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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hand Pain Relief

  1. Why do I need a certified hand therapist (CHT)?

    • The treatment of the upper extremity is a highly specialized skill.  The CHT credential ensures that the therapist has attained the highest level of competency in the care of the upper extremity.  The CHT has up-to-date knowledge and expertise in surgical techniques.  This is critical in post injury and surgical care, allowing the therapist to protect the delicate structures while helping you restore your motion and function.  

  2. What is a splint and why did my therapist request it? 

    • A splint may be indicated or necessary depending on your injury/symptoms/diagnosis. It may come prefabricated (over the counter) or it may be custom-made during your appointment. Ask your therapist for specific details. 

  3. What treatment techniques may I expect? 

    • We apply a variety of techniques to fully promote healing, strength, and function of the hand. These may include but are not limited to:​​

      • Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.

      • Manual therapy including soft tissue mobilization, active and passive ROM

      • Cupping (Tissue Distraction Release with Movement) decreases tissue restrictions between the layers of skin, fascia and muscle. Tissue restrictions especially in the fascia can cause pain, decreased range of motion (ROM), impair alignment, asymmetry and sub-optimal muscle performance.

      • Kinesiotaping (KT)  facilitates the body’s natural healing process while providing support to muscles, soft tissue, and joints without restricting range of motion.

      • Custom Orthotics/Splints.

  4. How long is a treatment session?

    • A session can be anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. ​

  5. Pediatrics -What is Interactive Metronome? 

    • Our pediatric therapist is Interactive Metronome Certified (IMC). Interactive metronome is an assessment and treatment tool used with pediatric and adult patients with neurological conditions that affect cognition and motor functioning. It is used to improve attention, coordination, language processing, reading and math fluency, aggression, and control of impulsivity. ​​

      • Interactive Metronome is  beneficial for a variety of neurological conditions such as:​

        1. ADHD​

        2. Apraxia/Dyspraxia

        3. Autism Spectrum Disorder

        4. Brain injury

        5. Cerebral Palsy

        6. Dyslexia and other reading disorders

        7. Stuttering 

        8. Stroke

        9. Non-verbal learning disorder

  6. What insurances do you accept?

    1. We accept most insurances, including Worker's compensation, Anthem BC, ​Tricare, Medicare, and cash payment. If you have specific questions, please contact us at 
      (559) 627-3274

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