Physical Therapy Techniques

Physical Therapy Techniques

If you have a musculoskeletal injury or an orthopedic illness, your doctor may refer you to a Physical Therapist to help decrease pain and improve mobility.

At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we want you to understand some the common techniques our Physical Therapists use to enhance recovery.

Some of these practices include:


Exercise is the go-to treatment for most chronic orthopedic conditions. When muscles, joints and connective tissues are broken or torn, almost nothing heals them faster than progressive range-of-motion and strengthening exercises. Our Physical Therapists at Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center will prescribe, dose and monitor specific exercises that will stimulate your recovery.


Patients only spend a few hours per week in therapy, but many injuries persist due to overuse. To create efficient, long-term solutions, our Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center Physical Therapists educate our patients of the underlying causes of their disorders and help them change their everyday movement patterns.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy involves skilled hand movements that mobilize tissue to reduce pain, and can help  a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. It can also be an excellent adjunct to exercise and patient education.

For patients with acute injuries and chronic pain, manual therapy can be a cost-effective way to provide relief and prepare for more intensive treatments, like surgery.

The most widely used manual therapies, include:

  • Joint mobilizations
  • Manipulations
  • Stretching

Dry Needling

Dry Needling uses a sterile needle that is inserted into the agitated muscle to decrease pain and increase mobility through the release of myofascial trigger points, or knots in the muscle.


Active Release Therapy, or ART, is a movement based massage technique that treats soft tissue problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Our Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center Physical Therapists incorporate manual therapy release techniques with most treatments. In an active manual therapy session, one of our specialists will use their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

ART may help treat:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee problems
  • Tennis elbow

Ice and Heat

Ice and heat are two of the best physical therapy methods available. This technique can help with lower back pain and other conditions resulting from acute inflammation. Usually, our Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center Physical Therapists will use heat to increase tissue mobility and reduce pain before exercise, then they will use ice to reduce inflammation and pain afterward.


Electrical stimulation is a therapeutic treatment that can restore muscular function following traumatic injuries. It can also help prevent atrophy and keep muscles active, especially after any type spinal cord injury or stroke.

Why Choose Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center

At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, our Physical Therapists can provide a specialized plan to rehabilitate your injuries or illnesses. Our main goal is for our patients to achieve freedom from pain, to prevent future injury and to return to an independent lifestyle at home, work and play. Click here to schedule a consultation with our team of specialists today.