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.
Your movements may show that your hamstrings don't lengthen and contract well. In order to compensate for this, your back flexes and extends excessively when you lift something or bend over.
Your neurological search may show, for example, that your hamstrings aren't working enough and can't absorb force.
The treatment focuses on re-integrating your hamstrings into the movement patterns of what previously stressed out your back.
After just one or two sessions you can touch your toes with zero pain again!
After phase one, the legs and hips are now working much better at supporting the low back and taking stress off of the area.
Now, strength development is happening in the previously inhibited areas and you are feeling the ability to move and exercise without making your back stressed.
By the end of phase two, you are mostly pain-free and your body is working for you and not against you!
When symptoms are the focus of treatment, a lot of time and energy can be wasted!
This also clears the way for proper strengthening.
Many people can't get the most out of their physical therapy exercises because their bodies prevent them from using their muscles the way they're supposed to.
With Neuro-Therapy, we can correct this imbalance and make progress in tandem with your current therapies!
One of our rehab specialists will be happy to talk with you during a free consultation call to learn more about your issues and determine if Neuro-Therapy is likely to benefit you.
If you live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, you can visit any of our facilities and work with a Neuro-Therapy practitioner to complete an evaluation treatment.
Experience a personalized treatment plan that uses movement and specific neurological stimulation to retrain your nervous system to work in "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.
Had a great experience working with Evo. Tyler was very professional and strategic with my return to sport program. Working with Evo was a game changer in helping me return to 100%.
I worked with Tyler and Dominic to help with calcific tendonitis in my right shoulder. I had acute pain and my range of motion was very limited in all directions when I first started (my arm was basically glued to my side/stomach to support it and keep pain at bay). From day one, Tyler helped to improve my range. He is very patient, understanding, and meets you where you are at while presenting realistic challenges for getting stronger and healthy again. Tyler has a gift for this and he really has your best interest at heart. He approaches his work holistically so he also helped retrain my left shoulder as well as helped me with my legs/knees as he understands your foundation is everything. Tyler puts you first and is fighting right along side you to help you get past what you are facing. I was pretty depressed and frustrated with how little I could do before starting because of how I needed to juggle constant and various degrees of pain for almost a year. As Tyler worked with me through 20 sessions, I was surprised as he showed me how much I really can do - it’s empowering! He helped build up my arm strength again to normal and even better than I’ve ever been! He teaches proper form for the exercises and it makes a huge difference from standard therapy. I now don’t stop and wonder if I can do something, I think about how to do it with the right form to keep me from future injury and just keep moving on with my daily life - no second thoughts. If you’re being steered towards surgery and are looking for a non-invasive way to intervene and recover, I would strongly recommend seeing Tyler and Dominic first. They can help and they have a ton of resources as well. I feel strong and capable now. There really aren’t words to describe how grateful I am for their care, strong resolve to see you well, and constant assurance that pain isn’t something you “just have to deal with”, your body can heal itself. Thank you both so much!!
Tyler is amazing! I was having a lot of shoulder pain and was consistently seeing a chiropractor but wasn’t seeing much results. I started to go to Evo and now have no shoulder pain! Tyler was very patient and took time to know me and my needs. He is very precise in his work and has a lot of knowledge that he shares. 100% recommend!
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's symptoms are greatly reduced unless they have an extremely acute injury or a significant amount 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.
On rare occasion, 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. If there is something unforeseen, or if there is more structural damage than someone 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 are 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 (repeated use of a movement pattern creating neurological adaptation to continue that pattern more easily) 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 minimum 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. Nearly all of our clients develop the strength and 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 walk you through the Neuro-Therapy process so you can see the significant differences that even one session can make.
This helps us find the best treatment plan for your lasting success.