Physical and Occupational Therapy

“I haven’t felt this good in a long time.”

That’s our number one goal—getting you back to health and feeling better than ever. So how do we do it? First, we pair you with the right team of therapists, who have the specialized expertise you need. Next, we create an individualized care plan based on your specific injury or condition. Then using the latest equipment and non-invasive hands-on techniques, our caring and compassionate therapists are by your side, supporting you every step of the way with encouragement, education and expertise.

OUR EXPERTS:

  • Have diverse knowledge of conditions, patient needs and treatment options.

  • Offer extensive experience in post-op rehab, helping you regain your mobility, strength and balance as necessary following surgery.

  • Create an individual plan of care and exercise prescriptions as necessary based on your specific injury.

  • Utilize the latest equipment and non-invasive hands-on techniques to provide personalized, high quality treatment.

  • Have advanced training in specialized areas such as hand, spine and sports therapy.

  • Collaborate closely together in teams to share expertise.

  • Help you effectively manage chronic conditions by educating you about your diagnosis, teaching you exercises that you can easily do at home and providing information on preventing future injuries.

  • Evaluate your progress on an ongoing basis and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

  • Work closely with area physicians and other medical providers to coordinate your care from start to finish.

Choose Marsh Brook Rehab for virtually any physical or occupational therapy need.

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Types of Conditions Treated

Whether you are in need of post-operative rehab or require help for a non-surgical-related issue, our physical and occupational therapists have extensive experience treating all types of conditions—from head to toe–and all types of acute and chronic pain. For specific information, visit Teams, where you’ll find information on the types of conditions treated by each of our five specialized teams.

In addition, if you’d like to know more about your specific condition, check out the APTA Symptoms & Conditions, a great resource provided by the American Physical Therapy Association. Just visit Symptoms and Conditions, where you'll find information about a wide range of diagnoses, all listed in alphabetical order.

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Spine Therapy

As so many of our patients know firsthand, problems with the spine can affect everything, from walking to sleeping. Not only does the spine keep us upright and moving properly, it protects the spinal cord and nervous system. Our expert certified physical therapists and PT assistants have advanced training required to treat any injury or condition affecting the neck or back, including spinal compression fractures, spinal spondylolysis, spinal stenosis among other spinal injuries, as well as physical therapy following a surgical procedure. Learn more.

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Sports Therapy

For anyone injured in a sports-related activity, the pain can be excruciating and the recovery process, long. Our highly skilled physical and occupational therapists, along with certified athletic trainers, have extensive expertise in treating virtually any type of sports-related injury, as well as providing post-op rehabilitation. Learn more.

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Hand Therapy

Our three certified hand specialists work closely with Dr. Adam Fleit, the hand surgeon at Seacoast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, as well as many other orthopedic surgeons, specialists and healthcare professionals, to treat a wide range of hand injuries and upper extremity conditions. Learn more.

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Aquatic Therapy

The therapeutic properties of water, combined with the skill and specialized training of our Aquatics Team, can make an enormous difference in your mobility and function, especially following surgery. Learn more.

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Industrial Rehab

Work place injuries are not only common, they can be devastating. Missing time from work can cause financial and emotional hardships. Injuries can be long-lasting—and impact future employment. Through our comprehensive Industrial Rehab Program, we'll help you recover from injuries, regain function and get you back on the job, feeling better than ever, as quickly as possible. Our team of certified physical and occupational therapists:

  • Thoroughly evaluate your injury, address physical limitations, then conduct a job site analysis and create a customized treatment plan based on your job demands and work requirements.

  • Design functional tasks that closely resemble your job's specific physical demands, addressing proper posture, body mechanics and ergonomics—all within a safe, structured and challenging environment.

  • May refer you to our Fit for Work Program, which includes functional training sessions at the Center for Athletes, helping you improve strength and overall function to take you to the next level. Many clients end up in much better condition than before their injury!

  • Partner with clinical and administrative coordinators who manage your case, conduct regular rounds while you are here being treated, monitor your progress, and help you transition safely and successfully back to work. In more complex cases, your coordinators can provide second opinion reviews.

  • Partner with referring medical providers, your employer, insurance adjuster and nurse case manager, providing timely communication of your status and progress throughout treatment, ultimately preparing you for a safe return to a productive environment.

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The Graston Technique

Soft tissue injuries aren’t just painful—in many cases, they can be debilitating, preventing you from enjoying even the simplest activities. If you’re experiencing pain and dysfunction in muscles, tendons and ligaments, ask us about the Graston Technique (GT). This innovative approach can successfully treat acute conditions like muscle and tendon strains, ligament sprains and contusions, as well has more chronic conditions like myofascial trigger points.

Here’s how the Graston Technique works.

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Our certified clinicians use specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and treat areas of soft tissue restriction that are causing pain or chronic inflammation in muscles, tendons and ligaments. As your therapist moves the instrument over the affected soft tissue area and comes into contact with the adhesions potentially causing the pain, the instrument helps break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. This is followed by stretching and strengthening exercises to help you regain normal tissue function.

Over time, we have found that using the Graston Technique enables us to reduce—and even eliminate—the adhered fibers, restoring range of motion and reducing associated pain. It can reduce overall treatment time, minimize the need for anti-inflammatory medication and improve chronic conditions often thought to be permanent. In short? Patients often feel less pain and gain more mobility.

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Functional Dry Needling

Sometimes, actually inducing tiny lesions can help our bodies heal. That’s the premise behind a technique called functional dry needling, in which tiny monofilament needles gently inserted into tender or painful soft tissue to create minor tissue irritation. This triggers the body’s self-healing potential, increases circulation and helps relax muscles. We use this technique to:

  • Accelerate tissue healing

  • Relieve pain and tissue tension

  • Activate and control immune and anti-inflammatory mechanisms

  • Release physical stress

Prior to using the technique, we evaluate the patient to determine his or her body’s healing potential and whether we believe the treatment will be effective. So does it work? Our therapists have discovered that many patients are willing and appropriate candidates for dry needling. Success depends upon the patient’s overall health and self-healing potential, but in patients with acute orthopedic pain, we have found that—in fact—pain levels are decreased when functional dry needling is added to their treatment plan.

As one of our clients told us: 

“A big thanks goes to my therapist at Marsh Brook Rehab. She was great. I know giving her all 5s doesn’t seem realistic, but I mean it. She was very demanding and pushed me hard, but was always a pleasure to be around. She’s a wonderful therapist and individual. It hurt ‘heck’ at times, but my therapist was so caring.”

harrington.jpg“When I send patients to Marsh Brook Rehab, their PTs and OTs will come over here and have a face-to-face conversation with me to make sure they understand the nature of the patient’s medical issue and exactly what I’m asking them to do. You don’t get that close collaboration anywhere else. I even send patients for rehab before their surgeries to enhance their post-op recovery. Marsh Brook Rehab also has a wonderful aquatics program—it has done wonders for many of my patients.”

“Over the years, I’ve been very pleased with their services and I know the therapists one-on-one. In fact, I’ve had quite a few injuries myself and they’ve been so helpful. They’re good people—always accessible and willing to make every effort to see a patient right away when it’s necessary.”

Dr. Robert Harrington, Orthopedic Surgeon