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PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, sometimes referred to as simply PTs, are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limits their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY works with you to maximize your independence with basic and advanced skills of daily living. Bathing, dressing, feeding, grooming, homemaking skills and safety will be addressed. Treatment may include instructions in the use of adaptive equipment, exercises for arm strength and control and working with the thinking skills needed to achieve independence.The OT will also assist with ordering equipment for discharge and evaluating the home situation as needed.

HAND THERAPY. A hand therapist is an occupational therapist or a physical therapist who, through advanced study and experience, specializes in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity. A hand specialist may also have advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). 

SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY works with you to improve communication skills. This can include talking, following directions, reading and writing. Memory and problem-solving are also addressed when appropriate. For patients with swallowing problems, treatment is designed to help you safely and independently eat food and drink liquids.

VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION is designed to help people experiencing dysfunction in their vestibular system (their inner ear apparatus). This form of therapy can help if you are experiencing diffulty with your balance, or have complaints of dizziness, vertigo or related visual motor difficulties interfering with independence in your job duties, activities of daily living &/or in your functional mobility. The Vestibular Rehabilitation Program is systematic, and is an individually designed regimen of exercises and activities that adress the unique needs of individual patients.

LYMPHEDEMA TREATMENT Lymphedema is a condition of swelling in an arm, leg or torso caused by inefficiency in the lymphatic system. The condition affects both women and men and can be acute or chronic. Certified lymphedema therapists can help by evaluating the area, identifying treatment goals, and providing individual treatment aimed at meeting these goals. More on Lymphedema Treatment

PEDIATRIC THERAPY. Pediatric therapists specialize in the treatment and management of a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases (for example torticollis, plagiocephaly (flattening of head), developmental delays, etc.) in newborn babies up to adolescents. 
Pediatric therapy promotes independence, increases participation, facilitates motor development and function, enhances learning opportunities and eases care giving. Our therapists use conventional and complementary methods of treatment to focus on improving your child's gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, range of motion, strength and endurance as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration. At our facility, we collaborate with the family to implement an individualized program for your child, to help them reach their maximum potential for functional independence. 

DRIVING PROGRAM. The program is designed to evaluate drivers who have a disability or illnes that may limit their ability to drive. We provide a thorough evaluation that consists of a clinical assessment of physical, perceptual and visual skills, possible need for adaptive equipment and behind-the-wheel driving skills.  More info

AMPUTEE TRAINING. Experienced Physical Therapists provide treatment, working together utilizing a team approach including the patient, physician, prosthetist and family members. We provide care to people of all ages and ability levels, from new amputees to advanced level/sports training. Comprehensive evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation programs are tailored specifically to focus on all aspects of the individual's recovery.  More info

PROSTHETIC - Information coming soon.

FALL PREVENTION - Information coming soon.

PELVIC FLOOR / PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION The pelvic floor of a woman extends from the external genitalia to the level of the fallopian tubes. The pelvic floor consists of the genitals, perineum, muscles, fascia and connective tissues that make up the base of the pelvis. The muscles of the pelvic floor provide 4 functions. Those functions are: spincteric-closing of openings, sexual, support of the pelvic organs, and stabilization of the trunk. If any of these functions are disrupted, pelvic floor dysfunction either may be the cause or may be a result of a separate dysfunction.  Treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction can vary depending on your diagnosis, particular symptoms and findings. Benefits of treatment may include but are not limited to: decreased pelvic pain, decrease in urinary incontinent episodes, decreased constipation, increased ability to tolerate a gynecological pelvic exam or sexual intercourse, decreased low back pain, and improved core stability. Issues Associated with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Urinary or fecal incontinence, Constipation, Pelvic organ prolapse, Pain or burning of the vagina, Difficulty with tampon insertion, Interstitial cystitis, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, Vaginal or pelvic inflammation, Low back pain, and Pelvic pain.

BODY MECHANICS means using correct techniques in performing daily functions. Good body mechanics are based on good posture. Good posture means the spine is in a "neutral" position. Poor body mechanics is often the cause of back problems. When we don't move correcly and safely, the spine is subjected to abnormal stresses that over time can lead to degeneration of spinal structures, like discs and joints, and unnecessary wear and tear.  Key Points:  Have a plan on where you are going - Test the weight of the load; get help if needed - Get close to the load - Move feet apart or have one foot in front of the other - Squat or go into a single-leg kneeling position - Keep stomach muscles tight - Keep head and chest forward - Pick up load and keep it close to you - Lift using your legs and push straight up - Never twist your body; instead turn your feet - With overhead lifting, use a stool to bring yourself up to the level of the object - Push, don't pull.

WEIGHT LOSS. To be successful at losing weight, you need to change your lifestyle by eating smaller amounts of food and choosing foods lower in calories. It also means being more physically active. Reducing dietary fat alone without reducing calories will not produce weight loss. Use the Nutrition Facts panel on the food label. You need to compare what you are actually eating to the serving size on the label. % Daily Value is based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet. Set a realistic goal. A weight loss of 1/2 - 2 pounds a week is usually safe. This can be achieved by decreasing the calories eaten or increasing the calories used by 250-1,000 calories per day (depending on your current calorie intake). Exercise doesn't have to be strenuous to be beneficial. Several short sessions of exercise throughout the day is just as effective as  burning calories in one long session. Avoid 'fad' diets. Fad diets usually overemphasize one particular food type,contradicting the guidelines for good nutrition.  More Information on Calories, Gender Charts, Health Effects of Obesity and Weight Loss Tips

POSTURE refers to the body's alignment and positioning with respect to the force of gravity. Good posture entails distributing the force of gravity through our body so no one structure is overstressed. Foundation for good neck and back care starts with posture. Abnormal stress over time can lead to structural changes in the spine, including degeneration of discs and joints, lengthening or shortening of the supportive ligaments and muscles, and wear and tear of cartilage. All of these changes can lead to pain. Good posture is achieved and maintained only through conscious effort. Having strong core muscles is critical in maintaining good posture.  Stress on your spine -- whether you're sleeping, standing or bending, your spine bears your weight throughout the day. The pressure in your discs triples when you move from lying down to sitting. And poor body mechanics (like slouching when you lift) adds unneccessary stress.

TYPES OF EXERCISE which help adults gain health benefits:
Endurance Exercises increase your breathing and heart rate. They improve the health of your heart, lungs and circulatory system. It can improve your stamina for the tasks you need to do to live and do things on your own.  Examples: Walking, jogging, or any activity that increases heart rate. Do 20-30 minutes 3 or more times per week. 
Strength Exercises. Small increases in muscle can make a big difference in ability. Studies suggest that strength exercises may also prevent osteoporosis. Plan: Do for all major muscle groups 2 or more times per week. Gradually increase the amount of weight you use. These exercises may make you sore at first. Never hold your breath. When you are ready to progress, first increase the number of times you do the exercise, then increase the weight at a later session.
Balance Exercises help prevent falls. Falling is a major cause of broken hips and other injuries that often lead to disability and loss of independence.
Flexibility Exercises. Stretching exercises help patients recover from injuries and to prevent injuries from happening in the first place. They help keep your body limber. Plan: Do endurance and strength exercises when your muscles are warm. Do each exercise 3-5 times and hold the stretches for 20-30 seconds. Move slowly into stretch postion; never jerk or bounce. Stretching may cause mild discomfort. More exercise tips and Benefits of Exercise

 


 

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