Aquatic Therapy (Fort Atkinson clinic only)
The Aquatic Physical Therapy program through Fort Therapy & Sport Center is designed to assist the progression of patient’s overall treatment goals. Aquatic therapy is an excellent way to rehabilitate any injury. The unique physical properties of water provide an ideal healing environment for therapy.
The buoyancy of water reduces the effect of gravity, allowing you to exercise in more comfort and achieve your rehabilitation goals more quickly by minimizing painful compressive forces through your joints. As a result, your muscles are exercised while your joints are protected. The hydrostatic pressure of the water on your body assists in reducing swelling, especially in the ankles and knees, and increases circulation to deep muscle groups. The viscosity of water provides significant resistance to movement, which makes the exercises challenging while helping to build your muscle tone and strength. Using paddles, floats, or weights increases the intensity of the exercises. Additional total body benefits include increased endurance/cardiovascular fitness as well as improved balance and coordination.
Stepping On is an evidence-based class designed to increase confidence for those who have fallen or have a fear of falling. Wisconsin and Fort Health Care are leaders in offering this program, which teaches comprehensive factors that contribute to falling such as strength / balance, vision, medicine, footwear, and home environment. This class meets for two hours per week over seven weeks and participants learn from guest experts as well as each other. To learn more about Stepping On, visit the Wisconsin Institute on Healthy Aging website.
Functional Dry Needling (Fort Atkinson and Lake Mills clinics only)
Many acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions are, at their root, the result of muscle tension, spasm, and decreased tissue extensibility. Functional dry needling (FDN) is the an effective tool in a physical therapist’s tool box for addressing musculoskeletal conditions caused by muscle extensibility issues or trigger points. Most physical therapy interventions seek to create an internal change by external means. FDN allows us to create an internal change through internal means, and the results are often immediate, profound, and lasting.
Functional dry needling is NOT acupuncture. The similarity begins and ends with needle used. The methodology, purpose, desired benefits, and treatment approach of Dry Needling are vastly different to that of acupuncture. Acupuncture is steeped in Eastern medicine; FDN is based on Western medicine, physiology and knowledge of anatomy.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
The role of Physical therapy in the treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction is to address postural imbalance of the arms, head and spine which contribute to joint and muscular pain of the neck, face and teeth. Were possible we like to coordinate care with Your dentist, orthodontist, and/or Oral surgeon. We use numerous techniques to improve strength, mobility, musculoskeletal imbalances and to reduce your pain.
Women’s Health (Fort Atkinson clinic only)
Physical therapy provides services for women’s health issues. Our specialized training helps coordinate personalized care plans for women with pelvic pain, continence issues, prenatal and postpartum conditions, osteoporosis, pre- and post-operative surgery therapy and more.
Work Hardening is a structured rehabilitation program for individuals who have incurred a work related injury. The program combines conditioning and strengthening with work simulation based on the individual’s job; the goals are to safely return to work and with less recurrence of re-injury. Other services offered are Functional Capacity Evaluations, ergonomic assessments, and on-site injury prevention.