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Try Physical Therapy First! – Direct Access Improves Outcomes and Saves Money

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Studies show that seeing a physical therapist first through direct access can: improve musculoskeletal pain faster; reduce or remove the need for some types of musculoskeletal surgery; reduce opioid use; improve patient satisfaction; reduce expensive medical testing; and help patients get needed treatment faster. (Physical Therapy, 2017) […]

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 […]

Low Back Pain: What’s the Cause?

Approximately 75 to 85 percent of adults will be affected by low back pain (LBP) during their lifetime. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Because of this LBP epidemic, it is important to know the […]

Low Back Pain: What Exercises Truly Work

Evidence suggests approximately 35 percent of people who experience acute low back pain will suffer a recurrent episode within one year (Journal Pain 2009). One theory is that the acute low back pain episode causes a loss of motor control (ability to orderly and quickly contract muscles) of the deep muscles fibers of the lumbar […]

Low Back Pain: Spinal Manipulation a Treatment Option

Spinal manipulation is a hands on treatment performed by health care providers (chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, and some medical doctors) in which a specific controlled force is applied to body tissues with therapeutic intent. The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force to spinal joints […]

Beginner Stabilization Exercises

Try these beginner lumbar spine stabilization exercises to increase strength of your core musculature and help decrease lower back pain. This is not a substitute for seeing your physical therapist. A comprehensive exam may be necessary to determine the cause and appropriate treatment for your low back pain.

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