Physical Therapy

Serenity Medical Centers physical therapists (PTs) create treatment plans to promote mobility, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Our therapists have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions involving the neck, spine, shoulders, pelvis, joints, and upper and lower extremities.

For individuals with acute injuries, the therapist provides you with strategies to protect the injured area, reduce the likelihood of further injury and accelerate healing. The Serenity Medical Centers team recognizes the therapeutic benefits of this conservative care approach.

Physical therapists are trained to ask appropriate questions during the exam to understand your symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis.

The objective or evaluation portion of the exam includes:

  • Range of motion
  • Measurements of motion
  • Special tests to confirm the diagnosis
  • Functional movement screens to assess body movement
  • Balance testing
  • Palpation tests for tenderness, tightness, pain, or discomfort

Following the evaluation, the physical therapist discusses the diagnosis with you, answers your questions, and creates a comprehensive treatment plan based on your goals for physical therapy!

Physical Therapy Techniques

Our Physical Therapists employ the latest, proven physical therapy techniques to help speed your recovery. Our PT staff is continually assessing which techniques are providing the best results for our guests.

Treatment types range from traditional to more modern and innovative. As each guest’s injury or condition is unique, your Serenity Medical Centers Physical Therapist may design a custom strategy that employs a number of these healing techniques.

What To Expect From Physical Therapy:

Why Do I Need Physical Therapy?

The primary reason for physical therapy is to relieve pain.

Pain can be due to an acute injury, meaning something traumatic and recent, such as an ankle sprain, a strained muscle causing pain with movement, a fracture, or a torn ligament. Pain can also be due to a chronic injury, such as pain in your shoulder, neck, back, knee, or hip that may have started months or years ago, but has progressively worsened.

When the discomfort or pain has started to affect your everyday activities, seek physical therapy treatment. Everyday activities can simply mean dressing yourself without pain, working or sitting in a classroom comfortably, and sleeping through the night. If you are not able to do the things you want or need to do, physical therapy may be the best option for relief.

Physical therapists want to get you back to living a pain-free life.

What Training Is Required To Become A Physical Therapist?

Today’s physical therapists are required to receive a doctorate degree from an accredited physical therapy program before taking the national licensure exam. Throughout the three years of post-graduate training at a physical therapy program, student physical therapists spend 80% of their curriculum learning and understanding the human body with courses in anatomy, biomechanics, pathology physiology, pharmacology, radiology, neurology and orthopedics. Students spend the next 20% in clinical rotations at a variety of settings before becoming an entry-level practitioner.

Our physical therapists are life-long learners, meaning after receiving a degree, our physical therapists pursue continuing education courses in a variety of techniques and current physical therapy research. We believe it is important that our therapists keep up-to-date as technology and research keeps evolving and changing.

Our Physical Therapy Specialists

Physical Therapist

Eric Blem, DPT

Physical Therapist

Gregory Jackson, DPT

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Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART) is a therapy used to break up adhesions, which are dense collections of scar tissue that form when muscles and connective tissues are injured. The scar tissue binds between the muscles and limits flexibility, causing pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, and stiffness in muscles and joints.

During an ART session, the Serenity Medical Centers physical therapist will feel the area and identify and isolate the location of the scar tissue. The ART practitioner through manipulation and movement targets the affected area to break up the scar tissue and restore proper blood flow so the muscles, joints, and nerves can move freely again. ART can be used to treat inflammation, muscle strains, ligament and tendon injuries, joint pain, neck and back pain, and nerve pain.

Core Stabilization

The lumbar (lower back), pelvis and hip areas are considered to be the core of the body and are collectively called the lumbopelvic-hip complex (LPHC). Core muscles work together for maximum stability in the abdominal and lumbar (lower) back region, and coordinate the movement of the arms, legs and spine. It is important to learn how to effectively use these muscles while performing rehabilitation exercises.

Serenity Medical Centers physical therapist incorporate core stability training for rehabilitation to strengthen the core to improve lower extremity mechanics and performance. When the core is functioning efficiently, the guest experiences better stability, fewer injuries, stronger arm and leg extremities, less back and neck pain, and fewer injuries.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping is an ancient therapy practice used in traditional medicine in Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures going back thousands of years. Increasing numbers of practitioners worldwide use the therapy. Cupping involves creating suction on the skin using a cup, drawing blood into an area under the skin.

According to cupping advocates, it promotes healing and relieves sore muscles for conditions such as back and neck pain and joint arthritis, and improves immune function. A recent review of the treatment describes cupping as a treatment that can “strengthen the body’s resistance, restore balance, remove disease-causing factors, and promote blood circulation.”
Healthy skeletal muscles are essential for peak performance. The Serenity Medical Centers physical therapist, after a thorough examination and necessary motion and imaging tests, will diagnose and provide the best treatment options for all musculoskeletal conditions, which may include cupping therapy.

