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Are you looking for help with physiotherapy in Altoona? The team at Logan Valley Chiropractic is here to help.

Conditions That Physiotherapy Help in Altoona PA

Physiotherapy helps restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Physiotherapy or "medically directed rehab" helps restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Our Altoona patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.

Treatment often includes exercise; especially for patients who have been immobilized or who lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Physiotherapy helps encourage patients to use their muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion. More advanced exercises focus on improving strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home.

Physiotherapy also helps treat a wide range of disorders; such as pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology, and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy.

FAQ's About Physiotherapy

Do I need to see a physician before I can receive physiotherapy?

  • Yes. All Physiotherapy patients are prescribed treatment from their physician prior to their therapy being scheduled.

What is the difference between chiropractor and a physiotherapist?

  • Our physicians perform a comprehensive analysis of range of motion, including identifying the joints involved, tissue limitations, muscular imbalances and structural pathologies. A chiropractor will treat the spine and are able to order special tests like X-rays, MRIs and blood tests.

How Physiotherapy Works

Logan Valley Chiropractic of Altoona was designed to provide an ideal environment for healing your body, through chiropractic, massage or physiotherapy. When you arrive at our office, our physicians will take a thorough history, and evaluation of the entire body including posture and biomechanics, range of motion and joint mobility to find out the cause of pain or disability. You will then discuss treatment options and goals, so that we can customize a treatment plan catered to you.

Each session will last roughly one hour. The frequency of visits and the length of treatment is determined by the physician who prescribed the treatment. The results are typically a result of the patient's commitment. When the patient follows the plan, does their exercises as often as suggested and using the proper techniques, the treatment is typically very successful.

Before Your Appointment

It is a good idea to arrive at your physiotherapy appointment properly dressed. It is best that you wear snug comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict your movement. It is also a good idea to bring your insurance card, a form of identification, the prescription that your physician gave you, and if needed, your co-pay.

Types of Physical Therapy We Offer

Electrotherapy and Combo Therapy

Our office uses state-of-the-art technology for electrical muscle stimulation. A form of electrotherapy is often used at Logan Valley Chiropractic as a technique to help reduce muscle stiffness, spasm, swelling and edema. It helps with pain management and restoring range of motion in the joints, muscles, and ligaments. Also, our offices uses this form of physiotherapy to help restore function to our patients so they can get back to a healthy, pain free lifestyle.

Small electrical impulses are sent through electrode pads that are placed on the problem area. These electrical impulses contract the muscles to relax them which aids in rehabilitation and preventive care. Our office uses specific waveforms to meet each patient’s specific condition. This differentiates our office from others who just use one waveform to control pain.

Our office also utilizes a protocol called combination therapy. Combo therapy uses both electrotherapy and ultrasound therapy at the same time to better target and relax tissue. Combo therapy especially with the high volt waveform gives our patients the greatest chance at the fastest recovery!

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electrical Muscle Stimulation is an exceptional way to help the body in the healing process. This is accomplished by sending a very small electrical current into the affected soft tissue injury or muscle spasm. The therapy utilizes this current in an effort to help reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle locked up. It does this by helping the body to release natural relievers of pain often referred to as endorphins.

This is a great therapy if there is a spasm in a back or neck muscle. It works well in relaxing the muscle and allowing it to return to its normal state rather quickly. Short therapy sessions are excellent at facilitating healing from acute and chronic pain.

Interferential Electro-Therapy

Inferential Electro-Therapy is an excellent method of helping the body deal with spasms, sprains, and issues related to soft tissues. This therapy accomplishes this with a very low simulated frequency that is put on the soft tissue. The feeling of this therapy is very light and most patients feel very comfortable during the treatment.

In addition to this therapy simulating the body's natural healing method by helping it to produce natural pain-killing endorphins, it also helps with the release of these strains, spasms and soft tissue issues.

Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy

Chiropractic Altoona PA Ultrasound

Therapeutic Ultrasound is used in chiropractic to increase extensibility, flexibility, and to increase membrane permeability of the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues. It is also used to break up scar tissue and adhesions.

Ultrasound is a tissue heating modality which increases healing by collagen formation and scar tissue reduction. We choose our protocols based upon each patient’s specific condition and overall needs in order to restore function. Ultrasound therapy can reduce pain and increase range of motion in the joints. It is typically used before active rehabilitation exercises.

Deep or superficial heat is generated by micro vibrations in the tissue. It uses sympathetic crystals to maintain low BNR (Beam non-uniformity ratio) rate. Our office uses ultrasound therapy to enhance overall sports performance as well for our athletes.

If you are interested in Physiotherapy in Altoona, call our Logan Valley Chiropractic team today!


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Logan Valley Chiropractic

1710 6th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602

(814) 895-7987