Tag Archives: Pain Management

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is Cupping?

By Monica Hallman, PTA, Clinical Director of Barto, and Lisa Fogelman, DPT, Clinical Director of Skippack Cupping is based on traditional, century-old, Asian medicine that allows one to grip and elevate skin and fascia with use of suction cups, a type of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. This allows for the release of scar tissue/fascial […]

Seeing a Physical Therapist First, through 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 help patients get needed treatment faster. (Physical Therapy, 2017) With […]

The Importance of Physical Therapy for Seniors

By Ann R. Miller, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS – Clinical Director of Mishock Physical Therapy in Stowe One in four Americans who are currently over the age of 65 will live to be at least 90 years of age. Throughout the aging process our bodies change. Loss of flexibility, strength, endurance and balance as well […]

Physical Therapy as an Alternative for Opioid Use

An estimated 25-40 million adults experience pain daily (NIH, 2015). Pain is an unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony caused by disease, injury, or something that hurts the body. (Merrian-Webster, 2016) In order to combat pain many Americans resort to opioids to manage their symptoms. Opioids, such as oxycodones (OxyContin […]

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