All of our physical therapists have advanced training and expertise to provide the most effective therapy and care. Traditional methods to increase your range of motion, strength, stability and flexibility for a variety of physical disorders and injuries include:

• Manual Therapy • Therapeutic Exercise
• Ultrasound • Iontophoresis
• Home Exercise Programs • Electrical Stimulation
• Traction • Heat/Cold
Specializing in Strain/Counterstrain Release

A gentle, hands-on treatment approach designed to restore motion, balance and health by placing the body in positions of least tension or strain.

Therapeutic Exercise involves instructing a patient in specific exercises to address weakness or loss of joint mobility due to disease or injury. Many times overuse, injuries and strains are due to improper coordination of our muscles. Sometimes sedentary lifestyles, poor posture and inadequate core stability can lead to many injuries. When these factors are addressed and our patients are able to learn to perform exercises and mobility drills at home, they can continue to be active in the recovery and prevention process.

Manual Physical Therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, physical therapists use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and mobilize joints in an attempt to decrease pain and increase mobility caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension or joint dysfunction.

The therapists at Providence Physical Therapy are experienced in manual therapy techniques; in particular, they are certified in the use of the Jones Institute Strain/Counterstrain Release method.

Ultrasound Therapy has been used by physical therapists as a treatment modality for injuries for many years. Ultrasonic waves or sound waves (a high frequency that is not audible to the human ear) are produced by means of mechanical vibration in a metal treatment head of an ultrasound machine. The treatment head is moved over the surface of the skin in the region of the injury transmitting energy into the tissues.

Ultrasound therapy may be used for treatment include ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendonitis, joint inflammation and other conditions.

Iontophoresis is a therapeutic method often used by physical therapists — it is a type of electrical stimulation used to administer medication into your body through your skin.

Prescribed by a physician, the medication used in iontophoresis is ionically charged; the electrical current used to ‘push’ the medication into the body carries the same positive or negative electrical charge, facilitating more effective delivery into the affected tissues.

Home exercises incorporating a combination of strengthening, stretching, and aerobic conditioning are a central component for many physical therapy plans.

At Providence Physical Therapy, we help facilitate your recovery with a variety of strength and stretch exercises for you to perform at home. We’ll be sure that you are properly instructed on how to perform all exercises, in conjunction with physical therapy, to minimize chance of injury.

Electrical stimulation is often used by physical therapists during treatments and rehabilitation. It is normally used to assist in reducing pain, inflammation and swelling around a joint. In some cases, electrical stimulation is used to help in strengthening muscles and to facilitate wound healing.

Traction therapy is used by physical therapists to treat back and neck pain — and is one of the oldest forms of treatment for these conditions. Therapeutic spinal traction is most often used to address pain associated with sciatica, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and pinched nerves. The goal of traction is to reduce compression in the spinal column, release trapped nerves, and, in turn, relieve pain.

Therapists may use manual techniques to position patients into a state of traction and use manual force on muscles and joints to widen the space between vertebrae, or use mechanical means to stretch the spine, relieve muscle spasms, and decompress vertebrae and discs.

Heat and Cold Therapy:
Heat therapy is used to increase skin temperature, causing blood vessels to get bigger and allow more blood into the affected area of the body. It’s used to relax muscles, help heal body tissues and prepare muscles and joints for stretching and exercising.

Conversely, cold therapy decreases blood flow to the area of the body being treated. It’s used to reduce swelling in a joint or muscle, and can help prevent swelling in a joint or muscle if applied right after an injury or straining exercise.