508-660-1110 1333 Main Street, Suite G ∙ Walpole ∙ MA ∙ 02081 info@mwphysicaltherapy.com

                                                

Injuries can happen to any of us at any time and this can include our children. While most people think of physical therapy as being something for older people who have surgery, or adult athletes who have been injured, children can have great results from seeing us here at Motion Works Physical Therapy.  

Doctors will often recommend physical therapy for children who have had sports injuries, back pain, or surgery. If problems with movement affect activities of daily living physical therapy can be a great help. Some functions that can be improved include walking, stairs and throwing, as well as an overall improvement of range of motion, balance, and strength. Physical therapists also educate parents and caregivers on exercises to be done at home to continue the child’s improvement.

The goal of physical therapy is to improve strength and help patients achieve goals on their own, increasing their independence. Physical therapy not only helps kids physically, but mentally. Programs are tailored to each individual child and their injury or disorder. Whether their conditions are acute or chronic, knowledgeable therapists can create engaging programs that kids look forward to.

There are a variety of treatments that can help a child build strengthen and improve movement to help the child complete daily activities. This can include:

 

  • consulting with other members of the child’s medical team to create an individual care plan
  • balance and coordination activities
  • flexibility exercises for range of motion
  • training after an injury
  • adaptive play, crawling and walking
  • aquatic therapy
  • using heat or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, or massage to improve circulation around injuries
  • education on how to avoid injuries and programs geared to safety and injury prevention and also recommending when returning to sports or activities is safe
  • providing instructions for at-home exercise

At Motion Works Physical Therapy, we treat patients of all ages. If you are in the Walpole, Foxboro, Sharon, Mansfield, or Attleboro area, we would love to be your first choice for physical therapy care. We have convenient appointment times during the week and have appointments available on Saturday. Please call our office 508-660-1110 to schedule an appointment today.

As a patient-focused physical therapy clinic, our greatest pride is when someone that has come to us in pain or is recovering from surgery heals and improves and is able to get back to their lives once more!

We have experience working with clients who have a variety of surgeries-total hip replacement, knee surgery, back surgery-and other injuries for which physical therapy is an effective treatment . We customize a program based on each patient’s individual needs. We take the time to get to know our patients, dedicating concentrated time to them so that they can learn the exercises safely and correctly. Our approach is not to treat a patient like a number, but as a whole person. This differentiates us from other facilities.

One of our greatest sources of pride is the wonderful feedback that we receive from patients regarding their patient experiences here. We are truly grateful that they took time out of their busy schedules to leave a review on Facebook or our Google Business page.

Below, you will find their testimonials. If you are inspired by their stories and are in need of a physical therapist in the Walpole, Sharon, Attleboro, and Foxborough area, we welcome you to give us a call, work with Mike, and see the Motion Works Difference for yourself!

Dorothy Hennessey on Facebook- Over the years I have had PT after surgeries for hip & knee replacements. I tried several places but never quite found one where I was totally satisfied. After going to MWPT I felt I was having the best treatment possible. Mike is very knowledgeable, patient and offers individualized attention. I highly recommend him.

Rene Onorato Mamouzellos on Facebook- I cannot emphasize enough how highly I recommend Mike and Motion Works. I had a total hip replacement and did not want to go to a place as I did in the past where you are often in a room with 5 therapist s and many patients – and most of the time the therapists are talking amongst themselves without much coaching to their patients – I was uncomfortable in those situations. Most definitely not so with Mike! If you’re looking for someone who is going to be make you his priority and who is informative and caring, there’s no doubt in my mind he will help you.

Erik Clinton on Facebook- I came to Motion Works after suffering a knee injury. Working with Mike and staff was a great experience. Everybody is extremely friendly and caring. They helped me to recover my strength and range of motion and they shared their knowledge with me to help prevent such an injury in the future. If I do ever need PT again I won't hesitate to go to MW again. I highly recommend it!

Kimberly Lowe on Facebook- My daughter (11) and I both have a genetic hypermobility condition called Ehlers-Danlos which leads to a lot of joint dislocations and pain. Most recently Mike has been seeing me for a neck issue I’m having, but also regularly sees my daughter (a gymnast) to assess her joints, give her exercises to stabilize weaknesses in them, and communicates with her coaches to discuss the safest way to approach new skills. Mike has truly been wonderful! We’re very grateful to have found him and would never even consider going elsewhere. Highly recommend.

