Types of Therapies

Rehabilitation services in Hagerstown

There are many types of rehabilitation programs, each one designed to help patients overcome specific challenges caused by injury and disease. Meritus Total Rehab Care offers a wide selection of rehabilitation programs. Learn more about what each of these programs involves.

In addition to the services outlined below, we also offer specialty therapy programs;

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession with an established scientific base and widespread clinical application in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function.

Physical therapists:

  • Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities
  • Restore, maintain and promote not only optimal physical function, but optimal wellness and fitness and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health.
  • Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions or injuries

Our physical therapists work closely with patients and families to develop a personalized treatment plan to promote functional improvement and return to activities of life.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy concentrates on helping people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities or occupations. They work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, socially or emotionally disabling.

Occupational therapists:

  • Perform an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person's dysfunction, treatment plan and goals.
  • Provide customized interventions to improve the person's ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals.
  • Develops an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or makes changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapists have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech, language and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, a cleft palate, cerebral palsy or emotional problems. Our program includes two specially trained SPEAK OUT! provider, two of only four in the state of Maryland. The Parkinson Voice Project developed the SPEAK OUT! certification program to help individuals with Parkinson's regain and maintain their speaking skills.

Speech therapists:

  • Work closely with patients and families to develop a personalized treatment plan to facilitate recovery and help patients improve or regain speaking ability.
  • Work with the individual to improve comprehension and memory skills, problem-solving, ability to swallow and the ability to speak clearly.
  • Help patients improve or regain functional language, communication, cognition and/or swallowing skills so as to be more successful in the home, classroom or work and the community.

Aquatic Therapy

Using aquatic therapy, patients can often begin to exercise in the pool before they can do so on land. Therapists provide specific pool exercise programs for each patient in our heated 20'x40' pool.

Aquatic Wellness Sessions:

  • Arthritis Aquatics – This class is offered in a group setting with an instructor certified by the Arthritis Foundation. A slow pace and warm water are used to promote flexibility and mobility. This class does not include cardiovascular or strength training.
  • Maintenance Swim – Our maintenance swim times are offered for those who wish to exercise and relax in the warm pool independently. Lifeguards are on duty at all times and equipment is available. Call 301-714-4025 for member rates and schedule.

Massage Therapy

As one of the oldest healing arts, it is no surprise that more people are finding out how beneficial it is to add massage therapy to their health care regimen. Studies show that nearly 90 percent of disease is stress related. We all have pressure and anxiety in our lives, and while we cannot eliminate stress completely, it can be managed with massage.

Massage therapy can:

  • Increased circulation
  • Increased immune system
  • Increased energy level
  • Decreased stress
  • Decreased pain
  • Decreased blood pressure in cases of hypertension
  • Enhanced sleep quality

The benefits of massage increase with frequency and should be treated as an investment in your health. You do not have to be a former or present patient to receive massage therapy. Massage therapy is offered at TRC with a licensed massage therapist. For pricing and appointment information, call 301-714-4025. Gift certificates are also available.

Vision Assessment

Total Rehab Care provides visual services and therapy to patients who experience visual problems due to stroke, head injury or other neurological disorders.

Lymphedema Treatment

For swelling that occurs in the arms, legs, or trunk due to problems with the lymphatic system, Total Rehab Care offers a lymphedema management program. A specially trained and certified lymphedema therapist provides all lymphedema services including:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Skin care
  • Bandaging techniques
  • Therapeutic exercise

For more information on Lymphedema, please download our education presentation.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

CST is a gentle, light touch manual therapy with its roots in osteopathy. The craniosacral therapist gently mobilizes and releases the craniosacral system, which includes the soft tissue of the head (cranium), the spine down to its tail end (the sacral area), the pelvis, and myofascial diaphragms in between. If there is an imbalance or restriction in the system, it could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities.

These techniques work to balance the environment in which the brain and spinal cord reside. CST works to re-teach the body to relax on a deeper level, de-programming old body habits and patterns, and disengaging persistent myofascial stress patterns.

CST is a whole body approach addressing the origins of pain and dysfunction and serves as a great adjunct to conventional therapy treatments. CST can be effective in treating the following:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Stress and tension-related disorders
  • Motor-coordination impairments
  • Infant and childhood disorders
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Autism
  • Orthopedic programs

Vestibular/Balance Rehabilitation

Balance rehabilitation assists individuals with loss of balance, dizziness, spinning (vertigo), nausea/vomiting associated with movement and frequent falls. A thorough evaluation of the vestibular and neuromuscular system including strength, range of motion, head and eye movements, mobility, coordination, and balance improves patients' functionality and mobility and reduces their risk of falls.

After an evaluation by a highly skilled vestibular physical therapist, a treatment program is developed to address any deficits found during the evaluation and also establish a home exercise program with the patient. The treatment may include the use of an assistive device such as a cane or walker, therapeutic exercises and activities and may include the use of computerized balance equipment.

Balance and vestibular issues can arise from many diagnoses including:

  • Orthopedic injuries and conditions
  • Brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
  • Inner ear disorders (e.g. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, Labryinthitis)
  • Stroke and other neurologic conditions
  • Effects of aging

Recommendations may be made to refer appropriate clients to occupational therapy to address impairments identified in the areas of vision, cognition, or activities of daily living.

Types of Therapies