Partners In Rehab Physical Therapy Clinic - Fishertown & Bedford Pennslyvania

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Active Therapy Techniques


Physical therapy (PT) involves the treatment, healing and prevention of injuries or disabilities. PT helps to relieve pain, promote healing, and restore function and movement.

Active physical therapy treatment requires the patient to participate in their treatment program; vigorously exercising joints and muscles under the supervision of licensed a physical therapist.

Active physical therapy exercises utilized at Partners In Rehab are:

ROM - Range of Motion

Range-of-motion exercises may be active, for people who can exercise a muscle or joint without assistance. Active range-of-motion exercises are performed very gently to avoid injury, although some discomfort may be unavoidable. An affected joint is moved beyond the point of pain, but the movement should not cause residual pain (pain that continues once the movement is stopped).
Balance / Gait Retraining

Balance is a state of body equilibrium or stability. Poor balance is associated with ataxia, or a general loss of coordination. Poor balance can contribute to lower-back pain, neck pain, arm numbness and tingling, as well as chronic ankle and knee pain or instability. People with poor balance can suffer serious musculoskeletal injury: acute ankle sprains, osteoarthritis, damage to the ACL, and dangerous falls that can cause fractures.
Balance therapy provided by Partners In Rehab
Isotonic - Strengthening

A popular form of muscle strengthening exercise is isotonic training. This can be carried out either with free weights or fixed equipment. In both forms, exercises are carried out against a fixed resistance. As each muscle moves through is complete range, isotonic construction creates tension with maximum effort at the beginning and end of each exercise.
Isotonic strengthening therapy provided by Partners In Rehab
Progressive Resisted Exercises

Progressive resistance exercise is a method of increasing the ability of muscles to generate force. Strength training programs may include the use of free weights, weight machines, elastic tubing, or body weight. The amount and form of resistance used as well as the frequency of resistance exercises is determined by specific program goals.
Core Strengthening

The core of the body includes the pelvic (hip) bones and the torso (rib cage and spine).  This region is also called the trunk of the body.  It is important that the core be stable while training the lower body to prevent the onset of injury to the low back. Core stability may provide several benefits to the musculoskeletal system, from maintaining low back health to preventing knee ligament injury

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that seeks to build flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination without adding muscle bulk. In addition, pilates increases circulation and helps to sculpt the body and strengthen the body's core.
Pilates class for core strengthening
Therapy Ball Exercises

Using an exercise ball is a great way to become more fit. Your posture and body awareness naturally improve.  So does your balance.  And you build overall strength and endurance.

Therapy ball exercises provided by Partners In Rehab
Throwing Techniques

Throwing technique exercises are designed to strengthen and re-educate the muscles which are actively involved in a throwing motion following surgery or injury.
Medicine Ball

Medicine ball training can be used to develop strength and power. Medicine ball training is appropriate to all levels of ability, age, development and sport. To be most effective the program should contain exercises that match the pattern of movements of the sport.

Any exercise in which muscles are repeatedly and rapidly stretched and then contracted. The aim of plyometrics is to improve muscle power.
Aerobic Conditioning

Perhaps the most common type of exercise is aerobic exercise, also called cardiovascular exercise, which utilizes oxygen and helps burns fat. This type of exercise has consistently shown in numerous studies to improve cardiovascular and respiratory health. This means that as a result, this type of exercise conditions the lungs to be able to use more oxygen while increasing your heart's efficiency by decreasing heart rate.
Aerobic conditioning therapy provided by Partners In Rehab
Cardio Training

Exercises designed to facilitate good health following cardiac surgery. Patients are monitored throughout the therapy sessions.

Cardio training available at Partners in Rehab
The ability to feel movements of the limbs and body.

Biofeedback involves measuring a subject's bodily processes such as blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, galvanic skin response (sweating), and muscle tension and conveying such information in real-time in order to raise awareness and conscious control of the related physiological activities.

Passive Therapy Techniques

Passive therapy techniques are treatments the therapist gives the patient. Our services include:

Cryotherapy is the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage and compression to reduce the temperature of tissues directly on or below the surface of the skin. Cold temperatures reduce nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provide temporary relief.
ryotherapy provided by Partners In Rehab
Mechanical Traction

Traction is the application of a mechanical force to the body in a way that attempts to separate the joint surfaces and elongate the surrounding soft tissues. Traction can be applied manually by the clinician, or mechanically by a machine.

Mechanical Traction therapy provided by Partners In Rehab

Electrotherapy is a therapeutic treatment to aid in the relief of pain and the promotion of soft tissue healing. Tiny amounts of electrical impulses are induced into the tissue in the vicinity of the injury. This prompts the body to secrete endorphins and other natural painkillers to help relieve pain.
Trigger Point Therapy

A trigger point is an area of uncontrolled muscle tightness causing tenderness which interferes with normal muscle function. Using the hands, fingers, elbows, or small hand instruments, the muscle is compressed with sustained pressure to relax it.

Ultrasound is a therapeutic treatment using high-freqency sound waves administered in the region of soft tissue injuries. These vibrations and heat help break down and disperse unhealthy calcium and other hard tissue accumulations.

Ultrasound therapy provided by Partners In Rehab
Patients may transition to a supervised wellness program after therapy discharge.

Applied Treatments


Treatment programs administered by the professionals at Partners In Rehab apply, but are not limited to, the following conditions:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Post-surgical procedures of the ankle, foot knee, hip, shoulder, etc.
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tarsal Tunnel
  • Heel Spurs
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains / Strains
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
  • Postural Imbalance
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Pregnancy-related conditions (prenatal & postnatal weakness)

Patient services provided by Partners In Rehab

Pre-work Screenings

Partners in Rehab offers pre-work screenings in cooperation with Atlas Ergonomics. If you are interested, or have any questions, feel free to call us for the details.
Most major insurances accepted for services.
If you have additional questions regarding the services provided by Partners In Rehab, contact Karen.
PO Box 376 - 4186 Cortland Drive - New Paris, PA 15554 - Phone: 814.839.2256 - Fax: 814.839.2208
606 East Pitt Street - Bedford, PA 15522 - Phone: 814.623.1436 - Fax: 814-623-1921