Effective & Long Lasting Pain Relief
Physical Therapy is not the same everywhere you go. At Valeo we specialize in treatment programs with proven results to get our patients better as quick as possible. Our revolutionary treatments will promote a fast recovery and fill return to daily activities. We use advanced methods to unlock the healing potential within by targeting the source of the pain for long-lasting results. Even if you have tried other treatments and therapies, we offer programs that are right for you, and are proven to be the MOST effective for people suffering from:
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Physical Therapy In Houston is Being Redefined!
Revolutionary pain relief treatments that work immediately are available only at Valeo Physical Therapy. You will love that it is gentle and very affordable, whether you have insurance or not.
Physical Therapy in Valeo is not the same everywhere you go. The Valeo Physical Therapy team is caring and compassionate yet we are the best at what we do. The programs being offered here by our licensed physical therapists range from pain relief, joint replacement, athlete training and workers compensation. You’ll find some of the best physical therapists Houston has to offer, and you’ll find physical therapy services not being offered by other facilities. If you are looking for a physical therapist in Houston that will provide fast pain relief or to improve the quality of your life, we guarantee you will find the best physical therapist at our facility. Some of the reasons Valeo Physical Therapy is unlike any other lies in our caring staff and revolutionary pain relief procedures. We truly are the experts in relieving pain and improving the quality of life for our patients. Call today and get a free screening to determine if we are the right place for you.
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Everyone Needs a Physical Therapist – Our Children
Millions of children who appear clumsy may be suffering from Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Often referred to as clumsy child syndrome, it’s a serious and chronic neurological disorder that occurs when the brain doesn’t accurately relay messages to the body. The condition affects multiple areas of development, coordination and continues into adulthood.
Children afflicted with DCD may trip over their own feet and drop things. They may walk with an unsteady gait and run into other children unintentionally. Children with DCD can be slow to crawl, stand and walk and have difficulty swallowing during their first year. Gross and fine motor skills are affected. The condition can co-exist with learning and communication disorders, along with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Children with DCD must deal with the physical effects of the condition. They may also experience memory difficulties. Faced with large amounts of sensory stimulation they can become overwhelmed and have a panic attack. Approximately 5 percent of children are affected and the condition is more prevalent in boys than girls. Children typically suffer from feelings of inadequacy and have low self-esteem.
DCD significantly impacts a child’s ability to learn and perform everyday activities that others may take for granted. Many parents fail to seek intervention in the belief that the child “will grow out of it”. Most youngsters are diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 12. Early diagnostic assessments are essential, enabling children to begin receiving the necessary assistance they need. How well a child responds to treatment depends on the severity of the disorder.
Physical Therapy Aids in Control and Stability
Children with DCD often have hyper mobile joints, which makes controlling movements more difficult. Physical therapy techniques and interventions are available to assist individuals with better control of movement, motor skills and stability. They include:
Manual Therapy – The use of touch to help patients concentrate and gain awareness of the muscles used for specific movements.
Aquatic Therapy – Water provides a supportive medium in which patients can improve motor skills. It relieves weight on muscles and joints, making it easier to perform specific movements.
Occupational Therapy – This type of intervention focuses on methods that can be employed to modify the environment and the way tasks are completed. The therapies used are individualized to meet the patient’s individual needs and requirements for everyday living.
Clinical Pilates – The movements of Clinical Pilates helps individuals build muscle strength, coordination and balance. Depending upon the patient, therapists may employ specialized equipment to perform specific movements and increase body awareness.
Exercise Programs – Therapists can develop an individualized exercise program for home use in between office visits. Fun and game-based activities provide ways to continue development within a system that builds confidence, self-esteem and encourages physical activity.
Adaptations – Physical therapists are knowledgeable about adaptations that enable children with DCD learn and perform tasks that other children typically do, such as riding a bike. Therapists work with parents and schools to make appropriate accommodations for an optimal learning experience.
Improving Quality of Life
Children with DCD experience difficulty with basic mobility skills and activities that significantly affects their quality of life. Physical therapy options offer the means to obtain better control over gross and fine motors skills and movement. Being able to move properly and appropriately is essential for safety and achieving a level of self-sufficiency.
