Physical Therapy

Southwest Family Physicians -  - Family Practice

Southwest Family Physicians

Family Practice & Medical Weight Loss located in Tigard, OR

What results are possible with medical weight loss? Research shows that losing just 5-10% of excess weight can make significant improvements in: Cholesterol levels Hypertension Diabetes Insulin resistance Obstructive sleep apnea Inflammation With Oregon Medical Weight Loss, our patients lose an average of 6% of their weight, achieving many health improvements. Concrete results are evident for people with metabolic syndrome, for example. Men and women with elevated insulin levels who go through our weight-loss program experience a 40% decrease in their levels and maintain that drop three months later. Why choose medical weight loss? You may have tried several different diets, exercise programs, or other weight loss fads to try and lose weight. These strategies often make false promises and lead to failed weight loss and even weight increase, filling you with frustration and hopelessness when it comes to your size. Many of these diets are ill-advised or even dangerous. Even if you do successfully lose weight, the results are short-lived. Our Oregon Medical Weight Loss team recognizes that obesity is neither your fault nor a sign of personal failure: it’s a chronic, relapsing condition. Dr. Gulick, DO, Dr. Lowy, MD, and the staff, work with you around your personal concerns and struggles to help you achieve your desired weight loss for good. The board-certified and specially trained providers use blood work and other tests to look carefully for underlying medical causes of your weight gain and retention. When the cause is found, the solution to resolve that condition can be found. What is involved in medical weight loss? Using the latest evidence-based research and your personal lab results and metabolic testing, the providers at Southwest Family Physicians are able to determine your daily caloric needs and provide you with a customized, holistic plan. With medical supervision, you’re able to try out multiple weight-loss options and find what truly w

Physical Therapy Q & A

What conditions benefit from physical therapy?

Come to Southwest Physical Therapy to address:

  • Pre- and postpartum issues
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Sports injuries
  • Stroke recovery
  • Pre- and postoperative rehabilitation
  • Motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Neck and back pain

The team also provides fitness evaluations and fitting for assistive devices. They help patients of all ages, from young athletes to geriatric adults.

What physical therapy services are available?

The physical therapists at Southwest Family Physicians offer a wide range of therapies to help you overcome dysfunction and pain. These include:

Manual therapy

The therapists use hands-on treatment combined with active patient participation to resolve issues related to body mechanics. Manual therapy is an integral part of physical therapy and includes joint and soft tissue mobilization.

Neuromuscular re-education

All treatments include some neuromuscular re-education. The therapists at Southwest Family Physicians recognize that it’s important to connect the mind, or nervous system, to the body, or musculoskeletal system. Techniques used include NIMES, biofeedback, verbal, and tactile cues. The intention of neuromuscular re-education is to help you re-establish normal movement patterns and improve body awareness. Taping and/or splinting is sometimes necessary to stabilize muscles and joints.

Pelvic floor therapy

Our pelvic floor physical therapist treats women with urinary incontinence and prolapse concerns. She specializes in OB Physical Therapy, for both pre and postpartum care. Your appointment may include muscle strengthening exercises, manual therapy, biofeedback, or other techniques.

Balance, fall prevention, vestibular services

The physical therapy experts evaluate poor balance and help you avoid devastating falls using exercises and education on safety. The intent of the therapy is to help increase your independence, reduce fear, and prevent injury. Treatment of the inner ear or neck (cervical spine) may help, too, especially if you have nausea, headache, or dizziness. 

Therapeutic exercise 

Anyone with neuromuscular or orthopedic disorders can benefit from exercises prescribed to increase strength, endurance, agility, and flexibility. Therapeutic exercise can help you reach your fitness goals. 

How does massage therapy help with physical therapy treatment?

Southwest Family Physicians has a team of licensed massage therapists on staff to provide both superficial and deep massage that can reduce pain, alleviate swelling, and correct poor posture. 

The therapists have specialized training in sports/Swedish massage, Strain-Counterstrain, Rolfing, and structural integration. Massage can be both relaxing and therapeutic.

To learn more about the range of physical therapy services available at Southwest Family Physicians, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online tool.


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