Your Health Is In Your Hands

Manage Your Back Pain

Let’s set the scene…you’re experiencing back pain that won’t go away. You’ve tried everything you can think of, from over the counter pain medication to a few stretches you found online. You’ve asked for recommendations from your Facebook friends. You finally decide to go to your doctor, who swiftly prescribes physical therapy to address your problem.

Choose the Right Physical Therapy Team For You

Did you know, as a patient, you have the right to choose your physical therapy provider? If you find yourself in a situation where you’re being referred to physical therapy, request Elite Integrated Therapy Centers!

Why Elite?

Since 2006, Elite Integrated Therapy Centers has been a privately owned and operated practice, with a mission to provide the most enjoyable physical therapy experience in the Upstate. Being an independent healthcare provider, we have the freedom to offer comprehensive, individualized care to our patients. We take time to listen to you, address the cause of your issues, and work alongside you to achieve your recovery goals!

Private practice has its challenges, but because of the loyalty and support of our surrounding communities, we’ve been able to continue to grow and improve our ability to serve you over the last 13 years. With 9 offices across the Upstate, we’ve got you covered!

DO YOU NEED PT NOW?

No problem! If you find yourself in need of our services, remember that you can be treated by one of our therapists for up to 30 days without a physician’s script. We are here for all your Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Wellness needs! Schedule an appointment at one of our 12 locations throughout the Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Belton, Boiling Springs, Fort Mill, Powdersville, Seneca and Simpsonville, SC areas.

Keeping your New Years Resolutions

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Are you setting a goal to
lose weight, stop smoking, start exercising, or get out of debt? Unfortunately,
the odds are against you, as statistics show roughly 80% of New Year’s
resolutions are broken by February. Why is it that it’s so hard to keep these
resolutions, yet we constantly feel the need to set them year after year? Maybe
it’s the “this year will be different”, “New Year, new me” mindset. However, we
need to realize that a change in lifestyle will require planning, discipline, and
sacrifice that we have not previously been accustomed to.

Good news! If you’re given the right tools to properly
execute your resolution, you are more likely to keep it rather than giving up
so quickly! Here are some quick tips to keep you motivated and on track:

Set reasonable goals.  If
your goal is to run 3 miles a week, and you haven’t run 3 miles in the last
year, it’s probably not a good idea to pursue this resolution. This would be as
effective if you were to say that you weren’t going to eat your favorite ice
cream anymore! The idea is to improve, but not completely alter-your lifestyle.
If you genuinely want to run 3 miles a week, make it a long term goal and take
baby steps towards achieving it. Start off by taking a short walk a few days a
week. Slowly transition into short jogs, then short runs.

Think ahead.  Don’t wait
until January 1st to implement your resolution—get a head start. As
soon as you set your goal, start applying it immediately! If you wait until the
New Year, you are more likely to put it off even more, if not forget about it
completely.

Use a support system.  The
buddy system isn’t just for swimming anymore! Find a friend who shares the same
goal that you do. With your personal support system, you can keep each other in
check and catch each other when you start to fall. If you can’t find anyone to
share your goal, at least tell your friends about your resolution. You are more
likely to succeed with the help and support of your friends. Also, post
reminders for your goal in visible places.

With these tips in mind, you should be able to ring in the
New Year with a successful start!

All Hands on Deck!

Have you heard the phrase “manual therapy”? No, it doesn’t mean we’re going step-by-step through a handbook or manual during your physical therapy sessions…. Manual therapy is the assessment and treatment of neurological, cardio-respiratory, and orthopedic problems through hands-on interventions. A skilled manual therapist is able to evaluate and address diagnoses by rolling up their sleeves and feeling their way through treatment. The objective of manual therapy is to treat the neuro-orthopedic component of any disorder by focusing on the cause of disease or condition itself. The treatment can utilize massage, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, joint and nerve mobilization, joint manipulation, and muscle energy techniques.

 

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

 

SMARTY PANTS

Seven of our physical therapists at Elite are actively completing coursework and education hours to obtain their FAAOMPT (Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy). This is the highest form of education for physical therapists, and currently, there are only 22 registered Fellows in the state of South Carolina.

