Physical Therapy Specialists of Winchester, Inc.

817 Cedar Creek Grade, Suite 100
Winchester, VA 22601
 Work: (540) 450-8024           Fax: (540) 686-7201

About Us


Overview

Thank you for your interest in physical therapy and our practice. We are proud to be serving the community in our Winchester, VA location. Our team of practitioners have experiences in outpatient physical therapy of over 20 years of clinical practice. We have treated patients from all walks of life including high school, college, professional, and weekend warriors. We have helped individuals with chronic problems, work related injuries, motor vehicle accidents and post-operative elective surgeries. The age range of individuals in our clinic is varied which provides a comfortable and therapeutic environment for all of our patients looking to get well again. We are pleased that many of our patients have chosen us for the unique approach to care that we provide.

Choosing a PT Office

There are many offices to choose from, and we appreciate you choosing ours. Additionally, there is a trend for many physician offices to own and refer to their own physical therapy services. Be aware that you ALWAYS have a choice as to where you would like to go for physical therapy. Here are some things to consider when choosing your physical therapy office:

  • Your physical therapy experience should be personalized.
  • The environment should not be too busy to have the attention you deserve.
  • You should be working with your physical therapist on every visit and not be delegated to other employees to manage your care.
  • You should understand your treatment approach and the techniques being used. If you are not sure, then ask for explanation.
  • You should expect reasonable progress and outcomes. Being seen for 6 months to a year without improvement means that you may need to evaluate whether that plan is working for you.
  • “No pain, no gain” is not a useful philosophy. Soreness and pain are different. If you are having more pain during or after physical therapy, a different approach may be needed.
  • You should be seen in a reasonable amount of time. Waiting lists should be minimal if the office and therapist is accommodating to your needs.
  • You should have flexibility in your available treatment times.
  • Visit the office you plan to attend and interview your therapist to be sure you will be comfortable being treated there.
Our Approach to Care
We prefer to evaluate our patients from an encompassing biomechanical approach. This includes looking at the body as a whole and realizing that your mechanism of injury, surgical procedures, and medical history all play a role in how your body is functioning and how it may be contributing to your problem or injury. We have found that our success in achieving good outcomes has been been greater with this type of approach because it is customized to you and not an off the shelf "cookie cutter" program.

Many of the manual physical therapy techniques that are performed in our clinic are ones that many of our patients may not have ever experienced. In many instances, patients have experienced a more aggressive "no pain, no gain" approach with an exercise-based atmosphere which has led them to believe that physical therapy may not work for them.

Our techniques are skilled, comfortable, problem specific and considered "indirect" techniques or ones in which the mobilization of the tissue is focused into a direction of ease rather than into a restriction. The restriction is often the protective guarding causing much of the pain one is experiencing. So pushing into it would seem counterproductive and uncomfortable in this philosophy.

Indirect techniques are more comfortable for the patient and physiologically very effective. The Counterstrain technique is just one of which we use to treat both the very basic and more complex biomechanical dysfunctions that may or may not be causing pain. It is believed that Counterstrain works via decompression of the pain and movement receptors which exist in the body's main connective tissue called fascia. Once slackened, these receptors are silenced (shut off) alleviating pain, relaxing tissue, and allowing trapped metabolites to dissipate. The result is decreased pain and protective guarding and improved joint motion and function.


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