Physical therapy provides the techniques and strategies to help children and adults with DCD. We can help with comprehensive assessments, multiple therapeutic methods and adaptations. We work with physicians, families and educational personnel to improve quality of life for individuals throughout their entire lifetime.
If you know a child that may suffer from DCD, has difficulty performing tasks that other children can do with ease or seems extremely clumsy, call our office today. We will provide you with the information and education needed to understand your child’s condition and make informed decisions. We can help your child improve their abilities and build self-confidence.
Happy Father’s Day 2015 to Houston Area Dad’s
|My new favorite daily task these last 8 years has been being a Dad to our little girl Anna-Marie. This time has been amazing. We have had a lot of fun teaching, learning, playing, and loving this little girl. I strive everyday to be the best dad I can. In being the best DAD’s we can, occasionally we find ourselves doing activities we might not have done in a while or learning new activities or sports (such as ice skating). We are looking to give back during Father’s Day 2015. Read on…|
Sometimes we may be or feel like a jungle gym!
To help all us Father’s stay healthy and be our best!
Do you have any, and we mean any Pain, Injury, or Weakness that is affecting your daily hobbies, work, or play with the kids!
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5 Good Stretches for Low Back Pain Relief
Maintaining mobility and flexibility of the joints, muscles, and nerves are very important to ensure that there are no restrictions, limitations, or imbalances in the musculoskeletal & nervous system. It is important to understand the difference between mobility and flexibility and why each is important.
Flexibility is the ability of our muscles, joints, and nervous system to move through range of motion without load. A good example of this is the laying on your back hamstring stretch where you put a strap around your foot and pull the leg up keeping the knee straight. Your flexibility is indicated where you feel the stretching sensation along the back of your upper leg. Mobility is the ability to use the flexibility your joints, muscles, and nervous has. Another example using the hamstring is the good morning move. Here, while standing straight with your knees just unlocked you hinge forward at the hips until you feel a stretch sensation in the hamstrings. This motion may be less than your hamstring flexibility because your muscles now have to control the motion.
The focus of this article is on decreased flexibility. Lacking flexibility anywhere in the musculoskeletal system may contribute to lower back pain. IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all of the following stretches may be appropriate for everyone. Stretching should not induce painful symptoms. Ideally, a stretch should help with low back pain relief. Below are explanations of stretches (source: Athletico.com), which are right on point with what you need. I hope this can help give you some relief for your low back pain but if not you can always speak to our licensed Physical Therapist and receive a free screen.
LUMBAR EXTENSION STRETCHES FOR LOW BACK PAIN RELIEF
Generally these are good for individuals who may have a disc herniation. They should be performed with caution for anyone who has spinal stenosis or any known fractures in their vertebrae.
Prone Press Up: Begin by lying on your stomach with your elbows bent underneath you and palms flat on the surface. Keeping your hips and pelvis in contact with the surface, lift your upper torso off the mat with your arms, keeping your back muscles relaxed. Only go as high as you are comfortable. Perform 10 repetitions holding each one for 10 seconds each, working your way to 30 seconds.
LUMBAR FLEXION STRETCHES FOR LOW BACK PAIN RELIEF
Generally, the flexion (bending forward) based stretches are good for those with spinal stenosis or tightness through the lower lumbar musculature.
Single Knee to Chest: Begin by lying on your back with both knees bent. Bring one knee up towards your chest. Perform 2-3 repetitions, holding each for 15-30 seconds. You may feel a stretch along the lower back or buttocks area. You may also perform this with both legs up towards your chest if it is comfortable.
Prayer Stretch or Child’s Pose: This stretch is for the lower back muscles along the spine and is a very common yoga pose. (USE caution or get medical clearance if you have a known history or prior treatment for herniated discs.) On your hands and knees, sit back so your buttocks are resting on your heels. Reach your hands forward to lengthen your spine and feel a stretch in your middle back. You can reach your hands to either side to focus the stretch on the opposite side of your spine if you like. Hold for 10-30 seconds and perform 2-3 repetitions.
