Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of movement related dysfunctions of the body.  Physical therapy has evolved from a profession of solely using therapeutic exercises to affect movement to a profession that uses a hands-on approach to many conditions.  Manual therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that includes these hands-on approaches such as joint mobilization and manipulation, soft tissue release and guided muscle activation or inhibition.  These techniques are used to affect components of movement or pain that ultimately limit a person’s functional ability. 

Physical therapy addresses all the body systems that can affect movement including the muscular system, the skeletal system, and the nervous system.  Some of the common goals for physical therapy treatment are to restore joint positioning and movement, muscle length and strength balance, and to restore neurologic control of muscles that both stabilize joints and move your body.

Ashbaugh Center for Therapy, PC offers two licensed Physical Therapists with over 15 years of combined experience.  Each of these therapists has different educational backgrounds with different treatment techniques and styles, however they quite similar with regard to their overall treatment philosophies.  Each therapist has shown a commitment to excellence in their profession with continued education to enhance their own personal abilities and to offer their patients the most innovative physical care available.  The physical therapy service at our clinic includes a thorough evaluation on your initial visit with correspondance included to your physician if applicable.  Subsequent sessions are 45 minutes of one-on-one treatment in a private treatment room with the therapist.

Conditions to consider for physical therapy

  • Spine disorders/pain
  • Work injuries
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Athletic injuries
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Gait difficulty
  • Chronic pain
  • Upper extremity disorders (shoulder, elbow, wrist pain)
  • Lower extremity disorders (hip, knee, foot/ankle pain)
  • Pediatric disorders
  • Pre and post surgical rehab
  • Athletic training and exercise programs
  • Headaches
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Lower back disorders/pain
  • Muscle weakness and atrophy