Center for Movement Performance

Service and Equipment

The Center for Movement Performance provides physical therapy services for all types of musculoskeletal dysfunction, including:

Gait Analysis

A thorough evaluation for individuals who have difficulty in walking movement patterns. Whether you are recovering from a fracture, joint replacement, or just have pain when you are performing your daily walk, we can assess and provide a treatment plan that will effectively treat your issue. Difficulty with pain, balance, instability, or efficiency are also addressed. Strength, motion, pressure/force analysis, and movement analysis are assessed to provide the information necessary to restore functional movement patterns.  

Running Analysis

It is estimated that up to 70-90% of runners experience pain during running. The primary factors include anatomical, flexibility, strength, biomechanical, and training issues.  This comprehensive assessment includes a review of training, musculoskeletal evaluation, and biomechanical assessment utilizing Zebris software treadmill analysis, high speed motion analysis of walking and running, and force plate analysis to quantify impairments that play a role in movement dysfunction. This analysis is for all levels of runners to address pain related to running, or to improve running efficiencies. Running involves forces and motions that are too quick for the human eye. These forces and motions need to be quantified in order to treat the underlying cause(s). Once mechanical deficiencies are identified, a treatment plan can be implemented to address the underlying cause(s). There is no need to run with pain; the cause can be determined and resolved.   

Common issues addressed include stress fractures, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, compartment syndromes, calf strains, knee pain, IT band pain, hamstring strains, quad strains, hip joint pain, and back pain. This examination will take approximately 2 hours to perform.

ACL Risk/Biomechanical Readiness Assessment

This assessment includes a musculoskeletal evaluation, instrumented treadmill analysis, and force plate analysis with high speed video vector force analysis.  The movement test consists of six different movements including running, cutting and jumping with the use of a force plate and high speed video vector analysis.   The use of force plate and high speed vector analysis is the gold standard for assessing movement. The goal of this analysis is to measure how the body reacts to various movements common in sport. By using force plate analysis, we can determine precisely how your body reacts to forces involved in movement. We will provide you with a risk assessment for possible future injury or performance decline. We recommend this assessment for anyone with a previous injury that is returning to sports, or anyone who is involved in a sport with jumping, cutting, or running.  Women are especially at high risk (approximately 6 times more than males), therefore we recommend all women involved in running and cutting sports to be evaluated to minimize the risk of injury.  If required a strength and movement retraining program will be discussed.  This examination will last approximately 2 hours.

Injury Risk Assessments

This assessment involves a comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation involving motion, force analysis and movement analysis, in patterns involved in your sport. By assessing deficiencies, the risk for injury is minimized. Too often a group approach is used in an effort to reduce injury. This program will assess each person in areas that will reduce their individual risk. This is a two hour assessment.

Return to Sport Assessments

Have you been injured, or had surgery to correct an injury? When is it time to return to performing sports while minimizing the risk of re-injury? This assessment will evaluate how you are able to control forces and motions involved in your sport. This assessment involves motion analysis, utilizing high speed video and force plate quantification to assess your ability to handle the forces and stresses involved in your sport. This is a comprehensive assessment to determine if you are ready to return to your sport. This assessment will take 2 hours.

Sport Enhancement Training

Want to perform better? Want to run faster? You need the tools to compete at your best. An educated, efficient, and stronger athlete will always have the advantage. We will assess, teach, and train you to be your best. All athletes have a limited shelf life; take advantage of your potential by having a complete assessment conducted to address any deficiencies. An individual assessment for movement dysfunction to address areas in need of improvement will be discussed.

Knee Pain

The knee is a common joint affected during movement-related activity. It is the most common site affected with runners. There are biomechanical reasons why this happens and there are solutions to this issue. A good biomechanical assessment can assist in determining the cause(s) and remedy. If you have knee pain, don’t live with it; have it assessed and fixed.

Barefoot Running

Ever wondered what the barefoot running craze is all about? Is it for you? What are the advantages and disadvantages to it? How do you transform to a barefoot or minimalist runner? It’s not just about taking your shoes off or changing to minimalist footwear—there is a transition. Learn how to transition the correct way.  
 

Conditioning/Weight Loss

Need to lose weight? Want to improve your quality of life? Want to reduce your risk of heart disease and other lifestyle related diseases? Life is a lot more enjoyable when you are in good physical condition. Learn to lose weight or recondition your body the safe and effective way in order to reach your potential.

Back Pain

Back pain is common to most of us. It’s typically a very treatable condition which responds to basic exercise with minimal practitioner involvement. Back pain (without surgery) can be treated with a minimal number of visits, usually one or two. Standard medical practice involves several follow-up appointments. Our philosophy is to minimize follow-up visits unless absolutely necessary. Education of the biomechanical issues that cause or prolong pain is the most efficacious treatment and we will educate you on how to expedite your recovery. This evaluation will take one hour.

