Physical Therapy in Asheville

Carpal Tunnel FAQ’s

Carpal Tunnel is a common occurrence affecting much of our population today. With increased computer use, repetitive motions being performed at work, gaming systems and texting, this condition is becoming even more prevalent. Frequently asked questions are below. What is the carpal tunnel? The carpal tunnel is a narrow space that threads it way between the small bones in the wrist. This “tunnel” serves as a conduit for tendons, blood vessels and nerves extending from the arm into the hand. It also houses the

4 Foam Rolling Mistakes to Avoid

Foam rolling is everywhere now. You can find foam rollers at the gym, your physical therapist’s office (PHYSIO), your living room and for some even your suitcase. Foam rolling has become beloved in the fitness world and the fix-all for many different aches. What is Foam Rolling? Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release, or self-massage, that helps get rid of adhesions in your muscles and connective tissue. These adhesions can create points of weakness or susceptibility in the tissue. If the muscle

9 Not so Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is an injury to connective tissue on the bottom of the foot.  The plantar fascia (PF) runs from the inside side of the bottom of the heel, and extends down the length of the foot connecting to the toes.  The PF supports the arch of the foot, especially from just before your foot comes off the ground during walking. Inflammation of this tissue is called plantar fasciitis and most people typically have pain on

Sleeping after Orthopedic Surgery

Sleeping After Orthopedic Surgery One of the most common complaints after an orthopedic surgery is difficulty sleeping or just not being able to get comfortable enough for sleep. Sleeping after orthopedic surgery is a very important part of the healing process and our bodies need as much sleep as possible in order to keep us in a healthy state of healing. Here are a few pointers that may help with getting a good night’s sleep after your orthopedic surgery. Slings and Immobilizers

IASTM Effectiveness vs Astym

A Systematic Review on IASTM  Concludes it is Ineffective (but there is good news!) Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is on the rise in the physical therapy field. With new techniques and procedures popping up everywhere, it is hard to know what works and what doesn’t. A September 2016 systematic review evaluated the research on IASTM and concluded research does not support the efficacy of IASTM.  Recognizing the fact that some clinicians utilize IASTM without supporting research, the systematic review noted there is