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Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Certified Hand Therapy

Regaining physical function can be one of the most challenging aspects of your recovery from illness, injury, or surgery. In physical therapy, patients work closely with trained rehabilitation professionals who educate them on simple exercises designed to stimulate healing. It can be both alarming and frustrating when you realize your condition has made it harder to perform daily activities, but by working with a therapist you can set realistic goals for your treatment that can help you regain your independence.

What Does Physical Therapy Involve?

There is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to therapy. Two people with the same injury can have very different experiences. Your recovery process may be longer or shorter than someone with a similar condition, but that is no reason to get discouraged. It is important that your physical therapist takes the time to give you individualized attention so that they can understand what treatments to which your mind and body will be most responsive.

Your therapist may ask you questions about your regular day to day routine to get a better idea on what aspects of your treatment will be most immediately beneficial. For example, if have high cabinets in your house but are confined to a wheelchair, the initial part of your therapy might focus on ways to reach high places without assistance.

SVMC Physical Therapy

Physical therapy, hand therapy, and occupational therapy facilities are located in the Regional Orthopedic Care Center. Our therapists evaluate and treat patients and supervise physical therapy assistants providing complete rehabilitation services on site.

Our certified hand therapists treat upper extremity problems and fit splints or orthotic devices to restore hand function. We also have a highly skilled OT who works with CVA, TBI and lymphedema patients.

The therapies we offer include:

  • Aquatic Therapy – This is a low-resistance training program that allows participants to build strength without putting too much strain on their body.
  • Athletic Taping – We provide instruction on how to properly apply athletic tape to keep bones and muscle in stable positions during a workout or activity.
  • Biofeedback – Through biofeedback, we can help patients focus their mind on areas of their body to gain more control over conditions like migraines, pains, and other issues that can be stress related.
  • Gait Analysis – This is an evaluation of how you walk or run to determine if anything in your gait could be responsible for a reoccurring injury.
  • Kinesio Taping – This is a rehabilitative taping technique that stimulates the bodies recovering by holding muscles and joints in stable positions.
  • Lymphedema – Therapy designed to assist with draining the compromised lymphatic system. Techniques include exercise, compression devices, skin care, and massage.
  • Manual Therapy There are several techniques that are a hands on approach that realigns the skeletal system and surrounding soft tissue.
  • McConnell Taping – Another form of rehabilitative taping, this method is designed to reduce painful symptoms.
  • Mulligant Techniques – These are physical therapy techniques that involve smooth exercises to help patients improve their range of motion.
  • Muscle Energy – A therapy that involves the flexing and stretching of muscles to help improve joint movement and decrease pain.
  • Positional Release – In these exercises, participants move to comfortable positions to interrupt pain signals and alleviate chronic joint pains.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Treatment – This is a condition of the lower spine that causes pain in the legs. We help patients alleviate pain and regain their mobility.
  • Sports Rehabilitation – We put injured athletes through a safe workout routine to help them keep up their strength and heal their injury.
  • Static and Dynamic Splinting Typically utilized by our Certified Hand Therapist. Braces and thermoplasty is used to position and protect joints and soft tissue.

We Provide a Helping Hand

Trying to struggle through your recovery alone can be exhausting both mentally and physically. If your doctor recommends physical therapy, it means they believe the help and support of a medical professional can go a long way in speeding up your recovery. Salinas Valley Medical Clinic is proud to offer these services to people throughout Monterey County.