Our Care Process
The physical therapist will ask a series of questions to identify with specificity the patient’s injury or illness and treatment needs. They will conduct a physical examination to further assess the condition or injury. The examination is designed to identify complicating factors, determine limitations, design the plan of care, and set the basis for measuring progress.
The physical therapist works hands on with the patient using various therapeutic methods. Our therapists at NorthStar Physical Therapy thoroughly educate each patient regarding their injury. We will provide the patient with stretches, exercises, or ideas to care for their injury at home that will augment the treatment they receive in the clinic. The therapist will continue to measure the patient’s progress against the initial assessment to determine if any adjustments need to be made to the plan of care.
An essential component to achieving the best results is good communication between the patient, therapist, and physician. The referring physician will review the plan of care developed by the therapist. Physicians receive timely, accurate updates on the patient’s progress via telephone, written reports, and personal consultation.
Common Treatment Techniques
Muscle Energy Techniques
Soft Tissue Manipulation
Graston Technique Massage Care
Judianne and Brian are both certified in the Graston Technique of deep tissue massage therapy. Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 16,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
GT is utilized at some 1,650 outpatient facilities and 55 industrial sites, by more than 250 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 57 respected colleges and universities.
Decreases Overall Time of Treatment
Fosters Faster Rehabilitation & Recovery
Reduces Need for Anti-inflammatory Medication
Resolves Chronic conditions Thought to be Permanent