Healing Services

Individualized treatment with a unique and integrated approach.

Functional Manual Therapy

All of our Physical Therapists are trained in Functional Manual Therapy (FMT), this is what makes us unique in the Treasure Valley and why we often get results when other approaches fail. FMT is an integrated approach to patient care where the concept of the human body as an interconnected dynamic system is stressed. Changes in structure, posture, and movement are correlated to the break down of body tissues due to excessive mechanical loading. Treatment focuses on these main tenants.

Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft Tissue Mobilization or myofascial release, frees adhesions in the fascial system and releases holding patterns which can inhibit normal movement, contribute to poor posture and prevent proper loading of our body tissues.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

PNF uses the body’s positional awareness to stimulate or inhibit certain muscles or groups of muscles to obtain improved movement sequencing or better stability at a certain joint. To obtain proper stability and efficient movement, muscles must contract in a coordinated sequence. PNF helps to stimulate these basic fundamental movement patterns.

Corrective Exercise Instruction

Slight positional faults in joints can block normal rolling/gliding action during a joint’s range of motion. Low velocity joint mobilization corrects skeletal misalignments and can restore normal joint mechanics to improve pain free movement.

Joint Mobilization

Slight positional faults in joints can block normal rolling/gliding action during a joint’s range of motion. Low velocity joint mobilization corrects skeletal misalignments and can restore normal joint mechanics to improve pain free movement.

Patient receiving Shiatsu therapy.

Massage Therapy

We employ three talented and experienced massage therapists in our clinics. They each offer their own eclectic style and expertise. They work at PT180 for the community of knowledge that is shared between our clinicians during our monthly in-services and the ability to provide an integral role in coordinating their patient’s care. Experience the difference here at PT180.

Medical Massage

Skilled Massage that focuses on painful target tissues, as opposed to general massage for relaxation and stress reduction.

Myofascial Release

Training from the John Barnes Institute includes focus on mind-body connection with the treatment of the body’s fascial system or connective tissue system.

Shiatsu

Finger pressure is applied to specific points on the body to allow relaxation and the normal regulatory flow of energy through the body.

Craniosacral Therapy

A gentle therapy that uses a lighter touch than massage with Upledger Institute training to heal from headaches, concussions, whiplash, back and neck pain, stress, and more.

Rolfing/Structural Integration

Deep massage used to reposition a person’s skeletal structure to allow improved function by using gravity as support for the body.

Oriental Hot Stone Therapy

Heated smooth stones are placed on specific body points and can also be used for deeper massage to tight areas of muscle.

Acupuncture

Betsy has been trained in classical Chinese Acupuncture but also specializes in Pain Management using a technique called, “Motor Point Acupuncture.” This is very beneficial for the elimination of pain and for the management of pain.She has worked in integrative medical clinics for 25 years in Alaska, California, and Idaho, with a specialty in acute and chronic pain. She has worked with professional athletes, motor vehicular and workers compensation patients, and all ages including the elderly population.

Classical Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine dating back 5,000 years. There are many different types of therapies within the scope or practice of TCM. The purpose of these therapies is to create balance within a patient and allow energy to flow freely. TCM is based on the belief that what happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. Similarly, organs and organ systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning.

One of the TCM concepts is qi (pronounced chi), which is considered a vital force or energy. Qi flows through the body via channels, or pathways, called meridians. Imbalances in the flow of qi cause illness; correction of this flow restores the body to balance. Acupuncture restores the balance of qi, thus creating the normal flow of qi throughout the body and restoring health to the mind and body.

Motor Point Acupuncture

Additionally, Betsy specializes in pain management using a technique called, Motor Point Acupuncture. This is very beneficial for the elimination of pain and for the management of pain. A Motor Point controls the tension of a muscle and when a needle is inserted into the motor point, the tension is released. This re-patterns the muscle and causes a relaxation response. Once this occurs, the body is able to decrease inflammation and irritated nerves in the area, thus decreasing the pain. Betsy combines Motor Point Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture techniques to achieve a faster rehabilitation time and with less treatment visits for the patient.

Acupuncture Benefits

  • Pain Specialist

  • Force Muscle Relaxation

  • Reduce Inflammation

  • Block Pain Signals

  • Increase Pain Relieving Hormones

Rachel Frizzell, LAC
Betsey Wiss, LAC, Chinese Medicine

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