Physical therapy includes services that develop, maintain and restore people’s maximum movement and functional ability.
Physical Therapy can help people at any stage of life, when movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors.
The systematic performance or execution of planned physical movements or activities intended to enable the patient or client to remediate or prevent impairments of body functions and structures, enhance activities and participation, reduce risk, optimize overall health, and enhance fitness and well-being.
Gentle stretching of the ligamentous structures of the joints. Soft tissue mobilizations: utilized for the purpose of decreasing muscle tightness and spasm (to include: massage, myofascial release, and trigger point release).
Gentle stretching of muscles to increase flexibility and range of motion.
The use of therapeutic techniques for the purpose of improving impaired movement, balance, coordination, decreased kinesthetic sense, and impaired proprioception.
MOIST HEAT AND HOT PACKS
Decrease pain, tightness and muscle spasm by increasing blood flow, relaxing muscle fibers and turning on pain inhibiting mechanisms.
COLD PACKS AND ICE PACKS
Reduce pain, swelling and inflammation by causing vasoconstriction and affecting nerve conduction velocities.
Ultrasonic sound waves that penetrate the skin to reduce pain and inflammation, produce a deep heating effect and assist the healing process.
ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION
Application of a gentle electrical current designed to stimulate muscles and nerves. Can assist with muscle strengthening or re-education in addition to decreasing pain, swelling and muscle spasm.
Application of a “pulling force” to the spine that results in decompression of the vertebrae that make up the spine. Designed to decrease pain and improve mobility.