The Achilles tendon is a thick band of tissue that runs along the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel.  It is highly active any time you walk, run, or jump and this high level of stress leaves it vulnerable to injury.  Achilles tendinopathy is any irritation of the Achilles tendon and it can affect both active and inactive people. It is estimated that 7-9% of runners will be affected by Achilles tendon pain, but it is also common in volleyball and soccer players.  

Achilles tendon injury has been linked to a lot of different factors, including tight calves, weak calves, abnormal foot mechanics, and sudden changes in activity. The pain may be located in the middle of the tendon (non-insertional) or where the tendon meets the heel (insertional). The tendon will usually feel tender to the touch, the calf will feel tight and there will likely be pain and stiffness when you walk or run.

So how can a physical therapist help?

Physical therapy can address issues of pain, flexibility, strength and balance. The first step is really education. Your physical therapist can help problem solve to help you first reduce load and then gradually re-introduce load back into the tendon. You may need to get some new shoes. Icing the heel and temporarily reducing how much time you spend on your feet can also be helpful in the beginning.

Gently stretching the tendon and restoring full ankle motion is often necessary. Here are a few stretches that could be helpful:

Gastroc:

Hold onto the wall for balance.  Place your toes on a foam roll or dumbbell.  Keep your knee straight and lean forward until you feel a stretch in the calf. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 2 or 3 times.

Soleus:

This stretch is similar to the Gastroc stretch, but targets a different muscle in your calf.  Hold onto the wall for balance. Place your toe back on the foam roll/dumb bell, but this time bend your knee and lean forward into the wall.  You will feel the stretch slightly lower and deeper. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 2 or 3 ties.

In addition to stretching, the mainstay of treatment for Achilles tendinopathy is gradually re-loading the tendon with exercise. Muscle weakness can also cause excessive strain on the tendon.  A progressive lower-extremity resistance program can help correct any weakness that may be contributing to your pain. Here are a few basic ideas for how to strengthen your Achilles tendon.

Resisted Plantarflexion:

It’s easiest to start off of your feet, where there is less strain on the muscles of your lower body.  Sit on your bed and wrap a resistance band around your foot. Push your foot down as if you are stepping on the gas pedal of your car. Repeat 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

Once this gets easier you can progress to your feet. Stand facing a table or your kitchen countertop, holding on for balance. Keep the knees straight and stand up onto your toes, keeping your weight even between your left and right leg. Slowly lower yourself down to the starting position.  It’s okay if this is a little uncomfortable, but shouldn’t be too painful. You can progress this to doing the heel raise off of a step or progress to doing it just on the injured leg.

Once your motion has been restored, the pain has subsided and your strength looks good you can gradually begin functional training. For some people maybe that would mean just a return to walking program, and others may need to gradually progress back to a running program.

The prognosis for non-operative treatment is good, but may be slow, with some patients taking several months to improve.  For those that don’t respond to conservative measures, injections and surgery are always an option.

Are you suffering from heel pain? Call Motion Works Physical Therapy at 508-660-1110 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at www.mwphysicaltherapy.com for more information.

Concussions receive a lot of attention in the media these days.  It seems like every week you hear about an NFL player that is out on concussion protocol. Everyone seems to know a young athlete that isn’t playing their sport because of a concussion.  The CDC estimates that 1.6 million to 3.8 million people will experience a concussion each year in the United States, with many cases also going unreported. As concussions have become more prevalently reported and more research is being conducted, the role of physical therapy for concussions has been emerging.  There is growing evidence highlighting the benefits of an active approach to concussion recovery instead of just waiting for symptoms to resolve.

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain is shaken inside the skull, causing changes in the brain’s chemistry and energy supply. Concussion can occur at any age, with causes including motor vehicle collisions, work accidents, falls, and sports injuries.  Headaches, dizziness, neck pain and balance problems are some of the most common symptoms of concussion. Most concussion symptoms will subside in 7 to 10 days. Post-concussion syndrome occurs when symptoms last longer than expected.

Concussions and post-concussion syndrome are often diagnosed with a careful clinical exam.  High tech scanning, such as an MRI or a CT scan will not show any brain abnormality with a concussion, even if there are symptoms present. A concussion is considered microdamage to the brain and can’t be seen on these images. That being said, you should always seek medical attention from a licensed healthcare provider following a suspected head injury.

