воскресенье, 30 августа 2009 г.

The Rehabilitation services

Since 1998, Olympia Studio has been serving Santa Barbara community, providing excellent, progressive care, and continually demonstrating our commitment to wellness, sports, education and community. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your fitness or rehabilitative needs.

The Rehabilitation services at Olympia Studio exist to help people overcome challenges. We are dedicated to helping you reclaim your life and the independence you have lost through injury or disease. We know you can emerge with confidence and thrive in your new life. Imagine what you can do, what we can do together and where you can go with these new challenges.

Alternative Medicine

In its broadest sense, the term alternative medicine is used simply to denote approaches to health and healing that do not rely on drugs, surgery, and/or other conventional medical procedures for treating illness. However, such a definition, accurate though it may be, fails to fully address the true scope of what alternative medicine is, how it works, and how its underlying philosophy differs from that of conventional medicine. It is important to recognize that practitioners of alternative medicine are not opposed to conventional medical practices, and do not hesitate to employ them either in their own practice or through referrals to conventional M.D.s when appropriate. This is particularly true when dealing with patients faced with acute, life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Both systems of medicine have much to offer, and the wisest from of health care is one which makes use of each of them in an integrated manner that most fully meets patient needs.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy uses the properties of water coupled with traditional physical therapy techniques to provide comprehensive healing. The properties of water provide many therapeutic benefits. The beauty of aquatic therapy is that it is appropriate for any ability or phase of rehabilitation. The warm water enhances muscular relaxation, which increases circulation, reduces swelling and promotes healing. When immersed to shoulder level, 80% of the body's effective gravity dissipates due to the buoyancy of the water. In turn, buoyancy reduces compressive forces on the joints, allowing those with chronic pain to move and walk with greater ease and increase their range of motion.


Biofeedback is a treatment technique in which people can balance their nervous system by using signals from their own bodies. Clinical biofeedback techniques have grown out of early laboratory procedures used to train research subjects to alter brain activity, blood pressure, heart rate, and other body functions that normally were considered involuntarily. Physical therapists use biofeedback to help stroke victims regain movement in paralyzed muscles.

Psychologists use biofeedback to help tense and anxious clients learn how to relax. Clients learn by watching monitoring instruments attached to their body that record changes in their physiology. Initially, these monitoring devices are used to measure subtle body changes and make them apparent to the client, who begins to learn how to better control these responses. Eventually, the client attains better self-regulation without the aid of these devices.

Craniosacral Therapy

The intention of treatment is to facilitate the expression of the Breath of Life and so enhance the body's own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities. This is done in a non-invasive way as the practitioner subtly and gently encourages the conditions that allow for the reemergence of primary respiratory motion. Furthermore, the practitioner's deep and clear quality of presence can become a reflective mirror for the patient and an invaluable cue for their potential for change. The emphasis in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is to help resolve the trapped forces that underlie and govern patterns of disease and fragmentation in both body and mind. This involves the practitioner "listening through the hands" to the body's subtle rhythms and any patterns of inertia or congestion. Through the development of subtle palpatory skills the practitioner can read the story of the body, identify places where issues are held and then follow the natural priorities for healing as directed by the patient's own physiology. Craniosacral Therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing and the inter-connections of mind, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged. It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses helping to create the optimal conditions for health, encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being. It is suitable for people of all ages including babies, children and the elderly, and can be effective in acute or chronic cases.

Fitness Therapy

Every day, thousands of patients are discharged from prescriptive medical care and need to undergo a supervised fitness therapy program, specifically designed around their condition. Fitness Therapist takes the best technologies from the health care and fitness realms, and combines them into a training course for individuals with medical conditions that require special care when exercising, or a health care professional desiring to go beyond the often ridiculous restrictions imposed by insurance companies.

Functional Medicine

Function medicine is a dynamic approach to assessing, preventing, and treating complex chronic disease. Functional medicine helps clinicians identify and ameliorate dysfunctions in the physiology and biochemistry of the human body as a primary method of improving patient health. Functional medicine acknowledges that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a lengthy period of declining function in one or more of the body's systems. Returning patients to health requires reversing or substantially improving the specific dysfunctions that have contributed to the disease state. Those dysfunctions are, for each of us, the result of lifelong interactions among our environment, our lifestyle, and our genetic predispositions. Each patient, therefore, represents a unique, complex, and interwoven set of influences on intrinsic functionality that have set the stage for the development of disease or the maintenance of health.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine is a medical practice that is healing-oriented. It is a practice that is oriented toward prevention of illness and toward the active pursuit of an optimum state of health. It is the marriage of conventional biomedicine, other healing modalities, and traditional medical systems (Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, and Western herbalism, among others). An integrative practice neither rejects conventional medicine nor uncritically embraces alternative practices. It is an approach that belongs to no specific specialty and describes a state of dynamic health. Therapeutic choices in integrative medicine are prioritized according to the level of benefit, risk, potential toxicity, and cost.

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Taping Kinesio Taping The Kinesio Taping® Method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine world by storm. The proprietary method of taping uses a uniquely designed and patented tape for treatment of muscular disorders and lymphedema reduction. The Kinesio Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. The first technique gives the practitioner the opportunity to actually give support while maintaining full range of motion. This enables the individual to participate in their normal physical activity with functional assistance. The second technique, which is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation, helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps provide facilitation of lymph flow for an entire 24 hour period. Correctional techniques include mechanical, lymphatic, ligament/tendon, fascia, space and functional. Kinesio Tape can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, and electrical stimulation.

In the 2008 Summer Olympics, held in Beijing, American Beach Volleyball star Kerri Walsh had a conspicuous arrangement of black material on her right shoulder. In Fall of 2007, Walsh had surgery to remove bone chips, bone spurs, and scar tissue in her shoulder and is currently wearing Kinesio Tape to support her shoulder.


