North Platte Physical Therapy - Powell

 
 

Physical and Occupational Therapy are offered through Powell Valley Healthcare. These therapeutic services provided by our friendly staff include treatment to all age groups from infants to geriatric patients. We help restore the range-of-motion, strength, coordination and functional mobility that allows our patients to improve the quality of their lives through our experience and state of the art equipment. Our goal is to provide instruction and appropriate exercise programs that will allow people to return to the activities they enjoy. We offer same day scheduling to all patients and work to fit their busy life schedules.

Location Details


Address: 469 Mountain View Street, Powell, WY 82435
Hours: Mon - Fri: 8AM - 5PM
Fax: 307-754-3792

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What is Kinesiotaping? Ways to Incorporate with Your Physical Therapy at Powell and all other locations


June 21, 2017

As an athlete, have you felt like certain injuries take longer to heal? Are you looking for a better range of motion to help you better perform certain activities? For many that feel this way, one of the go-to solutions they have is to use kinesiology tape. If you are a fan of the Olympics, you may have seen athletes wearing this tape. Learn more about Kinesiotaping, top benefits and ways to incorporate it into your Powell and all other locations physical therapy.

Intro to Kinesiotaping

Kinesio tape is a thin, latex-free tape that can relax over-stimulated and overused muscles and to also rehabilitate underused muscles. It was developed in the late 1970s and has continued to grow and be used since. It helps those who choose this method by wearing it for a few days in order to begin working. Kinesio tape lifts skin which eases pressure in certain areas. In the process, it will reduce inflammation that some athletes or individuals find painful. It can also help to increase the amount of blood flow which also alleviates some of the pressure. Kinesio tape can be worn for many days in a row without being removed to take some time to work.  

Benefits

One of the premier benefits of Kinesio tape is the pressure it removes from certain areas to help overall range of motion, reduce pressure and help to eliminate pain. These pains can include muscle strains, sprains, bone injuries, tendonitis and chronic pain from fibromyalgia. It also can aid in swelling and drainage. It has been helpful to athletes who are trying to strengthen or overcome underused and weak muscles as well. Being able to be used for days in a row, it can be a great solution for a speedy recovery.

Incorporating into Physical Therapy

When trying to overcome an injury or increase your range of motion, seeing a local physical therapist is one of the best ways to help you accomplish your goals and reduce pain. During your visit with a physical therapist, it is one of the best times to have the discussion with them about Kinesio tape. You can discuss with them how you can incorporate it into your daily workouts or weekly physical therapy visits. Over time, this tape will help to increase the circulation and blood flow in your body and can help to reduce future injuries
 
For a more in-depth look into Kinesio tape, review Medicine Net’s Kinesio Taping Methods and Kinesio Tex Tape. As you look for ways to increase the quality of your range of motion or fix an injury, discuss it with your physical therapist at North Platte Physical Therapy. You can also learn more about our services for modalities. We can help you reduce your pain and regain or create a range of motion you have not had. By using our one-on-one services, you can work with your physical therapist to create an individualized plan that gets you started. Contact North Platte Physical Therapy today to get started with your plan.
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Physical Therapist in Wyoming Explains the Difference Between Stretching and Warming Up


March 22, 2017

If you’re an active person, you’ve probably heard that you need to stretch and warm up before a workout, but do you know why? Many people assume that stretching and warming up are the same, but according to a physical therapist in Wyoming, they’re actually quite different. Here’s what you need to know about both of these activities:

Stretching

Stretching on a regular basis can help improve your flexibility and increase your range of motion. Additionally, stretching can relieve tension that you may be holding in your muscles and make you feel less stressed out. It can also help you keep your muscles loose so you don’t feel any aches or pains after a tough workout. If you are experiencing pain related to bad posture, stretching can also help you realign your body so you can correct your posture problems and prevent future pain.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you stretch at least two times per week, and even more if you are elderly or exercising on a daily basis. It is best to think of stretching as something that should be part of your everyday life instead of limiting it to only before and after workouts. Learn how to stretch here.

Warming Up

Although many athletes often say they injured themselves because they forgot to stretch prior to a workout, they could be mistaken. Many injuries are actually caused by not properly warming up. What is warming up? Before engaging in any type of physical activity, you should get your body ready by starting off slow to gently engage each group of muscles and prepare them for a more strenuous workout. When you warm up, your heart rate starts to increase, which means your muscles will receive more nutrients and oxygen. Warming up also increases your body temperature, which leads to your muscles becoming more pliable, and thus lowering the risk of injury.

Although stretching and warming up both increase the flexibility of your muscles, warming up goes one step further by getting your whole body prepared for the workout. So, the next time you plan on working out, start off with low intensity cardio by speed walking or going for a slow jog. It’s best to warm up for about 10-15 minutes so your heart rate and temperature have enough time to increase and get your body ready for the work ahead. Getting into the habit of warming up before you exercise can keep you healthy and injury-free!

At North Platte Physical Therapy, we’re dedicated to helping clients prevent injuries as they enjoy their favorite physical activities. But accidents happen, so if you do injure yourself while exercising or because of an accident, contact North Platte Physical Therapy to learn more about how we can help you recover. Our staff is praised throughout the Wyoming, and Nebraska areas for our commitment to our clients. We can fulfill comprehensive physical therapy services, and would be happy to customize a treatment plan for your personal needs.
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How Children With Autism Benefit From Physical Therapy in Cheyenne WY


March 15, 2017

When you think of physical therapy, images of older or injured adults recovering from surgery probably come to mind. However, physical therapy is not just for those who are aging or injured. In fact, special needs children such as those with autism can greatly benefit from regular physical therapy in Cheyenne WY. Here’s how:

Imitation Skills

Children who have autism often do not develop imitation skills on their own. What are imitation skills? When children are young, they often imitate what they see people around them doing. These skills will eventually help children socialize and learn to speak, so they are crucial to a child’s development. If your child has not mastered his imitation skills, a physical therapist can help. For example, trained physical therapists can use fun songs such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” to help children learn how to mimic movements. Learn more about imitation skills.

Motor Skills

Children with autism typically have limited motor skills, which makes it difficult for them to navigate through their daily lives. A physical therapist can work one-on-one with affected children to help them improve their balance and develop the muscle strength they need to perform daily activities. After attending regular physical therapy sessions, children with autism may see improvements in their ability to sit upright, walk, run, and jump without assistance.

Physical therapists can also help children learn how to use these motor skills to play on their own or with others. For example, therapists can work with kids to help them understand how to climb on a playground or kick a ball in a game of soccer. They can also help them improve their motor planning skills. For instance, kids with autism may be able to climb into a swing, but they still might not be able to figure out how to pump their legs to get the swing to move. In this case, a physical therapist can focus on motor planning to fine tune these skills, which will help the child become more socialized as he learns how to play with others.

Posture

If you’ve ever seen a physical therapist after an injury, you know the importance of good posture. Practicing good posture can prevent painful injuries caused by slouching your shoulders or hunching your back. Unfortunately, children with autism often suffer from generalized joint hypermobility (GJH), which can cause weak muscles, and therefore bad posture. A physical therapist can help by correcting any misalignments that are often found in the postures of children with autism and teaching them the importance of sitting up straight to elongate their spines.

At North Platte Physical Therapy, we’re dedicated to helping clients of all ages and abilities. If you’re curious about physical therapy, contact North Platte Physical Therapy to learn more about how we can help you and your children live healthier lives. Our staff is praised throughout the Wyoming and Nebraska areas for our commitment to our clients. We can fulfill comprehensive physical therapy services, and would be happy to customize a treatment plan for your personal needs.
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