PHYSICAL THERAPY

with a speciality in sports performance and injury prevention

We strive to set ourselves apart from other Chicago Physical Therapy facilities by providing one on one  physical therapy training with each patient. Located in the Lincoln Park area, our facility provides access to the top of the line exercise and rehabilitative equipment. We provide a hands-on approach using manual therapy techniques that will help you achieve a speedy and effective recovery, allowing you to return to your desired activity as quickly as possible. We begin our program with a thorough assessment during the initial evaluation followed by a multifaceted plan of care that will address the body’s intertwined musculoskeletal system. When there is one failure in this system, there are then many upstream and downstream issues that need to be addressed and corrected. We provide the medical advice that you need to heal your specific injury by addressing the function of your body as a whole which will then keep you active for longer.

PERFORMANCE THERAPY

A blend of physical therapy and sports performance

Performance Therapy

Have you decided to run your first Marathon?  Or are you a young athlete looking to taking your sport to the next level?  Or are you starting to feel the aches and pains on the Soccer field as you enter middle adulthood?

Come to TFI for Performance Therapy!  Our Physical Therapists and Personal Trainers have put their heads together to deliver a unique approach to your recovery and performance.

As a team, we believe in the importance of a fitness journey and understand that every BODY is different.  We develop customized programs for each Performance Therapy client.  These programs combine the injury prevention, body awareness education of Physical Therapy with the goal-oriented regiment of Training.  This unique approach to Training will teach you how to protect your body and move in the most efficient way as you excel in your fitness journey. 

This medical model towards sports and fitness performance allows the individual to feel more prepared, perform better and recover faster.  The human body is precious, therefore, we are devoted to making sure you stay pain-free, active and doing the vigorous activities you love for longer.

Active Release Technique (ART) Treatment

    • Work with ART certified Ryan LeFever, PT, MPT in order to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries created by scar tissue.  This manual, hands-on therapy breaks up adhesions which limit normal range of motion causing pain and tension.  Find out if ART is right for you.
    • Active Release Technique is a tool used by PTs to diagnose soft tissue adhesions without a machine.  Our Physical Therapists get hands-on in order to restore proper muscle function and movement to allow the body to perform at its most efficient level.
    • ART is a technique used by many college and professional-level athletes so they recover quicker and prepare their body for the next level.
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Complimentary Injury Consultation

Are you unsure whether your pain is something to be concerned about? Call us at (773) 799-2795 for a complimentary injury screening!  Speak with a physical therapist over the phone or in person.  We will guide you in the best direction for your situation so you can get back to the activities you love.  We specialize in sports medicine and orthopedic conditions.  Our injury screenings are only 30-minutes long, ending in a recommendation and some exercises for you to do at home.  Don’t procrastinate, get your questions answered by the team at the FIT Institute!

Video Running Analysis

    • Using DartFish Video Technology, we assess your running pattern and evaluate for compensations and deviations that may contribute or lead to an injury.  We are dedicated to improving your times and running efficiency by analyzing your form, technique and stride length.  Thus, we are here to help you reach, and exceed your running goals!
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Sports Medicine Articles and Links

ACL Return to Play

Graston Technique

Cupping Therapy

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique in which a small filament needle is used to mechanically disrupt dysfunctional muscle, fascia and connective tissue. The most supported approach targets myofascial active and / or latent trigger points.  Active trigger points can cause spontaneous pain, whereas latent trigger points elicit symptoms when compressed. A trigger point can be anywhere in the body in response to sudden injury, muscle overload, or repetitive microtrauma. These trigger points negatively alter the activity of the muscle causing scarring, myofascial pain, motor recruitment and muscle firing deficits. Many clinicians, including myself, are already using dry needling to treat a plethora of musculoskeletal disorders.   Mechanically, dry needling targets the microscopic dysfunction of the muscle along with the nerves associated with it. The disruption produced by the needle also releases chemical and hormonal messengers that help balance the nervous system.  Overall, the goal of DNT is to return the muscle and soft tissue structures to a “normal” electrical, chemical, and mechanical environment.  

How to prepare?

It’s important to note the contraindications and precautions to dry needling therapy.  Some of these include: acute cardiac arrhythmias,  irregular heartbeat, spontaneous bleeding or bruising, anticoagulant therapy, unstable diabetes, HIV,  Hep B or C,  malignancy, recurrent infections, seizure induced by previous medical procedure. We strongly advise you to consult your medical doctor if you have any of these conditions and confirm whether DNT is safe for you.   The possible risks and adverse reactions to dry needling therapy are rare, and in many cases the benefits outweigh the risks.

How many sessions of DNT is normal?

If treatment zones are found and the correct muscle groups are targeted, sub-acute conditions will improve after three – four consecutive sessions, with chronic injuries requiring five – six consecutive needling sessions.

Dry Needling

How large are the needles, and how many will you use?

Needle diameter and depth is selected according to the size and anatomy of target muscle, and surrounding tissue. More acute injuries can respond to more superficial stimulation using a short and small diameter needle. There will likely be multiple needles throughout the entire muscle.   Chronic injuries with more extensive fibrosis may require deeper, longer and more closely spaced needles.

How should I feel after?

You may experience muscle soreness anywhere from 24 – 72 hours after dry needling therapy.  Obtaining more than one or two twitch responses within a muscle during a session will undoubtedly cause post needling soreness.  As mentioned, dry needling targets actin-myosin bonds of the muscle fiber to disrupt and reset the system with development of myofascial trigger points.  Similarly, think of the concept behind muscle strengthening, and the principle of progressive overload. It is believed that weight training results in muscle unit breakdown in order to rebuild stronger more efficient motor fibers.  The same theme carries over to Wolff’s law, which states healthy bone will adapt to the loads under which it is placed.  There has to be adequate stress or mechanical loading on the system to influence a favorable response.

How is DNT different than acupuncture?

  • While there are several philosophies of practice, acupuncture institutes are guided by the Daoist concept of yin and yang. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture teach the workings of the human body are controlled by an energy called “Qi” circulating between organs along channels called “meridians”, each corresponding to major functions. Energy must flow through each meridian in order to achieve and maintain equilibrium. 
  • There are positive clinical outcomes for both DNT and acupuncture.  I am trained as a doctor of physical therapy, so will take a different approach as a movement specialist. The process always begins with a thorough examination to assess and address strength and flexibility deficits.  My road map and target tissue will reflect your specific muscle imbalances and faulty or compensatory movement patterns.
  • Dry needling techniques vary, and I use more than one technique. Usually, my sessions will consist of:  (1) slow, steady motion in and out of the muscle to find a treatment zone (dynamic needling) (2) rotate the needle several revolutions in order to draw the taut fascia (3) leave the needle in situ (static needling). Once treatment zones are identified, I will have you relax for +/- 15 minutes with occasional manipulation of the needles throughout treatment time.  As previously mentioned, there are many “schools of thought” as various approaches exist.  DNT should be used in adjunct with stretching, joint mobilizations, neuromuscular reeducation, strengthening, and other -related interventions.