January 26, 2018 @ 12:00am is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that involves performing range of motion, strengthening and balance exercises in water. The natural floating reduces gravitational pull and lessens squeezing forces, making exercises much easier to perform than on land.

October 06, 2017 @ 12:00am

October is National Physical Therapy Month, and this month the Divine Savior Healthcare physical therapy team is supporting the American Physical Therapy Associations campaign - raising awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for the long-term treatment of chronic pain. #ChoosePT

July 21, 2017 @ 12:00am

Have you noticed that you or the world seems to spin for a few seconds when you roll over in bed, bend forward, or lay down but then goes away once you hold still?  If so, you might be experiencing Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, BPPV.  It is a long name for a common vestibular system disorder located in the inner ear. We all have small calcium carbonate crystals, or “rocks,” in our inner ears, but sometimes they get dislodged and move into one or more of the semicircular canals where they don’t belong. When this happens, you get BPPV.

April 18, 2017 @ 12:00am
There is a thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot called the plantar fascia. This connects the heel bone to the toes and can sometimes get irritated or swollen. When it becomes inflamed it is called plantar fasciitis.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis? 

The most common symptom is pain under the heel and arch of the foot. The pain is often worst when you first get out of bed in the morning and may become less painful throughout the day. This area can also hurt when you get up after being seated for some time. It often affects people who run, jump, or stand for long periods.

What can you do on your own to make it feel better? 

  1. REST – Give your foot a chance to heal and avoid aggravating activities for a couple of weeks. But don’t completely stop being active as it might lead to more pain and stiffness.
  2. ICE – Put ice on your heel for 15-20 minutes up to 4 times a day or try an ice cup to massage your heel for 3-5 minutes.
  3. MASSAGE – Try
October 20, 2016 @ 12:00am

Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month



October is National Physical Therapy Month and the Divine Savior Healthcare Physical Therapy team is celebrating by recognizing the positive ways Physical Therapy can help people move forward.

Read about unique Physical Therapy applications you may not have known about, below. All are designed to help you stay active throughout life!


Foot and ankle conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, turf toe, and bunions

A Physical Therapist (PT) can help determine the underlying causes of each of these conditions, and provide treatment (including manual therapy, orthotics, taping, and more) to help provide relief.


Children with developmental challenges

A pediatric Physical Therapist is skilled at recognizing which areas of a child’s development are not occurring appropriately. PT’s will then design and implement a program to help improve areas such as strength, balance, and coordination. ­


Patients recovering from cancer

A Physical Therapist can be an important partner in helping to recover from cancer and its treatment effects. Interventions often include a personalized progressive exercise program which has been shown to greatly improve cancer survival and recovery, as well as management of pain, edema (swelling), and deconditioning.