Category Archives: Physical Therapist

Brain Training, the Key to Developing Sports Skill: Part II

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC In part I of the “Brain Training, the Key to Developing Skill in Sports: Part I” we learned how critical the brain and perfect practice is to developing proper movement. In this article I will review the mechanisms of how the brain and nervous system learn through […]

Brain Training, the Key to Developing Sports Skill: Part I

The saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” However, in the world of physical therapy and motor learning it is, “perfect practice makes perfect and permanent.” Perfect rehearsal, over time, allows the athlete to transfer the movement to competition at game speed. For example, in basketball, great shooters have mastered the movement pattern that allow them to […]

Active Release Technique: A fast and permanent fix for pain relief

by Dr. John Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Many conditions (listed below) can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important aspect in common: they are often a […]

Lymphedema Therapy – You Don’t Have to Live with Chronic Swelling

By: Megan Repko, MPT & Melissa Bennett, MS, ATC; Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates One cause of chronic swelling could be lymphedema.  This is a condition where swelling occurs in the extremities due to a compromised or damaged lymph system.  Lymph is the fluid that bathes the cells with needed nutrients, oxygen, and white blood […]

Manual therapy and exercise the best treatment option for Neck pain following whiplash

By. Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC; Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates Each year, two million Americans suffer from whiplash associated disorders (WAD) secondary to motor vehicle accidents. Studies using high-speed cameras and sophisticated crash dummies have determined that rear impact car accidents cause the lower cervical vertebrae (lower bones in the neck) to […]

Aquatic Therapy: An Alternative to Pain Medication

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC; Owner of Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates Aquatic therapy is quickly becoming well known for its amazing effects on decreasing pain, speeding recovery and improving function. Aquatic therapy, or pool therapy, consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. The water provides buoyancy and hydrostatic […]

Eccentric Exercise: An Integral Muscle Contraction Type Used in Physical Therapy

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Physical therapists are doctorate level trained health care providers who are experts in exercise, function movement, and performance. In practice, physical therapists use three main muscle contraction types (concentric, eccentric, and isometric) to improve a patient’s quality of movement. In the last article I reviewed isometric muscle […]

Isometric Exercise: An Integral Muscle Contraction Type Used in Physical Therapy

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Physical therapists are doctorate level trained health care providers who are experts in exercise, function movement, and performance. In practice, physical therapists use a three main muscle contraction types (concentric, eccentric, and isometric) to improve a patient’s quality of movement. Today, we will focus on the isometric […]

Tommy John Elbow Ligament Injuries in Football Quarterbacks: Why are there significantly fewer injuries than in baseball pitchers?

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Recently Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, sustained an ulnar collateral ligament tear and subsequent surgery, ending his football season. Elbow injuries in football players are uncommon with 92% of the injuries being traumatic (contusions and dislocations), (Ortho J Sports Med 2019). Ulnar collateral ligament injuries in […]

Vibratory Therapy: A Manual Therapy Technique Used in Physical Therapy Treatment to Decrease Pain and Improve Function

by Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates uses a wide variety of manual therapy techniques (myofascial release, joint mobilization/manipulation, Active Release Technique, trigger point therapy, acupressure, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, cupping, Maitland, Mulligan, Cox Flexion Distraction, chiropractic, and others), to help relieve pain, enhance soft tissue healing and improve patient […]