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Physical Therapy: About our Treatment Process

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How will we work with you during a physical therapy session?

One of the most important elements of your physical therapy session will be therapeutic exercises. We will also educate and train you in areas such as safe performance of daily tasks, ergonomics, use of braces and splints to protect joints, and use of crutches, cane, walker or wheelchair.

To resolve inflammation, promote tissue healing, and reduce muscle spasm, we may use therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, or phonophoresis. Depending on the specifics of your condition, we may also use some manual therapy techniques to prepare your joints and soft tissues for active exercise.

To ensure the best outcome of your physical therapy treatment, we will coordinate your care with your physician and / or any other healthcare professional you work with (your chiropractor, acupuncturist, etc.).

Some of our patients opt to supplement physical therapy treatment with manual therapy and / or hypnotherapy, especially if their condition is chronic and affected by stress. We invite you to read more about manual therapy and hypnotherapy.

What are examples of specific conditions we frequently treat using physical therapy?

The conditions listed below typically respond well to physical therapy alone:

  • Pain caused by arthritis in any area of the body
  • Acute or chronic neck pain (neck muscle spasm, cervical sprain / strain, whiplash injury, cervical disc disease or bulging or herniated cervical disc, cervical radiculopathy, cervical spondylosis, neck arthritis)
  • Shoulder pain (rotator cuff tendonitis, shoulder tendonitis, shoulder bursitis, shoulder sprain / strain, frozen shoulder or adhesive capulitis, brachial neuritis, shoulder arthritis)
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Acute or chronic upper back pain (thoracic sprain / strain, thoracic pain, rib sublaxation)
  • Elbow pain (pain caused by nerve impingement at the neck, pain caused by nerve impingement at thoracic outlet, elbow tendonitis, tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, elbow sprain / strain)
  • Wrist and hand pain (pain caused by nerve impingement at the neck, pain caused by nerve impingement at thoracic outlet, pain caused by nerve impingement at the elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, thumb tendonitis, wrist sprain / strain, fracture of the wrist/ hand, post-surgical pain, wrist and hand arthritis)
  • Acute or chronic back pain (back muscle spasm, pain caused by nerve impingement or sciatica, lumbar disc disease or bulging or herniated lumbar disc, sacroiliac sprain / strain, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, back arthritis)
  • Hip pain (hip pain referred from the lumbar spine, hip tendonitis, hip bursitis, hip arthritis)
  • Knee pain (chondromalacia patella, patella tendonitis, knee sprain / strain, post-surgical pain and knee rehabilitation, knee arthritis)
  • Ankle and foot pain (plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, ankle or foot sprain / strain and instability, anterior tibialis tendonitis)
  • Balance dysfunctions (walking difficulties, unsteady gait, history of falls)
  • Vestibular dysfunctions
  • Muscle weakness
  • Abnormal posture
  • Rehabilitation after bone fracture
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

Listed below are conditions which respond best to a two-step treatment protocol, where manual therapy is used in the initial stage of treatment to prepare the body for an active stage, physical therapy:

  • Myofascial pain in any area of the body
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches (tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches, migraines)
  • Face pain and jaw pain (TMJ / TMD, rehabilitation after jaw surgery)
  • Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  • Chronic neck or back pain


“My experience at New Body ~ New Mind has always been excellent. Unlike other physical therapy services I had used before, the program at New Body ~ New Mind was totally customized and personal. Teresa really worked to understand my situation and developed solutions best for me. Her high standards for herself (and for me in following through with my exercises) paid off in getting me back into excellent physical condition. I was not only able to resume my daily activities without pain, but also pursue high level athletic and recreational activities. I recommend New Body ~ New Mind to any person in need of rehabilitation.”

“Teresa is not only an excellent therapist, but a caring, thoughtful, engaging, and understanding clinician who truly cares for her patients.” Read more about what our former patients say >


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