One on One
John N. Pettengill, PT, Cert MDT
Certified McKenzie Spine Specialist
Golf Swing Analysis
Titleist Performance Institute Certified
Designed for golf teaching professionals, medical practitioners and fitness trainers, the TPI Certification program is an evidence based, educational pathway designed to teach industry professionals how to increase player performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing. We call this concept The Body-Swing Connection.
Functional Dry Needling
Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body that is producing pain and typically contains a ‘Trigger Point’. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle used is extremely thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary drastically from patient to patient. Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp — which is often referred to as a ‘twitch response’. The twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it, which likely affects the degree of reaction of the muscle, the resulting symptoms, and the response of the tissue. The patient may feel the cramping sensation only locally or as a referral of pain, or they may experience similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment. Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient. Dry needling is an effective treatment with very few side effects for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.
Running Gait Analysis
We are able to quantify each variant of your running gait with our video motion capture system and store this information to track improvement throughout your course of care. In conjunction with your SFMA our medical running analysis will encapsulate your structural imbalances and impaired movement patterns that are hindering your performance and predisposing you to injury.
The Graston Technique® Certified
Graston is an innovative, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Certified
The SFMA is the movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem. SFMA allows clinicians to clearly match their intervention to the main problem of the patient.
PT, Cert MDT
- McKenzie Spinal Institute Certified
- Functional Dry Needling Certified
- Graston Technique® Certified
- TPI Certified
- SFMA Certified
- High Velocity Low Amplitude Thrust Technique
- Urban/Nordic Pole Walking Certified
- Core Walking
- Microlight® LLT Cold Laser Therapy
- Aetna / Aetna Better Health
- American Specialty Health
- Capital Blue Cross
- Highmark Blue Shield
- Geisigner Health Plan / Geisinger Family
- Health Assurance
- Tricare / Humana Military
- United Healthcare / Community Care
- UPMC / UPMC For You
We are Direct Access Licensed
Don’t wait to see your physician for a referral. We can help you now! We are licensed and well qualified to evaluate and treat a wide variety of ailments and conditions without a prescription from your physician for up to 30 days from the date of the first treatment. Direct Access saves you time and money by helping you get better, faster!
You are the most important member of your own health care team, and you are entitled to choose the most appropriate health care professional to meet your goals.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has provided the following guidelines for choosing a physical therapist for your care.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow you to contact a physical therapist without a physician's referral. (Your insurance policy may require a visit to the primary care physician first or limit your access to preferred providers only.)
If your physician refers you for physical therapy to be provided in the physician's office, or to a facility in which the physician has a financial interest, know that you are not obligated to receive physical therapy in any specific facility.
You have the right to choose your own physical therapist.