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Physical Therapy | South Burlington VT

Are you looking for a drug-free, affordable solution to your pain and movement problems?

Physical therapy is a great first-line treatment for most muscle and joint problems. Clinically proven to reduce pain and dysfunction, physical therapy also saves you time and money too. Although other kinds of practitioners will offer some of these treatments as "physical therapy," it's important for you to know that physical therapy can only be provided by qualified and licensed physical therapists.

The cornerstones of physical therapy treatment are:

  • Patient Education
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Functional Training
  • Hands-on Manual Therapy

Depending on the particular needs of a patient, physical therapists may also "mobilize" or "manipulate" a joint (that is, perform certain types of movements at the end of your range of motion) or perform certain soft tissue techniques to muscles to promote proper movement and function.

Here is a partial list of conditions we treat:

Tendon/Ligament Disorders:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendon Ruptures
  • Tendonitis

Muscle Injury / Disorders:

  • Muscle Bruises, Contusions
  • Muscle Contractures
  • Muscle Ruptures
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Myositis

Pain Management:

  • Headaches
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain

Joint Injuries / Disorders:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dislocations
  • Ligament Injuries

Dysfunction Arising from Inflammatory Conditions:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Epicondylitis (tennis/golfer's elbow)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bursitis

Neurological Injury / Disorders:

  • Stroke/CVA
  • Prolapsed/ Bulging Disk
  • Ruptured Disk
  • Crush Injuries/Neuritis

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy | South Burlington VT

Manual therapy is a hands-on treatment by clinicians to treat muscle aches, joint pain, and limited range of motion. It encompasses a variety of techniques including soft tissue mobilization of muscles, specific joint mobilization, and joint manipulation.

The three most notable forms of manual therapy are:

  1. Manipulation is the application of a rapid force into a joint(s). Manipulation is often associated with an audible popping sound called cavitation.
  2. Mobilization is a slower, more controlled process of articular and soft-tissue stretching intended to improve joint mobility.
  3. Massage is typically the repetitive rubbing, stripping or kneading of muscle and fascia tissues to facilitate healing.

Manual therapy has been proven to be an important part of an overall conservative treatment plan for a variety of conditions including:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Stiffness/Limited Range of Motion
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Limited Joint Range of Motion
  • Capsule Tightness
  • Postsurgical Stiffness
  • Much More

Manual therapy is typically part of a complete treatment plan that is customized for your specific needs. Give us a call to learn how we can incorporate manual therapy into your rehabilitation program.

Call now to set up your first appointment. We can get most patients in within 24-48 hours.

Call us at
(802) 864-0015