Ando & Aston Physical Wellness Therapy
6200 E Canyon Rim Road
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
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Art Ando, PT DPT MS CFMT
Arthur Ando, PT, DPT, MS, CFMT Physical Wellness Therapy Clinic Owner/Clinician, Educator Dr. Ando earned his MS in Physical Therapy from USC in 1982, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2009. Following 2 years working with neurological patients at Huntington Memorial Hospital, he joined Gary Aston PT CFMT in 1985 to establish Ando & Aston Physical Therapy Wellness Therapy, an integrated orthopedic clinic in Anaheim Hills, CA. In 2002 he successfully completed the process of becoming a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT). He is the Founding Physical Therapist of OC On Stage, a Performing Arts Medical Network and started Well Dancer clinics at Chapman University in Orange CA and at Orange Coast College in Costameas CA. Dr. Ando is Professor of Human Anatomy at Chapman University in Orange, CA. As a Certified Functional Manual Therapist with nearly 30 years of experience, Dr. Ando's goal is to assist patients in achieving their pain and function goals without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications. To achieve this goal, he has fine-tuned a 5-Step Functional Approach. STEP 1: True Source Evaluations. Finding the root problem is the 1st and most important Step. Our training as CFMTs allows us to look beyond just what is painful or what has been assessed by x-rays. STEP 2: Skilled Joint Mobilization. Getting the joints to move is a critical step in regaining mobility and preparing the body to exercise successfully. STEP 3: Skilled Muscle and Nerve Mobilization. Hands-on manual therapy to muscles and nerves decreases pain and completes the bodys preparation for exercise. STEP 4: Therapeutic Exercise. Neuromuscular re-education through individualized exercises is the 4th Step. Core strengthening in spine cases uses time-honored methods such as Pilates. All patients are trained in their home exercise program, receive them in writing or video format, and are encouraged to do them responsibly. STEP 5: Body Control Training. Education and training in posture and body mechanics is the 5th and final Step. This allows patients to regain basic functions such as pain-free sitting, walking and lifting or, if a patient desires, more vigorous activities like gardening or sports. Patients that understand how to use their body safely and efficiently in functional activities have the best chance of maintaining their health and lifestyle of choice. Our 5-Step Functional Approach reliably achieves patient pain and function goals when other treatment methods have failed. The particular order of the Steps and the cumulative skills needed to deliver each of the Steps is what sets our approach apart from others. The most debilitating and chronic cases have their best chance of pain resolvement and restoration of function when our thorough 5-Step Functional Approach is used. In pursuit of developing the finest orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Orange County, Dr. Ando has developed a series of programs over the years. Comprehensive spine management was introduced in 1988, thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) in 1993, sacroiliac and sciatica programs in 1995 and Womens Health as a specialty program in 1996. Wellness programs were initiated with Pilates and Feldenkrais in 1997, and subsequently expanded with the addition of the Ando Studio in 2002. Current offerings include Pilates, Acupuncture, Yoga, Yamuna Body Rolling, GYROKINESIS, Structural Integration (Rolfing), therapeutic massage, Guided Imagery/Clinical Hypnosis, Registered Dietitian services and Tai Chi for geriatric fall reduction. In 1997, he spearheaded the rehabilitative use of Pilates at Ando & Aston Physical Wellness Therapy. He then underwent full Stott Instructor Certification Training in 2000/01 to better understand the integration of Pilates work in core strengthening for spine patients and in Wellness. In 1985, Dr. Ando began his second career is in clinical education with a post-profession teaching position with the IPA. As a senior faculty member, he has lectured in 23 states, the District of Columbia as well as in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was the Professor of Orthopedics at Chapman University Physical Therapy School from 1996 to 1999. He returned to teaching at Chapman in 2010, and is Professor in undergraduate Human Anatomy including oversight of cadaver labs. He guest lectures in the Pilates certification program at Orange Coast College. Dr. Ando and his colleagues model and mentor the 5-Step Functional Approach to interns from the 10 Physical Therapy schools in Southern California.