When you choose Vermont Sports Medicine Center for physical therapy, you’ll benefit from one of the area’s largest selections of specialized services and unique programs which include:
One-on-One Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Patients and Physical Therapists partner in the treatment process, which is based on a sports medicine model and driven by early intervention, effective treatment strategies and functional outcomes.
Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (including Hand Therapy)
Hand and upper extremity injuries receive special attention and specific treatments from Vermont Sports Medicine Center’s skilled Occupationa, Physical and Certified Hand therapists; Orthopaedic rehabilitation programs help post-surgical patients and patients with chronic conditions get back to their daily routines.
Active Release Techniques ® (ART)
Vermont Sports Medicine Center’s Therapists are educated in Active Release Technique®, or ART. ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Graston Technique ®
Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. Originally developed by athletes, the technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. For the patient, utlizing this technique:
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient's return to active rehabilitation. Click here for more information on Dry Needling.
Overview: Physical therapists use a variety of modalities to help treat their patients. There are a variety of treatment modalities that can help strengthen, relax, and heal muscles. Below are a few of the treatment modalities physical therapists used daily in their practice.
- Electrical Stimulation
- Exercise Prescription
Vermont Sports Medicine Center offers patients individualized pool sessions, providing guidance and instruction throughout your session. Proper posture and form are emphasized to maximize the benefits of the aquatic environment. The buoyancy of the water reduces loading across joints to allow exercise that would otherwise be too difficult on land. The warmth and pressure of the water may further assist with pain relief, decrease swelling and increase ease of movement.
Vermont Sports Medicine Center’s therapists are exceptionally well-trained in orthopaedics, exercise science and musculoskeletal trauma, allowing them to provide the most up-to-date, technologically advanced treatment approaches. In addition to designing home exercise programs, they can guide patients in functional activities and agility training, lumbar and cervical stabilization, muscular exercise, and aquatic therapy which utilizes warm water as an exercise and pain relief medium.
Postural restoration is a posture based approach to physical medicine. Its advocates claim that it improves postural adaptations, the function of the respiratory system and asymmetrical patterns. They claim that the treatment aims to maximize neutrality in the body through manual and non-manual exercise techniques designed to reposition, retrain, and restore these asymmetrical patterned positions.
Occupational Health Services and Rehabilitation
Employers and employees take advantage of Vermont Sports Medicine Center’s workplace health and safety programs, including work-site assessments, work conditioning, work injury management, industrial rehabilitation, ergonomic evaluations, functional capacity and return-to-work evaluations and preventative education programs. Clinicians are skilled manual therapists and have a “hands-on” approach to care.
Soft Tissue and Joint Mobilization
VSMC’s therapists increase range of movement and lessen discomfort with targeted massage and other manual therapy techniques.
Available services include gait analysis and foot/ankle assessments.
SafeSport (TM) Programs
Designed to give competitive and recreational athletes the knowledge they need to prevent, recognize and manage sports- related injuries. Vermont Sports Medicine Center’s SafeSports programs feature annual sports performance clinics, free injury clinics and education programs.
Custom Knee Bracing and Orthotics
Those patients needing braces and orthotics benefit from expert fitting and state-of-the-art products by industry leaders like Aircast, CTI, Lenox Hill, Don Joy and Orthotech.
Vermont Sports Medicine Center also facilitates a number of other educational and screening programs for individuals, businesses, community groups and athletic organizations such as Women’s Health.