Chiropractors, Physical Therapists Can Help Patients With Chronic Problems

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Payson Physical Therapy Owner Scott Nossek shows technician Mary Lynn how to use the Wii balance board.

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Payson Athletic Club offers 10 exercise classes a week, including the Silver Sneakers class for seniors. Instructors lead the class through gentle, range of motion exercises using balance balls and resistance tubing.

Recovery from a sports injury, fall or car accident takes time and a lot of work. There is a host of ways to treat that kink in your neck, from stretching to acupuncture to strength training.

With the help of a physical therapist or chiropractor, you can be back on your feet, or at least straight on them, in no time.

At Payson Physical Therapy, which moved into a new, expanded space on Main Street at the beginning of 2009, the healing process has been made a little easier and maybe even a little fun.

The center offers the only indoor therapy pool in the Rim Country and a Wii system with balance board for balance, vestibular and neurology rehab.

Owner Scott Nossek said the Wii trains people to shift their weight and balance with their feet. A 16-year-old cerebral palsy patient was even able to play a video game unassisted for the first time with the system.

Nossek, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, said for the last two decades he has focused on helping people improve their physical condition “whether they are a couch potato or a high-level athlete.”

The center offers prosthetic and orthotics services, speech, occupational, home physical therapy and strength conditioning. The facility also offers a golf fitness program that improves golfers’ flexibility and strength, thus lowering their scores.

The five-foot-deep, heated pool is used for patients recovering from total joint replacements, fractures, lower back injuries and a host of other ailments.

“They get in the water and it allows them to do movement patterns by taking the weight off people,” Nossek said. “All conditions would benefit from the pool.”

When deciding between a physical therapist or a chiropractor, there are a number of distinct differences, but provide needed medical treatment and service. Nossek said physical therapists and chiropractors handle treatment differently.

A chiropractor treats an injury with manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissue, whether it is with the hands or a machine.

Physical therapists use mobilization tools and exercises for therapy.

“The philosophy is different and the explanation of why its injured and how to treat it,” Nossek said.

Chiropractors

Arizona Animal Chiropractic

8039 W. Fossil Road, (928) 474-5432

Abundant Life Chiropractic Clinic

3617 Highway 87, Pine, (928) 476-2777

Anderson Chiropractic and Acupuncture Clinic

903 N. Highway 87, Ste. B, (928) 474-7070

Bee Well Chiropractic

200 W. Frontier St., (928) 474-9355

Beeline Chiropractic

414 S. Beeline Highway, (928) 474-5555

Mountain Chiropractic

411 S. Beeline Highway, Ste. C, (928) 474-8417

My Chiropractor

405 S. Beeline Highway, Ste. D, (928) 474-0442

Payson Chiropractic Center

621 W. Main St., (928) 474-5443

Sunrise Chiropractic (928) 474-2820

Physical Therapists

Payson Care Center

107 E. Lone Pine Drive, (928) 472-4240

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