Neck & Head Pain And Aches
Most of us have experienced a headache at some point in time or another. When the headaches become recurrent or happen by just turning your head, what do you do? This is called a cervicogenic headache, and it has the potential to originate from the musculoskeletal system. The good news is that cervicogenic headaches can be treated with physical therapy. Our trained physical therapists in Virginia will come up with a plan to help you reduce these headaches.
Goals of physical therapy in arthritis include: improving the mobility and restoring the use of affected joints, increasing strength to support the joints, and maintaining fitness and the ability to perform daily activities.
Our physical therapists in Virginia can administer many types of treatment to help provide relief for patients with tendonitis and arthritis.
BIG Program For Parkinsons Disease
The Big Program trains people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to use their bodies similar to everyone around them. People living with Parkinson's Disease or other neurological conditions often move differently, with gestures and actions that become smaller and slower. They may have trouble with getting around, getting dressed and with other activities that we typically associate with daily living.
LSVT BIG effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether “small motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from the sofa or maintaining balance while walking. The treatment improves walking, self-care, and other tasks by helping people “recalibrate” how they perceive their movements with what others actually see.
Balance and Fall Prevention
More than 40% of people hospitalized from hip fractures do not return home and are not capable of living independently again. Our physical therapists offer numerous options for treating balance problems, based on each person’s needs. They are trained to evaluate multiple systems of the body, including the muscles, joints, inner ear, eye-tracking ability, skin sensation, and position awareness in the joints (proprioception).
Our physical therapists in Amelia, Nottaway, and other counties in Virginia are experts in prescribing active movement techniques and physical exercise to improve these systems, including strengthening, stretching, proprioception exercises, visual tracking, and inner ear retraining.
Your physical therapist can help treat your balance problems by identifying their causes and designing an individual treatment program to address your specific needs, including exercises you can do at home. Your physical therapist can help you:
Reduce Fall Risk. Your physical therapist will assess problem footwear and hazards in your home that increase your risk of balance problems or falling. Household hazards include loose rugs, poor lighting, unrestrained pets, or other possible obstacles.
Reduce Fear of Falling. By addressing specific problems that are found during the examination, your physical therapist will help you regain confidence in your balance and your ability to move freely and perform daily activities. As you build confidence in your balance and physical ability, you will be better able to enjoy your normal daily activities.
Improve Mobility. Your physical therapist will help you regain the ability to move around with more ease, coordination, and confidence. Theywill develop an individualized treatment and exercise program to gradually build your strength and movement skills.
Improve Balance. Your physical therapist in Virginia will teach you exercises for both static balance (sitting or standing still) and dynamic balance (keeping your balance while moving). They will progressively increase these exercises as your skills improve.
Improve Strength. Your physical therapist will teach you exercises to address muscle weakness or to improve your overall muscle strength. Strengthening muscles in the trunk, hip, and stomach (ie, “core”) can be especially helpful in improving balance.
Improve Movement. Your physical therapist will choose specific activities and treatments to help restore normal movement in any of your joints that are stiff. These might begin with "passive" motions that the physical therapist performs for you, and progress to active exercises that you do yourself.
Improve Flexibility and Posture. Your physical therapist will determine if any of your major muscles are tight and teach you how to gently stretch them. They will also assess your posture, and teach you exercises to improve your ability to maintain proper posture. Good posture can improve your balance.
Increase Activity Levels. Your physical therapist will discuss activity goals with you, and design an exercise program to address your individual needs and goals. They will help you reach those goals in the safest, fastest, and most effective way possible.
Manual therapy techniques are skilled hand movements and skilled passive movements of joints and soft tissue and are intended to improve tissue extensibility, increase range of motion, induce relaxation, mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints, modulate pain, and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction.
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program, designed by our specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness.