July 21, 2016

Todd Attends Resisted Enhanced Manipulation Course

Todd Vanatta, physical therapist at Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, recently attended a course in Green Bay, WI on Resisted Enhanced Manipulation (REM)™, taught through The Institute of Physical Art.  This 3-day course involved advanced assessment and treatment for patients with orthopaedic conditions that have not responded well to other treatments.  REM is a method to apply a very specific force to improve motion in a dysfunctional joint while the patient is lightly bracing their muscles.

Many chronic or persistent problems such as tennis elbow, headaches, repetitive ankle sprains, shoulder pain, neck pain, and lower back pain will improve with various treatments from physicians and/or physical therapists, but may recur at a later date.  With more involved and individualized assessment, there are often other areas of dysfunction causing undue stress on the painful region or structure.  REM is a tool that can improve the function of dysfunctional joints.  Since the procedure is done while the patient holds against resistance, it is safe and painless.  Research is confirming that in many cases conservative management through skilled, manual physical therapy and exercise leads to positive long-term outcomes and return to function, while allowing patients to avoid surgery and long term use of medications.

Todd Vanatta maintains a clinical physical therapy practice at the Northern Rehab Genoa location.  He approaches each case on an individualized basis, assessing the entire person for contributing factors to restore full, efficient function.  He uses a combination of manual therapy techniques, exercise, and re-education to the effected muscles, and he treats all orthopedic cases. To schedule an appointment with Todd, please call us at 815.748.6417. 

Should I ask my doctor to refer me if I think I may need therapy?

Definitely. When you have a problem you think may be helped by physical therapy ask your doctor or give us a call and we will help you to determine if this is a problem that may be helped by physical therapy.

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Your Right to Choose

The decision of where you go to receive treatment is
yours. If you have a specific therapist or practice you
would like to go to, you should let your doctor or
insurance company know this. Not all physical
therapists or practices are the same and the choice
of your provider is yours.