Physical Therapy | Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation therapies—including electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, deep heat, ice, and traction—are considered adjuncts to effective chiropractic care. They help restore spinal alignment by relaxing muscle tension, reducing swelling, and smoothing inflamed tissues. Our rehabilitation programs are individualized and supervised to improve patient outcomes.
What to Expect from Our Rehabilitation Department
- Expert, thorough, and current knowledge of the benefits of rehabilitation techniques.
- The use of advanced rehabilitation techniques, especially for the treatment of soft tissue injuries.
- Clear and accurate explanations of exercises and rehabilitation techniques before you begin your program and throughout the rehabilitation phase of your treatment.
- Prompt responses to your questions and concerns.
Progressions in Your Rehabilitation Program
We will design an individualized physical therapy program to meet our patients' unique rehabilitation goals. The following is a sample of the step-by-step progression of a physical therapy plan for rehabilitation of a soft tissue injury:
- Step 1: Begin with gentle range of motion (PROM, AAROM, AROM) to the cervical and lumbar regions, and neuromuscular re-education (NMR) utilizing Swiss Ball therapy; introduce basic proprioceptive, balance, and coordination activities.
- Step 2: Upper and lower extremity stretching.
- Step 3: Activities of Daily Living (ADL) training—this is where you will learn how to physically manage everyday tasks and activities.
- Step 4: Strengthening, as tolerated, with supervised exercises involving the Total Gym and Theraband kits. Swiss Ball and Theraband kits are also available for at-home use, if appropriate.
- Step 5: Ergonomic training, if appropriate.
- Step 6: Progress with all strengthening exercises, advanced NMR, and cervical and lumbar stabilization exercises.
- Step 7: Advanced NMR, advanced lumbar and cervical stabilization exercises. Utilize a balance board to stabilize proprioceptive skills. Advanced Swiss Ball exercises with use of the balance board attachment to the Total Gym to increase strength and balance. Begin open and closed chain kinetic activities and plyometrics.
At-Home Rehab Instruction
During rehabilitation, we usually provide written literature illustrating at-home exercises for the neck, back, shoulder, knee, ankle, elbow, and wrist. Depending on your needs, we can make available to you the following at-home aids: Swiss Ball, Theraband shoulder kits, cervical pillows, back cushions, and orthopedic braces.