Jennifer Penrose, DPT, OCS, MTC and Kristen Weaver, MSPT, Cert MDT, CMPT are both certified manual therapists. Manual therapy involved specialized techniques where the therapist uses their hands to manipulate joints and soft tissue structures. In addition, they increase mobility and decrease pain. Contract relax, manual stretching, mobilization with movement, and strain-counterstrain are all hands on techniques we use.
Manual therapy can also help decrease swelling with a special massage technique. Chris Edwards, PTA our assistant also has training in manual techniques to assist in your recovery.
Dr. Penrose and her assistant Chris Edwards are Graston Trained and will use both metal and plastic instruments for soft tissue mobilization in addition to their hands. We can even teach you how to use the plastic instruments should you want to purchase your own for home use.
Graston technique uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas with soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. In addition, the instruments are used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain. They assist in locating and treating the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain.
IASTM is Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization with use of ceramic, plastic, or metal instruments. Graston Technique® is a unique, evidence-based form of IASTM. Through comprehensive training, Graston enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions, resulting in improved patient outcomes.
In conclusion, we believe manual therapy is vital in restoring mobility and decreasing your pain. We may also determine that in addition to physical therapy you may benefit from massage therapy. Ryan Critser, LMP is our massage therapist at Penrose Physical Therapy. Read more about Ryan on our Team page. We also know several great massage therapists in the community that we can refer you to.
I hurt my foot over a year ago. After several cortisone shots that didn't work and 8 months of being in pain I went to a foot and ankle specialist. I eventually ended up at Penrose and within a couple weeks they have fixed a problem that has been going on for the last year.Heather Benfield - Read the Success Story
The best place to get PT! Not only do they help you there, they also show you how to you can help yourself with at home exercise. I was feeling better in a span of a few weeks. Everyone there is really nice and knowledgeable. I would recommend Penrose to anyone in need of physical therapy.Jessi Arnold-Johnson - Read the Success Story