Lake Tekawitha, MO

Lake Tekawitha, MO

It is possible to restore the mobility and independence you once enjoyed. Call Axes Physical Therapy for proven, tailored treatment plans to get you back to what you love doing most.

Mobility in Lake Tekawitha, MO. Our bodies are meant to to make walking and other movements easy. But sometimes, our bodies don’t work the way they should and it keeps us from the activities we love. While that loss of physical mobility can affect our mental health as well, Axes Physical Therapy in Lake Tekawitha, MO offers safe, effective, and evidence-backed treatment plans that are built specifically to getting you back to the life you want to live. Regardless of whether your mobility limitations are the result of acute trauma, a disease, or an impairment in your musculoskeletal skeleton such as sciatica, take the first steps in optimal movement health and comfort as soon as possible by requesting a mobility and injury analysis with Axes today or calling the the one of our multiple locations nearest you.

The dictionary definition of mobility is, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some of us that looks like rolling over in bed comfortably, while others have more active lifestyle desires like making a diving catch in their softball league. Whatever you need to improve your movement health for, if can’t complete the activities you want to consult with your doctor about professional physical therapy services.

Functional Mobility in Lake Tekawitha, MO

Functional mobility refers to a person’s ability to complete basic tasks. This includes anything from moving around in bed or getting in and out of the shower safely. In general, functional mobility can be broken down into three categories:

  1. Bed mobility — Your ability to easily move around in bed, including rolling, scooting, sitting up, and lying down.
  2. Transfers — Whether or not you are able to move from one surface to a different one, for example from a chair, bed, or sofa to another.
  3. Ambulation If you can walk on your own while having objects in your hands.

If you currently need assistance to be functionally mobile, the Lake Tekawitha, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are dedicated to getting your freedom back. Whether the condition affecting you is a knee injury, arthritis or other joint pain, or even a a progressive disorder like Parkinson’s disease, we’ll guide you through your journey to optimal mobility. We will guide you in strengthening, balance, and flexibility movements. Our therapists are also highly trained in vestibular therapy for people who have a debilitating vestibular disorder.

Lake Tekawitha, MO physical therapists often use the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) of seven levels to assess someone’s functional mobility:

  1. Complete independence, meaning you can complete a specified task safely and without taking an excessive amount of time
  2. Modified independence, meaning you can perform specific movements but only with a walker, a cane, or crutches
  3. Stand-by assist, meaning you can perform the movement independently but need someone to monitor you so you don’t hurt yourself
  4. Minimal assistance, meaning you can do 75% or more while a physical therapist helps you the rest of the way
  5. Moderate assistance, meaning you can exert half of the effort necessary
  6. Maximal assistance, meaning you can complete about 25% of the task independently
  7. Total assistance or not testable, meaning you are unable to put in 25% of the work required, or that even testing whether or not you can do it is not safe

At Axes Physical Therapy in Lake Tekawitha, MO, your customized treatment plan may include safely taking you from the first level to the highest level possible. All of our treatment plans are proven to be safe and effective through extensive clinical studies, and at your first appointment with your professional physical therapist, they will perform a thorough evaluation of your health to confirm that the treatment modalities we use are safe for someone in your exact condition.

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Beyond Functional Mobility in Lake Tekawitha, MO

To be sure, simply walking up the stairs without assistance does not define optimal movement health for many of us. There are corners to burn on the football field, your pets to pick up, and the vocational tasks you need to carry out every day so that you can put food on the table for your Lake Tekawitha, MO family. At Axes, we offer comprehensive physical and occupational physical therapy that can help any athlete, worker, or family member improve mobility they need to get back to the activities they love. Our services also include:

  • Occupational therapy — Our Lake Tekawitha, MO occupational therapists are an essential part of getting you back to work after a work-related injury. We team up with you and your physician, insurance carrier, workers’ compensation lawyer and employer so you can get back to being an integral member of our Lake Tekawitha, MO community and supporting your family the best way you can. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to determine if you can safely go back to work either fully or in some capacity.
  • Sports therapy The last thing anyone who loves playing sports wants to experience is an unexpected injury that keeps them off the field or court for weeks, months, or longer. If you suffer an ACL tear, rotator cuff tear, or other sports injury, Axes Physical Therapy in Lake Tekawitha, MO will help you regain your mobility and get you back on the field or court as soon as is safely possible. Our Certified Athletic Trainers are big believers in teaching injury prevention to help you avoid re-injury.
  • Pre/post surgical rehabilitation Surgery and your recovery from it are delicate matters that make anyone nervous. Whether your surgery is a matter of choice or a strong recommendation from a physician, we’ll work with your physician and surgeons to form a complete surgical team to help you feel confident in your treatment, and develop a successful strategy to restore optimal mobility.

Whatever the current level of mobility, and the extent to wish you want to improve it, consult with your Lake Tekawitha, MO doctor about whether or not physical therapy is a good option for you, or visit one of our locations for a free injury screening from a professional physical or occupational therapist.

How a Physical Therapist in Lake Tekawitha, MO Can Help Improve Your Mobility

Our mobility is based on our strength, flexibility, range of motion, and balance:

  • Strength — While physical therapy can help rebuild muscle after an injury and slow the weakening of muscles as we age, it also helps to make sure no muscle is stronger or weaker than it should be in relation to the muscles around it. Achieving equal muscle balance around joints is imperative in preventing injury and reaching optimal movement health.
  • Flexibility and range of motion — To improve our mobility to the highest level we can, our muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue need to be able to lengthen so that the joints they control and protect can function properly.
  • Balance — Problems with balance are commonly due to:
    • Problems with vision
    • A vestibular condition, or a problem in your inner ear
    • Your proprioceptive system, the receptors in our muscles that monitor length, tension, pressure and noxious stimuli

A clinically experienced physical therapist in Lake Tekawitha, MO will find the root of your limitations in mobility and develop a safe and effective treatment plan to get you back to the activities you love. In addition to restorative strength, flexibility, and core exercises, other evidence-backed techniques may include:

If your doctor and therapy team agree, a physical therapist in Lake Tekawitha, MO can also fit you for medically accepted assistive devices such as splints, braces, crutches, or canes in order to aid you in your mobility and reduce risk of injury.

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How Physical Therapy in Lake Tekawitha, MO Helps Beyond Mobility

Physical therapy does more than just increase mobility. Your customized treatment plans:

  • Pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions without having to use prescription medications
  • If applicable, the potential to avoid surgery by motivating your body to heal on its own
  • Mobility education, including physical therapy techniques you can do in the comfort of your own home with no risk to injury, injury prevention techniques, and the best postures for improved mobility
  • Motivating better physical health, carries with it the benefits of enhanced energy, decreases your odds of developing heart disease, contributes to a healthy weight, makes you feel better, and encourages your body to get a full 8 hours of sleep

Other services we offer in Lake Tekawitha, MO include:

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Whether you are looking for hand therapy in order to make it easier for you to use a computer, are in need of meaningful pain management for arthritis, or want to get back on the field after a sports injury, Axes’ team of licensed physical and occupational therapists is here to help you get back to the activities you love. We practice a an approach that focuses on personalized treatment. To restore the level of mobility you deserve, request an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today or reach out to the location that works best for you.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Acute Injury Management
  • Chronic Injury Management
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • DorsaVi Video Motion Analysis
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Lauren Huckstep
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CSCS, Astym Cert.
Christine Blocker
Front Office Supervisor

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