Our Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services
Peak Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation is a state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy practice that offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for a wide range of orthopaedic, sports-related and other medical conditions.
Led by clinical director Shaun Almaria, PT, DPT, OTR/L, CSCS, a highly experienced physical therapist who specializes in sport-specific training and rehabilitation, the healthcare team at Peak Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation works closely with each patient to provide an effective, personalized treatment plan designed to enhance flexibility, mobility, strength, performance and physical health.
Pre– and Post–surgical Rehabilitation
The road to recovery doesn’t have to wait until after surgery. In fact, two aspects of the surgical experience critical to achieving a successful recovery are pre- and post-operative rehabilitation. If you are scheduled to undergo a surgical procedure that will involve physical therapy as part of your recovery plan, then pre-operative rehabilitation can help you better prepare for surgery and improve your outcome following surgery. Pre-surgical rehabilitation helps to lessen pain and inflammation, improve range of motion, strengthen muscles and improve your overall fitness and well-being.
Following surgery, our physical therapist and healthcare team work closely with you and your surgical team to provide a safe, effective rehabilitation plan designed to restore your range of motion, flexibility, mobility, strength and balance while facilitating healing, easing pain and reducing inflammation. Our goal is to help you return to your daily activities as quickly and as safely as possible. Post-operative treatments may specifically include:
- Strategies for pain reduction including modalities such as ice, heat, and electrical stimulation
- Flexibility exercises to improve range of motion
- Exercises to strengthen muscles
- Posture, balance, and coordination training
- Gait analysis and training
- Manual therapy techniques
- Self-care training
- Home exercise instruction
Astym® Soft Tissue Therapy
Shaun Almaria is a certified Astym clinician, specially trained to administer Astym Soft Tissue Therapy. This innovative therapy helps the body regenerate healthy soft tissues such as muscles, tendons and ligaments and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym therapy is designed to resolve the underlying cause of soft tissue problems to lessen pain and uncomfortable symptoms.
During treatment, our physical therapist applies specialized instruments along the surface of the skin to identify and stimulate the affected areas. The body then naturally responds by producing healthy tissue to promote healing. Astym therapy may include customized stretching and strengthening components that will help further the healing process.
Dry needling is an innovative technique for treating myofascial pain. Our physical therapist inserts a “dry” needle into the affected areas of the muscles, or trigger points (a band of muscles located within a larger muscle group). Unlike acupuncture, dry needling requires an in-depth knowledge of the intermuscular system for accurate needle placement. Dry needling releases or inactivates trigger points to relieve pain, enhances range of motion and reduces muscle tension. Many times, dry needling is incorporated in conjunction with other forms of rehabilitation to speed healing.
Manual therapy is the one of the most well-known forms of physical therapy. Using a hands-on approach, our physical therapist applies pressure on muscle tissues by kneading, manipulating and massaging affected areas to decrease pain symptoms and stimulate healing. A wide range of methodologies are employed, depending upon your specific needs. Manual physical therapy is proven effective for decreasing pain, improving range of motion, and enhancing flexibility and mobility.
Spinal and Core Stabilization
Your muscles surrounding your back and abdomen make up your core muscles. This muscle group serves as the solid base upon which all other muscles work to initiate movement. Having a strong and stable core is essential for preventing falls and injuries, protecting your inner organs and central nervous system, and maintaining good balance and posture.
At Peak Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, our physical therapist has extensive experience in providing hands-on techniques and corrective upper/lower body exercises that can increase your core strength, improve your body’s overall function, boost your energy levels, optimize your physical performance and speed recovery from injuries.
Sport-specific Physical Therapy and Training
Runner’s knee … tennis or golfer’s elbow … swimmer’s shoulder … The list of sport-specific injuries is long. Each physical activity has its own unique risks or likelihood of acute injuries. At Peak Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, our physical therapist works closely with a wide range of athletes to provide safe, efficient and effective full-body strength and condition programs — enabling athletes to return to pre-injury performance levels. In fact, with proactive programming, our physical therapist can help you further enhance performance levels and prevent future injuries.
From physical movement analyses, biomechanical assessments and overall fitness evaluations, to comprehensive, individualized training regimens, our physical therapist works closely with you to improve the muscle strength, flexibility, power, speed and agility needed in your chosen sport or physical activity. Our goal is to keep you in the game and to advance your performance to its highest levels.
Our physical therapist is proficient in Kinesio Taping, a rehabilitative taping technique that promotes the body’s natural healing process — while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting range of motion. Kinesio Taping also provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy. This innovating taping technique is proven effective in treating a variety of orthopaedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.
For more information about our comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation services, or to schedule an appointment, contact us.