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The Rehab Gym
Physical therapists (PTs) at the RehabGYM provide both proactive and reactive care to physical health. Historically, physical therapy has been utilized simply for restorative care only to the primary body parts affected, and all too often only up to “functional levels” dictated by insurance money. At the RehabGYM, we believe in treating the whole body, as what affects one body part very often effects the whole. Since safe return to activities demands an optimal level of recovery, our goal is to reach full potential with every patient we see. How we accomplish this is to spend the vast majority of time in physical therapy working on stretching, strengthening, posture, body mechanics, balance, and endurance. While we can, and do on occasion, offer treatments such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat, cold, etc., we believe that these treat symptoms more than problems and with limited time and insurance money, we prioritize our care around what will have the greatest effect on rehab outcome. Every patient in physical therapy is given free access to the gym in between PT visits to supplement their therapy and provide opportunity to keep the whole body physically fit and healthy. When insurance money ends, there is opportunity for continued access to physical therapy intervention through affordable direct pay and/or supervised gym use. Physical therapy has much more to offer though than simply reactive, rehabilitative care and the RehabGYM is proud to be on the cutting edge of preventative medicine. We are excited to use our profession to help keep the community active, healthy and injury-free. Utilizing physical therapy in providing proactive care to disease and injury is good for the individual and good for the healthcare industry. Our physical therapists examine patients’ medical histories and then test and measure strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. Next, in a collaborative effort with the client, the PT develops a treatment plan describing a strategy as well as its purpose, goals, and anticipated outcome. After the initial evaluation, treatment at the RehabGYM may incorporate a certified Athletic Trainer and/or a Physical Therapist Assistant. Our treatment approach is to focus on the reason behind the diagnosis and its symptoms. We don’t rely heavily on modalities such as heat, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc., as evidence on their effectiveness is not strong (although they do continue to serve a purpose in some cases). We believe that therapeutic exercise, activities, and postural education, along with manual techniques, are most effective at not only correcting physical problems, but also minimizing and preventing future injury and disease. The treatment offered is a full hour of one-on-one care in most cases. We empower individuals to take ownership and responsibility for their rehabilitation as much as possible and strive to instill an attitude of lifelong fitness.
Colchester Location: Roosevelt Plaza, 905 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446, 802-861-0111