Graston Technique

Graston Technique® (GT) therapy treats all soft tissue conditions, whether they are acute, chronic or postoperative. The Graston Technique uses unique handheld instruments with a specialized form of massage designed to help the Serenity Medical Centers physical therapist to identify areas of fascial restriction. The therapy may help initiate and promote the healing process of the affected soft tissues for faster rehabilitation, improve range of motion, less pain, and restore normal function.

Common conditions treated with Graston therapy include: joint pain, neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, hamstring injuries, IT band, tennis elbow, and scar tissue. Research indicates a relatively high success rate with Graston for patients with chronic pain and acute pain from soft tissue injuries, both in terms of improving the patient’s function and reducing pain.

Joint Mobilization

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists defines orthopedic manual physical therapy (OMPT): “OMPT is any hands-on treatment provided by the physical therapist. Treatment may include moving joints in specific directions and at different speeds to regain movement (joint mobilization and manipulation), muscle stretching, passive movements of the affected body part, or having the patient move the body part against the therapist’s resistance to improve muscle activation and timing.”

Serenity Medical Centers physical therapist incorporate joint mobilization, a manual therapy technique using skilled hand movements, into a physical therapy regimen to increase range of motion, induce relaxation, mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints, modulate pain, and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction. Joint mobilization is an extremely effective and widely used technique for injury rehabilitation.

Kinesio Tape

Kinesiology tape (K-Tape) mimics the body’s own skin: light, thin and flexible. It is latex-free and can withstand the harsh conditions of sweat, dirt and water for up to 3-5 days. The tape is applied directly over or around the borders of muscles and joints to provide support to an injured area. Its unrestrictive motion properties allow many athletes to still train with an injury.

Enthusiasts believe that kinesiology tape also speeds healing by slightly lifting the skin away from sore or injured tissues to improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Many high-level athletes use and endorse kinesiology tape and stick to their belief that it helps prevent and heal injuries and allows for full range of motion when training and competing.

Modalities for Pain Relief

Modalities are specialized therapeutic techniques prescribed by Serenity Medical Centers physical therapist, which are integrated into a comprehensive treatment program. In addition to therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and other common treatment methods, modalities utilize sound waves, heat, mechanical, electrical, and light energy to create changes in tissues for therapeutic purposes.

Serenity Medical Centers physical therapist use a variety of modalities to reduce pain and inflammation, facilitate healing and restore function.

Neuro Muscular Reeducation

The goal of neuromuscular reeducation activities is to retrain a body part to perform a task that the body part was previously able to accomplish. Pain, inflammation and swelling due to injury, disease or surgery can lead to loss of neural muscular control and abnormal movement.

DOC neuromuscular reeducation physical therapy consists of manual techniques and activities all about balance, core control, and therapeutic exercises in order to redevelop normal, controlled movement patterns. The goal is to retrain the nerve signals and rebuild muscle memory through repeated, movement patterns. The repetition reestablishes and reeducates the nervous system so a guest experiences movement patterns that do not have abnormalities. Redeveloping normal movement patterns and functional capabilities occurs if the nervous system is in control of the musculoskeletal system.

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Therapeutic Exercises

Therapeutic exercise is a regimen of planned physical movements to prevent or remedy musculoskeletal injuries or conditions, enhance ability to participate in activities, reduce risk of injury, optimize overall health, and enhance fitness and well-being.

Therapeutic exercise may include aerobic and endurance conditioning, agility training, soft tissue stretching, and breathing, coordination, range of motion, relaxation, strength, power, and endurance exercises.

Serenity Medical Centers physical therapist select, prescribe, and implement therapeutic exercise activities when the examination, diagnosis, and prognosis indicate the use of these activities to improve physical function and reduce pain.

Emsculpt & Emsella

EMSCULPT and EMSELLA are based on high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy (HIFEM). A single EMSCULPT or EMSELLA session causes thousands of powerful muscle contractions which are extremely important in improving the tone and strength of your muscles. Used by high-performance, professional athletes, it can literally give you the competitive advantage you’re looking for.

Anyone can benefit from the EMSCULPT procedure for strengthening of the abdominal core muscles, the glutes, quads and hamstrings, calves, and biceps/triceps. Each session is a 20-30 minute treatment, with minimum of 4 sessions scheduled 2-3 days apart.

Likewise, EMSELLA is a breakthrough HIFEM treatment for incontinence and confidence. This unique technology revolutionizes intimate health and wellness by providing those suffering from incontinence with a completely non-invasive option.

Your provider will help you create a treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. Ask your provider

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