Union, MO

Union, MO

Limited mobility does not have to follow you for the rest of your life. Call Axes Physical Therapy for evidence-based, customized treatment plans to get you back to the activities you love.

Mobility in Union, MO. Our bodies are built to be on the go. But sometimes, we sustain an injury or other condition that impedes us from our favorite activities, or even just being able to carry out or daily live comfortably. While losing your independence because of losing your mobility also have an impact on our emotional well-being, Axes Physical Therapy in Union, MO offers safe, effective, and proven solutions that are tailored specifically to you, your age, and your desired activity level. No matter if your mobility is limited because of an injury, a degenerative condition, or a musculoskeletal condition such as sciatica, start on the road back to your best possible mobility and comfort now by requesting a free evaluation with Axes today or calling the the one of our 15 locations most convenient for you.

The dictionary defines mobility as, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some of us that may mean rolling over in bed without pain, while others need to get back to 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 speak with your doctor to see if physical therapy is the right choice for you.

Functional Mobility in Union, MO

Functional mobility refers to a person’s ability to complete daily tasks. This includes anything from getting in and out of bed or bringing a cup of coffee to the living room and sitting down. Fundamentally, there are three types of functional mobility:

  1. Bed mobility — Whether or not you are able to to easily move around in bed, including rolling, scooting, sitting up, and lying down.
  2. Transfers — Your ability to switch between places, for example from a bed to a chair.
  3. Ambulation Whether or not you can walk, and can do so while carrying things.

If you currently need assistance to be functionally mobile, the Union, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are dedicated to helping you regain your autonomy. Whether you currently lack full functional mobility due to a sports injuryan rotator cuff tear tear, 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. Most treatment plans include strengthening, balance, and flexibility training. We also offer vestibular therapy to help with vestibular disorders that cause dizziness and vertigo.

The seven level Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is the staple of how to determine functional mobility in Union, MO:

  1. Complete independence, meaning you are able to achieve specific mobility thresholds safely and without taking an excessive amount of time
  2. Modified independence, meaning you need a device such as crutches to complete the task
  3. Supervision, meaning you can perform the movement independently but need someone next to you so you don’t hurt yourself
  4. Minimal assistance, meaning you can do 75% or more while someone else does the rest
  5. Moderate assistance, meaning you can perform about 50% of the work needed
  6. Maximal assistance, meaning you can complete about 25% of the task without assistance
  7. Total assistance or not testable, meaning you are unable to put in a quarter of the work required, or that the activity is not safe to test

At Axes Physical Therapy in Union, MO, your customized treatment plan may include safely taking you from the first level to the highest level you are able to achieve. All of our methods are based on what research says can improve your mobility, and at your first appointment with your professional physical therapist, they will perform a thorough evaluation of your health to ensure that the treatment modalities we have in mind for you are safe for someone suffering from the same ailment you are.

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Beyond Functional Mobility in Union, MO

Obviously, many of us desire a higher level of movement health than just walking up the stairs pain-free. There are doubles to hit in your softball league, your pets to play with, and the vocational tasks you need to carry out every day so that you can earn a living for your Union, MO family. At Axes, our occupational and physical therapists can help any athlete, worker, or family member reach the optimal movement health they need to get back to the activities they love. We also offer:

  • Occupational therapy — Our Union, MO occupational therapists are essential to your recovery when an injury or condition does not allow you to carry out the tasks of your job. We serve as an integral member of your workers’ compensation team so you can get back to helping our Union, MO community and supporting your family as you always have. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to determine what functional capacities you are capable of.
  • Sports therapy The last thing anyone who loves playing sports wants to experience is an unexpected fall or collision that sidelines them and keeps them from what they love for anywhere from a couple weeks to a year. If you suffer an ACL tear, rotator cuff tear, or other sports injury, Axes Physical Therapy in Union, MO will help you restore your mobility and get you back on the field or court as soon as is safely possible. Our Certified Athletic Trainers can also educate you on the specifics of injury prevention to help you stay off the sidelines.
  • Pre/post surgical rehabilitation Surgery makes anyone anxious. Whether your surgery is a matter of choice or a strong recommendation from a physician, we’ll team up with the doctors recommending and performing your surgery to give you piece of mind, and formulate an effective strategy to restore optimal mobility.

However limited you currently are in your mobility, and lifestyle you are trying to get back to, consult with your Union, MO doctor about whether they think getting you a prescription for physical therapy is right for you, or come see us for a free injury screening from a licensed physical or occupational therapist.

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

The four tenets of mobility are our strength, flexibility, range of motion, and balance:

  • Strength — While physical therapy is effective at rebuilding and maintaining strength, 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 essential in preventing injury and improving your mobility.
  • Flexibility and range of motion — To reach the movement health and lifestyle we desire, not only do our muscles need to have the strength to control bones, but our muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue need to be able to lengthen, and our joints need to be able to perform a wide variety of movements.
  • Balance — Frequent causes of balance issues include:
    • Problems with vision
    • A vestibular issue, or something in your inner ear
    • Your proprioceptive system, the sense of awareness ingrained in our muscles and joints

An experienced physical therapist in Union, MO will find the root of your mobility issues and develop a safe and effective treatment plan to get you back to the lifestyle you enjoy most. In addition to restorative strength, flexibility, and core exercises, your treatment plan may also include:

If your doctor and therapy team agree, a physical therapist in Union, MO can also mold your very own medically accepted assistive devices such as splints, braces, crutches, or canes in order to help you achieve the best possible mobility.

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How Physical Therapy in Union, MO Helps Beyond Mobility

The benefits of physical therapy go beyond just getting around easier, getting back to work, or getting back on the field. Your proven treatment plans:

  • Pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions without the need of costly and potentially habit forming prescription drugs
  • In some cases, the potential to avoid a surgical procedure by encouraging the body’s own healing methods
  • Mobility education, including exercises 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 you to maintain an active lifestyle, which leads to enhanced energy, lowers your risk of heart disease, contributes to a healthy weight, improves your mood, and promotes better sleep

Other services we offer in Union, 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 looking for meaningful pain management for arthritis, or want to return to your active lifestyle following acute trauma, Axes’ team of licensed physical and occupational therapists will develop and implement the treatment plan that works best for you. We practice a client-centered approach. To restore the level of mobility you deserve, request an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today or reach out to the location most convenient for you.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Advanced Work Rehabilitation
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFR)

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Danielle O’Rando
Front Office
Sharon Titter
Clinic Director, MPT

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