The only Oregon-based physical therapy group with a standardized exercise therapy training program for its physical therapists,
who must meet rigorous c.h. standards to provide consistent, high quality care at all clinics.
As licensed physical therapists, our skills focus on helping patients feel empowered. Whether the patient is recovering from surgery or fighting chronic pain, we will customize an exercise therapy plan that will exceed expectations.
Helping patients overcome chronic pain is one of our top specialties. When prescribed appropriately, exercise is the “common denominator” in treating chronic pain, and our advanced training1 in exercise prescription is unparalleled in the physical therapy industry. The key is learning how to self-manage pain using movements that protect sensitive areas, which can eventually reduce the need for pain medication and/or surgery.
The most common arthritic body regions we see are knee, hip and shoulder. When done properly, strengthening and stretching exercises help reduce arthritis pain by redistributing forces across joints. For example, if a patient has knee arthritis, strengthening the hips and thighs can reduce knee pain by shifting greater force absorption into the thighs instead of the knee joint.
ACL reconstruction, joint replacement, spine, hip, shoulder and foot/ankle are the most common post-operative conditions we see. We will work closely with the surgeon to ensure proper protocol is followed and consistent progress is made.
We pick up where Stage 2 cardiac rehabilitation leaves off. Our focus is developing a customized exercise/lifestyle program that can be done at home or a health club. Most importantly, patients will learn how intensely to exercise to minimize symptoms while continuing progress.
We help children beginning at the age of 10 develop an exercise plan to address obesity, chronic pain (especially of the back and knees) and other developmental challenges. As much as possible, we always try to involve parents to foster support and positive outcomes.
We are currently the only physical therapy clinic in Oregon to specialize in obesity management. Our goal is to set up a “calorically expensive” exercise plan that can be done daily at home or a health club, which means we emphasize major muscle groups coupled with tolerable intensity. We also help these patients develop healthy eating habits by encouraging consumption of lean protein, fruits/vegetables, whole-grains, legumes, fish, nuts and water.
Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, poor balance, vestibular disorders and arthritis are the most common diagnoses we see in older adults. Balance training is often the focus, with an emphasis on strengthening, stretching, endurance exercise and proprioception development.
Chronic kidney disease
People with chronic kidney disease need exercise therapy in order to offset effects of this potentially devastating health problem. We help these patients develop a strengthening, stretching and endurance training program that can be continued after discharge, which has been shown by research to boost function and quality of life.
For $80 per session, training clients learn from a highly trained Doctor of Physical Therapy on how to exercise with maximum safety and efficiency. Each session includes strengthening, stretching, endurance exercise and basic dietary assistance for fat loss and fitness enhancement.
1 All c.h. physical therapists must complete our in-house, post-doctoral training program in exercise prescription before seeing patients. Since 2001, this program has been taught nationally at physical therapy schools, medical schools and through the American Physical Therapy Association. The program incorporates advanced biomechanics, sports medicine and neuroscience principles into exercise prescription in an effort to maximize benefit while minimizing joint forces. As a result, exercise plans are more effective (i.e., require less time) than conventional physical therapy programs.