At the Center for Physical Health, our goal is to help you live your life free from pain.
We draw on integrative therapies from a wide range of disciplines that help combat changes in your body caused by injuries, illness, age or simply lifestyle.
Your physical therapist is the first practitioner you will meet at the Center for Physical Health.
They will start you on the path to healing, health and fitness and remain by your side every step of the way.
During your initial evaluation, you and your physical therapist will discuss your doctor's diagnosis, your health history, symptoms, lifestyle and goals.
After a comprehensive physical evaluation, your therapist will craft a treatment plan to fit your unique situation. They will draw on the wide range of clinically proven treatments available at the Center for Physical Health, combining the latest in technology with hands-on skill.
Physical Therapy Techinques
Our physical therapists employ hands-on manipulation of joints, muscles and tissues to uncover and treat the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction. With skilled hands and a healing touch, their goal is to bring improved range of motion, flexibility and circulation to sore or injured tissues. Techniques encompass manual soft tissue and joint mobilization, Myofascial Release and neural tension release.
In this technique, the therapist uses gentle manual pressure to release the myofascial tissues. The goal is to relax contracted muscles, increase circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulate the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia. Myofascial Release was developed by Andrew Taylor Still, founder of osteopathic medicine.
Application of our state-of-art Class IV Laser is highly effective in reducing pain and swelling, increasing circulation, and shortening healing time.
Soothing, healing heat is delivered into soft tissues via sound waves. Ultrasound promotes relaxation and increased flexibility in the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
Electrical Acuscope Stimulation
Non-invasive and highly effective, this therapy uses microcurrent impulses to stimulate the biochemical healing process and interrupt the pain cycle, bringing you relief.
Our Team Approach
As you progress, you will be introduced to rehabilitation exercise and other treatments that will help you make permanent improvement.
Your path might include the Feldenkrais Method®, CranioSacral Therapy, therapeutic massage or other options available at the Center.
When you've reached your healing destination, we want you to feel strong, fit and empowered with the tools to prevent future injuries and maintain a healthy way of using your body.
The Pilates Method is a physical conditioning system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century.
It helps to build flexibility, core strength, endurance, and coordination in the legs, abdominals, arms and back.
But Pilates is more than just an exercise program it's designed to improve the way your body looks, feels and functions.
Its emphasis on the mind-body connection helps you feel balanced, alert and focused.
Pilates can be adapted for any level of fitness, providing a gentle stretching and strengthening for someone recovering from illness or injury
or challenging a skilled athlete with a vigorous workout. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
One of the keys to benefiting from Pilates is closely supervised, expert instruction.
At the Center for Physical Health, our certified Pilates instructors are trained not only in fitness, but in health and rehabilitation. They work with you to overcome the challenges of illness, injury or any physical limitation you might have.
The Center offers one-on-one fitness instruction, as well as group mat classes
What in the World Is That Equipment?
Springs, straps, cables and all sorts of strange devices it looks pretty different from the workout equipment you might be used to. And that's because it is different, in every way.
The Pilates Method was created by Joseph Pilates more than 80 years ago. During WWI, he worked as a medic in internment camps in England.
He put his background in exercise, yoga and martial arts to use to create ways to rehabilitate injured soldiers. He wanted them to be able to exercise despite being bedridden, and he needed to devise his equipment from what little was at hand. To this day, one of the most widely used pieces of Pilates equipment bears more than a passing resemblance to the old hospital bed that inspired it.
But what makes Pilates equipment truly unique is that it's designed to challenge the body while at the same time supporting it.
This makes it ideal for rehabilitation after illness or injury.
Pilates quickly became popular with dancers and athletes because the equipment allows you to work many different parts of the body at once.
It helps you utilize your own body as resistance and makes it possible for you to both stretch and strengthen. Its smooth, controlled movements focus on proper form and deep, healthy breathing instead of repetition. This builds lithe, toned bodies instead of bulky muscles, making it a fitness favorite for people who want a low-impact workout that is as refreshing as it is challenging.
A Remarkable Tool for Rehabilitation
Whether you're looking to recuperate from illness or injury or to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle as you grow older, Pilates can be the solution.
It opens the door for many people who believed chronic problems would prevent them from ever enjoying the benefits of exercise again. Pilates allows you to exercise without fighting gravity, compressing joints or straining muscles from excessive repetition.
Many experts believe Pilates can be instrumental in helping people with scoliosis decrease pain, increase flexibility and promote balanced alignment.
