At Kerrville Physical Therapy Center we use the latest equipment and techonology to treat our patients. Please browse some of the equipment and technology available at our facility.
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill – F320
Using advanced unweighting technology to provide unsurpassed support, safety and stability, this rehabilitation treadmill is ideal for patients recovering from neurologic andorthopedic-related injuries. The Anti-Gravity Treadmill also provides long-term care patients a way to safely improve their functional mobility and overall health.
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill’s ability to safely unweight the user means you can:
- Reduce stress on joints and injured areas of the lower body.
- Exercise when you otherwise might not be able to because of pain, stress, or instability.
- Potentially prevent functional decline and enable greater independence during essential activities of daily livingsuch as bathing, dressing, getting up from a chair, and using the bathroom.
The Anti-Gravity Treadmill helps you achieve greater independence, which results in more quality time with your family and time to enjoy the things you love. It enables rehabilitation therapists to give the care needed to live life to the fullest.
Hivamat is an acronym for Histological Variable Manual Technique. A new FDA cleared device that has been extremely successful in the physical therapy market. The device creates an action of pulsating low-frequency, two-phase alternating electrostatic field generated between the physical therapist’s hands and patient’s tissue. The movement of one of the electrodes causes a moving of electrically neutral molecules in exposed tissues. The resulting dipoles rotate in accordance with changes in field polarity. This is accompanied by alternating elevations and depressions of corresponding tissue and development of intensive sympathetic vibration.
In short a treatment with Hivamat has the following positive effects on the treated tissue; muscles are relaxed, alleviation of pain is enhanced, mobility is promoted, inflammation is reduced, and blood flow to the area is increased.
Ultrasound and Electrical Stimulation
Ultrasound therapy is also used for therapeutic effects. Ultrasound uses acoustic energy at a high frequency. A continuous wave produces thermal effects. These thermal effects include increased blood flow, a reduction of stiffness and spasm, an increase in flexibility of tendon and joint capsules, and decreased pain. Pulsed waves typically produce non-thermal effects. These effects include tissue regeneration, collagen synthesis, an increase in blood flow, and a reduction of edema, an excess of fluid which causes swelling.
In the physical therapy setting, some procedures include the use of electrical current to stimulate a therapeutic effect on the body. When applied to tissue, electric currents create thermal, physiologic, and chemical responses. The currents also alter pain impulses. Interferential stimulation is the most commonly used form of electrical stimulation used in the physical therapy setting. Two channels of electrical stimulation create a third current that penetrates the affected tissues with little resistance. This stimulation helps control pain and muscle contractions. Interferential stimulation also reduces edema, swelling caused by fluid in the body’s tissues.
These forms of therapeutic treatment along with massage therapy can help reduce pain and get you moving in the right direction toward recovery.
Biodex Balance System SD
The Biodex Balance System SD has been designed to meet the needs of everyone looking to improve balance, increase agility, develop muscle tone and treat a wide variety of pathologies. Extremely versatile, it is the only system that provides a fast, accurate fall risk screening and conditioning program for older adults; closed-chain, weight-bearing assessment and training for lower extremity patients. The Balance System SD also serves as a valuable training device to enhance kinesthetic abilities that may provide some degree of compensation for impaired proprioceptive reflex mechanisms following injury. Using this unique device, our physical therapists can assess neuromuscular control by quantifying the ability to maintain dynamic bilateral and unilateral postural stability on a static or unstable surface.
Precor FTS Glide
The FTS Glide offers resistance training with freedom of motion to increase core strength, balance, stability and coordination.
Total Gym PowerTower
The Total Gym PowerTower allows for incremental load changes during exercise, hosts the adjustable glideboard and provides the utmost versatility for high-performance sports-specific conditioning, athletic training and rehabilitation. Able to load from 1%-72% bodyweight Total Gym PowerTower is for those who simply want the best.
SCIFIT Recumbent Stepper
The Scifit Recumbent Stepper provides a smooth, lower body functional movement. It features low starting resistance, direct wheelchair access, adjustable length and customizable programs to help users reach their goals.
SCIFIT Recumbent Bicycles
The SCIFIT recumbent bikes feature a true adjustable step through that adjusts up to a full 23 inches for safe and easy access. They also feature Iso-Strength for safe, accommodating resistance; very low starting resistance; and a custom 3-piece crank system with oversized pedals. We also have the optional boots for patients with decreased foot sensation and control.
SCIFIT Total Body Elliptical
This whole body cross trainer provides a natural total body movement that creates a true-to-life walking cadence. The Orthopedic Bio-Flex footbeds improve circulation and eliminate hot spots and numbness while the pedal movement simulates uneven surface to recruit stabilizing muscles. The elliptical causes optimized torso rotation and core muscle recruitment for a weight-bearing total body workout. It is a safe and easy entry for progression to weight-bearing elliptical motion
Fascial Movement Taping
At Kerrville Physical Therapy Center we provide Fascial Movement Taping (Kinesio-Taping). Kinesio taping offers many benefits. In short, it reduces pain levels, decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation, delays fatigue, normalized muscle tone, and spreads physical stress.