Working with Evo Performance Rehab significantly differs from a mainstream physical therapy clinic. To be clear, we do not provide physical therapy. We do an entirely alternative therapy called neurological soft tissue therapy.
From the first session, instead of focusing on the symptom of, for example, back pain and looking at things like an MRI or inflammation or other things that show where damage has ended up at Evo, we work with our clients to identify the areas of the body, not communicating correctly, to do their jobs of absorbing force.
We had somebody come in who has seen physical therapists over the last few years for knee pain. And they had done all the interventions based on a structural thought process of "how can we correct what's going on with this knee?"
The client then said this about us - "I had seen four different physical therapists and made zero progress and could not take part in my high school dance team last year, and now I am doing everything 100% with barely any pain at all, and we're only halfway through this therapy process."
When we do our neurological evaluation, we ask more profound questions - "Why would too much force end up in the knee? Where in the body was the force not being absorbed that allowed the knee to take too much of it?"
Many people see success with physical therapy. And that can be the absolute right thing to do, especially when tissue-focused therapies are necessary, like breaking down significant scars and mobilizing damaged tissues that are adhesive.
When people go through physical therapy, they often are given a brief evaluation. They are taken through some stretching, given some worksheets have exercises to do, and things are mostly left up to them.
At Evo Performance Rehab, we work with everyone hands-on for a significant amount of time every single session to not only help them get the result from the session but also to carry it forward in their habits and awareness.
What sets us apart is that we want to influence every part of their strength, mobility, and movement throughout their lives. They're not here to get things done to them. They're here to engage in the process of mastery and lifelong development.
Another thing that sets us apart from conventional physical therapy is that we develop significant relationships with people and help them overcome more factors of their injury.
Often people who are cleared to return to play after some physical therapy still lack the confidence to push themselves truly and to have the certainty of knowing they're doing the right thing the right way.
We help people know exactly what feels right and wrong, help them correct it, and do that consistently for the long term.
Evo Performance Rehab’s Neuro-Therapy differs from physical therapy in that we focus our approach on the body’s control center, the nervous system. To Evo, these structural symptoms stem from a deeper underlying cause… neurological dysfunction.
Now let’s say you come to Evo Performance Rehab.
We will assess your movement and perform a neurological search to find which areas have compromised neurological communication and the ability to absorb force.
For example, your evaluation treatment may find that your hamstrings are underactive and unable to absorb force. It may be clear in your movement that your hamstrings do not lengthen and engage well, so your back curves and extends excessively to overcompensate when you pick something up.
Restoring much of the function of the hamstrings may only take minutes. This will immediately lessen the stress on the low back musculature and take pressure off of the discs. This also improves flexibility and strength, reduces inflammation, and increases circulation at the same time. A lot of time and energy can get misplaced when symptoms are the focus of treatment!
This also clears the way for proper strengthening. Many people cannot take advantage of their physical therapy exercises because their bodies guard against muscles engaging the way they mean to. With Neuro-Therapy, we can correct this imbalance and make progress in tandem with your current therapies!
After booking a free consultation phone call, one of our rehab specialists will be happy to learn about your issue and help you to understand if your issue is one we can likely help.
If you are local to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, you can come in to any of our facilities and work with a Neuro-Therapy practitioner to go through an evaluation treatment.
Experience a custom treatment plan that combines specialized neurological stimulus and movement, to re-educate the function of the nervous system with your “inhibited" areas.
Adam Bisek, a bodybuilding physique competitor and personal trainer came to Evo Performance Rehab after he had his pec torn and surgically reattached. Adam went through our Neuro-Therapy process and drastically accelerated his recovery.
Normal time to being able to do pushups post surgery: 6 months
Adam's time: 6 weeks
Normal rate of regaining range of motion: 5 degrees per week
Adam's Rate: Full range of motion within 3 treatments.
Zavier is a talented Running Back, but recently had a knee surgery and a major ankle surgery. Zavier came to Evo Performance Rehab and is now far surpassed what he thought 100% would be for him and the function of his ankle.