Pilates gives osteoporosis patients the opportunity to exercise lying down, but has many of the advantages of weight-bearing exercise. While recovering from a stroke, Pilates brings awareness to the body and improves balance and coordination. It allows people with fibromyalgia to exercise without requiring endurance or causing fatigue. For those with arthritis, it's ideal because it can increase range of motion without stressing joints. Pilates is often recommended for pre- and post-operative patients. After hip or knee replacement, it's an excellent way to get moving again. Pilates is a perfect choice for those recuperating from back injuries. It strengthens abdominal muscles that are crucial to supporting the back.
Pilates helps combat the effects of aging.
Our many clients in their 80s have discovered that Pilates helps them maintain strength, flexibility and quality of life and that gives them the ability to pursue what they enjoy.
A Sleek Physique and Stress Relief
If you've been hunched over a computer all day, pinching the phone between your ear and shoulder or stuck commuting for hours, Pilates is a great way to stretch.
These familiar positions make your back muscles weak, shoulder and chest muscles become tight and your neck grows stiff. Pilates brings back much-needed flexibility.
Lifting weights may give you bulging biceps, and running means strong thighs and calves, but Pilates balances muscle groups, builds symmetry and tones underutilized muscles to sculpt your body.
Many people feel taller and lose inches Â without sweating and are free of the sore muscles, aches, pains and injuries of many other exercise routines.
Pilates is considered a mindful exercise it requires concentration to perform the movements correctly.
You focus your attention on utilizing specific muscle groups and learn to control your body. Pilates encourages you to use your breath to accompany and enhance movement. Deep breathing and focusing your mind on your body instead of your To Do List melts stress away. You feel calm and refreshed. In time, focusing on alignment, positioning and smooth movement becomes second nature with comfortable posture, graceful motion and using your body efficiently an instinctive part of your everyday life.
Feldenkrais Method Awareness Through Movement
Awareness Through Movement (ATM) is the group component of the Feldenkrais Method. The practitioner leads the class through a sequence of gentle movements that help participants to improve motor function, increase self-awareness, and facilitate ease and efficiency of movement
Mondays, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Bridget Quebodeaux
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Cathy Kandalec-Sweetman
Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Marci Spiegler
All levels and ages. Mindfulness practices cultivate the mind in open, clear awareness by focusing on what is happening in the present moment. Calm your mind, observe your thoughts and emotions and learn ways to perceive and reduce pain and discomfort
Fridays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Sohan Noah Youngelson
Our Therapeutic Fitness class is for beginners and people recovering from injuries. It is a combination of strengthening, stretching, coordination and balance training under the watchful eye of the instructor
Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Instructor: John Sweetman
Therapeutic Yoga for Beginners
Both invigorating and relaxing, Therapeutic Yoga combines physical movement with body, mind and breath awareness
Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Instructor: John Sweetman
Geared toward beginners and intermediate level students. Both invigorating and relaxing, Therapeutic Yoga combines physical movement with body, mind and breath awareness
Mondays, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Instructor: John Sweetman
Trx Suspension Training
Leverages gravity and your bodyweight to develop strength, balance, fitness, flexibility and core stability simultaneously
Saturdays, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Instructor: John Sweetman
Pain Can Affect all Areas of your Life
One of the hallmarks of the Center for Physical Health is our ability to deal with the complex issues involved in pain management.
As such, we are a key resource for physicians and other clinicians who are committed to helping people in chronic or acute pain. Our model of care, with multiple therapeutic levels of expertise, meets the unique needs of people struggling through the consequences of being in chronic pain.
We help patients address the physical issues that keep their body from finding a pathway to healing by working with the central nervous system
which has been bombarded by noxious stimuli (pain signals) and has adapted, compensated and protected them while having lost touch with a healthy way to experience life.
Once the confusing prison of pain is unlocked, patients can attend to regaining movement and strength, while reorganizing how their body functions.
The result is a renewed quality of life.
The professionals at the Center for Physical Health are known for our willingness and ability to address all issues associated with the experience of a painful condition.
Our practice is often singled out by physicians as the place where an individual plagued by a complex pain condition can achieve relief. Doctors refer patients to us because they are confident we can deal with the intricate issues that define a painful condition and that we consistently provide multifaceted solutions to achieve real results.
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Even harder to find is treatment that not only works, but is delivered in a private, relaxing treatment room for a full professional hour by people who really care about your health. We offer something that is a rarity these days: more one-on-one time with the physical therapist at every visit. It’s the kind of attentive care we believe our patients deserve.
The Center for Physical Health was founded in 1992 by a diverse yet like-minded team of health practitioners who shared a pioneering vision; to create a place for healing, health and fitness that would treat the whole person – not merely the symptoms attached to a patient.
Today we offer integrative therapies drawn from a wide range of disciplines, combining the very latest techniques in physical therapy with innovative approaches to rehabilitation exercise.