Extremity Pain

Do you have shoulder, hip knee, or foot pain? A complete biomechanical evaluation to determine the root cause of the pain will be provided. Training issues, movement dysfunction, and anatomical issues will be addressed. Like back pain, a minimal number of visits is usually necessary. This evaluation will take one hour.

Orthotic Assessment

Do you have pain that orthotics may help? Orthotics are beneficial, but they are not for everyone. Unlike common advertisements, orthotics are not the cure for all conditions. If they are for you, effective orthotics do not have to cost several hundred dollars. We will assess your need and if necessary provide you with low-cost options that actually work.

 Conditioning

As we advance in age, our bodies tend to lose the physical abilities of our youth. The decline is natural; however, the rate of decline for most of us is more rapid than aging alone. Evidence to date supports the use of exercise to improve physical movement. We are trained to provide state of the art assessments and treatment of all movement-related issues in the older population. The inability to mobilize efficiently can be restored. Tom Brady holds advanced certifications for all ages, including geriatrics and utilizes methods not found in other facilities. He can assess and teach you the appropriate methods to restore your painfree function. If you or a family member is having difficulty walking, rising from chairs, climbing stairs, or other movement related issues, this assessment is for you.  

Balance dysfunction

Do you experience trouble with balance or episodes of vertigo? We address all forms of balance-related dysfunction. Canalith repositioning procedures, habituation training, and balance training are addressed.

The Center for Movement Performance has an extensive amount of high technology equipment to aid you in your therapy.
Our equipment is as follows:


  • Simi Aktisis High Speed Motion System – A high speed (200 fps) four camera system, capable of assessing motion in all body views: forward, rear, or from either side. This system has the ability to measure joint angles at any phase of the gait cycle to precisely determine how the body moves. Once motion is accurately assessed, a proper treatment intervention can be prescribed. Without high speed video, a great deal of guesswork becomes necessary.  

  • Noraxon Electromyography – If you need to strengthen muscle, you must do two things. One is to perform resistance exercise, and the other is to target the muscle you want to strengthen. You not only train the muscle, but also train the brain on how to activate the muscle. EMG allows us to precisely measure muscle activation during exercise. By activating the muscle correctly you also train the brain correctly. Too often the body will compensate with another muscle. An exercise you thought was activating a particular muscle may not have been working correctly. Typical strengthening programs do not use EMG, therefore the ability to target a muscle is only guesswork. EMG allows for accurate and productive exercise by quantifying muscle activation.   

  • Noraxon Treadmill with Zebris Force/Pressure System – This treadmill is an extremely accurate measurement device. While walking or running, the treadmill can measure velocity, step length, stride length, step frequency, ground reaction force, and several other parameters. There are 5000 pressure sensors built into the treadmill to evaluate force and motion data. This data is beneficial in assessment and re-assessment to evaluate how effective your program is.  

  • Bertec Force Plate with Integrated High Speed Motion System – A research grade force plate that has the ability to measure force applied to the ground by the body. Speed and jumping ability is determined by the amount of force the body is capable imparting to the ground. More force equals more speed and higher jumping height. The amount of force is important, however, the direction the force is applied to the earth is also very important. This enables us to determine if the body is using all of its strength to its advantage, or actually increasing risk of injury. Coupled with a high-motion system, we can precisely measure how the body produces force and if it is beneficial or detrimental to the body.  

  • Olympic Weights and Bumper Plates – Olympic weights for several different forms of lifting exercise. Use of a Magnum Mega Rack to improve safety is utilized when appropriate.  

  • Keiser Bikes – Smooth as silk, excellent for non-weight bearing aerobic or anaerobic exercise.

  • Hamex Hamstring Flexibility Equipment – US-Patented by physical therapist Tom Brady, this equipment is beneficial for stretching hamstrings, quadriceps, and hip flexors. This equipment is currently used by several collegiate and professional football and baseball teams.

  • Magnum strength equipment - Mega Power Rack, calf raise, seated calf raise (soleus) wall pulley system, glute/ham, incline abdominal equipment.

  • Magnum Mega Power Rack – Best Power Rack on the market, 4x4 7 gauge steel, used for several lifting exercises to improve safety.

  • UCS Plyometric Boxes – Soft plyo boxes, excellent for plyometric and strength training.

  • UCS Glute/Ham Machine - Best glute/ham device on the market, excellent for strengthening the hamstrings, glutes, and spine.

  • Backstrong - A variable, adjustable device for strengthening the trunk extensors and glutes. Capable of working from a very light resistance to maximum resistance. Great device for those looking to increase their back strength in a safe and effective manner.

  • Dumbbells/Kettle Balls – Various sizes of dumbbells and kettle balls to provide resistance.

  • Balance/Proprioceptive Equipment – Baps board, foam pads, unstable surfaces, therapeutic balls.

  • Ultraslide Board - 10 foot ultraslide board for lateral motion training.

 
 
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