At HealthActions we believe that movement free from pain is essential for optimal health and wellbeing. More so, quality of life for all people relates directly back to their ability to move, participate in and contribute to society as a whole. To this end we have utilized our extensive Physical Therapy experience to create a 4 Phase system of movement management. The goal being to move each patient along a continuum of care that allows them to obtain and sustain both optimal movement and optimal health.
The goal of Phase 1 is to focus on calming the patient’s movement system. This is accomplished by treatment of symptoms through movement-based or manual methods. Patients at this level are at the lowest level of function and often speak of acute pain and muscle spasms.
Treatment at this point centers on reducing tissue and joint loading along with strain. Your team will also work to provide education on your condition while they strive to identify positions and movements that reduce symptoms and move your care into Phase 2.
Phase 2 is often thought of as the “motor control” phase. The goal of this phase is to restore much needed motor control in an effort to move closer to optimal functional movement. For a patient to move to Phase 2 the original chief complaint must be resolved, or easily controlled, through the application of techniques learned during Phase 1.
At this point the patient typically has an understanding of their symptoms as well as what triggers their pain. In Phase 2 joint and muscle imbalances are identified. The patient is learning how to properly perform essential corrective movements in an effort to reduce these symptoms and restore movement. Success in Phase 2 is determined by how well the clinician can restore normal joint and muscle balance.
Phase 3 is known as the “Activity Capacity” phase. At this point the patient has nearly full, pain-free motion, improved motor control and is able to perform specific types of movements properly yet still requires some level of supervision.
The overall goal of Phase 3 is to improve functional capacity, activity tolerance and endurance. During Phase 3 the patient will be monitored and progressed by their treatment team to ensure they maintain their optimal level of movement. Treatment teams will often perform functional testing during this phase to measure both success and outcomes. Normal work, sports or other forms of physical activity are resumed.
Phase 4, or the Wellness Phase, marks the point in the journey where the patient has been able to resume their normal daily activities. The patient will be presented with the option of beginning a total body fitness program, if they choose to progress to this level of activity. Remaining or becoming more physically active will help ensure an improved quality of health and life. This program may be performed at home or at a community fitness or wellness center and can take any number of forms.
Our goal is to partner with you as a long-term team working to become your Movement Specialists for life. Just as you visit your dentist for regular cleanings or your personal physician for a yearly physical, your physical therapy team can provide you with an Annual Fitness and Movement Assessment. This type of annual “tune-up” helps uncover potential problem areas before they become debilitating and works to keep you moving pain free throughout your whole life.