Finding Inspiration in your Healing Journey with Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy is a healthcare specialty that includes the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of individuals with limitations in functional mobility. Choosing physical therapy has been shown to help you recover quickly and safely.
Dean Wolcott, PTA &
Dr. Cody Crockett, PT
Nerve Pain Therapy
EWOT Oxygen Therapy
VO2MAX Fitness Test
Physical therapy, also called physiotherapy, is therapy to help people return to full strength, function and mobility after a sickness, an injury or surgery. Physical therapy is a nonsurgical treatment option to correct a medical problem. Physical therapy can also help someone with a disability remain active and independent as long as possible. When the patient is consistent with physical therapy and follows the recommended guidelines, exercises and other techniques, they can help prevent the problem from getting progressively worse or recurring.
Physical therapists often combine several techniques to help you move without pain or with less pain. These include stretching and balance exercises, strength training, massage, cold and heat therapy, and electrical stimulation. In addition to adult and pediatric physical therapy options, there are also certain exercises to treat specific conditions, such as sports injuries or arthritis. When you visit a physical therapist, he or she will create a plan customized to benefit your situation.
Why is physical therapy performed?
Doctors recommend physical therapy to help restore proper physical movement and function and help a patient recover surgery or injury. Physical therapy can also help prevent injuries or keep a problem from worsening. Beginning physical therapy as soon as it’s safe to do so often increases the likelihood of successful recovery. It’s important to follow your physical therapist’s recommendations to achieve the best outcome. Reasons why your doctor might recommend physical therapy include:
Relieve and manage pain symptoms
Reduce stiffness due to joint conditions, such as arthritis, spondylitis or gout
Speed recovery of an injury to the spine, joints or other areas
Recover function and prevent further damage due to stroke or diseases, such as Parkinson’s
Speed recovery after surgery
What to expect during physical therapy
At your first visit, your physical therapist will do a physical exam, review your referring doctor’s notes or diagnosis, and possibly order or perform additional tests to learn more about your condition and general health. Your physical therapist will discuss your goals for therapy and design a treatment plan specifically for you. At each visit, talk with your physical therapist about any pain you are experiencing including the pain level, what activities cause pain, or if it is pain while resting, and if it is affecting your sleep. Any information you can provide will help your physical therapist further modify your treatment plan. Some of the physical therapy treatment techniques can include:
Stretching exercises to increase flexibility
Range-of-motion exercises to maintain or recover lost movement ability
Exercises to improve coordination and balance
Massage or joint mobilization
Applications of heat or cold to relieve pain and speed recovery
Electric stimulation or ultrasound to relieve pain
How do I prepare for physical therapy?
First, prepare yourself to be an active participant in your physical therapy session. When you go to a session, wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable shoes so the therapist can evaluate your movement during exercises. If you’re working on knee exercises, you may want to wear shorts for your appointment.
The goal of physical therapy is to restore or improve your body’s normal function, including strength, mobility and flexibility. Some people will experience a full recovery from their condition, but some people may have residual pain or limited range of motion. Your recovery depends on several factors, including the problem you have and whether you follow your physical therapist’s instructions exactly as directed.
How long will it take to recover?
There are many variables in a recovery process involving physical therapy. For some conditions, recovery could be as little as a few weeks or a year or longer. Chronic conditions, such as arthritis, may require lifelong physical therapy. In these cases, a physical therapist will develop a plan for you to do at home on a regular basis to keep office visits to a minimum. Following the physical therapy techniques properly and consistently increases the likelihood of a successful, speedy recovery.
WHAT IS EWOT?
EWOT, Exercise With Oxygen Training is breathing higher levels of oxygen during exercise. You can use an exercise bike, treadmill, elliptical, or whatever you're comfortable with.
Breathing higher levels of oxygen during exercise increases strength, endurance, and stamina. You can go longer with greater power. This means a more effective workout in the same time frame. In addition, the body operates better when your blood is oxygen-rich.
15 minute sessions with PTA Staff recommended 2-3 times per week.
Everyone has to buy their own mask. Based on their size.
Insurance with an approved PT plan.
Mask cost is $55 for clear, $115 for more expensive mask.
Cash Price- $50 PER SESSION
One time per week EWOT session normal price $200 Special: $150
Two times per week EWOT session, $400 Special $300 (2 free sessions)
Three times per week EWOT session, $600 Special $450 (3 free sessions) Also can be used as a family package.
VO2MAX Fitness Test
Cash service $150
A complete VO2 Fitness test can give trainers and clients the tools to set realistic goals and assess
improvements. Consider the following:
Studies show that previously sedentary people training at 75% of aerobic power for 30 minutes,3 times a week over 6 months increase VO2 Max an average of 15-20%.
Many people are insufficient exercisers, with no understanding of what specific heart rate, intensity or duration would best help them reach their specific goals such as fat burning, endurance training or cardio conditioning. An initial VO2 Max test can clarify the specific target heart rates that will enable each individual to reach their fitness goals more effectively, with less fatigue and fewer injuries. Periodic retesting provides motivating feedback as the fitness program progresses.
The test also determines the number of calories burned during every level of exercise, providing valuable information when designing a weight loss program.
If CO2 is measured during the test, a Respiratory Exchange Ratios (RER) can determine the proportion of energy coming from carbohydrates and fats at various levels of exercise intensity. Since physical conditioning and exercise intensity affect these proportions, this information can be very helpful when designing a workout intended to burn fat.
VO2 Max testing is valuable tool for serious athletes to assess performance and evaluate training regimes. Even though extensive training can sometimes cause an athlete to reach a plateau in VO2 Max, he/she can still use his/her VO2 Max test results to make further improvements in performance. This is accomplished as he pushes to increase anaerobic threshold (AT) and maintain that threshold for longer periods of time. This enhances both endurance and cardiovascular performance.