Physical therapy is a healthcare specialty that includes the evaluation, assessment and treatment of individuals with limitations in functional mobility. Physical therapy services are provided by physical therapists, who are professionals licensed by the state in which they work. Physical therapists (or PTs, as they are commonly called) are required to have a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate degree from an accredited institution and must sit for a licensing exam to practice.
Physical Therapy combines the science of human anatomy and biomechanics with the art of applying manual techniques to affect function. It 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 licensed Physical Therapists with over 15 years of experience. Each therapist has a different educational background with unique 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 correspondence included to your physician if applicable. Subsequent sessions are 45 minutes of one-on-one treatment in a private treatment room with the therapist.
Every case we see is different, just like every person is different. This means the treatment you receive will most likely differ from what someone else receives. We may employ a variety of the following treatments during your visit(s).
Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. With the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce inflammation, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis. You can read more on their website.
Ultrasound therapy on muscles is a method of stimulating the tissue beneath the skin’s surface using very high frequency sound waves, between 800,000 Hz and 2,000,000 Hz. This treatment stimulates growth of new cells and helps oxygenate impinged muscles.
Dry needling, also referred to as intramuscular manual therapy, is the insertion of sterile needles into, alongside or around nerves, muscles, or connective tissues, for the management of pain and dysfunction in neuromusculosketetal conditions.
Many of our physiotherapy sessions include various levels of massage. Massage helps stimulate blood flow and oxygenate muscles. It also helps with mobility issues.
Injured athletes must stay mobile during their rehabilitation process. Our sports therapy programs will help get you back in action.
Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates in the 20th century. During the first half of the twentieth century, he developed a system of exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body.