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What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is a health care profession, which strives to minimize pain, improve functional ability and quality of life, based on theoretical and scientific research and testing. Physical Therapy has a widespread clinical application in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function. A Physical Therapist can help you regain your prior level of function following injury, surgery, and/or condition, through a combination of manual techniques, modalities and supervised exercise.

Our Physical Therapists are highly-educated and licensed health care professionals

To help you reach your full potential, based on your current condition or injury, our Physical Therapists utilize a variety of methods, including:

ART (Active Release Technique)

ART (Active Release Technique) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves. Most soft tissue pain and conditions can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. An ART provider is trained to palpate and treat more than 300 muscular and fascial injuries and over 100 nerve entrapments.

McKenzie Method

McKenzie Method is a comprehensive approach to the assessment, treatment, and prevention of spinal related disorders. McKenzie emphasizes patient education and active patient involvement in their treatment to decrease neck, back, and extremity pain, restore function, and prevent re-injury or pain.

Mulligan Mobilization Technique

The Mulligan Concept is a manual technique that uses mobilization or glides that are incorporated with specific movements. The goals of the Mulligan Concept are to decrease pain, increase range of motion, decrease soft tissue inflammation, restore function, and promote relaxation.

Gait Analysis/Motion Analysis

Gait analysis is the method used to assess the way we walk or run. Through this assessment, the therapist can identify any bio-mechanical abnormalities and teach techniques to correct these issues.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

SFMA is a musculoskeletal approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction. The goal of SFMA is to identify impaired patterns of functional movements to isolate the cause of injury and provide an efficient plan of care, including individualized exercise program.

What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic Therapy is a beneficial form of Physical Therapy performed in a pool. It is useful for a wide variety of medical conditions (including but not limited to) total joint replacements, back pain/post-surgical, and balance disorders.

Our pool is a 16’ by 8’ Endless Pool™, heated to 90-94° F, with a depth of 52”. We schedule only one patient in the pool at a time, so your aquatic exercises will be personal and individualized.

Some of the many ways a patient benefits from Aquatic Therapy include:

+ Decreased weight bearing, due to the buoyancy of the water, resulting in decreased strain to the joints and spine.
+ The warmth of the water relaxes muscles and vasodilates vessels to increase blood flow to the involved areas.
+ Resistance from the water is beneficial in strengthening muscles.
+ A factor known as hydrostatic pressure is also a major benefit with aquatic exercises. This pressure decreases swelling and causes increased awareness of joint position.

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Many patients find that they have strength or balance issues after surgery or an injury. Our equipment, combined with effective treatment plans and our hands-on approach improve both strength and balance. If you’re not sure whether you would benefit from Physical Therapy, call today to schedule an assessment. 814.838.2133.

Alisa Miller, PT and Co-owner works with one of our patients to alleviate pain, stretch and strengthen her back. Impact PT’s Co-owners both work closely with every patient we see. We’re genuinely interested in helping our patients heal as quickly as possible and reach their full potential.

We utilize a wide range of equipment, exercises and techniques, but sometimes our most effective treatment is hands-on care. Manual therapy enables our Physical Therapy team to more accurately gauge the status of our patients and their progress.

Our facility at Impact Physical Therapy, In Erie, PA provides our patients with state of the art equipment including an Endless Pool™, for gentle, effective Aquatic Therapy. We keep our heated pool at a pleasant 90-94 degrees; and schedule only one patient at a time. Aquatic exercises are always personal and individualized.