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Physical Therapy Services in Taos

General Physical Therapy

  • Soft Tissue Massage

    Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques. It is used to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, and inhibit motor-neuron excitability; as well as promote relaxation and well-being.

  • Joint Mobilization

    Joint mobilization is a manual therapy intervention, a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at a 'target' synovial joint with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect. For example after surgery, whether to the knee, shoulder, wrist or other joint, that area typically is painful and has limited movement. Depending on the type of mobilization, the intent may be to decrease pain or improve range of motion. 

  • Myofascial Release

    Myofascial release is the application of activating forces of appropriate tension to soft tissues to affect change in the form of release of tightness of that structure. As applied in physical therapy, it is region specific, versus massage, which employs whole body relaxation techniques. 

  • Spinal Manipulation and Mobilization

    Spinal manipulation is a manual therapy technique designed to offer immediate pain relief and improved mobility for many areas of the body, including the neck, low back, ribs, mid-back, and shoulders. Manipulation is a passive technique where the therapist applies a specifically directed manual impulse, or thrust, to a joint, at or near the end of the passive (or physiological) range of motion.

  • Therapeutic Exercise and Neuromuscular Re-education

    These are exercises designed to restore muscle timing and balance, as well as general strength and endurance around your joints. The exercises are individualized to each patient in order to restore coordinated and efficient functional movement patterns. They are performed in the clinic, and when appropriate, given to patients to also do at home.

  • Manual Therapy

    Within the physical therapy profession, manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing skilled and specific hands-on techniques.

Specialized Physical Therapy

  • The Bowen Technique

    The Bowen Technique is a manual therapy technique consisting of a series of gentle mobilizations of soft tissue that combine to help initiate the body’s healing response.

  • Functional Capacity Evaluation

    A functional capacity evaluation is a set of tests, practices and observations that are combined to determine the ability of the person being evaluated to function in a variety of circumstances, most often employment, in an objective manner. It may be required by insurers when an insured person applies for disability payments or a disability pension in the case of permanent disability.

  • Pre-participation Screens

    We are happy to offer screens for your sports team, club, or group to help determine each individual’s injury risk during participation in a specific activity or sport. We observe both functional and sport-specific movement patterns that are based on the latest evidence to identify individuals who may be at increased risk for injury.

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation and Balance Retraining

    Patients who come to Center for Physical Health with a vestibular disorder may have a variety of symptoms. Common symptoms of a vestibular disorder include dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. Patients may also experience nausea, hearing changes, anxiety, fatigue, and trouble concentrating.

  • Women's Health

    In physical therapy, women’s health is a very new specialty. It addresses issues that are more common to women.

Common Conditions Treated

  • Back and Neck Pain

    Low back/neck pain is the single leading cause of disability world-wide, and experts estimate that over 80% of the population will experience these symptoms at some point in their lives. Our skilled therapists utilize various treatment techniques to treat conditions ranging from simple strains/sprains, whiplash from motor vehicle accidents, to more chronic conditions.

  • Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis, sometimes referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis, is a common condition affecting millions of Americans. It results when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, causing pain and stiffness. Arthritis can affect any joint in your body, but is most common in the hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips.

  • Vertigo

    Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common type of peripheral vertigo. It becomes more common with age. It may begin following a head trauma, or the exact cause may be unknown.

  • Shoulder/Elbow Pain

  • Hip/Knee Pain

  • Ankle Sprains

  • Post Operative Care

  • Sports Injuries

  • Joint Replacements

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Headaches