Southside Physical Therapy
At The Wellness Center
Southside physical therapy is dedicated to helping our patients relieve pain, improve functional mobility and achieve their health goals. We treat people of all ages with acute, chronic and post surgical conditions and pride ourselves in providing one on one highly skilled treatment that is individualized to meet patient's needs.
What makes our clinic different is that we provide one on one care. There are no PT aids and we never double book patients. We strive to find the direct source of your pain and treat it with skilled manual techniques as well as effective exercise interventions. Our focus is not only to treat the symptoms but most importantly identify the cause of them.
Our Physical Therapists work to educate and inspire our clients so that they can increase their level of independence and achieve their greatest potential.
George Tsakos DPT
George joined Southside Physical Therapy in June of 2015. He studied Physical Therapy at The University of New England and Athletic Training at The University of Connecticut. His background is in orthopedic manual therapy and sports medicine. He has worked with UConn Football as an athletic training student and the Carolina Panthers under a sports medicine internship. His treatment approach relies on manual hands on techniques as well as restorative exercises that target not just the symptoms but the patients cause of dysfunction.
- Monthly check up with a physical therapist to add to or improve upon an already existing home exercise program.
- For athletes looking for injury prevention exercises and protocols prior to starting a new sports season or work out routine.
- Patients who want to maintain the gains they’ve made in physical therapy after being discharged.
Falls Risk Assessment
A falls risk assessment helps identify factors that can cause falls and helps develop a plan to prevent them.
Why is This Important?
- 1/3 of those over 65 fall each year; ½ of those over 85 will fall
- More than 90% of hip fractures among adults over 65 are caused by falls
- Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
- Exercise specifically tailored to improve balance and strength.
- Gait training that can challenge and advance an individuals function.
- Education on home and assistive device modification to help prevent falls.
Raggi Method with Pancafit
The Raggi Method focuses on a globalized approach to pain and posture. The method aims to fix the root cause of pain by releasing tension and restoring the alignment and fascial chains of the body. The pancafit is the tool used to place the body in proper alignment while the physical therapist aims to restore function of the diaphragm and improve compensatory movement patterns with specific exercises. Click here for more information on the Raggi Method and Pancafit.
Dry needling involves multiple advances of a thin filiform needle into a muscle that has a trigger point. A trigger point is a hyperirritable area of muscle with a hypersensitive nodule or taut band that causes pain and decreased function. The aim of this technique is to achieve a local twitch response to release the muscle from tension and pain.
Dry needling is vastly different from acupuncture. Acupuncture is an Eastern medicine approach to overall health and prevention of diseases. The needles in acupuncture are used to move energy to restore overall health. Dry needling is based on Western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. The needle is an intervention used to release trigger points in muscle. Trigger points are found through a complete medical history and examination. Physical therapists who perform dry needling do not use traditional acupuncture theories or terminology.