Services and Programs
Our Therapy Services department is proud to offer many services and programs including:
Vestibular physical therapy
- Evaluate cause of dizziness and imbalance.
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
- Vestibular hypofunction or loss.
- Meniere's disease.
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- Stress urinary incontinence.
- Urge incontinence.
- Mixed incontinence.
- Functional incontinence.
- Men and women show 54 to 87 percent improvement in 2 to 8 sessions:
- Bladder retraining.
- Biofeedback/EMG training.
- Therapeutic exercises.
- Protocol developed for Parkinson's disease.
- Amplitude-based training.
- Sports massage.
- Swedish massage.
- Deep tissue massage.
- Trigger point massage.
Aquatic Therapy can relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic pain, cardiopulmonary issues, pregnancy discomfort, and rheumatologic problems. It can help with preoperative conditioning before joint replacement surgery and pain during cancer treatment or recovery. An individualized aquatic therapy program is planned by a licensed therapist. The therapist designs a comprehensive treatment plan that is specific to each patient’s condition/situation.
By conducting care in water that is maintained at a therapeutic temperature, patients have greater control over movement and less pain as their bodies are partially supported by the buoyancy of the water. The force of gravity weakens in water, which means less compression on the spine and joints. The body’s buoyancy makes it easier to move, while the resistance of the water (being much greater than air) helps build muscular strength. In addition, the pool’s 90-degree temperature helps circulation and lymphatic flow throughout the body. The warm water makes exercise much easier and less painful for people recovering from injuries or suffering from chronic conditions. Examples of specific techniques used by Jennifer Gleason, our PTA, include the following:
- Watsu - the patient is completely passive and is moved gently by the therapist through the water. The goal is to stretch meridians and to balance energy flow in the body. This means that the patient tends to relax deeply. By applying passive motion, stiffness of connective tissue can be addressed.
- Bad Ragaz Ring Method - this provides manual resistance to a patient, supported by floatation devices. The main objective is activating weak muscles through the principles of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation to enhance both active and passive range of motion.
- Halliwick techniques - a concept originally developed to teach patients with a physical disability to swim and to make them independent in water, which is an important prerequisite for participation in therapeutic, vocational, or recreational activities in a group.
Programs for Adults
WHMC provides individualized adult programs aimed at correcting swallowing impairment, voice problems, and speech/language difficulties. In addition, WHMC therapy services offers the specialized Lee Silverman Voice Treatment program (LSVT-LOUD) in conjunction with the LSVT BIG program to enhance the speech skills of patients who have experienced a stroke or been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Programs for Children
WHMC is proud to offer aquatic therapy services for early intervention. The pool at WHMC was specifically designed for therapeutic purposes. Early diagnosis and intervention is the key to avoiding developmental and academic delays. A child suspected of having a speech or language difficulty should undergo a professional evaluation.
Our lives are made up of occupations—meaningful everyday activities. These occupations can include many roles, such as being a parent, a friend, a spouse, a farmer, an artist, a cook, or a student. We generally don’t think about our daily occupations until we have trouble doing them. Everyone has occupations—from the toddler whose occupations are play and learning to develop important skills, to the older adult whose occupations are engaging with family and friends and managing his or her home. If you are recovering from an accident or injury, your valued occupations may be disrupted. Occupational Therapy incorporates your valued occupations into the rehabilitation process.
Occupational Therapy services typically include:
- Patient specific evaluation and assessment
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and training
- Caregiver education and training
- Custom splint fabrication for acute, post-operative, or non-acute upper extremity conditions
In addition to these great specialty areas we offer:
- Manual Therapy
- Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
- Back and Neck Impairments
- Joint Impairments
- Myofascial and Joint Pain
- Decline or Loss of Function
- Balance Assessment and Training
- Core Strengthening and Stabilization
- General Sports Injuries
- Foot Biomechanics and Orthotic Fitting
- Neurological Rehabilitation (Stroke, Post-Polio, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease, etc.)
- Amputation Rehabilitation
- Women's Health
- Activity of daily living retraining
- Swallow Evaluation and Therapy (including modified barium swallow studies)
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Wheel Chair/Seating Positioning
- SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) - Strength and Balance Fitness Classes
- Water Aerobics
- Independent Swim
- Open Swim
- Baby and Me Classes