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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy focuses on the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention. Simply, it is a branch of rehabilitative medicine aimed at helping patients maintain, recover and improve their physical abilities. Our experienced and registered physical therapists are experts at helping patients increase muscle and connective tissue flexibility, strength and balance. Using state-of-the-art protocols, including sensory motor coordination, therapeutic exercises, muscle relaxation techniques, and movement pattern analysis, our therapists can quickly and comfortably help you reduce pain, increase range of motion and achieve your goals.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy focuses on helping a person achieve independence in his or her day-to-day life. Occupational therapists help people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Most patients notice an increase in hand and upper body strength within the first 3 weeks of the program.

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Balance Assessment

Healing Therapeutics provides objective balance assessments not only to patients on program but also to facilities, or anyone in need. Using Biodex’s innovative and portable BioSway balance assessment machine Healing Therapeutics can provide objective baseline measures of an individual balance and track this over time. Objective measures of this sort are excellent for determining a need for therapy intervention as well as gauging progress with therapy.

Lymphedema Therapy

Lympathic Massage

Specializes in Pre and Post Surgical Lymphatic Drainage Massage to ensure you are receiving the best care possible.

Any surgery, including cosmetic surgery, Post Cancer surgical and Chemo/Radiation Treatment will lead to swelling and bruising in the area the surgery is performed. It is the job of Lymphatic channels, small hair like structures beneath the skin, to carry away excess fluid and toxins. After surgery these channels may be overwhelmed. Lymphatic massage helps to clear swelling and bruising by clearing these channels.

Unlike typical deep tissue massage the lymphatic vessels are located between the skin and muscles. A lighter pressure applied in the direction of the lymphatic channels is required to help force excess fluid into and through these channels.

Benefits of Lymphatic Massage include the following: speeds overall recovery, reduces inflammation, pain and bruising, reduces stiffness and swelling, improves the immune system due to the important elimination of toxins, helps the body maintain proper blood circulation, and promotes body and mental relaxation.

Lymphedema and Edema Treatments

Edema is defined as swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in areas of body tissue. This can be due to an inflammatory response after injury or illness or because of deficits in the body’s circulatory system or lymphatic system (lymphedema). The lymphatic system can be described as a subsystem of the circulatory system and plays an important role in maintaining fluid balances, getting fats and waste out of our tissues and organs and also producing immune cells.

Lymphedema usually occurs in one or multiple of the extremities. The junctions that connect our arms and legs to our torso contain a high number of lymphatic organs that if damaged can act as a bottleneck to fluid flow out the extremity. A common type of lymphedema is swelling in an arm on the side of radiation treatment or mastectomy because of breast cancer. It is found to occur in roughly twenty percent of cases of breast cancer in women. 1

Physical and Occupational therapists can provide edema control techniques such as; retrograde massage, electrical stimulation and positioning to reduce swelling and decrease inflammation in affected areas. Edema control treatments are notably different than lymphedema treatments because the lymphatic vessels in the extremities are more superficial and require a gentle directional massage known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Massaging too deep or too strong can actually damage lymphatic vessels further so great care should be taken in selecting an experienced and qualified clinician. Other lymphedema specific treatments include precise wrapping of swollen extremities again taking care to not damage lymphatic vessels further.

1 Gillespie, Tessa C et al. “Breast cancer-related lymphedema: risk factors, precautionary measures, and treatments.” Gland surgery vol. 7,4 (2018): 379-403. doi:10.21037/gs.2017.11.04

PCS Treatment

Stroke Brain Injury Post-Acute Rehabilitation
 
Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause lasting effects on brain tissue and change the chemical balance of the brain. Concussion may cause physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms and problems, both short-term and long-term. Every concussion is considered a serious injury by health care providers. If you have experienced a head injury, seek medical help immediately.
 
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.6 million to 3.8 million people experience concussions during sports and recreational activities annually in the United States. These numbers may be underestimated, as many cases are likely never reported. A physical therapist can assess symptoms to determine if a concussion is present, and treat your injury by guiding you through a safe and personalized recovery program.

Physical therapists are movement experts. They improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. Healing Therapeutics can help you.

With proper diagnosis and management, most patients with mild traumatic brain injuries like post-concussion syndrome (PCS) recover fully.

With post-concussion syndrome increasingly in the news, awareness of the syndrome (PCS) has skyrocketed. But there is currently no brain scan or blood test to diagnose PCS.  Diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome is generally made after 90 days if symptoms relating to the injury such as these are still present:

  • Concentration problems
  • Memory issues
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Sleeping disturbances (too much/too little/insomnia)
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional issues like irritability
  • Noise or light sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Immediate symptoms from a concussion are generally physical – headache, confusion, nausea or dizziness. With rest and time, concussion symptoms generally disappear in a short time (a few days to several weeks).

Post-concussion syndrome describes a collection of concussion-related symptoms that tend to linger and may persist sometimes for years.

Top causes of post-concussion syndrome and mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs) are head injuries caused by car accidents, work place injuries, violence/assaults, falling, and sports or recreational injuries.

(Post concussion syndrome is not CTE (chronic traumatic encephelopathy), a progressive degenerative disease that may be linked to multiple concussions or repetitive brain trauma.)

All of our treatment plans are personalized. Programs focus on:

• Problem solving
• Pain management goals
• Cognitive strategy development
• Part-time scheduling options
• Vocational and vestibular treatments

Stroke Brain Injury Post-Acute Rehabilitation

When a patient is ready to be discharged from the hospital, they move to a post-acute rehab facility. This can be an inpatient setting or outpatient. For many stroke brain injury patients, their condition prevents them returning home immediately and they will stay at the rehab facility or its residence so they are monitored by professionals and given help with activities of daily living that they can’t yet do: bathing, dressing or even going to the bathroom.

Please call our main office to schedule an initial consultation at 914-939-3143.

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