Physical Therapy | Advanced Certifications

The McKenzie Method

Matt is certified in the McKenzie Method and Amy is nearly complete with the certification process. The McKenzie Method is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck, and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle, etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms, and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. 

Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging (e.g. x-rays and MRIs). The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body's potential to repair itself, allows patients to learn the principles, and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention and helps restore function and independence.  


If utilized correctly, the achievable goals of the McKenzie Method in a cost- and time-effective manner are to: 

     -  Accurately understand the patient's presentation and behavior of symptoms. 

     -  Determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan. 

     -  Eliminate symptoms and restore full function. 

     -  Empower the patient to self-treat and prevent recurrences. 

   -  Help inform patients if other medical advice or testing is needed. 

Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just beneath the skin. This collection of fluid causes swelling, or edema, and occurs most commonly in the arms or legs (but may also occur in other parts of the body).   


Physical therapy for patients suffering from lymphedema is aimed at reducing swelling and controlling pain. Treatment commonly includes manual lymphatic drainage, massage, exercise, and the use of compression stockings, multilayer bandaging, and/or wrapping.  


As a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Amy will begin with an assessment to collect medical history and use different measures to identify the type and severity of symptoms. Then, a treatment plan and goals are drafted that are unique to the patient and their condition. Patients will also receive and are instructed in skin care, self-bandaging, and a home exercise program. 

Learn more about Lymphedema here.

LSVT BIG Therapy

LSVT BIG is a program used to improve major motor skills for those affected by Parkinson’s disease. During LSVT BIG physical therapy, patients undergo a series of “mirror movements,” in which they duplicate the movements performed by the Physical Therapist. Those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease typically demonstrate a lack of expansive movements; Physical Therapists encourage large, exaggerated movements in order to restore normal mobility. The ultimate goal of LSVT BIG is to encourage patients to use bigger movements automatically in everyday living. 

Vestibular Rehabilitation

The vestibular system includes parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If this system is damaged by aging, injury, or disease, a vestibular disorder can result. The symptoms of a vestibular disorder can be frightening; common symptoms include vertigo and dizziness. Dizziness is a lightheaded, floating, or rocking sensation. Vertigo is a spinning or whirling sensation. Other symptoms of a vestibular disorder might include poor balance, nausea, visual disturbances, headache(s), hearing loss, and pain or fullness in the ears. 


Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program aimed to eliminate or significantly reduce the primary symptoms of vestibular disorders by providing central nervous system compensation and desensitization for inner-ear deficits. The program may include exercises for: 

  • Stimulating the symptoms of dizziness in order to desensitize the vestibular system. 

  • Improving balance and walking ability. 

  • Improving fitness and endurance. 

  • Coordinating eye and head movements. 


Ann and Carly have taken continuing education in vestibular conditions, and will begin your appointment with an assessment to collect medical history and use different measures to identify the type and severity of symptoms. Ann will then generate a list of problems to treat, short and long-term goals to accomplish, and a patient-specific exercise program aimed to eliminate or significantly reduce vestibular disorder symptoms. Stop in or call if you have any inquiries about vestibular disorders or VRT; Ann or Carly would be happy to help! 


If you are interested in additional reading on vestibular disorders, please visit the Vestibular Disorders Association.

Strength and Conditioning

Our therapists are educated to apply scientific knowledge and train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. Tasks involved in a strength and conditioning program might include sport-specific testing sessions, the designing and implementation of safe and effective strength and training exercises, and guidance regarding nutrition and injury risk reduction.

Kinesio (Athletic) Taping

Katie is certified in the Kinesio Taping® Method, which is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. The method provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Kinesio (athletic) taping can provide the following beneifts:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation,

  • Relax overused or tired muscles,

  • Support muscles in movement on a 24-hour-a-day basis.

For more information, please visit the Kinesio Taping Association at this link.

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