We specialize in a wide range of services including orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, personalized individual care, craniosacral therapy, occupational/hand therapy, injury prevention, splinting, lumbar and cervical stabilization, isokinetic testing and rehabilitation, myofascial release, balance testing and fall risk assessment. Below you can read more about several of the services that we offer. Belle Mead Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing you with the best care possible. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment today.
Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
At Belle Mead Physical Therapy we practice a highly specialized area of physical therapy called Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, or OMPT. Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy goes beyond the practices of traditional physical therapy and utilizes a hands on approach to alleviate pain and restore proper function. Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy focuses on addressing the cause of the pain by treating the symptoms and specific areas of pain through the use of hands on manipulation in combination with traditional techniques such as heat, exercises and ultrasound.
Benefits of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy include specialized one-on-one, hands on care, symptom relief, increased range of motion and joint mobility, reduced muscle tension and inflammation, pain relief and increased ease of recovery. OMPT also promotes proper circulation and soft tissue healing as well as restores proper joint and muscle function for optimal recovery.
Belle Mead Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing our patients with the best care in physical therapy and will work with you to create highly specialized, individual treatment plans designed to alleviate pain and achieve long-term recovery.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that aims to release tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. CST was developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University.
Craniosacral Therapy utilizes a soft touch, generally no greater than 5 grams (about the weight of a nickel), to release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is used as a preventative health measure for its ability to increase resistance to disease. It is also effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
During Craniosacral Therapy a CST therapists uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, Craniosacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
A certified Hand Therapist (CHT) provides specialized treatment of the upper extremity following injuries to the fingers, wrists, elbow and shoulder. We also treat repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel and tendinitis, as well as arthritis and conditions such as Dupuytren's Disease. The focus is on restoring flexibility, strength and function, while reducing pain and swelling. We are also trained in wound care, scar management and custom splinting. Our goal is to maximize your ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL's), work tasks and help you return to sports and hobbies.
Sportsmetrics™ is an injury prevention program designed to enhance competitive athletic performance in athletes while training them to protect their bodies from injury. The programs main focus is on preventing injuries in the lower extremities, specifically the knee.
Jumping drills are utilized to teach the athlete to preposition the entire body safely while in motion. The selection and progression of these exercises are designed for neuromuscular retraining proceeding from simple jumping drills (to instill correct form) to multi-directional, single-foot hops and plyometrics with an emphasis on quick turnover (to add sport-like movements). Performing maneuvers with sound mechanics decreases the likelihood of an injury, and it is also essential in maximizing sport performance. A solid foundation of strength, coordination and overall physical conditioning is required for athletes to attain their highest potential in their sport-specific skills.
Read more about Sportsmetrics™ at sportsmetrics.org.