Ashley Herrick, PT, DPT graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from Oakland University in 2016. She will be returning to Oakland in the fall of 2017 to become a certified orthopedic manual therapist. This professional designation signifies that she will have expertise and knowledge in medical screening, anatomy, physiology, joint and soft tissue mechanics, and will be an expert in the musculoskeletal system.
Ashley began her career as an physical therapy aide in 2012 working for a for an outpatient clinic in Macomb Township. While in college, Ashley had a rotation in the pediatrics department, and liked it so much, she plans on attending continuing education in that area of expertise. She also served as a graduate assistant in the undergraduate program at Oakland University. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Michigan Physical Therapy Association as well.
Ashley is originally from St. Clair, Michigan and is hoping to move closer to our Davison clinic, where she is currently practicing. Ashley feels that one of her strengths is to be able to get a good reading on how her patients are really feeling. “I can tell when they are in pain and just putting on a brave face. I want them to know that I understand how they feel, and I am going to do what ever it takes to help them get back to their normal, daily lives,” says Ashley. She also likes to let her patients know that she is invested in their recovery. She does that by asking them about their goals for physical therapy, their family and things they enjoy doing. She says it helps her get to know what is important to them and helps her put together an individualized plan of care.
In her spare time, Ashley loves to do anything outdoors, like boating and bike riding. She also volunteers at the Special Olympics helping athletes with disabilities train for their events.
APTC-Davison | 2138 Fairway Dr. | 810.412.5100 | AHerrick@advpt.com
Physical therapists have been using athletic tape for years to help support their patients’ overworked and inflamed muscles, tendons, and joints. Athletic tape works by protecting muscles and preventing unnecessary strain by keeping muscles and tendons firm. Traditional athletic tapes are generally applied over gauze to form a stiff, somewhat inflexible, bandage with the goal of supporting or immobilizing a joint or muscle. The theory is the less the muscle moves, the less it can be strained, and therefore, it will heal faster. While this idea has been the main point for decades, more and more clinicians are starting to use kinesiology taping as their go-to resource.
You may have noticed professional athletes and olympic stars, like Kerri Walsh, wearing the multicolored tape on their arms, legs and shoulders. It has become increasingly popular for many reasons. Kinesiology tape helps relieve pain by lifting the skin, allowing blood to flow more freely to the injured area. Faster blood flow means more oxygen and more lymph drainage. This, in turn, helps to remove lactic acid. Not only does kinesiology taping increase circulation, but it also reduces muscle fatigue. It is extremely strong and flexible and is, usually, made from 100% cotton, making it latex free, which is good for those with allergies or sensitive skin. The tape is applied in a specific pattern and is either stretched or not stretched, depending on the injury. Kinesiology tape can last anywhere from two to five days. It can be worn swimming or in the shower, and it resists perspiration well.
Advanced Physical Therapy Center and Advanced Hand Rehab utilize two brands of kinesiology tape: Kinesio Gold and Rock Tape. We have been very pleased with the patient feedback and results. A patient can also purchase elastic tape at our clinics for home use. There are instructions in the box, but it is best to be instructed on its application by one of our professionals. Our Wellness Kinesiology Taping Package includes a roll of tape and three taping sessions for only $50. That is a big savings! If you are interested in trying it out, call your nearest clinic to set up an appointment.