Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Four PHH therapists receive certifications

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2016

Four Parkview Huntington Hospital physical therapists have advanced their skills and achieved certification in specific areas of their practice this fall. Lynn Merrill, PT, DPT, certification in lymphedema therapy; Kim Case, PT, MS, Level 1 certification in intramuscular stimulation, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling; Micheal Sands, PTA, Level 1 certification in selective functional movement assessment and Cory Fornal, PT, DPT, Level 1 certification in selective functional movement assessment.

Certifications require intense study in a particular treatment area for a therapist to be able to provide specialized care. Many hours of pre-course work are required, followed by several days of study and “hands-on” practical experience at a conference, then a final exam. In the case of level 1 certification, a second level of certification is also available, requiring additional training.

“Assessing a person’s physical condition and musculoskeletal challenges, understanding goals for therapy and establishing a plan for treatment is a process involving a complex set of skills and a broad knowledge base,” said Holly Sale, director, Rehab and Wellness, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “So our therapists seek out quality training opportunities to further hone their skills and expand their capabilities in order to better serve our patients.”

Sale said the goal is to provide for the needs of the community locally, whenever possible. Training in these specialized areas means that when community members need such treatment, they can receive care conveniently close to home without having to drive to another county.

Lymphedema therapy involves decongestive techniques to discourage swelling (edema) and encourage better functioning of the lymphatic system. Surgery, chemotherapy and even hereditary conditions can cause the lymphatic system to malfunction and fluid to accumulate in the tissues. Manual therapy to promote drainage, as well as exercises, compression therapy and skin care to inhibit bacterial and fungal growth, are all important parts of this type of therapy.

Dry needling – a new offering by Parkview Huntington Hospital Rehab and Wellness – is a proven therapeutic technique used to treat pain, stiffness and poor muscle function through the insertion of narrow, filiform needles into the skin and soft tissue beneath. The process can provide significant relief by releasing tension and spurring the production of certain biochemicals in the body.

Selective functional movement assessment is a comprehensive approach that enables the therapist to identify weakness, instability and other deficiencies of movement and determine what movement patterns are causing pain for that individual, along with what manipulation or exercises may be used to treat the problem.

Parkview Huntington Hospital Rehab and Wellness Center offers a wide range of services provided by highly qualified, professional therapists. Services include: Physical therapy (various approaches including lymphedema therapy, dry needling and much more); Occupational therapy; Speech therapy; Pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy; Athletic rehab; Aquatic therapy; Cardiac and pulmonary rehab; Diabetes education; Dietitian consultation and nutrition education; Work Dynamics (physician referral required); Work Smart and Adult Fitness Center.

For more information on services and hours, or to schedule an appointment, call the Parkview Huntington Hospital Rehab and Wellness Center at (260) 355-3240.

Four staff members of the Parkview Huntington Hospital Rehab and Wellness Center recently received certification in additional skill areas to better serve the needs of patients they include, left to right, Lynn Merrill, physical therapist, certified in lymphedema therapy; Mike Sands, physical therapy assistant, and Cory Fornal, physical therapist, both certified in selective functional movement assessment and Kim Case, physical therapist, certified in myofascial trigger point dry needling.