Our Physical Therapists are highly educated and skilled clinicians trained to evaluate and diagnose, utilizing a multitude of research-based manual tests, in order to help determine the origin of your pain or limitation. This process is a concise and comprehensive assessment lasting approximately 1 hour, which fully screens the area that is involved.
With the results of your physical therapy evaluation, your goals in mind, and in conjunction with your physician’s medical diagnosis, we can formulate a specific treatment protocol to help you return to sports, work or other daily activities.
We believe that you should fully understand your diagnosis and what the recovery involves. Therefore, along with the evaluation process, we will educate you on your specific diagnosis and explain what self-care techniques and home exercises will be important to maximize your rehabilitation
With DIRECT ACCESS laws in Connecticut, many insurances allow our Physical Therapists to treat your injuries without a script or doctors referral. To find out more:
**Call one of our offices to schedule an initial physical therapy evaluation today.
Manual Physical Therapy
What is it?
Manual Therapy is the application of hands-on techniques designed to relieve pain, reduce muscle tightness/spasm, and improve range of motion.
It’s what we do
Physical Therapists are highly educated and specifically trained in various forms of manual therapy, which is one of the most widely used interventions during a treatment session.
What are the techniques?
- Joint mobilizations: gentle stretching of the ligamentous structures of the joints.
- Soft tissue mobilizations: utilized for the purpose of decreasing muscle tightness and spasm (to include: massage, myofascial release, and trigger point release).
- Passive stretching: gentle stretching of muscles to increase flexibility and range of motion.
- Exercise prescription: use of stretches and strengthening exercises to increase strength and stability.
- Exercises focus on all areas of the body and are tailored to meet each individuals needs.
At PTSMC, we strive to make sure our physical therapists are proficient in all forms of manual therapy, so that we may offer the highest quality of service to our patients. We support our clinicians with numerous educational seminars and clinical in-services, which provide up-to-date training on the latest research and manual techniques.
**Please contact any of our offices if you would like more information regarding our methods of Manual Therapy
Physical Therapy Modalities
- Moist Heat and Hot Packs Decreases pain, tightness and muscle spasm by increasing blood flow, relaxing muscle fibers and turning on pain inhibiting mechanisms
- Cold Packs and Ice Packs Reduces pain, swelling and inflammation by causing vasoconstriction and affecting nerve conduction velocities
- Ultrasound Production of ultrasonic sound waves that penetrate the skin to reduce pain and inflammation, produce a deep heating effect and assist the healing process
- Electrical Stimulation Application of a gentle electrical current designed to stimulate muscles and nerves. Can assist with muscle strengthening or re-education in addition to decreasing pain, swelling and muscle spasm
- Iontophoresis Use of electrical stimulation (direct current) to produce absorption of an anti-inflammatory or pain relieve
- Mechanical Traction Application of a “pulling force” to the spine that results in decompression of the vertebrae that make up the spine. Designed to decrease pain and improve mobility.
***Note: Use of all modalities are subject to prior prescription or referral by a physician
We Offer Treatments of:
- Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Injuries
- Post–Operative Rehabilitation
- Workers’ Compensation Injuries
- Graston Technique©
- Dry Needling
- Hand Therapy
- LSVT BIG Parkinson’s Treatment Program
- Aquatic Therapy
- Neck Pain/ Back Pain
- Orthotics (Custom & Semi-Custom)
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
- Running and Sports Related Injuries
- Golf Fitness
Explanation of Services
PTSMC utilizes athletic trainers to compliment our clinical staff. Our trainers are contracted with local schools and provide their expertise in Sports Medicine when working with student athletes on and off the field. They also play an integral role at our office locations. Involvement with students and their schools allows PTSMC to be an important member and servant of the community. PTSMC provides the care and prevention of athletic injuries for: Fitch High School, Guilford High School, North Branford High School, Waterford High School, Watertown High School, and Westbrook High School.
Custom and Semi-Custom Orthotics
PTSMC is proud to offer the ability to perform a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the biomechanics of the feet and help determine if you are a good candidate for custom orthotics. The evaluation process is approximately 1 hour and involves precise measurements of both feet, as well as, a video gait analysis. This information is then utilized to create a pair of one-of-a-kind orthotics specific to each individual. Select staff members are certified in this area of foot biomechanics and are ready to perform this service for you.
The QUADRASTEP® System are prefabricated semi-custom orthotics. They are based on a clinical assessment algorithm which identifies and differentiates the structural and functional aspects of the foot into 6 specific foot “types”.
Some of the advantages the QUADRASTEP® SYSTEM offers to patients include:
- Easy to use
- Immediate Improvement to patients’ symptoms
Back injuries are extremely common in today’s world. Therefore, PTSMC feels that it is important that we promote education on the prevention of back injuries. We have delivered success through an educational seminar offered at our clinics. Our back health session reviews proper lifting techniques and body mechanics designed to reduce the chances of re-injury or help avoid new injuries. This session will compliment those already receiving care for their back injury. Anyone is permitted to schedule a back health session, not just those with back pain.
The Graston Technique® is a patented form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue build up and fascial restrictions.
Graston Techniques® can benefit physical therapy treatment in many ways. Some of the advantages for patients include:
- Decreased overall time of treatment
- Faster rehabilitation/ recovery
- Reduced need of anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolution of chronic conditions thought to be permanent
This is an additional tool clinicians use in conjunction with proper flexibility and strengthening programs to help treat patients. Call one of our offices with Graston trained clinicians for more information: Avon, Groton, Guilford, Naugatuck, New London, Orange, Southington, Wallingford, Waterbury, Watertown, Westbrook, Windsor
For more information on the Graston Technique® visit www.grastontechnique.com.
Pre/Post Natal Physical Therapy
Pre and post natal physical therapy can help with a wide range of problems which women encounter throughout their life. Many pre and post natal women can benefit from a personalized program for stretching, strengthening, body mechanics, as well as training and postural education, to help ease discomfort associated with pregnancy.
- Stretching & Strengthening
- Modalities to Decrease Inflammation
- Postural Education
- Postural Evaluation and Correction
- Body Mechanics
- Manual Techniques & Deep Tissue Massage
- Kegel Exercise Instruction
Our golf assessment is a comprehensive head to toe evaluation of range of motion and strength and its relationship to the golf swing. The assessment allows us the opportunity to educate the golfer not only on their injury, but the limitations that may be leading to it. Our goal is to improve the performance of golfers of all abilities.
Massage therapy has become an accepted and useful part of many physical rehabilitation programs. Some of the ways massage therapy has proven to be beneficial in rehabilitation situations is treating chronic conditions. These conditions include: low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, depression, and more.
Additionally, massage can also be used for injury prevention as it helps relieve stress and tension of everyday living. Both stress and tension can lead to disease and illness.
Massage Therapy services is provided at our Southington location.
To schedule a massage therapy appointment please call one of the offices.