In this 200th anniversary year of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, each of us can increase our health and well-being by applying his guidance to our regular exercise activities. Thoreau, one of t ...View Article
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Oxford Rehabilitation Center’s physical therapy outpatient services address numerous musculoskeletal conditions such as neck, joint and low back pain attributed to postoperative complications, chronic diseases or injury.
Our licensed physical therapists can help ease your pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing process by leading patients in a series of special exercises and/or manual therapies that improve circulation, strengthen muscles and address a variety of associated health problems.
Physical therapy is a scientific method of rebuilding bone, joint and muscle integrity by committing the body to condition-appropriate exercises and movements meant to alleviate inflammation and promote healing. Our Physical Therapists will also coordinate with our chiropractic care team to design a blended treatment approach to help to reinforce and maximize the benefits of physical therapy.
Joint mobilization techniques involve physical therapists manually pivoting, distracting and sliding joints to increase joint mobility and reduce pain. Commonly applied to lower back and neck vertebrae, joint mobilization is especially useful when articular (cartilage) structures inhibit joint range of motion.
Physical therapy techniques designed to retrain and restore the neuromuscular system's functioning is referred to as neuromuscular re-education. When injury to joints and muscles disrupt normal movement patterns, PTs re-establish these normal patterns by gently re-creating motions used in everyday activity to expedite recovery following an operation, accident or illness.
By manipulating the fascia, or soft tissues surrounding joints, physical therapists can improve fascia health and flexibility so that range of motion is restored and pain is eliminated. Relieving joint tightness also stimulates blood flow to nerves sensitizing soft tissues, which further aids in reducing pain. A chiropractor may integrate soft tissue mobilization in a treatment program as well.
Since water provides more resistance than air, swimming or simply moving in water is like exercising while wearing ankle or wrist weights. This added heaviness makes the body's muscular and circulatory systems work harder to overcome the impediment of water. Swimming also improves joint flexibility in the hips, neck and shoulders due to the repetitive motions required by the body to move through the water. Aquatic therapy is ideal for the elderly, those in physical rehabilitation and people who have difficulty moving in general.
Palliative care focuses on ways to relieve the physical pain and mental stress experienced by people suffering a serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to improve the patient's quality of life as much as possible with the assistance of doctors, physical therapists and additional medical professionals if necessary.
As surgical wounds heal, layers of scar tissue accumulate that become tender and painful, sometimes restricting motion if scar tissue is near or on a joint. Physical therapists employ special "friction and percussion" massage techniques that can restore blood circulation and flexibility to thickened scar tissue to improve post-operative recovery. Before scar management begins, incisions must be fully healed (scabs have fallen off) and free of seepage.
Physical Therapy Treatment Rooms
Scar Management and Desensitation