The physical therapists at Richard Bader Physical Therapy are all recognized as leaders in their field. Click below for descriptions of the following therapies and conditions, and to see why RBPT should be your first choice for physical therapy services.
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Do you have questions about pain, limited movement or if physical therapy can help you? Take advantage of Bader PT’s 20 minute free screen at any of our three locations. Our licensed physical therapists have the expertise to advise and assist you to make the best choice for restoring your health and experiencing life to its fullest.
Bader PT is your local community hometown choice for physical therapy.
- First therapy to consistently demonstrate restoration of protective sensation in diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Improved gait/balance with potential to improve ambulation and reduce falls
- Reduction in pain
- Reduction in pain medications
- Improved wound healing in chronic non-healing wounds
- Potential to prevent amputations in diabetic patients
Balance/Fall Prevention Training
Among older adults, falls are the number 1 cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, and injury related death. One in 3 adults over age 65 experiences a fall. MANY FALLS CAN BE PREVENTED, and we want to help patients prevent a fall. Balance, like strength, diminishes with age but can be improved with specific intervention.
Many diagnoses can increase fall risk including stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, brain injury, arthritis, diabetes, decreased ROM, decreased strength, poor proprioception (awareness of one’s body in space), inner ear dysfunction, and reaction to medication.
4 systems work together to keep us balanced:
- Inner ear
Our class will focus on ROM/strength deficits and poor proprioception. During your screening if the therapist feels a more individual program is needed we will contact your physician to discuss further options for your health care.
Classes are 2x/week for 6 weeks. Cost is $80 – that’s less than $7 per class. This includes a free balance assessment prior to the class.
Call the Bader PT Poland office location today & schedule to join a balance class.
Poland Office 1399 Maine Street, Poland
Banding Together Exercise Class
Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine and Bader Physical Therapy have banded together to recognize the importance of regaining your health following an illness or injury. Join Lori on Monday mornings for a tailored exercise class to get you back into a healthy lifestyle. Lori will work with each individual client and tailor her class to meet their needs. The class will be held every Monday from 10am to 11am at the Norway location. Bader PT would like for you to join our class. Call us today for more information for joining the class with Lori.
The goal of physical therapy initially is to reduce pain and irritability of the bursa. Once that has been achieved, the focus turns to flexibility and then strengthening to withstand physical activity without relapse. This is achieved by skilled therapists using multiple techniques as well as a personal home exercise specifically designed for you and your physical activities and goals.
What does BPPV mean?
- Benign: not life threatening
- Paroxysmal: comes on suddenly for brief spells
- Positional: is triggered by certain positions or head movements
- Vertigo: sense of spinning
BPPV is a condition caused when the crystals of the inner ear become dislodged and accumulate in the wrong area (semicircular canal). This affects the free movement of fluid in the inner ear causing vertigo symptoms.
How do I know if I have BPPV?
To have BPPV you must have both vertigo and a nystagmous (an eye condition which causes the eye to make repetitive and uncontrolled movements). Generally you feel like you or the room is spinning, with symptoms lasting for 30 seconds to 1 minute. This feeling is producible with certain movements such as rolling over in bed or looking up.
A qualified physical therapist can do specific maneuvers to test for BPPV during which they watch for changes in eye movement and symptoms that are indicators of BPPV.
Physical therapists can help by performing a number of maneuvers that are designed to free the crystals of the inner ear which have accumulated. The good news is the treatment is short! BPPV is curable and it usually only takes 1-3 visits of physical therapy with a qualified physical therapist.
Contact us with any questions or to schedule your first appointment.
- Pain can feel like:
Other symptoms that may be associated with the physical changes are:
- Decreased appetite
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood changes
A physical therapist can help manage chronic pain by using techniques to help decrease hypersensitivity of pain signals by using different therapy techniques such as stretching, strength training, posture/body mechanics, and electrical stimulation for pain management.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. (1) Udledger.com
At RBPT the following can be addressed with Craniosacral therapy:
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Orthopedic Problems
- Chronic Fatigue
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Post-Surgical Dysfunction
LSVT BIG—Parkinson’s Treatment
The LSVT Programs have been developed and scientifically researched over the past 25 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Research on LSVT BIG has documented improved ratings on tests of motor functioning in people with Parkinson’s disease following treatment including:
- Faster walking with bigger steps
- Improved balance
- Increased trunk rotation
- Improvements in activities of daily living, such as bed mobility
- Improved UPDRS Motor Score
LSVT BIG is astandardized treatment protocol, which is customized to the unique goals of each patient including both gross and fine motor skills.
LSVT BIG can be adapted or progressed in order to meet each patient’s needs across a range of disease severity and presenting impairments.
LSVT BIG treatment consists of:
- 16 sessions: 4 consecutive days a week, for 4 weeks
- Individual 1-hour sessions
- Daily homework practice
- Daily carryover exercises
It is essential that LSVT BIG treatment is only delivered by physical or occupational therapists who are certified in this method.
LSVT BIG is being delivered by over 10,000 certified LSVT clinicians in 38 countries.
The McKenzie Method
Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA)
“Advanced Myofascial Release and Structural Integration” Barry Jennings 2014.
Neck and Back Pain
*pinched nerve, *spinal stenosis, *herniated or bulging disc, *degenerative joint disease, *radiculopathy, *sciatica, *nerve root entrapment, *strains and *facet arthropathy.
Physical Therapy can reduce pain, increase motion and resolve the issue to get you back on your feet. Don’t let neck and/or back pain keep you away from the activities you enjoy by scheduling with one of our experts today to relieve your pain.
This is more likely to happen if:
- Your feet roll inward when you walk
- You have high arches or flat feet
- You walk, stand, or run for long periods at a time especially on hard surfaces
- You wear shoes that are worn or don’t fit well
- Your Achilles tendon or calf muscles are tight
- Pain/tightness in the morning when you take your first steps after getting out of bed
- Less pain/stiffness as time goes on during the day, which may come back at the end of the day
- Pain may increase after climbing stairs or standing for long periods
Treatment of plantar fasciitis starts with a skilled evaluation by a physical therapist to understand the physical demands on your feet as well as any contributing factors that can be changed. Stretching the fascia followed by strengthening muscles deep inside the foot itself will help increase the stability of the foot in later stages of recovery.
Pre- and Post-Surgery
Post-surgery physical therapy assists restoring normal function of movement, decreases pain or other limiting factors that would inhibit your return to the lifestyle you desire. Limiting factors that would affect your healing could be scar tissue developing, other areas being compensated, decreased blood and lymphatic flow, swelling, altered gait or movement patterns to list a few. Always consider physical therapy to achieve your best surgery results.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
- Tenderness in the face, jaw, or neck
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- A “locked” or “stuck” feeling in the jaw
- A clicking, popping, or grinding sound in the joint
Physical therapy treatment includes skilled treatments done by licensed therapists to decrease muscle tone and increase flexibility of tissues such as massage, myofascial release, flexibility exercises, and electrical modalities.
Common locations for tendonitis include:
Base of the thumb
Achilles tendon on the back of the heel
The goal of physical therapy initially is to decrease swelling and irritability of the tendon. Once that has been achieved the focus turns to flexibility and then strengthening to withstand physical activity without relapse. This is achieved by skilled therapists using multiple techniques as well as a personal home exercise specifically designed for you and your physical activities and goals.
Trigger-Point Dry Needling
Step Up Program
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