Treatment Techniques


Astym Soft tissue mobilization to injured extensor tendons.
Astym Soft tissue mobilization to injured extensor tendons.

ASTYM Astym® (A-stim) treatment sets the standard for soft tissue
therapy. It regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and removes unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym® treatment has helped countless patients by restoring movement, getting rid of pain, and giving back their lives.


Gentle specific mobilization of the cervical spine for headaches and neck pain.
Gentle specific mobilization of the cervical spine for headaches and neck pain.

Manual Therapy addresses both soft tissue, joint and nerve restrictions that can be the root cause of pain. Passive soft tissue and Active Release Techniques are utilized with patient to improve comfort and range of motion. Joint Mobilization and manipulation techniques are also utilized to improve joint comfort and restore pain free range of motion. PTBH manual therapist work with Dave Bender PT, FAAOMPT who is the Program Director for IMPACT’s National Manual Therapy training program.  This set us apart form others in that we not only teach nationally but put great effort into making assure we remain current in the latest treatment techniques rather than using a one size fits all approach.


With Dartfish we can track joint ankle progressions through the running cycle to evaluate proper mechanics given the selected style of running.
With Dartfish we can track joint ankle progressions through the running cycle to evaluate proper mechanics given the selected style of running.

Movement pattern assessment/ Dartfish assessment: Injury is often a functionality of altered movement pattern strategies. The primary intervention we use in clinical reasoning. We observe your mechanics using advanced techniques and strategies to discover the cause of current or potential problems. In addition to our knowledge and training,  we use the professional package of Dartfish software with all sports to be able to compare pre and post performance assessments.

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Trigger Points for Tennis Elbow

Trigger Point Dry Needling(TPDN):  Ever notice those sore nagging areas in your muscles. Maybe that back muscle spasm that just remains irritable?  TPDN is a medical approach to needling hypertonic areas of muscle to decrease tension, improved bloodflow and promote healing. TPDN should not be confused with Acupuncture as the approach and models are not similar. Those who have had benefits from Acupuncture are encouraged to continue with their practitioner and TPDN should serve as a compliment and not a replacement for Acupuncture.


Return to Sport/Activity: Most of the patients that we have the pleasure of treating tend to be involved in some sort of physical activity. Whether it is a low impact activity like yoga or a more demanding activity like Crossfit, we see it all. With that being said our goal is to not only assist in getting  those individuals back to their respective activities, but also to help them come back stronger than ever!

Research into Practice: Eccentric Exercises for Rehabbing Tennis Elbow

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One of our tennis coaches, Matthew Lennox of the Bare Hills Tennis Institute, demonstrating proper forehand mechanics. To get into contact with Matt for exceptional one on one coaching: Email him at:

Tennis Elbow can be a very tricky injury to deal with and we want you to be able to get back out there on the courts just as quickly as you do. Here we have provided three effective eccentric exercises that have been proven to benefit those suffering from the injury.

WHY ECCENTRIC EXERCISES? Eccentric exercises have been shown to promote to improve the tendon collagen alignment and repair, decrease pain and improved functional activity. Eccentric exercises place a high degree of strain in the tendon stimulating remodeling. Good results typically seen in 8-12 weeks.


Eccentric Wrist Extension

The first exercise is the eccentric wrist extension. You first want to find a flat surface where you can securely and comfortably rest your forearm while your wrist hangs just off of the edge (as seen in the video). Then find a dumbbell or some form of resistance ranging between 2-3 pounds. While holding the dumbbell with your palm facing down, slowly extend your wrist as far as possible and slowly lower your wrist into flexion. Perform this exercise for 2 to 3 sets and 8-10 reps. After 2-3 weeks progress weight

Eccentric Wrist Flexion

Another great exercise would  be eccentric wrist flexion. As you would with the previous exercise, find a flat surface to rest your forearm allowing the wrist to freely hang from the edge. Utilize the same form of resistance/weight that you did in the previous exercise.  Start by holding the dumbbell/resistance so that your palm is facing upwards. Slowly flex your wrist to maximum range of motion and then slowly extend your wrist to max range of motion. Perform this exercise for 2 to 3 set and 8-10 reps.

Wrist Deviation

Lastly we have wrist deviation. This exercise would require a flat surface to rest the forearm, while the wrist hangs just off of the edge. A 2-3 pound dumbbell is preferred for this particular exercise. Instead of holding the dumbbell by the center handle, you will want to hold the dumbbell at one of the ends as seen in the video. To start the exercise begin with your wrist rotated so that your palm is facing upwards and the dumbbell is parallel to the ground. Slowly rotate your wrist so that your palm is facing downwards and slowly return back to the starting position. Perform this exercise for 2-3 sets and 8-10 reps.


Progressions to improve shoulder strength and contributions:

Thrower’s Ten Exercises for Tennis Elbow

The Throwers 10 exercises will benefit  tennis players for general strengthening purposes. The following exercises are great for prevention of injuries, especially tennis elbow.


Diagonal Pattern D2 Flexion

Diagonal Pattern D2 Extension

External Rotation at 0 Degrees Abduction

Internal Rotation at 0 Degrees Abduction

Internal Rotation at 90 Degrees Abduction

External Rotation at 90 Degrees Abduction

 Press Ups

Avoid if you have current shoulder pain or impingement.


