The Movement Science Center specializes in prevention and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Through our innovative approaches and advanced technological support to patient care and evidence-based practice, our practice has the ability to reduce the consequences of illness and injury, promote health and wellness throughout our community, as well as provide the highest quality of outpatient therapy services to the public. Our practice provides therapy services exclusively by licensed doctors of physical therapy who are experts in the fields of orthopedics, women’s health, sports therapy and performance, pain management, aquatics, custom orthotics, and clinical biomechanics.
MOTION & GAIT ANALYSIS
The Movement Science Center offers biomechanical analysis in order to provide a more complete evaluation. Better understanding a patient’s quality of movement or dysfunction allows for a more comprehensive treatment plan. These plans are specifically designed to eliminate pain, enhance one’s physical performance, and prevent future reinjury.
THERAPEUTIC DRY NEEDLING
The Movement Science Center has had great success with therapeutic trigger point dry needling for relief of neuromuscular pain and dysfunction. Small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at trigger points causing pain, lack of strength, or lack of flexibility; The needling initiates muscle contractions, followed by chemical release, restoring muscle function and eliminating pain.
CUSTOM ORTHOTIC FABRICATION
The Movement Science Center is the only physical therapy clinic in the New Orleans metropolitan area with a bio-mechanic and orthotic laboratory providing gait analysis and custom orthotics in conjunction with treatment. Using state of the art equipment, cutting edge design software, and top of the line materials, we create the best custom orthotic to meet your needs.
Dr. Troy Bourgeois specializes in evaluation of lower extremity disorders, computer aided design, and fabrication of orthotics.
While pelvic floor dysfunction is of particular importance in females, it can also be relevant in many male patients affecting urinary, colorectal, and sexual function. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments, and fascia extending from the tail bone to the pubic bone.
Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or there is an impairment of the sacroiliac joint, low back, coccyx and/or hip joint. The tissues surrounding the pelvic girdle may have increased or decreased sensitivity and/or irritation resulting in pelvic pain. These conditions may be due to pregnancy or childbirth, insidious onset , poor posture from chronic low back SI dysfunction, trauma (e.g. bad fall), or result of surgery. Physical therapy evaluation includes external and/or internal assessment of the pelvic floor muscles for strength, endurance, and tone. Interventions used at the Movement Science Center include myofascial release, trigger point release, functional dry needling, neuromuscular reeducation for proper activation and relaxation of musculature, and biofeedback.
Dr. Lauren Chappetta King, Dr. Charlotte Garma, and Dr. Rachel Bourgeois specialize in pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as prenatal and postpartum interventions.
Myofascial Release is a safe, and effective, hands-on technique used to help reduce pain, improve mobility, and increase function. The technique involves using a gentle pressure through the skin to manipulate restricted myofascial connective tissue. During myofascial release therapy, the therapist locates myofascial areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure.
Trauma, inflammation, and surgical procedures can all create myofascial restrictions that do not commonly appear on standard imaging (X-Ray, MRI, CT Scan).
Dr. Eric Cedor and Dr. Randy Hernandez specialize in Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, referred to as Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD), is commonly misunderstood for tooth pain or other dental issues. Most noticeable symptoms present with TMD include ear pain, jaw pain, teeth pain, headaches, popping with chewing, and stiffness in the neck. Research in the dental and physical therapy profession shows mounting evidence that physical therapy is the treatment of choice for TMD. At the Movement Science Center, we have therapists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD. Through the use of detailed evaluations, manual therapy, and corrective exercises, patients can return to full function with alleviation of jaw and cervical pain. Let the Doctors of physical therapy at the Movement Science Center help you regain the quality of life you desire!
Offered at our Metairie and Mandeville locations, the AlterG's anti-gravity treadmill uses anti-gravity technology to reduce recovery time while rehabilitating an injury. The AlterG reduces stress on areas of the lower body by reducing a patient’s body weight while allowing patients to walk or run without pain. For more information on the AlterG, please contact our Metairie location at (504) 834-9259 or our Mandeville location at (504) 792-0225.
Aquatic physical therapy is offered exclusively at our two Northshore facilities. Located inside Franco’s Athletic Club and Stone Creek's Club and Spa, patients are able to rehabilitate in 25 meter pools. For more information about aquatic rehabilitation, please contact our Covington location at (985) 801-7145 or Mandeville location at (985) 792-0225.
ONLINE WELLNESS SCREEN
Is physical therapy right for you? Visit our wellness page and take our complementary online Selective Functional Movement Assessment screening to see if you're a good candidate for physical therapy. Our discerning staff will assess your submission, provide you with professional recommendations, and prepare a list of exercises to help you self manage your condition.
If you need further assistance, please call the Movement Science Center to set up an appointment with a Doctor of Physical Therapy.