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REHAB 'N' MOTION Physical Therapy Center has been operating as a private practice since 2004 providing quality physical therapy services for Northern Virginia and the surrounding community.

We provide professional individualized treatment with quality outcomes for patients and physicians. Our experienced Physical Therapists work to provide each patient with "one on one" care. Education, patient responsibility, and aggressive treatment protocols ensure patient goals are achieved with maximum return of function.

Our therapists are skilled in the evaluation and treatment of many different types of injuries:

  • Chronic regional pain syndrome
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy 
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Tendonitis 
  • Myofascial pain 
  • Cartilage tears 
  • Low back pain 
  • Ankle sprains 
  • Unresolved foot pain 
  • Work injury 
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome 
  • Fibrocytis 
  • Ligament strains 
  • Chrondromalacia 
  • Loss of motion following surgery 
  • Scar tissue restriction 
  • Neck pain




Selective Soft Tissue Therapy
"The Snapping Technique"

The snapping technique is a form of soft tissue release that utilizes the pressure of a finger on the skin over an area where subcutaneous tissues are adhered to one another. The pressure of the finger, normally the side of the distal phalanx or sometimes the proximal phalanx, is exerted on the skin in a circular motion, much like that of the capital letter C. During the circular motion, a tightening of the subcutaneous tissue is felt. It is at that point that the final pressure against the restriction is exerted and an audible snapping sound is heard. Palpation of the area after the snap will find the subcutaneous tissue soft and pliable.

This technique was discovered and developed in an effort to release scar tissue that was restricting normal painfree motion of a body part. The technique can release superficial visible scar tissue from surgery or injury as well as the various subcutaneous tissues. The subcutaneous tissues include fascia and muscle, ligament, tendon, sheaths, retinaculum and peripheral nerve and blood vessels. Any tissue that can be palpated can be affected and normal mobility between two adjacent tissues can be restored.

This technique has a therapeutic value only when the person has a thorough knowledge of the anatomy of the human body plus an understanding of the scar tissue patterns that results from inflammation, surgery and injury. It must be applied selectively to the area that is scarred down. If it is not applied correctly, no therapeutic value is obtained. It is a manual technique that utilizes the perception of touch and direct contact of the finger to the skin.

The utilization of this technique reduces the amount of time necessary to restore normal function to soft tissues. It is not a massage technique; rather it is a direct, immediate release of adhered scar tissue that has been restricting motion and therefore function of the human body. It is a modality that is used in conjunction with other physical therapy techniques to restore function and decrease pain with the physical activity that has been caused by injury or inflammation.

--Lena Fernandes, MHS PT
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