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Are you looking for help with physiotherapy in Glencoe? The team at Glencoe Family Chiropractic is here to help.

Conditions That Physiotherapy Help in Glencoe MN

Physiotherapy helps restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Physiotherapy or "medically directed rehab" helps restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Our Glencoe patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.

Treatment often includes exercise; especially for patients who have been immobilized or who lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Physiotherapy helps encourage patients to use their muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion. More advanced exercises focus on improving strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home.

Physiotherapy also helps treat a wide range of disorders; such as pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology, and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy.

FAQ's About Physiotherapy

Do I need to see a doctor before I can receive physiotherapy?

  • Yes. All Physiotherapy patients have prescribed treatment from their doctor prior to their therapy being scheduled.

What is the difference between chiropractors and physiotherapists?

  • Our doctors perform a comprehensive analysis of range of motion, including identifying the joints involved, tissue limitations, muscular imbalances, and structural pathologies. A chiropractor will treat the spine and are able to order special tests like X-rays, MRIs and blood tests.

How Physiotherapy Works

Glencoe Family Chiropractic of Glencoe was designed to provide an ideal environment for healing your body, through chiropractic, massage, or physiotherapy. When you arrive at our office, our doctors will take a thorough history, and evaluation of the entire body including posture and biomechanics, range of motion, and joint mobility to find out the cause of pain or disability. You will then discuss treatment options and goals so that we can customize a treatment plan catered to you.

The frequency of visits and the length of treatment is determined by the doctor who prescribed the treatment. The results are typically a result of the patient's commitment. When the patient follows the plan, does their exercises as often as suggested, and using the proper techniques, the treatment is typically very successful.

Before Your Appointment

It is a good idea to arrive at your physiotherapy appointment properly dressed. It is best that you wear comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict your movement. It is also a good idea to bring your insurance card and your driver's license as a form of identification.

Some Of The Therapies We Offer

Electrical Muscle Stimulation is an exceptional way to help the body in the healing process. This is accomplished by sending a very small electrical current into the affected soft tissue injury or muscle spasm. The therapy utilizes this current to help reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle locked up. It does this by helping the body to release natural relievers of pain often referred to as endorphins.

This is a great therapy if there is a spasm in a back or neck muscle. It works well in relaxing the muscle and allowing it to return to its normal state rather quickly. Short therapy sessions are excellent at facilitating healing from acute and chronic pain.

Hydromassage focuses on a combination of the muscular system, the fascia, the circulatory, and the lymphatic systems. You simply lie back, completely clothed, on the table. Just under the surface is a mattress filled with heated water. A pump propels the warm water towards you through three patented hydro-jets. There is a primary wave and a lighter, secondary wave combined to produce a very effective deep-tissue massage to all areas of the spine simultaneously. The combination of flotation, heat, and massage produces the following therapeutic effects:

  • Flotation: Water is extremely buoyant. When the body is placed on the water mattress, there is minimal strain on the weight-bearing joints. Additionally, few if any muscles are required to hold the body up or in position. These two factors combined help the body of the patient more fully relax, resulting in an increased physiologic response to treatment.
  • Heat: Heat is evenly conducted through the skin and into the muscles and soft tissues of the body. The heat expands blood vessels, and increases blood and lymphatic circulation - which in turn increases oxygenation and toxin removal, increases metabolism, and has an overall effect of sedation.
  • Massage: The pressure of the water on the body also increases vascular and lymphatic flow. One of the effects of the resulting stimulation is increased molecular motion in the skin which assists the healing process. Hydromassage helps work out muscular tightness and trigger points, which initiate a cycle of spasms, pain, tension, weakness, and limited range of motion in the joints.

Inferential Electro-Therapy is an excellent method of helping the body deal with spasms, sprains, and issues related to soft tissues. This therapy accomplishes this with a very low simulated frequency that is put on the soft tissue. The feeling of this therapy is very light and most patients feel very comfortable during the treatment.

In addition to this therapy simulating the body's natural healing method by helping it to produce natural pain-killing endorphins, it also helps with the release of these strains, spasms, and soft tissue issues.

Intersegmental traction is a form of therapy that stimulates healing in the spine. This type of traction gently mobilizes the spinal segments and joints to improve global flexibility and it works to restore normal range of motion in the spinal column. This effectively accelerates recovery from injuries and degenerative conditions, helps reduce muscle spasms and weakness, and helps increase general circulation to discs, ligaments, and muscles - improving function and strength. This therapy is typically painless, safe, and effective and can be used with all body types, including children.

Ultrasound is a therapy that is utilized in the office to handle injuries related to joints, muscle spasms, as well as most soft tissues. While it shares the same name, this ultrasound is not the same as the type of ultrasound utilized diagnostically to screen internally in the body. This ultrasound creates small sound waves that in effect vibrate and massage soft tissues and muscle. These sound waves do an excellent job in facilitating the body's healing process in addition to decreasing scar tissue formation.

Certain ultrasounds also create a heating effect to help relax the muscles or tightness in the body. This heat combined with the overall features of the ultrasound helps to start the healing process at the most basic cellular level speeding up your road to recovery.

Spidertech taping works for pain management, support, and recovery.

  • Support and Stability: Spidertech tape applied after soft tissue therapy provides targeted support, stabilizes muscles and joints to maintain the benefits of the therapy, and prevents re-injury.
  • Circulation and Drainage: Spidertech tape lifts the skin, which promotes better circulation and lymphatic drainage. This accelerates healing by removing waste products and delivering oxygen and nutrients to the tissues more efficiently.

If you are interested in Physiotherapy in Glencoe, call our Glencoe Family Chiropractic team today!


7:15am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm

7:15am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm

7:15am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm

Glencoe Family Chiropractic

1011 Hennepin Ave N
Glencoe, MN 55336
P: (320) 864-8000
F: (320) 864-8004