The Therapy Center
The Therapy Center has the most comprehensive set of programs available
in the region. The therapists receive specialized training to promote
a better quality of life for people with diagnosis, such as Autism and
Parkinson’s. There are also programs to help promote a healthy lifestyle
for those people that have suffered a catastrophic injury and for people
as they age.
Autism Support Group
The support group works with the parents, family members and professionals
to increase their level of understanding of the disorders associated with
Autism. Through better understanding, there is hope that the program will
improve your everyday interaction to people afflicted with Autism.
Promoting long term benefits
Learn about the proper body motions used for performing daily activities
that prevent injury, improve socialization skills, and enable patients
to overcome physical obstacles. All of these therapies incorporate quality
of life as a part of its objective.
Access to better equipment leads to better care
Use the same equipment available at a YMCA to perform your therapy by using
the swimming pool, weight lifting machines, free weights, treadmills and
the walking track.
Aquatic exercise therapy is the union of aquatic exercise and physical
therapy. It is a comprehensive therapeutic approach that uses aquatic
exercises designed to aid in the rehabilitation of various conditions.
Aquatic therapy uses the principles of water (buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure,
viscosity, water resistance, and laws of motion) to help assist the patient
in their rehabilitation.
RiverValley Health Partners at The Therapy Center can apply aquatic therapy
for all types of injures, disorders, and diseases for all ages. Water
therapy benefits people with muscular, bone, or joint conditions. This
includes, but is not limited to people with: strains, sprains, stable
pre and post-operative conditions such as knee and hip replacements, joint
instabilities and degenerative diseases such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia,
and degenerative joint/disc disease. Some cardio-respiratory and neurological
involvements, such as COPD and spinal cord injuries can also benefit from
aquatic therapy. It is also very useful in the rehabilitation of sports
related injuries. A doctor's prescription is necessary, but you are just
a phone call away at the Therapy Center.
Autism Spectrum Disorders Our licensed Physical, Occupational, and Speech
Therapy staff work closely to treat children with sensory needs, including
those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD.) Our sensory programs
include treatment techniques and equipment specific to a child’s
individual needs, including tactile, auditory and vestibular (balance)
systems. Our staff has experience and training in the latest research
and evidence based practices with a team approach to facilitate the development
of gross and fine motor skills, as well as cognitive and communication
skills for a child to function better at home and in the community. Since
a child’s sensory systems include vestibular, auditory, visual,
and tactile (touch) develop interactively and many skills depend on the
other, a team approach is crucial when training parents and caregivers.
Dizziness / Vestibular
Vestibular rehabilitation is a physical therapy program designed to evaluate
and treat people with dizziness and imbalance. Most often people with
vestibular disorders complain of dizziness, unsteadiness, queasiness,
sensation of spinning and falls. Some common symptoms for a person with
a vestibular disorder include:
- Queasiness or sickness to stomach with quick head turns (i.e. at grocery store)
- Difficulty watching moving objects
- Difficulty looking down at a moving surface such as an escalator
- Difficulty and queasiness with positional changes such as laying down,
sitting up, or rolling over in bed
Vestibular exercises have been proven an effective treatment for dizziness/vestibular
disorders, resulting in decreasing a person’s risk of falling and
improving quality of life. Individualized treatments are performed two
or three days a week for an hour with one of our certified clinicians.
Treatment lasts for 4 weeks for a total of 8-12 sessions.
The LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) Loud program is an evidence-based
voice program for people with Parkinson Disease and other neurological
disorders. This program was created to improve a person’s speaking
volume, since a soft, weak voice that is difficult to hear is common in
patients with Parkinson disease. The program also involves the generalization
of the loud voice into daily communication, which helps patients maintain
the new loud voice well after the therapy program has ended.
This is an intensive program takes place four times weekly over four weeks,
for a total of 16 sessions. Each session is about 50-60 minutes in length
and consists of specific daily tasks as well as hierarchical speech loudness
tasks. These "high effort exercises" strengthen the vocal cords without
causing harm. Daily home practice assignments are also given, which are
essential for good carryover of the loud voice into the patient's specific
communication environments. In order to get started in the program, a
doctor's prescription is needed. Also, a voice evaluation from an ENT
(ear, nose and throat doctor) is also required to make sure there are
no voice problems that would prevent a patient from performing the required
LSVT BIG is an exercise program that was developed for the treatment of
Parkinson Disease (PD) and other neurological disorders. Persons with
PD often have difficulty with walking/balance and performing everyday
functional tasks such as getting in/out of bed, dressing, writing, and
showering. The BIG exercise program has been researched and is shown to
improve everyday functional tasks in a person with PD. This is exciting
because it proves that people with PD can get better with exercise.
Treatment involves a four day a week commitment at one of our outpatient
clinics. Sessions last one hour and are individualized. Treatment lasts
for four weeks for a total of 16 sessions.
Our therapists have been trained to work with children across our spectrum
of services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech
therapy, as athletic trainers in the schools and with Autism.
Addresses chronic pain, alleviates stress, and aids patients suffering
from sleeplessness. Massage therapy relaxes muscles and improves blood
flow, which promotes healing within the body and increases mobility.