As goes the joint – goes Functional Ability. As goes the spine – goes the body! Joint Mobilization Enhancement is essential to restore the function of joints in dysfunction. With understanding how the spine works, effectively treating the spine requires Advance Mobilization Techniques.
Jeffrey S. Carter, PT has been using Advanced Spinal and Joint Mobilization Enhancement Techniques for 34 years, and he has taught his son David S. Carter, PT DPT these techniques. When David obtained his Doctorate from U of M, his instructor told David “You are the best Manual Therapist that has come through this program in years!”
Balance problems and falling are real issues in the lives of many people and this can cause great fear and the loss of happiness in performing even basic activities.
Our therapists are skilled at evaluating and treating the many causes of balance loss and falling. We will assist you in becoming safe and secure in the performance of the things you love and need to do with our patient specific treatment of your condition.
Chronic Pain is awful and it can ruin a life. Chronic pain is frequently treated by Traditional Medicine with one medication after another, often with limited success. The patient declines from the following: impaired nutrition, weight gain or excessive weight loss, lack of exercise ability and resultant deconditioning, limited mobility, decreasing activity in the home and community and emotional stress.
Our therapists use a Functional Medicine / Integrative Health Based Care to address all of the above issues. Apogee Therapy Center’s Multidisciplinary Team is here to use a team approach to help restore the patient with chronic pain to a life to health and happiness!
Cupping is a treatment in which a therapist puts special cups on the skin for a few minutes to create suction. Cupping serves many purposes including: reducing pain and inflammation, improving blood circulation and interstitial fluid flow resulting in the promotion of tissue healing.
Apogee Therapy Center uses updated State of the Art techniques to obtain excellent outcomes!
Deep Tissue Massage (DTM) is an essential component to rehab of various conditions to loosen restricted tissues, promote blood and interstitial fluid flow and to relax muscles in spasm and dysfunction. Normal Functional Mobility is not optimal and, at times, impossible if the muscles are not treated with DTM.
Our therapists are highly trained and skilled to know when and how DTM is needed, and our therapists obtain remarkable success with DTM within our tool box.
Dry needling is a neurophysiological evidence-based treatment technique. Our physical therapists are well trained to utilize dry needling in conjunction with manual physical therapy interventions. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor end plates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
Apogee Therapy Center has outstanding outcomes with Dry Needling!
Ergonomics is the study of how we can function efficiently and effectively during daily activities without sustaining injury.
Our therapists understand physics and ergonomics and can apply them to you and your condition. It is not enough to treat your condition, but it is vital to improve your home and work environment with postural correction, body mechanic improvement and environmental corrections at home, to prevent reinjury. That is what ergonomics is all about and our therapists are experts in ergonomics!
There is power in the blood, but also in the flow of Interstitial Tissue Fluid. Both the blood and the interstitial tissue fluid are essential in the operations of the body systems. Restrictions in fluid flow will reduce healthy normal tissue function and the recovery in injured tissue. Interstitial Tissue Fluid Flow (ITFF) is vital to ensure proper lubrication and freedom of muscle, nerve, and joint movement during normal Functional Activities. In standard therapy practices, ITFF is often one of the most neglected systems of the body.
Our therapists not only thoroughly understand the importance and Function of Fluid Flow, but also know how to enhance blood flow and ITFF through manual and Functional Exercise treatments. Our results speak for themselves. Our outcomes demonstrate why we spend a great deal of time to ensure blood flow and ITFF are optimal.
If it is Functional, it requires Functional Movement. We do not normally move and live in one plane. Unlike many therapists, we do not treat our patients in a single plane and axis of exercise. We move in multiple planes all the time in nearly all activities. Multi-joint Functional Movement Training is what is needed.
Our Therapists see the world as a multi-planar environment, and we treat in multi-planes while we work with you. If you play basketball, you need to jump, move to the side and twist while you dunk. Even getting out of a chair is a complex movement pattern. So, why would we just strap an ankle weight on and have you perform knee straightening exercise? We use creative and multi-joint, multi-planar treatment programs to get the job done right!
