Pre-surgical and Post-surgical Rehabilitation:
Prior to having surgery, it is important to prepare your body as much as possible to achieve the best long-term outcome following the procedure. Physical therapy before surgery can give you an edge by improving the condition of muscles and joints surrounding the affected area. If these structures are strong before surgery, your recovery tends to be less complicated. After your surgery, physical therapy techniques can be used to ease you back into movement and improve your strength quickly and safely.
Sports injuries require close coordination between the athlete and the physical therapist to make sure that we meet your special needs. Whatever your injury, it is important to make sure that you understand the cause and how to prevent it from happening again.
With our full access to both the pool and gym facilities at the YMCA, we are able to assist you with your recovery and in training to keep you injury free.
At Vermont Physical Therapy, we want to be sure that you leave with the skills to keep doing what you love!
The therapists at Vermont Physical Therapy are trained in various manual techniques to assist their patients on the road to recovery. Manual therapy along with the proper exercise routine and activity modifications are proven to be a successful combination in rehabilitating patients.
Balance and Gait Abnormalities:
Loss of balance or feeling unsteady on your feet can be scary and limit your normal daily activities. Luckily, something can be done to help correct the imbalance. Balance and gait are part of the proprioceptive system in the body, and similar to a muscle or joint, can be retrained to function more normally. Proprioception is the ability to sense where your own limbs are oriented in space. At Vermont Physical Therapy, we assess balance and gait limitations and provide a specific program tailored to meet one’s specific limitations.
Aquatic rehabilitation is becoming a popular treatment for a wide variety of conditions due to the multiple therapeutic effects that water provides. The properties of buoyancy, viscosity, hydrostatic pressure, temperature, and touch sensation combine in the pool to facilitate a quicker recovery. Aquatic therapy is an excellent option for joint pain and arthritis, chronic pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, sports injuries, and a variety of other conditions.
The term edema refers to the abnormal build up of fluid beneath the skin. This may be due to a number of causes, including obstruction of the lymphatic system, abnormal water retention, and poor circulation. It commonly occurs after surgery due to tissue and blood vessel damage. While treatment of edema must address the specific cause, physical therapy can help relieve discomfort, improve range of motion, and prevent infection caused by stagnation.
The Temporal-Mandibular Joint, also known as your jaw joint, is a common area of pain and dysfunction for many people. There are many factors that contribute to TMJ issues, including postural malalignment and stress. Biomechanical problems can arise secondary to traumatic injuries. However, it is more common for TMJ problems to arise secondary to long-term asymmetries and muscular imbalances. Treatment for TMJ will focus on relieving pain not only in the face but also with headaches and neck pain that often accompany TMJ dysfunction.
Custom made orthotics, which can be done on site at Vermont Physical Therapy, are an exact mold of your foot. This can be a good option for individuals with plantar fascitis, arthritis, tendonitis and ankle sprains. Orthotics can also be a powerful treatment tool for treating injuries elsewhere in the body. Achieving a more natural alignment with the foot and ankle allows the knees, hips, pelvis and spine to function in a more neutral position. Aligning your body in a ]neutral position puts less stress on your muscles, tendons and joints. This ultimately reduces the chance of further injury.
Birgit Eckstrom, DPT is now treating patients with Graston Technique at Vermont Physical Therapy. The Technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and treat area exhibiting scar tissue or chronic inflammation. Clinicians use the instruments of varying shapes to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments break up scar tissue so the body can absorb it.
The Technique reduces pain and increases range of motion. It also:
– Improves diagnostic treatment
– Increases patient satisfaction by achieving notably better outcomes
– Speeds rehabilitation and recovery
– Reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication
– Allows the patient to continue to engage in everyday activities
The instruments are not meant to replace a clinician’s hands, but to complement them. The Technique provides patients with a new option in the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints. For more information, contact Birgit at (802) 497-0736
Pre/Post Natal Care:
Postural imbalances and increased ligament laxity during pregnancy and in the postpartum period, coupled with fatigue and swelling, can often result in pain. Physical therapy is proven to provide relief both during and after pregnancy when women may be suffering from back pain, sacroiliac dysfunction, diastasis recti, pelvic floor weakness, and much more. Having a baby does not mean you need to feel pain. Seeing a physical therapist will alleviate symptoms during pregnancy, and will allow for increased ease in caring for your child after they are born.