 

While manual therapy is a great resource to utilize during treatment sessions, that’s not all we put to action. We may also incorporate a variety of exercises, equipment based therapy (such as dry needling or electronic stimulation), and ultrasound. 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!

Your Wait Time Will Be…

From two day shipping to grocery concierge services to being able to know in real time which traffic route is the fastest just by pulling up an app on your phone—we live in a day and age of instant gratification and convenience. Wouldn’t it be nice if healthcare worked the same way? What if, at the onset of pain, injury, or physical inconvenience, you were able to contact your healthcare provider and be seen within a week? a couple of days? a matter of a few hours? As evidenced by the growing number of urgent care facilities in the Upstate, there’s certainly a need that’s being addressed in the community. However, when you’re in need of a specialist, the process can become lengthy and in some cases, your health care should not be put on hold.

Fortunately, the state of South Carolina recognizes this sense of urgency and has Direct Access regulations in place that allow you to be seen by a physical therapist for up to 30 days, no referral needed! At Elite Integrated Therapy Centers, we make it our mission to accommodate you within 24-48 hours. During your first visit, we will evaluate the issue and create a plan to treat the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. On the back end, we will loop in your primary care physician to keep things on pace, just in case we anticipate going over that 30 day mark. Physical therapy is a great option to not only address your issues quickly, but is also cost effective in the long run. For example, a recent study found seeing a physical therapist within 14 days of onset of pain can minimize health care costs by 50%!

Curious as to what physical therapy can treat? While physical therapy is commonly thought of for back pain or athletic injuries, it can address so much more: muscle pain, joint pain, vertigo, TMJ/lock jaw, pre- & post-surgery, pain pre- & post-pregnancy, and incontinence, to name a few. Why put your healthcare on hold? Call today to speak with one of our team members at Elite Integrated Therapy Centers!

THE NESS FEST

MARK YOUR CALENDARS… for the premier health and and lifestyle festival of the year!

Elite Integrated Therapy Centers is proud to be a sponsor and presenter at the NESS Fest, coming to Fluor Field in Greenville October 20 & 21, 2018. Join us for the two day community-driven health and lifestyle festival, explore the pillars of wellNESS, goodNESS, fitNESS, and wholeNESS, and experience all that the Upstate has to offer direct from the leaders in our #teamNESS community!

While you’re there, you’ll have two opportunities to see Elite Integrated Therapy Centers take the stage:

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 | 2:15pm | Dry Needling
Paul Hecker, PT, DPT, OCS and co-owner of Elite will be presenting on and demonstrating dry needling therapy. This is a unique technique used to help with back pain, headaches, and other muscle spasms!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 2:15pm | Fitness & Wellness Demonstration
The team of Certified Personal Trainers from Elite’s Health & Wellness Program will be discussing how they can help people in all stages of their fitness journeys be the best version of themselves!

 

Save 10% on your tickets using our discount code ELITETHERAPY10

Game On!

School is back in session, which means our favorite sports are back too! Unfortunately, this means an increase in sports-related injuries. It’s estimated that high school sports are responsible for 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations every year. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 3 million children under age 14 are hurt each year playing sports, 25 percent of them so seriously they require a trip to the emergency room.

Keeping this in mind, it’s important to recognize common sports-related injuries and their warning signs in order to lessen the impact of the injury and keep your athletes safe throughout the season.

SPRAIN OR STRAIN
Sprain or strain to a muscle or joint are the most common sport related injury. This type of injury can occur in just about any part of the body, although sprained ankles are the most common. Research has shown that early recognition and treatment of a sprain or strain will help speed your recovery, so schedule an appointment with a doctor or physical therapist as soon as possible. In the meantime, remember the R.I.C.E method… Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation… to reduce pain and swelling.

ACL TEAR
An ACL tear is a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament. The ACL is the most commonly injured ligament in the knee, which affects an athlete’s ability to make the sudden or explosive movements required in sports like football, soccer, basketball and cheerleading. This can be a season or career ending injury.

