Therapy and Rehabilitation Services
Valley General Hospital offers a wide range of adult and pediatric therapy and rehabilitation services. Our skilled and experienced staff members offer quality care in sports, massage and physical therapy and speech therapy.
Physical and speech therapies require a physician’s referral. This referral can come from a primary care physician or from a physician specialist.
Sports, Massage and Physical Therapy
Located in the new Sky River Medical Center on the hospital campus, Valley General Hospital Sports and Physical Therapy offers state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment and provides outstanding quality physical therapy care with individually designed therapy programs. Massage therapy services are also available to further enhance the therapy experience. Our physical therapists are licensed to treat all patients and have some special skills in the following:
- Certified Mackenzie back and neck manual therapy techniques
- Expertise in neurological rehabilitation with emphasis in post-stroke care, amputee care and other adult neurological impairments
- Evaluation and treatment of orthopedic diagnoses including: shoulder, knee, ankle and spine
- Balance and coordination program for return to activity and sport
- Expertise with athletes at the high school and collegiate level
- Experience in McConnell taping techniques
- Certified in ergonomic evaluations and worksites
- Expertise with geriatric and pediatric clients
- Expertise in Orthotics with emphasis on running and biomechanics of the ankle
Six ways an athlete can help condition themselves for sports and/or physical exercise (please consult your physician before beginning any work out program):
- Aerobic and/or cardiovascular workout for 30 – 45 minutes a day, 5 – 6 days per week. “Aerobic activity is good for the body. It helps lower blood pressure and can significantly reduce risk for heart disease. Intensity of aerobic activity varies for different age groups,” states Jeanne Ryan, VGH Physical Therapist. Please consult your primary care physician for appropriate activity level. Examples of cardiovascular activity include: cross training, treadmill training, swimming, brisk walking or running.
- Strength training with resistance activities. Such as lifting weights with specific muscle groups targeted. “Strength training builds muscle and helps reduce body fat,” states Ryan. Remember to alternate activities throughout the course of your week. For example, try two days of walking two miles then on the third day engage in resistance activity. Repeat that routine over the next three days.
- Target specific sport skills and identify conditioning activities to address those skills. For example:
- Basketball – jumping, plyometrics, increasing agility
- Snow skiing – lower extremity strengthening
- Football – agility, power with explosive forces
- Set obtainable goals. Set realistic individual goals with appropriate time tables for achievement. Don’t expect to get into the best shape of your life instantaneously. It takes time.
- Make sure to stretch. Have an initial five minute, low-impact warm up activity. Then follow that by 5 – 15 minutes of stretching for injury prevention. After your workout follow it up with 5 – 10 minutes of more stretching.
- Nutrition assessment and awareness. Diet is a key component with any aerobic activity. Consulting a nutritionist or dietician can be beneficial when beginning a condition program.
- Valley General Hospital is proud to work with a local partner to provide our patients with a quality massage therapy referral.
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Valley General Hospital’s Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with people of all ages to help improve or restore speech, language, swallowing and cognitive (thinking skills) function following an injury or illness. Our SLPs serve inpatients in the hospital, and also have a growing outpatient clinic that services our adult clients. Our Speech-Language Pathologists work with clients with:
Adult Speech Therapy
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, MS, & other neurological diseases
- Swallowing problems
- Head & neck cancers, laryngectomy
- Dysarthria (slurred speech) and voice disorders
- Cognitive (thinking) dysfunction
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