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Cass County Medical Care Facility expands outpatient physical therapy services

With recent accreditation from the state of Michigan, Cass County Outpatient Therapy Services broadens the physical therapy options offered for regional patients at the Cassopolis facility. 

Physical therapy is the active treatment of physical impairments through physical means such as exercises, manipulation and tissue mobilization. It is often used to rehabilitate CCOTS patients post-injury, but can also be used to manage chronic conditions. 

CCOTS physical therapists apply a variety of techniques to treat patients, typically working with patients on an individual basis and tailoring their treatments to the specific needs of each person. 

Read on to learn more about our expanded, comprehensive outpatient physical therapy services. 

Sports Rehabilitation

Sports rehabilitation is the process of helping an athlete recover from an injury and return to their sport. Physical therapy for sports rehabilitation helps to improve range of motion, strength and flexibility. It can also be used to help reduce pain and swelling. 

Cass County Outpatient Therapy Services offers a number of different physical therapy services that can be used for sports rehabilitation, helping to improve range of motion, strength and flexibility among athletes as well as reduce pain and swelling. By working with a physical therapist, athletes can develop a customized plan that will meet their specific needs and help them to recover from their injuries.

Pre-/Post-Orthopedic Surgical Therapy

Orthopedic surgical therapy is a medical specialty that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use a variety of surgical and nonsurgical techniques to treat conditions such as arthritis, back pain, fractures and spinal cord injuries. Physical therapists are often involved in the care of orthopedic patients before and after surgery.

Pre- and post-orthopedic surgical therapy helps patients to regain strength and motion in the affected area following surgery. 

Strength & Agility Training

Physical therapy strength and agility training comes in many different forms, including isometric (contracting muscles without moving any joints) strength exercises and isotonic strength exercises (moving joints through a range of motion while keeping muscles under tension). 

Agility training, on the other hand, focuses on improving your coordination and reflexes. Popular agility drills include ladder drills, cone drills and speed drills. Plyometric training can also be used to improve athletic performance, employing explosive movements to help improve power. 

Pain Reduction

Pain reduction exercises in physical therapy can vary depending on the pain that is being targeted. 

In general, pain reduction exercises in physical therapy aim to improve muscle function and flexibility while also reducing inflammation. This can often be accomplished through a combination of different modalities, such as heat and cold therapy, electrical stimulation and massage. By working with a CCOTS physical therapist, patients can develop an individualized pain reduction plan that addresses their unique needs.

Neurological Rehabilitation 

Neurological rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy that helps people with neurological conditions regain function and independence. 

There are many different types of neurological rehabilitation services, each designed to address the specific needs of the individual. For example, patients who have experienced a stroke often benefit from therapies that help them regain movement in their affected limbs. Patients with Parkinson’s disease may benefit from therapies that help them improve their balance and coordination. And patients with Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from memory-training programs that help them retain cognitive function. 

Manual Therapy 

Manual therapy involves manipulating the body tissues to ease pain and improve range of motion. There are several different techniques that CCOTS manual therapists may use, including massage, traction and mobilization. Manual therapy is often used in conjunction with other forms of physical therapy, such as exercise and stretching.

Manual therapy techniques can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including neck pain, back pain, headaches, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and TMJ disorders. Manual therapy can also be used to improve range of motion and reduce pain and inflammation. 

Total Joint Rehabilitation

Total joint rehabilitation is a process of recovery following joint surgery that typically includes a combination of exercises, physical therapy and education on how to properly care for the joint. The goal of total joint rehabilitation is to help the patient regain range of motion, strength and function in the affected joint. 

Physical therapy plays a vital role in total joint rehabilitation, as it can help to reduce pain and inflammation, improve range of motion and prevent scar tissue from forming. Furthermore, CCOTS physical therapists can teach patients proper joint-care techniques to help minimize the risk of future complications. 