Avoid if you have current pain from shoulder impingement.

Elbow Flexion

Elbow Extension

For more effective exercises and more information to assist in your recovery from tennis elbow, schedule an appointment with us: CALL: (443)-213-0395 or E-mail us at:

Running Assessments

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Run Assessments and Coaching using Dartfish Software:

$100 initial session.   *May be covered by insurance in cases of injury evaluation.

Proper Forefoot Running Style

With Dartfish, we can track joint and ankle progressions through the running cycle to evaluate proper mechanics, given the selected style of running.

Rear-foot Strike Pattern Assessment

Example of a typical rear-foot strike pattern

Example evaluative techniques using Dartfish.

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Typical heel strike pattern: Foot strike well in front of center of mass, Knee in relative extended position and increased foot angle of inclination on heel contact.
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PELVIS STABILITY: Increased lateral hip drop may indicate lack of hip and trunk stabilization, or excessive pronation moment in the foot. Potential injuries: ANKLE- shin or achiilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis. KNEE- meniscal strain, ITB syndrome, patellofemoral pain. HIP and SPINE- anterior lateral and buttocks pain, lower back pain.


Utilizing Amount of Toe-Out  to Assess Hip and Knee Integrity

The amount and uniformity of toe-out can assist in determining weaknesses in the hip and knee. This could potentially indicate capsular and muscles tightness of the hip as well as knee movement (valgus or varus).

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Picture A would be an example of excessive toe out. Picture B is an example of normal toe-out.





To schedule an appointment with us: CALL: (443)-213-0395 or email us at:

Squash Assessment with Dartfish

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An example of how we can utilize Dartfish Software to track knee angles and compare racquet placement.

We provide advanced squash assessments utilizing the professional version of Dartfish motion analysis software. With the cooperative efforts between our PT staff and our elite level squash coaches on site, we will have the ability to clearly and effectively walk you through a video analysis of your desired stroke/strokes, allowing coach and client to closely analyze any inefficiency in technique. A dual view of your pre-correction and post-correction video will provide you with biomechanical insight, which will be used to compare noticeable improvement in technique and form.

Along with improving performance, we also use this assessment as a preventative and corrective measure in regards to injury. The more efficient your technique, the less you prone you are to sport related injury. This could potentially alleviate any existing injury or discomfort due to squash play. To schedule an appointment with us: CALL: (443)-213-0395 or email us at:

Hip Pain Treatment Study

To book your two free hip study appointments please click the link below!

Hip Pain?


Gail Molloy
Gail Molloy

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study for treatment of
Hip pain, groin, or buttocks region in adults’ ages 20-40 years old.




The research evaluation and treatment sessions will include:

  • 2 One hour evaluation and treatment sessions two days in a row(Saturday the 29th and Sunday of August)

    Movement: Functional Movement Systems—Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies Copyright © 2010 Gray Cook.
    Movement: Functional Movement Systems—Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies
    Copyright © 2010 Gray Cook.
  • Evaluation by a Physical Therapist
  • Receive a hip treatment
  • Filling out medical/health and functional questionnaires
  • Perform simple functional movement tests
  • Followup visit the next day and be re-evaluated for response to treatment

Two sessions are required to complete the study.

For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study,
please contact:

Gail Molloy



IRB approval through Andrews University Research Ethics Board.

Inclusions: 20-40 year old, intermittent or constant pain in groin, lateral hip or buttocks, present in the previous three weeks but of any duration.
Exclusions: Surgery to lumbar, hip or knee, signs of nerve root involvement, previous fractures of hip,  frank instabilities of lumbar, SIJ or hip, previous hip manipulation in the previous 12 weeks.



Physical Therapy at Bare Hills

Dave Bender, PT FAAOMPT

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Dave Bender is one of the founding partners of the Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy and Clinical Training(IMPACT). Through IMPACT, Dave trains with Jim Meadows and some of the other prominent Manual Therapist in North America. Dave teaches advanced clinical reasoning and intervention selection online throughout North America.  Physical Therapy at Bare Hills was founded to provide physical therapy services at the high standards of IMPACT.  He is a fellow with the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists and is Fellowship program director for IMPACT’s Manual Therapy Fellowship Program.

For over 20 years Dave has raced in numerous road races and triathlons. Experiences range from the speedwork of short distance racing, Ironman distance and ultramarathons provides Dave with a unique perspective to the needs of all athletes. Working with the tennis and squash professionals inside Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness Club allows us to provide specialized treatment plans for club and recreational players.

Heather Bennett PT OCS

Heather graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She completed her post professional residency in orthopeadic physical therapy. She is a certified manual therapist with focus in gentle mobilization and joint manipulation. Her practice also includes trigger point dry needling for myofascial pain syndromes.

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Dipal has trained with Jim Meadows and Dave Bender for his entire career. Dipal teaches manual therapy and advanced clinical reasoning in clinical practice to physical therapy students. Working with the  tennis professionals and personal trainers at Bare Hills to provide proper treatment plans and strategies for junior athletes, professionals, and club players. Dipal provides kinesiotaping for patients and athletes as well as those interested in learning how to kinesiotape their own injuries.