Angry Cat Stretch: This stretch can incorporate both an extension and a flexion component. You may perform either way or just one way if that is more comfortable for you. On your hands and knees, let your belly sag towards the table to increase extension through your spine (lumbar extension picture). To increase flexion through your spine, arch your back upwards, bringing your spine away from the table (lumbar flexion picture). You may hold each position for 5-20 seconds and repeat several times.
NERVE STRETCHES FOR LOW BACK PAIN RELIEF
Just as you can stretch a muscle, you can stretch a nerve. Nerve stretches are very important to perform if you have any radiating pain from your lower back into your buttocks or legs. It is also very important to know that your radiating symptoms are nerve versus muscle referral. If you are unsure schedule with your local physical therapist to make sure you are addressing the proper tissue. Nerve stretches are also very important to perform after lumbar surgery to ensure that there is not any scar tissue adhering the nerve to any internal structures.
Sciatic Nerve Stretch: This stretch should be performed if the majority of the radiating pain into the legs is felt in the buttocks, back of the leg, and/or through the calf and foot. This follows the pathway of the sciatic nerve. By stretching the nerve, it can help to desensitize it so that it will not cause as much pain. Perform this stretch by lying on your back with your hand behind one knee, preferable the leg with the sciatic pain. Straighten your knee then alternate flexing your ankle back and forth. Only hold your ankle in each position for a few seconds. Perform 10 repetitions on each side.
As with beginning any new exercise, start off slowly with a very gentle stretch. Stop if you have any increase in lower back pain or sciatic pain down your leg. If unsure whether you should perform these stretches please call Valeo Physical Therapy at (281) 402-1208 and speak to one of our licensed Physical Therapists.
Paul E. Colosky Jr., MPT, MS, LAT, CSCS
Surprising Truths About Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease, despite the name, is not a disease but a deterioration of the discs of the spine. It occurs over a period of time, resulting in neck or back pain and other musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms. It is common in adults as early as their thirties.
Types of degenerative disc disease
- Cervical: affects the neck and is referred to as cervical degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar: affects the lower back and is called lumbar degenerative disc disease
The cervical and lumbar regions of the spine are susceptible to damage due to increased movement capabilities and our current postural trends with the increased use of small electronic devices and tendency to sit for prolonged periods with work, school, and driving. Additionally, physiologically our bodies do change as we age. Our discs lose water and the protein content of the cartilage changes and our discs become weaker. As degenerative disc disease progresses our spine may become unstable and we begin to see isolated movement between the spinal segments. So what causes the symptoms? As these degenerative changes progress, injury or symptoms may become noticeable after an Continue reading
The ankle is the most common site of sprains in the human body. An ankle sprain can happen to anybody at a time when you least expect it. Normally, it occurs after a sudden unnatural twisting of the foot which can tear the ligaments of the ankle. An ankle injury affects every aspect of your daily life, most notably your ability to walk and drive.
The symptoms and sign of ankle sprains may vary depending on the severity. There might be tenderness, bruising, swelling and stiffness. Walking can be painful if the ankle sprain is serious.
A mild ankle sprain may not require a doctor’s attention but if any of the following happen after you twisted your ankle, consult your doctor.
- Uncontrollable pain even after taking medications
- You are unable to walk or cannot walk without severe pain.
- The ankle is swollen beyond normal and is not improving within 5-7 days.
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Physical Therapy for Shin Splints
The shinbone or the tibia is the front surface of the lower leg. This part of the body is under constant stress and strain when we walk, jump and run.
An overuse injury happens when a certain threshold of tolerance is crossed. This is a condition called shin splints. Intense pain occurs on the front, inside, outside and at times, the back of the lower leg. If left untreated, this pain can lead to stress fractures of the tibia. Shin splints occur due to damage and inflammation of the muscle tendons. The pain can be rather unbearable, forcing individuals to take prolonged periods of rest to allow for the inflammation to heal. Physical therapy plays an important role in the treatment of shin splints.
Visit your physical therapist if:
- There is a lingering pain after exercising or physical activity. The pain does not subside after 3-4 days of resting and icing the joint or limb.
- There is a dull pain, which recurs with activity.
- Pain does not resolve with over the counter pain relief medication.
- The lower leg is swollen or shows signs of bruising after activities.
Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Shin Splints
Tips for Prevention of Shin Splints: Continue reading
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