I worked with Tyler for about 3 months on my knee (6 years post ACL reconstruction surgery). The scans were quite painful initially but it was interesting to learn about my body and see that my muscles genuinely weren’t functioning properly like I had guessed. I didn’t know that was possible until meeting with Tyler. The exercises were challenging and diverse enough that every appointment became a solid mix of new and old after awhile but never got boring. It was interesting learning how the body works, how MY body worked, and how they are many habits that affect our physical capabilities. For example, now I always check myself for posture, form, foot pressure, hip placement and how my shoes fit in and out of the gym. Prior to, my gym routine became mundane and frustrating from all the adaptations due to injury. Tyler created a plan for me and now my workouts are a lot more fun and challenging! Also, this therapy surprisingly helped my depression. I was at the lowest I’ve ever been when I started but it was empowering to reconnect with my body, have that encouraging atmosphere, and rediscover the hope to heal myself at least physically, if not mentally. I rediscovered my determination and felt less stuck in my circumstances which was a constant reminder at the gym. I’m proud to say I’ve rebuilt my relationship with the gym, my knee/abilities, and myself. Honestly, working with Tyler was a great start because I knew something was really wrong when I no longer wanted to go to the gym.
Several years after a full knee replacement, I continued to have movement issues that did not allow me to fully ski, golf or walk painlessly. After seeing many specialists, I saw little improvement and high frustration. A personal trainer recommended Tylor / Evo, and that entirely changed my performance. After several secessions with Tylor and team, my ability to actively move again signifyingly improved. His sections are NOT easy to say the least, but he finds the root issue and get the muscles and nerves working together again, removing any blockage / limitations. After any injury, surgery or someone looking to play at a higher level, Evo therapy needs to be the Standard of care. I have worked with many different specialty's, trainers, other over the years, and the now first first place I is Evo. I even am having my son go there after an injury.
What an amazing service! Dominick does a great job and is very informative as to how and why we do the proper exercises. I came in to work on ankle support and could feel the change as we went through the phases. It feels good to feel improvement and until now, I’ve never felt it happen so fast.
Find a detailed list of injuries we treat on our Injuries page.
Often with the neurological soft tissue therapy process, we can see some results immediately within the first evaluation treatment. Normally, once someone engages in the therapy program, they are seeing an upward trend that sees them getting significant relief from their pain within the first four sessions.
They typically experience this within one to two weeks. So usually someone is on a better field unless they have an extremely acute injury or a lot of physical damage.
Several factors can contribute to how quickly someone sees results. These include how well do they follow through on recommendations given for things like posture, or other recovery factors like nutrition, sleep, stress, etc. Even though each person is different, there are predictable levels of progress that one would hope to see.
And typically if we are not seeing normal levels of progress, we will communicate to the client to let them know these levels of progress are less than we are expecting. Although this is infrequent, we are completely the advocates for the best interest of the client.
So if there is something unforeseen, or if there is more structural damage than someone who was aware of we may, based on the progress or lack thereof, be able to recommend someone with a great deal of confidence to the right move for what they need to recover to the best level they’re capable of.
This can differ from person to person. But we typically encourage you to go through at least two to three phases of therapy. The first phase is necessary for absolutely all clients and that is locating and re educating the sources of their issue. Typically, this takes about four sessions to work someone through to the necessary levels.
The second phase typically we are doing a lot of teaching on top of the rehabilitative strength work. So, if someone understands the concept of muscle memory, they can understand why it is necessary to be consistent with the therapy process.
If you wanted to master the golf swing, you wouldn’t golf once a month or even once a week. You would want to do some level of practice frequently. Typically, we like to work with clients at least two times per week during their process to ensure that the muscle memory and movement patterns are consistently corrected and reinforced.
For someone to keep their results long term, there needs to be a combination of the neurological adaptations happening between the brain and the specific areas, as well as an awareness of how can that person change their movement and positioning and posture to allow them to keep their results long term.
This can differ for all people, but typically, we are confident of getting someone a lasting result within the first two to three phases of treatment. Usually we are not seeing someone again for the same issue. Most people learn enough about how to maintain their results during the process that they can keep them for lifelong success.
Learn more about this on our Why Evo page.
Each Neuro-Therapy process begins with a free phone consultation, followed by an in-clinic or virtual Evaluation Treatment session.
We introduce the Neuro-Therapy process so you get to experience the significant changes that even one session can make.
This helps us find the best treatment plan for your lasting success.