Nutrition is medicine, and without proper nutrition, proper healing and health is not possible. The U.S. food supply contains a great deal of toxic food choices, which will harm your health and impair your healing.
The standard American diet (SAD) is not good enough. We guide you towards optimal nutrition for the healing process. All of our therapists work directly with, and are trained by, our Nutrition Therapist (RDN /LDN). We, as a team, convey optimal nutrition information to our patients to assist the healing and health process. You can always book a one to one session with our Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN / LDN) for a personalized nutrition program that will literally change your life!
As we age, it is essential that we take care of our bodies. When we get injured, it is necessary to receive treatment from a therapist who understands aging and obtains optimal results via proper treatment programs.
Our Therapists have extensive experience working with and serving the Geriatric population. We want your Golden Age to be truly Golden. Why should anyone not realize Peak Performance at every stage of Life? We are here to help you achieve all of your goals and more!
Headaches are a leading cause of chronic pain and lifestyle impairment. Millions of dollars are lost in work production and spent in treatment of headaches.
Our therapists are experts in treating all kinds of headaches, neck and upper back issues. Jeff Carter, PT has been treating headaches for 34 years and is known in West Michigan as an outstanding headache specialist. Patients travel long distances to be under his care. Our therapists’ manual skills are outstanding and this combined with a patient specific exercise program and postural and ergonomic training enables our patients to obtain great outcomes!
Kinesiological Taping has gained a lot of attraction in the past 10 years and McConnell Taping has been around even longer. Enhancing proprioception and myofascial support can be encouraged with Kinesiological Taping. Improving joint / muscular mechanics and reducing abnormal stress that causes acute and chronic inflammation can be achieved via McConnell Taping. Knowing when and how to properly apply these two distinct techniques will separate success and failure when applying therapeutic taping.
Our therapists not only know when this type of taping is appropriate to treat the condition at hand, but they know how and when to apply each type of taping. We are experts in taping.
Life Enhancement is what life pleasures are all about. Life is boring and frustrating if you cannot participate in it to the fullest.
Our Total Functional Medicine / Integrative Health approach is all about enhancing your life and working with you to enjoy every physical moment of it. Our therapists know how to have fun and live a full life and we want to assist you to do the same!!
Robin McKenzie was a physical therapist that lived in New Zealand and he developed a comprehensive, but not an exhaustive, treatment approach to rehab and prevent orthopedic conditions (particularly spinal).
Jeff Carter, PT was trained 34 years ago by Robin McKenzie’s personal friend and the top McKenzie Instructor in the USA, named Wayne Rath, PT. Wayne personally taught Jeff the McKenzie Method and actually asked Jeff (years ago) to work at Wayne’s Private Practice in New Jersey.
Many people know about Women’s Health, but few know that Men’s Health is available to meet the unique needs of men.
Our male therapists are trained to address many of the issues men meet regarding the pelvis and related areas. We can help. Come see us.
Metabolic Syndrome is when there is excessive internal fat – that is fat inside your body and not the fat hanging off of you. The skin is tight and the fat is inside. This is a classic sign of Metabolic Syndrome (MS). MS places extreme pressure on the internal organs and sets the stage for all kinds of diseases from Diabetes to high blood pressure and cancer!
Our team of therapists understand how dangerous Metabolic Syndrome is and we are committed to provide you with the tools needed to correct this condition and live a full life. Our Functional Medicine / Integrative Health approach is perfect to assist your recovery and put you on the road to success!
Myofascial Release (MFR) has been used by therapists for years to enhance relaxation of the muscular system and the fascial system surrounding and connecting, literally, the entire body. The difference between partial and total recovery from an injury may rest in the therapist’s ability to release dysfunctional tissues and restore the Normal Functional Status of the myofascial system.
Our therapists are trained, highly skilled, effective and establish excellent outcomes when using MFR as a part of the patient’s treatment plan.
The Neuro System is an extremely important body system which is intimately addressed in the Functional Medicine / Integrative Health Model of Care. The neurological system can only function properly when it is free to move and is not restricted by structures along the way.
Our Therapists use Neuromotor Mobilization techniques to treat restrictions in the nervous system. Adverse Neural Tissue Tension (ANTT) is a huge source of pain and dysfunction for the patient. We know how to determine if the neural system is restricted and we know how to treat it with ANTT Mobilization techniques.
