Recovery Waters Physical Therapy provides the following specialty programs in addition to traditional physical therapy treatment:

Lymphedema (Complete Decongestive Therapy)

Lymphedema is an abnormal buildup of fluid that causes swelling, most often in arms or legs. This happens when lymph vessels or lymph nodes are missing, impaired, damaged, or removed. 

There are two types of lymphedema: 

1. Primary Lymphedema is rare and is caused by the absence or abnormalities of certain lymph vessels at birth.

2. Secondary Lymphedema occurs due to blockage or interruption to the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system and can develop from:

  • Cancer treatment (surgical removal, radiation, or certain chemo therapy) 

  • Malignancy

  • Infection

  • Scar tissue formation

  • Trauma

Complete Decognestive Therapy consist of:

1. Manual Lymphatic Drainage

2. Compression Bandages/Garments

3. Skin and Nail Care

4. Remedial Exercises

Learn about your lymphatic system, what lymphedema is, and what you 
can do about it. 

Parkinson's Disease (LSVT BIG)

LSVT BIG is an intensive, effective, one-on-one treatment created to help people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurological conditions address walking, balance and other activities of daily living (for example, writing, dressing and getting up from low chairs) or even job-related tasks.

LSVT BIG is a one-month program:

One-hour sessions 
* 4x/week  
* 4 weeks in a row 
* Daily homework and carryover exercises

Hear Anders Leines story of being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and going through the LSVT BIG program in Norway.
Bob demonstrates the improvements one can make in skills, such as buttoning a shirt, with LSVT BIG techniques. 

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can present in so many different ways. Physical therapy can assist if you experience any of the following symptoms related to multiple sclerosis: Fatigue, Weakness, Dizziness/Vertigo, Pain, Depression, Bowel Problems, Spasticity, Walking Issues, and Balance Problems. Stress can greatly affect your symptoms and cause MS flares. We can teach you skills and exercises to manage your stress to decrease this risk. Physical therapy can assist with prevention of further complications, such as contractures, atrophy, pressure sores, and falls.

Until there is a cure, our goal is to walk along side you to optimize your participation in function and quality of life!

Resources for those with Multiple Sclerosis

Stroke and Brain Injury

Neuro-IFRAH (Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation And Habilitation) treatment approach is utilized to assist those individuals affected by stroke and/or brain injuries. Neuro-IFRAH is an individualized hands-on approach for those affected by hemiparesis (one side weakness) that focuses on regaining function and maximizing independence towards the individual's goals.

Whether you are have just sustained a stroke or brain injury or you are years into your recovery, we look forward to walking along side of you on your path to regain the life you love. 

We offer intensive outpatient stroke and brain injury programs of 4x/week for 4 weeks as well as tune up programs 1-2x/week. A plan of care will be determined during your initial evaluation. 

Helpful Links:
Hear other stroke survivors' stories of the use of exercise and mobility to assist their recovery. 

Balance Impairments

Have you been falling or having episodes of loss of balance? 

Your body uses 3 systems to know if you are in balance:

1) Vision

2) Vestibular System (nerve signals from your inner ear)

3) Proprioception (sensation from your skin, muscles, limbs, and joints)

If these 3 systems let your body know if it is off balance, you also then need to have the postural (trunk) control and leg strength to regain your balance. Physical Therapy can help improve all these areas to decrease your risk of falling and prevention future injuries. 

Please know that dizziness and falling can be caused by other issues, such as low blood sugar or low blood pressure, so it is always good to be fully evaluated by your primary care physician first. 

Questions about any of these programs? 

9131 East Frontage Road, Suite 1
Palmer, Alaska 99645
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