Programs and Services
Physical Therapy Services
Acute Low Back Pain Care
If you have experienced low back pain, you are not alone. Approximately 80% of individuals will experience it sometime in their lives. At any given point in time, 1 in 4 people have low back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Although it is common, low back pain is often misunderstood and left untreated.
The term “manual therapy” refers to hands-on treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Manual therapy encompasses a broad group of sophisticated techniques performed by hand and by uniquely trained physical therapists. These may include mobilizations or manipulations of soft tissue and skeletal joints. Manual therapy techniques aim to decrease pain and increase function.
Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Orthopedic Physical Therapy is the core of our practice and represents the majority of the services we offer. Physical Therapy, provided by a licensed Physical Therapist (PT), is a medical specialty that focuses on the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular dysfunction. Physical Therapists specialize in anatomy and physiology and are experts in understanding how movement, posture, and function affect the wellness of an individual.
Astym® treatment is a therapy that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym® treatment is highly effective and even works when other approaches routinely fail.
When the breath is dysfunctional, our body chemistry changes. Symptoms may be subtle at first, but the effects of even slightly altered body chemistry can have significant negative effects on long-term health. BreathWorks helps restore balanced breathing.
Knee Osteoarthritis (Portland Region)
There are lots of ways that physical therapy can assist people with knee osteoarthritis, and it will vary based on the individual and likely involve multiple modes of treatment. Research supports physical therapist-supervised exercise, manual therapy, weight loss, and a variety of other interventions. If possible, it is important to try physical therapy before knee osteoarthritis is severe, because there is more potential for improvement and slowing down progression.
Motor Vehicle Accident Care
Motor vehicle accidents can have devastating effects on the body. It is not uncommon to see everything from whiplash and fractures to muscle strains and tearing. Physical therapy is important in helping those who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, as it helps to reduce stiffness and improve range of motion, while also aiding in overall recovery.
Our Temporomandibular Dysfunction Program focuses on assessment, direct intervention, and patient education. The goal of our program is to decrease pain, improve posture, and maximize function of patients through efficient and effective delivery of outcomes-based physical therapy services.
Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation
Vestibular Therapy is specialized physical therapy directed at the vestibular component of the nervous system. The vestibular system uses information from the eyes, inner ear and extremities to help keep your body balanced. Sometimes, this information is incomplete or distorted, causing dizziness or a loss of balance. The purpose of vestibular therapy is to restore good communication between these sources of information and the brain in order to allow better balance or improve dizziness.
Other Physical Therapy Programs
- Arthritis Therapy
- Biomechanical Assessments
- Body Mechanics Training
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Myofascial Release
- Pre & Post-Operative Rehabilitation
Specialized Performance & Wellness Services
Acupuncture at Downtown Portland Physical Therapy
Acupuncture is a modality of practice under Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a medicine which considers whole body and lifestyle in its treatment. By identifying physical and mental imbalances and using acupuncture as a treatment, TCM can provide an alternative way to assist the body in using its own abilities to work more efficiently.
Whether you are a recreational rider or a serious competitor, a proper CycleFit will evolutionize how you feel on your bike. You will get the most out of your body and bike, while eliminating current pain and preventing new injuries. Maximize your personal cycling performance with a one-on-one consultation with a CycleFit trained Physical Therapist.
Personal Training at Downtown Portland Physical Therapy
Natalie is a nationally certified Personal Trainer through ACE (American Council on Exercise) and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). She has had the opportunity of working with a wide range of clients during this time. She enjoys helping clients accomplish a variety of goals, ranging from recovering from a stroke to helping triathletes improve their
performance and everything in between.
Portland Dance Medicine & Therapy Services
Our Dance Medicine Program applies a scientific understanding of athletic performance with an artistic appreciation for the human body in motion. We help dancers move through the healing process after an injury and focus on proper technique and alignment to prevent future injuries.
Running Evaluation at Downtown Portland Physical Therapy
Are you a runner who wants to get more out of your training? Are you going for a PR in your next event? Do you want to run faster and more efficiently? Are you having pain that is limiting your abilities? A proper running analysis can help you develop into a stronger, more efficient runner as well as help you train with decreased risk of repetitive overuse injuries. In addition, if you are having current pain with running, this evaluation will expose any biomechanical faults that may be leading to this pain.
TPI Golf Performance
Our TPI Golf Performance Program is unique in that the Certified TPI Instructor is also a licensed physical therapist and avid golfer. This uniquely combined skill set offers unparalleled insight into the physical limitations affecting the golf swing. The physical therapist’s experience working in orthopedics and sports medicine, combined with the TPI program will provide a comprehensive, golf-specific physical examination and a customized golf strength and flexibility program specific to the individual golfer’s needs.
Other Specialty Services
- Ergonomic Assessments
- Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
- Gua Sha
- Natural Foot and Running
- Ski and Snowboarding Conditioning