What is aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy is any form of therapy that takes place in water - it is typically done in a pool that has been heated to a comfortable temperature.
What conditions are treated with aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy can be used to help treat many conditions, including but not limited to:
- balance deficits
- neurological disorders
- orthopedic injuries
It is also helpful for patients who have recently undergone joint replacement surgery.
What is the Exercise Maintenance Program (EMP)?
The EMP provides patients with the opportunity to participate in low cost, post-therapy exercise.
Who is eligible to participate?
The EMP is open to patients who have completed their therapy but wish to continue exercising with a custom program developed by their therapist.
Is there professional support available?
Yes! One of our licenced professionals - either a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Assistant - is always available to provide supervision and answer questions.
If your balance is impaired or you are at risk for falls, you may benefit from physical and/or occupational therapy.
How do physical therpists assist with balance impairment/fall risk reduction?
Your therapist will evaluate your balance impairment and develop a unique treatment plan to meet your individual needs. With balance retraining, exercise, and education, your fall risk can be reduced.
What causes balance impairment?
A variety of conditions can cause issues with balance, including:
- chronic health conditions
- deconditioning (loss of function or ability)
- mobility problems
- neurological disorders
- sports injuries
- vestibular disorders
- visual changes
What are the risk factors for falls?
You may be at higher risk of a fall if you have:
- difficulty standing or walking
- drops in blood pressure
- foot numbness
- loss of balance
- past or recent falls
- taking four or more medications
- vision and hearing difficulties
What is hand therapy?
Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of your upper extremities. Many different activities - from work to recreation - can lead to hand and arm injuries, but our Physical and Occupational Therapists are specially trained to assess and treat your condition.
Our Certified Lymphedema Specialists are specially trained to help you cope with swelling in your extremities due to the removal or blockage of parts of the lymphatic system. Although lymphedema is not curable, it can be managed, and our team is committed to meeting your unique needs through our innovative Lymphedema Rehabilitation Program.
What is the McKenzie Method?
The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is a specific assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems. This system allows you to learn the principles of symptom management, so that you can be in control of your own care. This reduces dependency on medical intervention.
What musculoskeletal problems can be managed with the McKenzie Method?
A range of issues with the musculoskeletal system - or issues related to muslces, bones, and joints - can be addressed, including:
- degenerative disc disease
- intermittent numbness in hands or feet
- muscle spasms
- pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.)
- sacroiliac joint pain
Middlesex Health is home to more than 10 certified McKenzie Method therapists. These expert caregivers are stationed at many of our locations, so they are easily accessible to you.
Neurological injuries and disorders - such as Parkinson's Disease, stroke, brain injury, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, and more - can cause a range of problems and impairments. Our caregivers use a team approach to help patients regain strength, mobility, cognition, life skills, and coping strategies.
At Middlesex Health, we know that coping the with the side effects of cancer treatment can be as difficult and fighting the disease itself.
Through the Center for Oncology Rehabilitation Excellence (C.O.R.E.), our specially-trained therapists provide unparalleled support for cancer patients before, during, and after treatment. We are commited to helping you improve symptoms such as pain and fatigue, so that you can stay as strong and independent as possible.
After an orthopedic or sports-related injury, we know that you want to get back to your activities as soon as possible. Our therapists are highly-trained in the evaluation and treatment of:
- foot and ankle disorders
- musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries
- pre- and post-orthopedic surgery rehabilitation needs
- general wellness and fitness concerns
Areas of Staff Expertise
Our expert team includes:
- Certified McKenzie Therapists
- Certified Hand Therapists
- Certified Kinesio Taping® Practitioners
- Graston Technique® Experts
- Doctorate-level trained Physical Therapists
- Orthopedic Clinical Specialists
What is the Kinesio Taping® Method?
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. It can provide support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting mobility. This latex-free tape can be used to:
- alleviate pain and inflammation
- enhance performance
- facilitate lymphatic drainage
- prevent injury
- promote circulation and healing
What is the Graston Technique®?
The Graston Technique® is an innovative method to address scar tissue and fascial restrictions. Highly-trained therapists use specially-designed stainless steel instruments to detect and treat areas of fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Benefits of this approach include:
- decreased overall time of treatment
- fostering of faster rehabilitation/recovery
- reduced need for anti-inflammatory medication
- resolution of persistent conditions thought to be permanent
Pelvic conditions and incontinence can affect people at all ages and stages of life. We offer care and rehabilitation for children (ages 5-18) and adults, and we provide services that may be helpful to transgender persons.
Education and exercises can help address issues such as:
- bowel incontinence
- muscular imbalances
- pelvic pain
- pregnancy and childbirth-related issues
- urinary incontinence
What is persistent pain?
Pain is considered persistent or chronic if it is present for more than three months. Persistent pain occurs when your nerves continue to send pain signals to the brain even after tissue healing has occurred.
- Pain Sensations: Aching, stabbing, tingling that ranges from sharp and well-defined to dull and vague
- Related Symptoms: Fatigue, irritability, sensitivity to touch and temperature, sleep disturbances
- Impact on Quality of Life: Limited social activities, fewer hours worked, inability to complete household tasks
How can Physical and Occupational Therapy help with persistent pain?
Your therapists can help you manage persistent pain through an individualized plan of care tailored to your symptoms and physical abilities. This plan may include:
- extensive education on nutrition, coping, sleep hygiene, and symptom management strategies
- aerobic and strengthening exercises
- a home exercise program to ensure long-lasting effects
- targeted stretching for tight muscles
Some people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may experience residual symptoms-symptoms that linger after a person is no longer contagious, and these symptoms can make daily activities, work and leisure difficult.
Middlesex Health's team of physical, occupational and speech therapists can help those who experience these residual symptoms. This multidisciplinary team creates individualized treatment plans that result in the best possible outcomes.
What is pulmonary therapy?
Pulmonary therapy consists of techniques and strategies to reduce shortness of breath - and related anxiety - for patients with certain conditions.
What conditions cause this shortness of breath?
Shortness of breath is a symptom of many lung diseases, including:
- chronic bronchitis
- lung cancer
- pulmonary fibrosis
You may also experience shortness of breath during recovery from lung surgery.