Acupressure/Potent Points 

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing practice that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body. These points, known as acupoints or potent points, are believed to be located along energy pathways, or meridians. Stimulating these points is thought to promote the flow of vital energy, or qi, and promote balance and wellbeing.

In recent years, acupressure has been increasingly integrated into physical therapy. Research suggests acupressure is effective for treating a variety of conditions, including headaches, neck pain and tennis elbow. Acupressure has also been used to provide relief from pain, stimulate healing, reduce stress and anxiety, improve circulation and increase range of motion. 

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio taping is a type of physical therapy that uses special tape to support and stabilize muscles and joints. The tape is applied in a specific way to help improve circulation and promote healing. Kinesio taping has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including muscle strains, ligament sprains and joint instability. 

It can also be used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve range of motion. Kinesio taping is a safe and non-invasive treatment that can be used in conjunction with other forms of physical therapy.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a type of therapy that uses sustained pressure to release myofascial restrictions. The myofascial system is the soft tissue that supports and surrounds the muscles. This system can become restricted due to trauma, inflammation or repetitive stress.

When myofascial restrictions are present, they can lead to pain, reduced range of motion, and impaired movement patterns. Myofascial release can help to alleviate these symptoms by restoring tissue health and improving range of motion.

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral manipulation is a form of manual therapy that aim to improve the function of visceral organs and the connective tissues, or fascia, that surround them. The visceral organs include the heart, lungs and digestive system. 

Visceral manipulation is based on the belief that abnormalities in these tissues can lead to pain and dysfunction elsewhere in the body. This type of therapy can be integrated into physical therapy to address specific injuries or imbalances, helping to improve overall health and well-being. Visceral manipulation can help to increase range of motion, reduce pain and improve circulation. It can also help to promote healing after an injury or surgery.

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Cranial sacral therapy is a hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body, with the aim improving central nervous system function and relieving pain. Cranial sacral therapy is often used in conjunction with other modalities, such as massage or osteopathy. It can also be integrated into physical therapy.

CST is based on the belief that the cranial bones, sacrum and fascia are interconnected and can affect each other’s movement. Therapists use gentle manual pressure and cranial mobilization techniques to release restrictions in these tissues and restore proper function. Cranial sacral therapy applied in the physical therapy realm can treat a variety of conditions, such as migraines, chronic pain, TMJ dysfunction and brain injury. 

Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle energy technique is a type of manual therapy that uses the contract-relax principle to help lengthen and stretch muscle tissue. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including muscle spasms, tightness and pain. The therapist will use their hands to apply pressure to the muscle while the patient contracting the muscle against that pressure. The therapist then relaxes their hands, and the patient relaxes the muscle. This back-and-forth movement helps to lengthen and stretch the muscle tissue. 

Muscle energy technique can be integrated into physical therapy in a number of ways. For example, it can be used as part of a warm-up routine before exercise or as a standalone treatment for muscle pain or spasms. When used as part of physical therapy, muscle energy technique can help improve range of motion, flexibility and function. It can also be used to help treat conditions such as headaches, TMJ and back pain. 


Used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, strain-counterstrain is a type of osteopathic manual therapy that involves applying gentle pressure to a muscle in order to relieve strain. The therapist will typically use their hands, elbows or forearms to apply the pressure. The goal of strain-counterstrain is to reduce pain and muscle spasm by restoring the muscle to its natural resting length. 

Strain-counterstrain is a type of therapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including back pain, neck pain and headaches. It is often used in conjunction with other forms of physical therapy, such as stretching and strengthening exercises. When integrated into a comprehensive physical therapy plan, strain-counterstrain can be an effective way to reduce pain and improve function.

Physical Agent Modalities 

Physical therapy services can also include contrast baths other modalities such as electrical stimulation, in which electrical currents help reduce pain and promote healing; ultrasound therapy, which uses sound waves to help reduce pain and promote healing; and cold and heat therapy to help reduce pain and swelling. 

To learn more about our outpatient physical therapy services, contact us today!