What is Myofascial Decompression and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?

Myofascial Decompression (MFD) is the western medicine version of cupping. It focuses on providing a lifting force on tissue that with everyday life gets compressed. Cupping is a passive set it and leave it technique. MFD involves movements of the tissue to normalize body mechanics and tissue movement. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) commonly referred to as scrapping, HawkGrips or Graston uses surgical grade stainless steel tools to break up fascial adhesions and scar tissue that build up within the tissue from stress on the body through working out. Hawkgrips is the current industry standard and are the tools that we use. Click here for more information on HawkGrips.


What is the difference between MFD and Cupping?

“MFD is based on assessing and correcting movement inefficiencies. Backgrounds in biomechanics, kinesiology, and functional anatomy are essential to identify and treat ROM restrictions and muscular imbalance.  Interventions include neuromuscular re-education, AAROM, and PNF, making the patient an active participant in their treatment.  Traditional cupping does not include active movement, and often is targeting energetic imbalances from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective.  MFD is a novel approach to musculoskeletal treatment, utilizing negative pressure tools and western medicine based movement paradigms and algorithms.  These applications are very effective for orthopedics, sports medicine, contractures, post-op recovery, overcoming dominance strategies, postural syndromes, hand therapy, neuro re-education, and scar mobilization.” – cuptherapy.com


Why should I see a PT?

As a Physical Therapist, I pride myself in having multiple techniques including soft tissue work, joint manipulation, kinesiology taping and using Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) tools and Myofascial Decompression Cupping to treat the various issues I see. I focus on normalizing movements, through hands on techniques as well as give you the power and knowledge to continue the healing once you have completed your sessions.


What do I need for my first appointment?

Each appointment is tailored to the individual. A typical initial session will consist of the first 10-15 minutes of discussing current and past conditions and your goals. The next 30-45 minutes will be spent with hands on one-on-one treatment to normalize body mechanics and decrease pain. The remainder of the visit will be spent going through specific movements to improve and maintain those movements.

Please wear workout clothing with the ability to reach the skin of the area to be treated for all treatment sessions.


Do I need a referral to be seen at Surf and Shore PT?

You do NOT need a referral from a Physician to be seen at Surf and Shore PT.

A referral from a Physician may be needed to in order to get reimbursed if you plan to submit them to your insurance company. Please contact your insurance provider for specific details on their out of network policies and reimbursement rates. Click here for referral form.


What does Out-of-Network mean?

Surf and Shore Performance Center is an Out-of-Network clinic due to our treatment philosophy. We believe in providing the highest standard of care which involves one-on-one treatments with a Doctor of Physical Therapy and no oversight and treatment limitations by insurance companies that are throwing darts at a board to decide number of treatment sessions you need. In a traditional Physical Therapy setting the Number of visits you receive are not based on Physical Therapist recommendations or Physician referral but are dictated by the insurance companies. Many insurance Physical Therapy clinics are seeing 3 or more patients an hour per PT in order to make a profit due to the limited reimbursement and high insurance co-payments. Click here for more info.


Can I submit for reimbursement from my insurance company for my out-of-pocket expenses?

This answer depends upon the type of insurance you have but with some insurances, Yes. We are currently out-of-network with HMSA PPO, UHA, HMAA, and TriCare. Please inform us if you plan to seek reimbursement. So we can better assist and provide a form that contains specific information in order to get reimbursed. It is best to contact your insurance company prior to starting to ensure that no pre-authorizations needed before starting. We do not perform any Prior or Retro Authorizations for insurance companies and is common with HMSA.


Do you only treat CrossFit Athletes and Surfers?

No. We welcome all active individuals at Surf and Shore! Although we pride our selves in specializing in treating CrossFit Athletes, Golfers and Surfers, and getting them back to what they love as quick as possible. We treat anyone from Professional athletes to competitive Hula dances to weekend warriors. We also treat anything from headaches, low back pain to ankle sprains and everything in between.


How much does a visit cost?

We pride ourselves in providing the highest quality of health care possible to get you back to the activities you enjoy!

Our fee for a one-hour treatment is $199. The full session is spent with a highly qualified Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Ask about our multi-session packages that are available to reduce the per visit cost of each session. We have 2 available packages either 7 or 10 session that reduce your single session cost to $155 or $145 respectively.

For more information on why you should choose an out of pocket payment option please look at these links. Click here for more info.


Can I use my Flex Spending Account/Health Savings Account at Surf and Shore PT?

Yes, you are able to use your FSA account at Surf and Shore PT, ask about our special FSA package rates. Please let us know if any written documentation is needed to help with FSA use.


How to fix neck pain for golfers

If you ever played a round of golf with neck pain you know how big a roll your neck plays into your swing. As we go through our back swing our ability to keep eye contact with the ball involves the body moving around the neck to look left (or right if you’re a lefty). Then we get to have the opposite rotation and we go through our downswing, contact into follow through. If your neck rotation is limited you with have difficulty making solid contact and leave a lot on the table with your swing. Your neck is an important link in the kinematic sequence of the swing. The major faults that you have with lack of neck movement is either you will lose track of the ball through your swing or you will shorten your swing. Both of these swing faults will create major issues in you game.

Try out these exercise to get your neck moving at its best to help out your game. Consistency is key with all these exercises to get the changes you need to improve your game.

Want to find out more about how Surf & Shore can help you CONTACT US HERE today.

Rock Tape For Elbow Pain

Rock Tape is the best kinesiology tape on the market, and can be extremely effective to help regulate pain. This tape is not meant to fix anything, but to help manage and get you out of pain. There are 2 main ways that the tape works. 1: the wave that is in the fabric of the tape allows for a lifting effect of the skin and help to improve lymphatic drainage. The easiest way to see this happen is by putting the tape over a bruise. The color under the tape with look significantly different than the area of the bruise not under the tape. 2: The tape works on our neuromuscular system and effects different nerve receptors in different ways but the most important is that it help to improve our proprioceptive awareness by increasing the feedback to out nerves so the muscle can activate more efficiently.


Why does any of the help? 1: creates increased blood and lymphatic flow to and injured area. Meaning more good building blocks in, and improved waste products from and injury are shuttled away. 2: Allows for improved muscle activation and efficiency with normalizing with muscle activation sequences. All of these will help take stress of the area but need to be followed up with other treatments both strength and mobility to get out of pain.

Want to find out more about how Surf & Shore can help you CONTACT US HERE today.

Signs your body is lying to you

If you’ve ever heard of the different signs of a heart attack you will know that one of the signs is left arm pain. How can this be, the arm is not having the attach, so why would there be pain? The answer is referred pain, the heart is sending a pain signal down the arm. This happens other places in the body as well,  one of the best known is sciatica. Sciatica just tells me that the Sciatic Nerve is upset. The cause from this is often from further up the chain either in the back or the hip. In this case the back is sending pain down the leg through the sciatic nerve. Another common example is with pain just inside the shoulder blade. This is typically caused by the nerves coming out of the neck. There are many other areas of the body that refer pain  to other areas. For a good reference for referred pain areas you can look up the Trigger Point Diagrams.

If you have pain, you need to look above and below the area of pain to assess if your pain is coming from somewhere else. Pain is not always straight forward. If you have pain for more than 2 weeks start looking for someone to take a look at your issues.

Want to find out more about how Surf & Shore can help you CONTACT US HERE today.