FAKTR (pronounced “factor”) is an acronym that stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab and is a revolutionary way to treat soft tissue problems. It is the progression of instrument assisted soft tissue treatment with functional movement or exercise. FAKTR works in three major methods:
- Neurologically: By stimulating certain pathways in the nervous system we are able to normalize the tone of over active or under active muscles. Through sensory, motor and proprioceptive stimulation, the doctors at Bridwell Wellness Center are able to bombard the central nervous system with a tremendous amount of afferent (from the periphery to the central nervous system) input. This bombardment is like hitting control alt delete on your computer effectively rebooting your nervous system and restoring proper tone to the tissue.
- Structurally: Through specific local treatments, the doctors at Bridwell Wellness Center are able to influence the healing process on injured and degenerating tissues. Through these specific types of treatment, it is possible to increase the proliferation of the cells of healing and remodel injured tissue into a healthy state. This would be similar to re-attaching fibers of a rope freighting from the inside out.
- Vascular/Microcirculatory: My changing the type of treatment intensity, it is possible to turn soft tissue treatments into an anti-inflammatory treatment. Through light very gentile treatments, the doctors at Bridwell Wellness Center are able to effect superficial blood flow to a region assisting in the reduction of swelling, bruising, bursitis, post-surgical pain, and areas of heightened sensitivity.
FAKTR combines soft tissue treatments with resistance training, functional activities, and proprioceptive (balance and coordination) exercises to produce faster results than conventional treatment methods. FAKTR is designed to reduce pain and restore function. Most patients notice improvements in their pain, ROM, or ability to perform sports on their first treatment.
Who can Benefit from FAKTR?
FAKTR is a preferred treatment for both the highly active and sedentary individuals. It is a great way to treat athletes quickly, however, the concept can be applied to all ages and all body types. FAKTR is excellent for those involved in auto accidents, repetitive motion activities, work related injuries, post surgical work including joint replacement, injuries suffered every day at home and conditions of daily living.