CONCUSSIONS
Usually caused by a blow to the head, concussions don’t always involve a loss of consciousness. In fact, most people who have concussions never black out. Many athletes don’t report or are unaware that they have a concussion. Here are some of the warning signs to help you identify if your athlete has sustained a concussion:

  Loss of Consciousness (seen in less than 10 % of concussions)
  Forgets events prior to the injury (retrograde amnesia)
•  Forgets events after the injury (anterograde amnesia)
•  Appears to be dazed or stunned
•  Is confused
  Forgets plays
•  Is unsure of score or opponent
•  Moves clumsily
•  Seems off balance
•  Shows behavior or personality change
•  May repeat themselves
•  Vomiting

Talk to one of the skilled clinicians at Elite Integrated Therapy Centers today about how to protect your athlete from sports-related injuries. All locations have extended hours to accommodate school and practice schedules!

We’ve Got Your Back –Literally!

Did you know…

Half of all working Americans suffer from back pain.
About 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point.
Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

How Can I Treat My Back Pain?

While there are a plethora of treatment methods for back pain, consider physical therapy as the first line of defense. Now more than ever, in the midst of rising healthcare costs and an ongoing opioid epidemic, physical therapy provides a safe and affordable solution to back pain in a comprehensive approach that addresses not only the symptoms but also the root cause of the problem.

What Causes Back Pain?

Often, back pain can stem from a variety of different diagnoses, including the following: muscle or ligament strains, bulging or ruptured discs, arthritis, skeletal irregularities or posture, just to name a few. During an initial physical therapy evaluation, a full assessment is made to determine the cause of back pain before moving forward with the treatment. From there, an individualized plan is built to address the specific needs of the patient. Treatment plans can vary and may incorporate a combination of approaches, such as manual therapy, strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises, education, home exercise programs, modalities, or equipment based therapy (such as dry needling, for example).

How Long Should I Go to Physical Therapy?

While results are unique to each individual undergoing physical therapy, medical research shows earlier treatment equals faster results, which drives down healthcare costs in the long run. Even better, in the state of South Carolina, most patients can see a physical therapist for up to 30 days without a physician’s referral, making it easier to be seen and address any issues quickly.

“Extremely kind and motivated therapists! I could barely get out of my car and walk in because of low back pain, and within 3 weeks I was almost back to 100%, and in 2 months I was in better shape than I’ve been in years. Colby and the crew are fantastic.” -Google review

At Elite, it is part of our mission to accommodate any patients within 24-48 hours, as we understand the urgency of starting the recovery process as soon as possible. If you suffer from back pain, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

4th of July Workout

Did you kickstart your 4th with fireworks? Kickstart your day off with this 7-4-2018 workout! Pick seven exercises (Month), with four rounds (day of the week), at 20 reps for rounds one and three and 18 reps for rounds two and four (year). Sometimes it can be hard to motivate yourself during the holidays, so performing a HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workout can be something short and simple to start with. A HIIT workout is a cardiovascular exercise focusing on short, but intense, bursts of exercise that typically last 30 min or less. To help you get started here are seven body weight exercises:

  • Squat Jumps: Start in the squat position with feet shoulder width apart and explode up. You want to land softly and absorb the jump going back down into a squat.
  • Side Planks: Start on either your left or right side with your body inline from your shoulders to your feet. Your elbow should be placed under the shoulder with your weight distributed through the forearm. Then lifting your hips off the ground maintaining a straight line.
  • High Knees: Stand in place with feet hip width apart. Then alternate bringing each knee up as high and fast as you can, while maintaining a tight core.
  • Push Ups: Hands should be placed slightly wider than your shoulders with your shoulders between 45-degrees to 60-degrees. Push up while maintaining a tight core.
  • Alternating Lunges: With upper body straight and core engaged, step forward with one foot and lower hips until both knees are at a 90-degree angle. Be sure to not let your back knee touch the floor and your front knee is above the ankle.
  • Superman’s: Lie face down with arms straight in front of you. Then raise arms, chest, and legs off of the floor. Use the muscles in your back and bum to make this happen.
  • Burpees: Start the in the squat position leading into placing your hands on the ground outside of the feet. You will then jump both feet back ending in a plank position. Once in the plank position perform a push-up, then in the up position bring both feet back underneath the hands and jump up as high as possible.

