We are not like a typical physical therapy clinic. We provide specialized ENT therapy. FYZICAL is located within the office of Advanced ENT, to offer convenient, coordinated care by our practitioners. We focus on improving our patient’s quality of life by using a holistic, whole-body approach, for patients of all ages and to treat a variety of conditions.
FYZICAL is for patients with:
- High fall-risk or fear of falling
- Neck/TMJ pain
- Post concussion
- MS, stroke, diabetes
- Frequent headaches
- Frequent motion sickness
- Difficulty driving, sleeping, moving because of dizziness
The body is a finely-tuned machine that operates on connections: bones to joints, muscles to bones, and nerves to brain. When one of these connections is injured or weakened, the body will naturally compensate or adjust. Often, the location of the dysfunction causes symptoms somewhere else. Our therapists look at your body as a whole, helping to connect your symptoms to the actual cause of the issue.
Our treatment and recovery protocols use cutting-edge equipment which isn’t commonly available at other outpatient physical therapy or treatment centers.For example, we have a Safety Overhead Support (SOS) system that uses a harness and ceiling-mounted rails, making it impossible for a patient to fall. This support allows them to exercise or practice movements without fear.
We offer one-on-one assessments. Our skilled physical therapists will create a program specifically tailored to your needs, and explain the program and therapies in detail. You’ll work with your therapist as a team towards milestones of recovery.
Our services include:
We provide a range of programs and therapies to evaluate and treat balance disorders:
- Assessment and evaluation
- Difficulty walking
- Gait training
- Balance issues and retraining
- Fall prevention
- Manual therapy
- Fitness and wellness
- Vestibular rehab
- Functional training
At some point in life, most people will experience dizziness; a very scary and disorienting experience. The most common cause for dizziness is a problem with the vestibular system (located in the inner ear) which is responsible for helping with balance. While inner ear problems can be treated with medication or surgery, balance and vestibular physical therapy can help you recover from any weaknesses and use other senses to compensate for a loss of balance.
Physical therapy for concussion uses vestibular therapy to help patients orient themselves during periods of lightheadedness or loss of balance. Symptoms of concussion can be quite varied, depending on the nature of the injury, as well as age and gender. Some concussion symptoms that can be addressed in physical therapy include:
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Ongoing headaches
- Loss of balance and frequent falls
- Dizziness and lowered blood pressure
- Muscle weakness and spasms
- Decreased sex drive
- Sudden loss of menstruation
Tension, dysfunction, or limited mobility of any muscle throughout the facial region can cause dizziness. The jaw muscles are an integral part of our balance systems and help to orient our body during functional movements.
Temporomandibular dysfunction, or TMD, may present as headaches, ear pain, difficulty eating, or grinding (bruxism) at night.
Cervical spine pain (Cervicalgia)
Our cervical spine muscles are very important for our gait and balance. The head and eye muscles communicate with our inner ear regarding visual information in our environment. After an acute case of vertigo, neck pain or spasm, as well as limited range of motion, is a common result. This is because head motion stimulates the vestibular system, and neck range of motion is often reduced as a protective mechanism. Previous surgeries, such as cervical fusion or discectomy may also contribute to pain/instability. Regardless of the cause of neck pain, or result of imaging findings, non-invasive treatments, like manual therapy and exercise, can improve function. Common treatment goals are restoring adequate cervical rotation for driving, the ability to work overhead, and dress without assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does balance testing or therapy hurt?
Balance testing and therapy can sometimes feel uncomfortable or challenging but we believe the work you put in ultimately results in confidence, wellness and better balance – all well worth any brief discomfort. In addition, many patients find the manual therapy portion (different than massage) to be pain relieving.
Will therapy movements make me worse?
Although movement during PT may make you feel dizzy, the program is designed to improve your condition and your response. Dr. Holly Rigney is a movement specialist, and will help make your therapy tolerable and safe.
Will I need to wear a harness?
We use a harness with some patients to prevent falling. This aid allows patients to practice walking, steps and other balance activities without the risk of injury and builds confidence.
Do you treat TMJ?
We provide therapy for temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) to improve the symptoms of jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and clicking and locking of the jaw joint.
Is there a treatment for cervical vertigo?
Therapy can improve cervicogenic dizziness, a neck-related sensation in which a person feels like they’re spinning or the world around them is spinning, and the impacts to balance and concentration.
How long will I do therapy?
Typically patients are in a program for 6 – 8 weeks. Eighty to ninety percent of our patients see significant improvement, and then only require follow-up assessments yearly or as new symptoms arise.
Is this therapy covered by insurance?
This type of therapy is typically allowable by insurance. We will check with your insurance coverage before you receive services so you understand any copay responsibility.