Physical Therapy Services

Physical Therapy Interventions offered at Wellness Arts at Crossroads include:

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy is a form of Physical Therapy intervention that encompasses various hands-on techniques that decrease pain and minimize soft tissue and joint restrictions.  Arlene Ross, PT, DPT, CFMT employs the following gentle Manual Therapy techniques:

Functional Manual Therapy is an integrated approach to patient care with emphasis on soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, stabilization, neuromuscular re-education, postural education and therapeutic exercise. This comprehensive approach to treating musculoskeletal and neuromuscular dysfunction produces highly effective and lasting outcomes. Arlene Ross, PT, DPT, CFMT is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist.

Visceral and Neural Manipulation, as taught by the Barral Institute, is a gentle approach to manual therapy that encourages the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and nerves and their surrounding connective tissues.  It aids the body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction.  Arlene Ross, PT, DPT, CFMT is a member of the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators, a Barral Institute affiliate.

Zero-Balancing is a bodywork system designed to work simultaneously with the structure and energy of the body. Zero-Balancing works through touch at the interface of the foundation joints and semi-foundation joints of the body.  Areas of the body where there is a loss of function or movement potential through stress, injury or habit may be restored to full vitality. Zero-Balancing is particularly effective for treatment of neck pain, back pain, upper trapezius pain and headaches. Arlene Ross, PT, DPT, CFMT is a Certified Practitioner of Zero-Balancing and is a member of the Zero-Balancing Association.

Craniosacral Therapy is a non-invasive and indirect approach to restoring mobility to the central nervous system. It embraces the concept that there is mobility between the cranial bones, the sacrum, and reciprocal tension membranes that regulate movement in this system. This technique can successfully treat problems such as headaches, back and neck pain and pain resulting from trauma to the head or spine.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent

Frequency Specific Microcurrent is a physical therapy modality providing electric current in millionths of an ampere. It has the ability to relieve pain, increase the rate of healing and stimulate lymphatic flow. Due to the very low level of current delivered, microcurrent is subsensory and is very relaxing. It is also a physiologic level of current, as current flows through our cells in the microcurrent range.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent applied to injured or irritated tissue supports the natural current flow in the tissue, allowing cells to regain the normal flow of electrons. Specific frequencies are used for varying tissues and conditions, often providing softening of the tissue and decreased pain. This softening and the pain relief that comes with it seems to be long lasting and in many cases permanent.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent may be beneficial for the following conditions:

Arlene Ross, PT, DPT, CFMT is a Certified Practitioner of Frequency Specific Microcurrent.

Postural Education

The Alexander Technique is a form of postural re-education directed at improving our daily movement activities. Poor postural habits are a primary cause of pain and injury. Activities such as walking, standing, sitting at a computer, driving a car, playing a musical instrument, cooking, lifting, jogging, playing golf, etc. are observed in the patient and evaluated as to their potential to cause pain and dysfunction if not performed correctly. Once the patient becomes aware of their incorrect performance of any particular activity, they can begin to change the organization of their movement behavior. New movement patterns replace old patterns of misuse that may cause pain and dysfunction, and help to prevent problems from arising in the future. Arlene Ross, PT, DPT, CFMT is a Certified Practitioner of The Alexander Technique.

Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic Exercise is an integral part of the practice of Physical Therapy. It is important for patients to have strong and lengthened muscles, flexible joints and good aerobic conditioning. Patients often incur injuries due to tight and weak muscles and restriction at the joints, and these problems must be addressed as part of the therapeutic process.  All therapeutic exercise programs taught at Wellness Arts at Crossroads are individualized for the particular needs of the patient. They are aimed at facilitating the healing process and preventing the pain or injury from returning.