Kinesiotherapy is defined as the application of scientifically based exercise principles adapted to enhance the strength, endurance, and mobility of individuals with functional limitations or those requiring extended physical conditioning. Kinesiotherapists utilize two fundamental modalities, exercise and education to enhance strength, endurance, flexibility, and mobility. The foundation of clinician-client rapport is based on education, instruction, demonstration, and mentoring of therapeutic techniques and behaviors to restore, maintain, and improve overall functional abilities.

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy encompasses the treatment of health ailments of various etiologies through 'hands-on' physical intervention. Physical treatments includes massage, soft tissue mobilization, various connective tissue techniques, myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, mobilization of joints, joint manipulation, mobilization of neural tissue, visceral mobilization, and strain and counter strain. A consensus study of US chiropractors defined manual therapy as "Procedures by which the hands directly contact the body to treat the articulations and/or soft tissues." Alternatively, Korr (1978) described manual therapy as the "Application of an accurately determined and specifically directed manual force to the body, in order to improve mobility in areas that are restricted; in joints, in connective tissues or in skeletal muscles."

Massage Therapy

Massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals. The word comes from the French massage "friction of kneading," or from Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa meaning "mass, dough". (In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis and the Latin was frictio). An older etymology may even have been the Hebrew me-sakj "to anoint with oil". Massage involves acting on and manipulating the client's body with pressure (structured, unstructured, stationary, and/or moving), tension, motion, or vibration done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, and/or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.

Myoskeletal Therapy

Myoskeletal therapy is based on the scientific fact that our bodies are self-regulating, self-healing organisms. All vital functions are controlled and carried out by the central nervous system: brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. Nervous system impairment is reflected as malfunction in all the body's musculoskeletal and visceral tissues. Meny manual therapy modalities are successful in helping restore our inborn ability to be healthy. Under the control of a properly functioning nervous system, all our cells, myofascia, and organs are able to resist disease and ill health. The Myoskeletal Approch to better health is to locate and remove neural interference that can impede our natural state of well-being.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching is a physical therapy procedure designed in the 1940s and 1950s to rehabilitate patients with paralysis. It is often a combination of passive stretching and isometrics contractions. In the 1980s, components of PNF began to be used by sport therapists on healthy athletes. The most common PNF leg or arm positions encourage flexibility and coordination throughout the limb's entire range of motion. PNF is used to supplement daily stretching and is employed to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes improve performance. Good range of motion makes better biomechanics, reduces fatigue and helps prevent overuse injuries. PNF is practiced by physical therapists, massage therapists, athletic trainers and others.

Sports and Exercise Nutrition

Main goals of sports and exercise nutrition are to prepare athletes for performance or training, maintain the level of performance or training, and help recovery from performance or training. In some sports, nutrition is also necessary in maintaining body aesthetics or body weight. Sports nutrition is applied in most sports training, however it is most dominant in strength sports (for example weight lifting and bodybuilding) and endurance sports (for example cycling, running, and triathlon).

Sports Medicine

Millions of people perform physical exercises and play sports. These people have specific needs. To cater for these people is a branch of medicine known as Sports Medicine. Sports medicine includes: injury prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation; performance enhancement through training, nutrition and psychology; management of medical problems; exercise prescription in health and in chronic disease states, the specific needs of exercising for children, females, older people and those with permanent disabilities; the medical care of sporting teams and events; medical care in situations of altered physiology, such as at altitude or at depth; and ethical issues, such as the problem of drug abuse in sports.

Because of the breadth of content, sport medicine lends itself to being practiced by a multidisciplinary team of professionals with specialized skills who provide optimal care for the athlete and improve each other's knowledge and skills.

Sports Physiotherapy

At a time when excellence in sport remains a national pursuit, opportunities abound for highly motivated and dedicated sports physiotherapists to fill a vital role in supporting the athlete in their quest. The role of the sports physiotherapist has expanded markedly over the past 10 to 12 years, reflecting in part the information explosion that has occurred within sports medicine in general. Whilst the clinical setting remains the greatest source of contact with the athletic population, a greater emphasis is now being placed on preventive measures. These include areas such as coach and athlete education as well as pre-participation screening followed by appropriate generalized or specific remedial program. More team and individual sports are now utilizing physiotherapists as support staff at training and competition venues, where their role may vary greatly according to the sport, venue, country and availability of associated sports medicine practitioners such as doctors, trainers, masseurs, exercise physiologists.

Sports Psychology

Sport psychology (or sports psychology) is the study of a people's behavior in sports. It is also a specialization within the brain psychology and kinesiology that seeks to understand psychological/mental factors that affect performance in sports, physical activity, and exercise and apply these to enhance individual and team performance. It deals with increasing performance by managing emotions and minimizing the psychological effects of injury and poor performance. Some of the most important skills taught are goal setting, relaxation, visualization, self-talk, awareness and control, concentration, confidence, using rituals, attribution training, and periodization.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is a type of massage therapy that addresses stabbing muscle pains which can occur at various points in the body called trigger points. Trigger point therapy is related to myofascial release, another type of massage therapy which addresses muscle tension and release, although trigger point therapy tends to be more invasive. Trigger point therapy often has positive benefits for sufferers from chronic pain, because the therapy aims to eliminate painful areas, rather than treating surface tension or inflammation. Trigger point therapy operates under the principle that waste products from the body tend to accumulate around nerve clusters. If allowed to, these waste products will form a nodule or band which can be felt in the tissue, putting pressure on the nerve cluster. The formation is called a trigger point, as stress on the muscle can cause the trigger point to activate, sometime causing an intensely sharp pain. Trigger point therapy seeks out and destroys these nodules to help eliminate pain.