Advanced Therapy Specialists offers a wide range of therapeutic techniques to address a variety of concerns. Learn more below or contact us for a free consultation.
Physical Therapy utilizes therapeutic exercise, manual techniques such as joint mobilization and myofascial release, physical modalities such as therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy, assistive devices, and patient education and training to preserve, enhance, or restore movement and physical function that’s been impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability. Each physical therapist works with patients to create a plan that’s right for them.
Physical therapists are licensed health care providers. They evaluate, diagnose, and manage health conditions and movement problems in people of all ages and abilities. They empower people to take an active role in their care.
Physical therapists use the best available evidence to design treatment plans specific to each person’s needs and goals. They help prevent or improve many chronic conditions and diseases and provide treatment and strategies to:
- Improve and restore movement and function.
- Manage pain.
- Lessen the symptoms of many conditions and diseases.
- Recover from and prevent injury.
Physical therapists also play a unique role in promoting health, wellness, and fitness. They help people overcome barriers to regular physical activity to benefit physical, mental, and social health.
Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through:
- Hands-on care.
- Patient education.
- Prescribed movement.
Orthopedic Injury or Surgery Recovery
Physical Therapy is an integral part of recovery following injury and/or surgery for an orthopedic problem. Our therapists aid healing through use of modalities and swelling management, while following the current best practice guidelines with exercise and hands-on techniques to get you back to your activities. Best care requires a knowledge of how to protect and when to advance, to get you to the best outcome possible.
Vestibular & Balance Rehabilitation
Our sense of balance is something we take for granted until it’s not working right. Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program, designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness. We treat vertigo from multiple causes and help you retain as much mobility and function as possible.
Lymphedema, or swelling, can seriously impact quality of life. Advanced Therapy Specialists has five Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT’s) who are specially trained in therapeutic management of lymphedema, chronic swelling, and venous insufficiency.
Our treatment includes:
-Assessment of swelling
-Manual lymphatic drainage (therapeutic massage to promote swelling reduction)
-Compression options to decrease size of affected area
About The Lymphedema Prevention Program
Cancer-related lymphedema is a condition that can result from surgical, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments for some cancers including breast cancer, melanoma, and pelvic area cancers. It can lead to abnormal swelling, discomfort, and infections that generally occur in one of the arms or legs, and sometimes both arms or both legs. There is no cure for chronic lymphedema. Once it develops, it requires lifelong management.
Our Prevention Approach
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Therapists often address soft tissue restrictions and limitations through “manual therapy,” meaning the therapists uses hands-on techniques to treat joints or manipulate the – skin, muscles and/or connective tissue. There are approaches that incorporate the use of tools to help the therapist perform manual therapy. Advanced Therapy Specialists’ physical therapists are trained in the use of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization with RockBlades. We like to call treatment with this tool “blading.”
Yoga Incorporated Physical Therapy
Yoga is an exercise that incorporates mindfulness and breathing, which have many health benefits.
The mind-body connection facilitated by yoga complements our overall physical therapy goals. It increases one’s awareness of their body, improves movement, strength, and general health. Corinne Miller, PT, MPT, RYT and Jenny Fitzpatrick, PT, MPT are experienced PTs that are also certified yoga instructors. They incorporate yoga for a home program that can start a lifetime of health improvement and wellness. This treatment is covered by insurance as part of physical therapy, but for those who are not seeking treatment for a PT diagnosis, private pay sessions are available.
Integrative Health (IH) is healing-oriented healthcare that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
Jenny Fitzpatrick, PT, MPT and Sandy Sublett, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT hold certificates from the University of Arizona in Integrative Health, and use this training to assist their patients with a holistic approach to healing.
Diabetic Foot Assessment
People that experience loss of sensation in their feet from diabetes or due to “idiopathic neuropathy” are at a greater risk of developing injuries and wounds on their feet, and are more likely to experience a fall. Early screening and monitoring can help individuals protect and care for their feet to avoid or reduce the risk of complications from neuropathy. Advanced Therapy Specialists offers a screening that will help you and your physician know your risk and monitor the status of your feet. Physical Therapy interventions may be offered if there are specific problems which need to be addressed.
Geriatric Focused Care
People over 65 have unique needs due to the changes that occur with aging. Falls, extreme fatigue and inactivity are not normal signs of aging. At ATS, we look at the whole picture with objective measures in strength, balance, walking and aerobic capacity. Through these assessments, we can help identify those at risk for falls, hospitalization and declined functional independence. We then work with our patients for ways to decrease these risks and improve those measures for optimal aging.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
“Pilates” is a form of exercise created by Joseph Pilates. It ideally uses specialized equipment, such as a “reformer,” to strengthen the muscles of the trunk and extremities. Pilates can also be done without equipment and is referred to as “Mat Pilates.” This is a type of exercise that focuses on strengthening and lengthening the “core.” Jenny Fitzpatrick, PT, MPT is trained and uses Pilates in her physical therapy treatment.