Back In Action emphasizes the integration of sports conditioning (flexibility, strengthening, balance and agility training) with manual physical therapy. Manual Therapy emphasizes the use of hands-on techniques in lieu of machines (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc) to help reduce pain, restore joint and soft tissue mobility and aid in restoration of strength and neuromuscular control. Soft tissue mobilization, massage, joint mobilization and manipulation, myofascial release, PNF and neural mobilization are just some of the techniques utilized by manual physical therapists.
Kurt has completed a residency program in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, taught continuing education courses in manual therapy interventions, been a guest lecturer and lab assistant in the Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, and was the co-director of the Duke University Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Kurt enjoys the manual aspect of physical therapy and enjoys integrating his skills into the general orthopaedic and athletic/ sports performance populations.
Kristal was a certified massage therapist prior to becoming a physical therapist and was an instructor of Trigger Point Therapy at the Medical Arts Massage School. Trigger Point Therapy, also called Myofascial Release, was pioneered in the 1960’s by Janet Travell, MD in which extensive research was done to determine pain patterns from each muscle. This method of soft tissue work can be extremely effective in combination with therapeutic exercise. Kristal continues to incorporate her expertise in soft tissue mobilization in her treatment of patients when appropriate.