Physiotherapy at DAT

Physiotherapy Services 

Our mission is to ensure that you achieve your personal therapeutic goals through a four-phase treatment process.

1. Assessment

This first stage is the gateway to care. Every patient receives a thorough diagnostic examination to assess movement, functionality, pain threshold and course of treatment.

2. Pain Management

Depending on patient functionality – modalities, manual therapy and assistance with
specific exercises – are prescribed.

3. Exercise

Stretching and strengthening exercises and activities are developed on an individual basis. The introductory session is supervised to ensure the patient understands training techniques and movements. Subsequent sessions are monitored with the emphasis on adjusting activities and workouts as patients continue to move forward.

4. Maintenance and Prevention

Fitness programs for healthy, active lifestyles as well as post-surgical rehabilitation follow completion of the exercise phase.

Individualized Physical Therapy Programs for All Ages

Davisville Active Therapy treats a full range of conditions and injuries.

You will receive a comprehensive evaluation and assessment. To ensure patients achieve personal goals, the first step is to bring relief from pain. Modalities, manual therapy and soft tissue techniques are applied until the patient feels sufficiently confident to participate in therapeutic exercise. Stretching and strengthening exercises are used to rebalance the musculoskeletal system and ensure pain-free, functional movement. Programs are adjusted as patients progress and until they fulfill their goals. The final stage of treatment, Maintenance and Prevention, emphasizes education to:

  • Maintain a pain-free lifestyle
  • Prevent further pain
  • Avoid injury

Sports Injury Recovery and Rehabilitation

The focus of sports injury rehab is getting athletes back into action.

Every patient receives a one-hour evaluation to assess the injury, current mobility and strength – and to establish performance goals.

In some cases, before therapeutic exercise can begin, patients may require manual therapy to alleviate pain from injury – or surgery.

During this phase, a combination of modalities, manual therapy and soft tissue techniques are combined until the patient can confidently begin a customized, Sport-Specific exercise program. Stretching and strengthening exercises are used to allow patients to reach and exceed previous levels of athletic performance. Pain relief is used as needed.

During the final phase, High-Level training and Injury Prevention, therapeutic exercise progresses to a degree that supports high-performance sports. The patient is taught techniques to:

  • Speed muscle recovery
  • Maximize athletic performance

Finally, a preventive exercise program is developed to help patients maintain a pain-free lifestyle and prevent further injury.

Back Pain Relief and Postural Retraining

We will treat you with both physical therapy and specific exercises to:

  • Decrease back pain
  • Increase function
  • Provide education on back maintenance to prevent recurrence

Part of the initial one-hour assessment, is to determine whether you are able to proceed with therapeutic exercise, or if an interim phase of pain management is required to alleviate pain through a combination of treatments:

  • Modalities
  • Manual therapy
  • Soft tissue techniques

Specific exercises are prescribed, along with a course of Postural Retraining to enable patients to rebalance posture, often an important step in decreasing pain. The final stage of treatment features lifestyle exercises to diminish pain and help prevent further injury.

Post-Surgical Pain Management and Rehabilitation

Fracture Clinic Referrals accepted

Treatment emphasizes a gradual return to function. Specific protocols are followed depending on the surgical procedure, or injury, to ensure maximal healing through therapeutic exercise. The initial one-hour assessment determines both patient goals and the immediate first stages of treatment. In some cases, modalities, manual therapy and soft tissue techniques to alleviate pain, may be required before starting exercise programs.

Once introduced, the stretching and strengthening program progresses until patients regain their full range and strength. The final step is a personally designed program of maintenance and injury prevention exercises.

Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation

During the initial one-hour evaluation, an assessment is made of the patient’s stage of neuromusculoskeletal recovery. Depending on patient needs, a treatment program is tailored to:

  • Improve mobility and ability to transfer
  • Strengthen
  • Improve range of motion

As the level of patient recovery improves, exercises are introduced to advance:

  • Endurance
  • Balance
  • High-level, functional skills

A personalized stretching and strengthening program continues until the patient’s personal goals are achieved. The final stage is an ongoing lifestyle exercise program.

Pre and Post-Natal Therapy

During the initial one-hour assessment, patient goals are determined:

  • Pre-natal treatment is aimed at maintaining an active lifestyle
  • Post-natal treatment focuses on safely increasing activity

Davisville Active Therapy has created a special fitness-training program to increase strength and optimize function both during and following pregnancy. Specific core muscles, affected during pregnancy, are targeted along with cardiovascular functions.

Modalities, manual therapy or soft tissue techniques may be suggested to help alleviate pain and discomfort.

Kinesio Tape®

Kinesio Taping
This new sports treatment and therapeutic method alleviates pain by lifting the skin to allow the flow of body fluids beneath the application area. Kinesio Taping® allows a full range of motion and because there is no wrapping, blood circulation is not affected.Kinesio Taping at Davisville Active Therapy This method of treatment enhances the body’s natural healing process and provides support through the muscles. This very specific taping is used to:

  • Maximize athletic performance
  • Improve posture
  • Decrease muscle and joint pain
  • Correct improper biomechanics

Pre-habilitation

Pre-habilitation, or pre-hab, is a term used for pre-surgical preparatory conditioning and physical optimization. Prior to ACL reconstruction or meniscus repair, orthopedic surgeons often recommend pre-hab to ensure the structures around the knee – muscles, tendons – are strong, healthy and functioning properly. At DAT, we work with patients, using specific training guidelines, to prepare for their surgery.

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