Manual therapy & Modalities
Manual therapy refers to the various types of hands-on treatments delivered by physical therapists, such as massage, stretching, joint mobilization, and manual traction. SMTC also offers a variety of modalities that have the general goal of reducing pain and inflammation and promote healing by increasing blood flow. Modalities include hot or cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, ASTYM and Graston Technique.
SMTC participates in a number of occupational health provider networks and works closely with them to get you into rehab in a timely manner. We are active participants in your workers’ comp rehabilitation team, facilitating the sharing of information with physicians, case managers and payors to optimize the rehabilitation process and your return to full work activities
At SMTC we have the space, equipment and expertise to support an aggressive work conditioning program. We have the ability to create a wide range of job simulation activities and the expertise to break these activities down into components. We take into account the demands of the job as well as the inherent mechanics and characteristics of the body performing the job, teaching each individual worker how they can best perform their job duties in a safe and effective manner. In addition to these clinic-based services we also offer workplace-centered programs such as ergonomic assessments, back school and lifting techniques.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
This specialized form of therapy addresses the symptoms of inner ear disorders and post-concussion syndrome, which may include headaches, dizziness, vertigo, balance disorders, difficulty concentrating, and nausea. One of our therapists will review your history and symptoms and assess your visual and vestibular systems, along with an evaluation of strength, range of motion, posture, balance, and coordination. The therapist may prescribe vestibular, visual and balance exercises, and/or may perform manual techniques to address certain inner ear disorders, depending on the results of the evaluation.
Our physical therapists will observe your posture and gait as well as assess your strength, flexibility and neurological function to determine the cause of your gait or balance problems. They will implement a treatment program designed to address your specific strength, flexibility, biomechanical and neurological deficits so that you can walk with more confidence, manage independently and safely in your home and return to community and recreational activities.
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