Proper Pediatric Care is essential to ensure a lifetime of happiness and success. When your child is injured or has a debilitating condition, you as a parent demand excellence of care – and rightly so. After all, this is your child!!!
Our therapists not only know how to properly treat the pediatric population, they are parents themselves and they know how important it is to receive excellent care for children. We are committed to take our expertise and deliver a treatment program tailored to your child’s condition and needs. We do not “Cookie Cut”, but rather, we deliver Personal Care resulting in Peak Performance.
Plyometric and Agility based rehab and training is a huge component of Functional Medicine / Integrative Health Based treatment.
Our body is designed to move and to be on the move! In life activities we are often called to start / stop / and react quickly to perform a sport, a task, or to prevent injury. Our therapists are experts in this form of treatment and the results you obtain will be excellent.
Nothing in rehab is more neglected than treated dysfunctions of soft tissue and scarring. Soft tissue mobility is vital to normal function and in abolishing pain. Scarring and impaired soft tissue mobility blocks the free flow of fluid that nourishes, lubricates, and enables normal function of the body.
Releasing restricted tissue and breaking up scars is Job One in the rehab process. Our therapists at Apogee Therapy Center are experts and spend the time to treat soft tissue restrictions. You will feel the difference when our therapists put their hands on you!
Neck and Back pain conditions are the leading cause of work loss and impairment of general lifestyle regarding orthopedic issues. A very high proportion of our population has, or is suffering from, this condition.
Our therapists know how to treat and fix a multitude of spinal conditions. Our Functional Medicine approach to Spinal Care will put you on the road to recovery.
Sport injuries vary in type and complexity. A “cookbook approach” in treating athletes just does not work. Sport Specific treatment and training is the only way to achieve maximum outcomes. Our therapists are athletes and personally train to be at the top of their game. They truly practice what they preach and will get you back into the game and ready to play at the top of your game!
Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) can be a very painful and debilitating condition. TMD can manifest in a myriad of ways from limited oral opening, excessive oral opening, deviations of the jaw, to clicking and pain – to name a few. TMD results in impairment or loss of many functional abilities from eating to talking.
Our therapists have years of experience successfully treating TMD conditions. Our therapists also understand that TMD rarely manifests dysfunction by itself. TMD is nearly 100% accompanied with other musculoskeletal conditions. If these other musculoskeletal conditions remain untreated, the TMD condition will not be successful in its rehabilitation. As Functional Medicine Therapists, we understand how to treat the entire person.
Torticollis is also known as Rye Neck. Torticollis often occurs at birth and it is frightening for any parent to see in their child. The good news is that Torticollis can be treated successfully.
Our therapists understand what treatments are needed to treat Torticollis. Our Functional Medicine Approach is to include the parents or caregivers of the patient in the treatment plan. We not only use our manual and therapeutic skills to treat the patient, but we also provide the caregiver the specific instructions on how to treat the patient at home. Our therapists will instruct the caregivers in techniques to achieve maximum outcomes for the child such as proper positioning of the patient and stretches for the tight structures.
People with damaged or mal-functioning vestibular systems experience a combination of symptoms that may include hearing impairments, vision disturbances, vertigo, dizziness, and spatial disturbances.
Vestibular Rehab addresses the specific cause and treatment of a damaged or malfunctioning Vestibular System as the issue relates within the scope of our rehab practice. Apogee Therapy Center’s rehab protocol for this condition has outstanding results!
Real time and real dynamic images can greatly assist the patient to see what they are doing wrong. Video Analysis and Training will help take you to the next level.
You can see what you are doing right and wrong. Our therapists will then correct any errors and help you enhance your training techniques. Video Analysis is a great way to train!
Work related injuries causing pain and suffering and also directly impact the worker and employer’s productivity outcomes. Work related injuries do not stop at work. Injured workers take their pain and dysfunction with them to their home and community.
Our Therapists have years of experience treating the injured worker and we have an excellent track record of not only getting the worker safely and soundly back to work but also to the things they love or need to do outside of work!