Physical Therapy

Superior Performance Center

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Management, and Sports Medicine Clinic located in St. Paul, MN

Sometimes after sustaining an injury or undergoing major surgery, chronic pain and limited mobility lingers, resulting in considerable discomfort. Dr. Serge PierreCharles and his team at the Superior Performance Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, offer personalized physical therapy to relieve pain and regain flexibility, strength, and range of motion. To start your journey towards recovery and improved quality of life, call or click today to schedule an appointment.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy helps ease pain and regain your mobility, flexibility, and prevent chronic disability after an injury or accident. It helps prevent loss of mobility in chronic diseases like diabetes, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

In many cases, the use of physical therapy is an alternative to unnecessary surgery and reduces the need for long-term pain medication.

At the Superior Performance Center, the goal is to manage or treat your condition by developing a personalized plan and defining your goals.

What treatments are used in physical therapy?

Common physical therapy techniques include:

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Massage
  • Ice or heat therapy
  • Pool therapy
  • Strength training

What is pool therapy?

Pool therapy or aquatic therapy takes place in a pool or another aquatic environment under the guidance of a skilled physical therapist. It’s especially useful for seniors and children to maintain or improve fitness levels, balance, and strength.

Pool therapy is growing in popularity because the water properties create an ideal environment for physical therapy. Water's stability can reduce your fear of falling, and the water also reduces the effects of gravity, which improves ease of movement.

Some of the unique benefits of pool therapy are:

  • Warm water relaxes aching joints and muscles
  • Water resistance helps to strengthen muscles
  • Reduces pain during the recovery phase
  • Water pressure helps to stabilize and maintain balance

Conditions that might be improved by the use of pool therapy include:

  • Arthritis
  • Balance disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic pain

What is strength training?

Strength training, also known as weight or resistance training, is a physical activity that improves muscle fitness by targeting a specific muscle or muscle group. The Superior Performance team uses strength training with patients who have diabetes, heart disease, or joint disabilities, or for patients as part of healthy aging or weight loss programs.

It can also be useful to regain strength or rebuild muscles after sustaining an injury. Under the guidance of a trained physical therapist, you have the power to get to where you want to be.

Book an appointment online or by phone to learn more about the physical therapy best suited to your needs.