The rehabilitative physical therapy services offered at Well Balanced are for women and men 12 years and older. In order to provide you with the best care possible, we focus on individualized treatment and education so that we can both work directly with you to resolve the condition and also allow you to independently manage it over time.
Our goal is for you to live free of pain, learn to love movement and gain confidence in your abilities. To achieve this, a combination treatment of different techniques and approaches might be necessary.
Sometimes, treatment needs to be changed and readjusted as your treatment progresses. This will ensure that you are getting the most out of the treatment plan and that you can progress faster towards your goal of living symptom-free.
Manual physical therapy vs. standard physical therapy
In America, a traditional physical therapist will treat a patient condition by assigning a series of exercises, which the patient does on their own at home with little follow up or conversation with the therapist. In addition, prescribed exercises are assigned mostly via a diagnoses from a referring physician.
Research proves that when personalized mobility and stability exercises are combined with hands-on manual therapy including spinal mobilizations and release of tight muscles and joints, patients achieve better outcomes.
Further research indicates patients receive sustainable outcomes when patient education is included in your treatment. The most essential aspect of any pain management program is learning about the issues affecting you.
This is important because lifestyle changes and home exercises help support the treatment visits and will help you manage your symptoms independently once treatment is complete.
At Well Balanced, we consider patient education and communication essential to the healing process. You will find that from your first visit on, the more willing you are to discuss, learn, and engage in physical therapy, the faster you will see results.
Do you need a referral to see a Physical Therapist?
You do not need a referral. The state of Oregon is a direct access state. Meaning that you can walk into a physical therapy office on your on will and receive a physical therapy evaluation and receive treatment.
Your first physical therapy visit
Your physical therapist will meet with you to conduct a detailed medical history and orthopedic assessment. She will discuss your therapy goals, and you’ll receive a clear explanation of your condition.
They will also let you know what the suggested treatment plan includes and how often you should visit in order to address your goals. During the consultation, Dr. Devin is happy to talk about any worries, concerns, or questions you may have, in order to ease your mind about the process.
They will begin treatment on the day of your evaluation, including hands-on therapy to relieve your pain, stiffness, and potential muscle spasm as well as a provide you with a personalized home exercise program as well as pain management tools and strategies.
Most patients treatment plans are two times a week, for four to six weeks with a re-evaluation at treatment eight. Your treatment plan will most often reduce to one time per week after the 8th treatment. Treatment sessions are 45 minutes long.
Our goal is to get you get back to the life you love as quickly as possible however all treatment plans are individualized to you in order to meet your goals, ensure your confidence and work around life’s stressors and demands.
Changes to your treatment plan will be made as the treatment progresses and your symptoms improve. During each follow-up visit, around visit 8, Dr. Devin will spend some time evaluating those changes and deciding how well your current treatment plan is working.
It is important to communicate with your doctor, asking questions and expressing any concerns. This not only helps you, but it also helps Dr. Devin understand how your body is responding to treatment and whether things need to be adjusted to provide you with the best care possible.
If you don’t see progress or if something is bothering you, please put it into words. Often a simple change or the addition of a new or different exercise or management strategy can make a world of difference.
It’s a good idea to write down things as you notice them during the course of your day — any questions you have, any symptoms you are experiencing, or whether you can pinpoint triggers, such as specific postures or activities. This ensures you don’t forget anything at your next appointment.
The length and type of treatments you need will depend on the complexity of your case. This is why it’s so important that you are open and willing to discuss your issues during your initial meeting and during every visit.
Preparing for each appointment
Before you come to each appointment, it is helpful to to think about any progress or concerns since your last treatment. Our ability to notice change will help immensely in the process.