Go through all seven exercises with little rest between each exercise and then rest 2-3 mins between each round.

Women & Weightlifting

Who said strong was only for the boys? We are throwing that idea out and encouraging everyone to be stronger. Everyone can benefit from weight training, also known as strength training. Strength training not only makes you stronger, but it can improve cardiovascular health, mental health, balance, and weight loss. When we say strength training will make you stronger, we are referring to functional strength. Functional strength is the strength required to complete everyday tasks such as picking up children or carrying groceries. Women have often shied away from weight lifting for fear of looking “bulky” or “manly”, but we are here to tell you that those myths are simply that: myths. There are countless benefits for women who weight train and here are a few of my favorite reasons!

#1: Improved Sleep & Enhanced Mood

Regular exercise can improve sleep cycles by allowing you to enter into more restorative sleep cycles and stay in those phases longer. Weight training can be a natural remedy to common sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea. Exercise releases endorphins that promote serotonin and dopamine regulation and lead to better relaxation. These hormones help to regulate anxiety and depression symptoms allowing a better overall mood.

#2: Bone Density

As women age, they are more likely to develop osteoporosis, a medical condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle. Also, during menopause, women lose estrogen, a hormone that helps protect bones, leaving them at a higher risk for bone fractures. Certain bone fractures, such as fractures in the hips or spinal column, can be debilitating or even life-threatening. However, bone density can be increased through regular weight training. According to Wolff’s Law, mechanical loading on the bones via muscles and tendons has a direct impact on bone growth. Therefore, during weight lifting the body adapts to the stress placed on it, and the bones feel it! Strength training creates pressure gradients within the bone’s canalicular framework. These changes in pressure cause the osteoblast and osteocytes to initiate cellular events that ultimately result in bone matrix production. Not only will you feel stronger, but you will notice increased balance and joint stability- both of which decrease the risks of falls and injury!

#3: Effective Weight Loss

Weight training is one of the most effective methods of weight loss. As you weight train, your muscles start to adapt. During these muscle adaptations your body composition changes, moving from adipose (fat) tissue to more lean muscle mass. As more lean muscle mass develops, there is an increase in the basal metabolic rate (BMR) because your body now requires more energy to run vital bodily functions while at rest. With an increased BMR, your body burns more calories throughout the day even after you have completed a workout. Strength training promotes a better balance between muscle and fat which aids in weight loss.

We’ve got you covered, from your head to your toes

Did you know June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month? If you suffer from frequent migraines or headaches, consider consulting with a physical therapist.

Headache pain is the third most common pain complaint worldwide. Both headaches and migraines can be caused by a variety of conditions including but not limited to sinus problems, vascular complications, or tumors. However, a large majority are caused by muscular and joint issues, such as muscle tension and tightness, disc pathology, lack of neck motion, poor posture, or tightness in the back between the shoulder blades.

So how can physical therapy help those suffering from headaches or migraines? …And is it actually effective?

First off, a licensed physical therapist will assess the patient to determine the type of headache: tension, migraine, or secondary pain stemming from an underlying condition. This will allow them to pinpoint the root cause of the problem. Second, dependent upon the type the pain, the physical therapist can manually address the issue using a number of techniques: heat or ice, soft tissue mobilization/massage, cervical traction, stretching, strengthening exercises, dry needling, and/or posture education. This will allow them to alleviate a headache or migraine quickly and effectively. From there, the physical therapist may be able to provide the patient with specific, custom exercises to address any future flare-ups on their own. In some cases, a physical therapist can address and relieve headache and migraine pain as quickly as one visit, but results may vary based on the severity of each individual case.

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, give Elite Integrated Therapy Centers a call! With 7 offices across the Upstate, our licensed physical therapists are available to see you within 24-48 hours, no referral required. We are here to address any aches or pains, from your head to your toes!