alignment and stability
3- Identify and correct weak muscles, and
4- Improve gait and posture

These steps will help you improve your function in your everyday life.

PILATES FOR BALANCE

Pilates as a movement therapy can enhance and improve balance. Our Pilates instructors can help you improve your balance as follows:

1- Strengthen weak core muscles, and
2- Isolate and strengthen your legs, feet, and ankle, and
3- Use Pilates equipment to mimic real-life scenarios.

Our approach provides overall confidence and stability for your everyday function.

Gait dysfunction is a deviation from normal walking. Research has shown that gait dysfunction is linked with an increased risk of falls. This is truer in older adults. To improve gait, Synergy+ uses this Pilates-based approach:

1- Strengthen your body
2- Improve movement coordination and range of motion
3- Decrease the risks of falling

PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR GAIT CORRECTIVE & RETRAINING EXERCISES

Our physical therapists use these modalities to restore and improve gait.

1- Identify and correct weak and/or tight muscles
2- Correct problems with foot contact
3- Correct alignment
4- Correct hip and leg motion
5- Train the body to be more stable with gait.

PILATES FOR GAIT DYSFUNCTIONS

Pilates is a great way to improve gait dynamics and form. The primary function of Pilates is to strengthen the core muscles. A strong core allows the hip, feet, and knees the freedom to move correctly. Using Pilates equipment can also do the following:

1- Isolate and enhance strength, flexibility, and balance, and
2- Focus on strengthening weaker muscles to help produce efficient, pain-free gait.

Myofascial release

Myofascial release is useful for treating muscle and fascia immobility. This technique helps to:

1- Relax contracted muscles
2- Improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and
3- Stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.

Our one-on-one physical therapy sessions are hands-on treatments. The therapists use these techniques to facilitate the release of the fascia.

1- Cupping and Gua Sha,
2- Pilates-based movement therapies

MANUAL THERAPY

Our physical therapists use manual therapy to:

1- Release fascia tightness, and
2- Improve muscle imbalance

Their goal is to:

1- Restore a proper length-tension relation in the body
2- Decrease the cycle of fascia tightness and muscular strain

This allows for greater freedom of movement and decreased pain.

CUPPING THERAPY & GUA SHA

Cupping therapy is based on an Eastern ancient form of medicine. It is believed that suction or of the tissues:

1- Decreases skin tissue tensions
2- Increases blood flow, and
3- Increased freedom of movement.

Our physical therapists use cupping therapy to release tight muscle and fascia. Gua Sha may also be used in order to promote healing by:

1- Release of muscle and fascia tension, and
2- Increasing blood flow

These techniques can be used to treat many types of muscle and fascia issues. They include:

1- Neck and shoulder pain
2- Tight trapezius muscles
3- Lower back pain
4- Spinal congestion
5- Plantar fasciitis, and
6- Iliotibial band dysfunction.

Studies have shown that ergonomic set up in the workspace can:

1- Reduce likelihood of injury
2- Reduce pain
3- Boost productiveness and overall satisfaction.

Setups include:

1- Selecting the proper desk and chair, keyboard, mouse, and screen
2- Adjusting for proper distance of the above from the body.

Our physical therapists are adept at:

1- Teaching proper posture and mechanics while at the work station
2- Helping to create the perfect ergonomic workplace
3- Teaching the best stretching and resistance exercises to do throughout the workday. These can increase energy, decrease the chance of developing pain, strain, or injury.

SETUP & AWARENESS
PREVENT OR REDUCE PAIN

Our physical therapists will:

  • Teach proper posture while at the workstation
  • Make recommendations for the workstation set up based on each individual
  • Help schedule proper breaks and appropriate exercises and stretches that can be done while at the workstation
  • Recommend supportive equipment such as chairs, keyboards, and back support based on individual needs
  • Help set up the workstation to decrease the impact on the body

Bike fit

Cyclists spend hours on their bike. And serious cyclists will tell you that proper bike fit is essential to:

1- Produce the most power and efficiency
2- Increase strength
3- Decrease strain on the body and pain in the joints, legs, back, neck, and wrists.

A good fit can also help prevent overuse injuries. The correct position on the bike varies from person to person. Factors include:

1- Style of riding, and
2- A person's flexibility, strength, and competitiveness.

After a bike fit, our physical therapists recommend the best stretch and strength exercises that will enhance performance and prevent injury.

BIKE FIT SERVICES

During our bike fittings, you can expect some or all of the following:

  • Fitting of your cleats, longitudinally or laterally, according to the size and configuration of your feet
  • Assessment of your position and weight distribution on the bike
  • Adjustment of your saddle to the correct height and angle
  • Adjustment of the handlebars to the correct reach, height, and roll
  • Suggestions on any part upgrades for a better fit
  • Assessment and correction of your postural habits on the bike, and
  • Learning stretches and strength exercises that will help you decrease tension while on the bike

Running analysis

Running is a great form of exercise and fitness. But running is a high impact and repetitive activity. If one's running mechanics is not ideal, it can cause pain and injuries. Some of the more common running injuries we see include:

Hip pain
Knee injury
Iliotibial band dysfunction
Stress fractures, and
Back pain

Assessing how one runs is therefore important, not only to avoid injury, but also to increase performance. During a running analysis we identify and correct faulty movement patterns that include:

1- Body position
2- Foot strike
3- Hip and knee alignment
4- Joint stiffness
5- Muscle weakness or tightness, and
6- Hypo or hyper mobility.

RUNNING ANALYSIS SERVICES

Our physical therapists can perform a running analysis for those who would like to start running or to help the seasoned runner increase efficiency, perfect cadence and foot strike, correct imbalances, and decrease unnecessary forces on the body. Specifically, after a running evaluation, you will learn:

  • Your ideal stride, cadence, and running form
  • A proper running technique
  • Exercises and stretches and individual correction to improve your running form
  • How to prevent running injuries, and
    What type of running shoes are best suited for you and the need for an orthotic

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