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307 E. New Haven Ave. Suite 2 Melbourne, FL 32901 Phone: (321) 953-3991 Fax: (321) 953-3951
PT combines passive modalities with therapeutic exercise to rehabilitate the spine and other parts of the body. Passive modalities include heat/cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage, and joint mobilization. These modalities are not the sole treatment, but supplement therapeutic exercise. Active therapy, or therapeutic exercise includes stretching, strengthening, and postural modification to rehabilitate the spine and prevent re-injury.
Physical Therapists are licensed health care professionals. Prior to practicing they must obtain a Master's Degree or above in Physical Therapy and pass an examination to be licensed. Their didactic and clinical training includes (but is not limited to) anatomy, Kinesiology (study of movement), study of disease and injury, healing and recovery, and a myriad of therapeutic treatment techniques. Therapists practice in hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehab centers, home healthcare agencies (serving homebound patients), and private practice.