Your physical therapist can be part of an interdisciplinary team involved with concussion management, including your primary care doctor, specialists and athletic trainer.  Physical therapy can evaluate and treat many of the problems related to concussion. Treatment may include education on rest and recovery, improving balance and exercise for improving muscle strength/endurance and eye coordination.

Mike at Motion Works Physical Therapy has been involved with the management of patients with post-concussion syndrome for over a decade. Call 508-660-1110 for more information or to make an appointment.

Almost every day, I answer a lot of questions here at Motion Works Physical Therapy.  Why is my knee hurting? How long will it take for my foot pain to go away? Have you seen this type of back pain before?  Do you take my insurance?

Another common question I get from patients is: What do those initials behind your name mean?  They are of course asking about the initials FAAOMPT. They either saw it on my door or on my website.   I try to be general and just say I did some advanced training in manual therapy, but there is a lot more to it than that.

FAAOMPT stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) is a national organization committed to excellence in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy practice, education and research. The “Fellow” is a physical therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical, analytical, and hands-on skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal orthopedic disorders and is internationally recognized for their competence and expertise in the practice of manual physical therapy.

Not every physical therapist completes fellowship training.  After I graduated from Northeastern University, I practiced as a physical therapist for about six years before deciding to complete a fellowship.  I attended the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA which is a two-year long program with founder Martin Langaas. This experience really helped me improve my hands-on therapy skills, but it also taught me to think better.  There are currently only 36 fellows in Massachusetts and I am the only FAAOMPT in the Walpole area.

Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is any “hands-on” evaluation or treatment that is used to improve mobility and function of the body.  This could include joint mobilization, muscle stretching, and selected soft tissue techniques. Some common examples of musculoskeletal areas an orthopedic manual physical therapist could treat include the neck, back, arms and legs. Advanced examination, communication, and decision-making skills facilitate the provision of effective and efficient care.

Benefits of manual therapy include:

  • Effective for acute and chronic pain
  • Helpful in relaxing muscles and breaking up scar tissue
  • Useful in increasing joint movement beyond restricted range of motion
  • Helpful in reducing painful muscle spasms

While manual therapy is a great resource to utilize during treatment sessions, that’s not all I do here at Motion Works Physical Therapy.  I may also incorporate a variety of exercises and education to help patients reach their goals. Each patient is different, so we’re sure to complete a full assessment before launching a course of treatment to make sure your plan is individualized to you! Visit our website or call 508-660-1110 to schedule an appointment with Mike.

Another New England winter is almost here and the first snowstorm of the season has already come and gone. Most of us head outside to clear the snow and unfortunately, shoveling snow is one of the most common causes of low back pain in the winter months.  Implementing proper body mechanics for snow shoveling can drastically reduce your chance of injury.

Warm Up

Cold, tight muscles are more prone to injury than warm. It’s easy to warm up. Go for a brief walk and stretch your hamstring/low back

Hamstring Stretch

 

Lower Back Stretch

Use optimal lifting ergonomics

It’s easy to be safe when shoveling once you know the proper body mechanics and positions.

Directly face the snow you are about to lift, rather than twisting, and when lifting, bend with the hips and knees, not the low back.

Don’t lift too much snow at a time and walk to the location you will put the snow, rather than throwing it.

Pace yourself

Go out a few times during each storm, don’t try to do this all at once! This will lessen the strain on your back and arms

Don’t lift too much at once, taking your time is worth it if you remain injury free!

If the snow is deep push off a few inches from the top rather than lifting the whole depth at once

Take breaks.

To see more, please view our video.

Of course, we know that sometimes injuries can occur. Fortunately Motion Works Physical Therapy is ready to help if you hurt your back, legs, or other area. Call us at 508-660-1110 to learn more and to make an appointment.

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1333 Main Street, Suite G
Walpole, MA 02081

Phone # 508-660-1110
Fax # 508-660-1088
info@mwphysicaltherapy.com

Providing Physical Therapy for:

Walpole ∙ Sharon
Foxboro ∙ Norfolk
Norwood ∙ Medfield
Canton ∙ Westwood

And surrounding communities.

Business Hours

Appointments Available

Mon - Thu

 7:00am - 8:00pm 

Friday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday By Appointment only