The term “physical therapy” covers a HUGE number of potential treatment varieties and possibilities. Here are just a few of the many modalities VTPT therapists specialize in:
Pool therapy is an excellent option for joint pain, arthritis, chronic pain, post-surgical rehab, sport-related injuries and numerous other conditions. Aquatic therapy is lower impact than therapy on dry land; combined with water’s buoyant effect on the body and several other properties unique to water, pool therapy can often facilitate a faster recovery.
VTPT has paired with the YMCA of Burlington and has complete access to their indoor aquatic facilities.
Balance and Gait Training
“Proprioception” is the ability to sense where your limbs are oriented in space. Balance and gait are part of our proprioceptive system and can be retrained to function more normally, just like our muscles can. VTPT therapists assess balance and gait limitations and can provide specific programs tailored to meet individual patient needs.
This technique is hugely popular with our patients. Using stainless steel instruments, therapists can detect and treat areas of the body exhibiting scar tissue, chronic inflammation and tissue restriction. This technique reduces pain and increases range of motion, helping the patient to achieve a speedier rehab and lower the need for NSAIDs and other anti-inflammatory/pain medications.
VTPT therapists are trained in a variety of hands on techniques to help relieve pain. Myofascial Release, trigger point work, Kinesiotaping, traction and lymphatic drainage work are all in our therapists’ repertoires and can make a substantial difference in patient’s healing experience.
Often overlooked, the feet are one of the body’s most important sources of information when it comes to the world around you. It’s vital to have good balance from the ground up. Orthotics help patients achieve a natural alignment of the foot and ankle which then allow for the knees, hips, pelvis and spine to function in a neutral position. This neutral position is key to avoiding excessive stress on your muscles and joints and helps you avoid injury. VTPT offers custom-made orthotics tailored to your feet – an excellent option for those with plantar fasciitis, tendonitis or ankle injuries.
The better your body is prepared prior to surgery, the better your post-surgical outcome tends to be. PT before surgery helps to strengthen the muscles and soft tissues around the injury site, resulting in a less complicated recovery after surgery. Regardless of whether you are in a program prior to your surgery, post-surgical rehab is a key element to easing you back into safe and comfortable movement and function.
Whatever your injury, it’s important that you know how it happened and how to avoid it happening again. Studies have repeatedly shown that once a body region is compromised by injury, re-injury of that area is statistically much more likely. Some common injuries we have extensive knowledge in treating include:
- ACL, MCL, PCL and meniscus tears
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Hip flexor strain
- Hamstring strain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- Ankle sprain
- Shin splints
With our unlimited access to the YMCA of Burlington’s high quality gym facilities, VTPT can help you avoid chronic, persisting injuries whether you’re a hardcore athlete or a weekend warrior.
The Tempo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is a common area of pain and dysfunction. Poor postural alignment, stress and trauma can all contribute to jaw pain and dysfunction. Treatment of TMJ issues also focuses on the neck pain and headaches that often accompany poor function in this area.