Our Treatment Programs

You will find Synergy Physical Therapists to be skilled in manual therapy, Feldenkrais, Ergonomic Training, Conditioning and more. We are available for Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) as well. We also use electro thermal modalities, stretching and relaxation techniques indicated by condition.

At Synergy Physical Therapy our goal is to teach you methods of reducing your pain and preventing continued pain. Synergy Physical Therapists use physical therapy techniques that are unlike traditional acute injury PT rehab. We understand that person’s with a chronic pain issue won’t go through the same “exercises” or strengthening until they are able to learn how to prevent and control some of their pain issues. Synergy Physical Therapists strive to give patients the opportunity to have more control over their chronic pain symptoms.

Synergy Physical Therapy Group is a leader in West Michigan in manual therapy and management of orthopedic and chronic pain conditions.


Our Treatments Programs Include:


  • Spine Treatment Program

    Diagnosis:
    • Arthritis and other articular degenerative pathologies
    • Stenosis (narrowing of the open spaces within ones spine)
    • Bulging disk (disk extends outside the space it should normally occupy between the vertebra in your spine)
    • Herniated disk (a crack in the outer layer of the cartilage, that’s between the vertebra of the spine, allows some of the softer inner cartilage to protrude out of the disk)
    • Sciatica (refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg)
    Background:

    Low back pain effects almost everyone at least once in their lifetime. Twenty five percent of Americans report suffering from low back pain within the past 3 months. Typically, low back pain disappears by itself, depending on the severity of pathology. Back pain can be accompanied by leg pain, weakness, tingling, numbing and various other signs and symptoms.

    Cause:

    The cause of back pain varies. There are multiple diagnosis which impacts how the pain originated. However, the treatment of low back pain, no matter the diagnosis, begins with the same technique.

    Treatment:

    In order to effectively treat low back pain a series of three therapeutic steps need to occur:

    1. Step One: THE HEALING PROCESS
      • Education
        Education is the first step within the healing process. It actually takes place throughout every step of the therapeutic process. Within the healing process the Synergy Physical Therapist will:

        • Gather information from the patient about their pain
          • When the pain occurs (sleeping, standing, sitting, etc.)
          • Intensity of the pain
          • Location of the pain
          • The frequency of the pain (how many times per day is the area painful)
          • The type of pain (shooting, stabbing, throbbing, etc.)
          • Background on how the pain might have occurred
          • How long has the patient been suffering the pain?
          • What has the patient done to help manage the pain?
        • Educate the patient on the benefits of Physical and Manual Therapy
          • Synergy Physical Therapist will explain the difference between physical and manual therapy and how they will be used in the treatment process
          • Synergy Physical Therapist will educate the patient on the process/steps that will be taken to assist the patient with minimizing and managing their pain

            o Explain the importance of feedback and communication throughout the healing, improving and moving process of therapy

        • Establish a baseline and goals
          • The Synergy Physical Therapist will measure and document the patient’s current baseline for strength, endurance, range of motion, flexibility, quality of life ranking and pain score
          • The Synergy Physical Therapist along with the patient will create personalized patient goals. This allows the patient and therapist to effectively monitor the patient’s progress in the healing, improving and moving process
        • Healing
          • The Synergy Physical Therapist will begin the healing process by having the patient identify what movements and positions create the most pain as well as the most relief
          • The Synergy Physical Therapist will work on calming the pain. The experience and expertise of the Synergy Physical Therapist allows the he/she to identify what tools and techniques are needed to help calm the patients pain
          • Once the Synergy Physical Therapist and patient feel they have effectively calmed and/or managed the pain the Synergy Physical Therapist will move the patient to the next step. Step 2 – Improving
    2. Step Two – THE IMPROVING PROCESS
      • Education
        • Before getting started in the Improving process the Synergy Physical Therapist and patient will review the patients goals
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will explain to the patient how he/she will incorporate different types of therapies, tools and techniques during the Improving Process
      • Improving
        • Improving is very personal. That’s why goals are important. During the Improving Process the Synergy Physical Therapist will work with the patient on improving their strength, endurance, range of motion and flexibility so that the patient may experience an improved quality of life
        • Different types of physical therapy and manual therapy tools and techniques will be performed and taught to the patient

          o As the patient begins to realize progress, in their strength, endurance, range of motion and flexibility the patient will then move to the final step. Step 3 – Moving

    3. Step Three – THE MOVING PROCESS
      • Education
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist along with the patient will look back and recap the patients progress through the healing and improving process
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will then discuss with the patient what needs to occur in order to maintain and improve the patients current condition/progress
      • Moving
        • The Moving Process is about the patient’s ability to move beyond the physical oversight of the Synergy Physical Therapist

          o During the Moving Process the Synergy Physical Therapist will create a Home Exercise Program for the patient. The Synergy Physical Therapist will walk through the Home Exercise Program with the patient so that the patient can achieve a level of confidence and understanding

        • Once the patient as moved on they are always encouraged and welcome to call the Synergy Physical Therapy Group with questions.

      Through this three step process of healing, improving and moving it is the goal of the Synergy Physical Therapy Group that each patient has been given the tools and knowledge to improve their quality of life.


  • Headache Treatment Program

    Diagnosis:
    • Cervicogenic headaches(pain truly is not in the head, it is referred pain perceived in the head but is generated and originates in the neck)
    • Atypical Migraines (a migraine headache without the aura and is one sided with throbbing pain)
    • Tension- type headaches (most common type of headache, pain is typically described as a tight band around the head)
    • Temporo – Mandibular Joint Dysfunction: TMD or TMJ (disorder of the jaw muscle and nerves caused by injury to the temporomandibular joint)
    Background:

    Pain of any type that occurs in any part of the head is called a headache. Headaches, like back pain, are one of the most common physical complaints and can be very difficult to manage. According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from
    chronic, recurring headaches and fewer than 20 percent of Americans with bothersome headaches seek medical attention.

    Cause:

    The cause of headaches widely varies. Headaches can be caused by stress, injury, muscle tension, arthritis, neural irritation and neck trauma just to name a few.

    Treatment:

    In order to effectively treat headache pain a series of three therapeutic steps need to occur:

    1. Step One: THE HEALING PROCESS
      • Education
        Education is the first step within the healing process. It actually takes place throughout every step of the therapeutic process. Within the healing process the Synergy Physical
        Therapist will:

        • Gather information from the patient about their headache pain
          • When the pain occurs (exposure to light, reading, stress, etc.)
          • Intensity of the pain
          • Location of the pain
          • The frequency of the pain (how many times or for how long does the patient experience headache pain)
          • The type of pain (shooting, stabbing, throbbing, etc.)
          • Background on how the pain might have occurred
          • How long has the patient been suffering the pain?
          • What has the patient done to help manage the pain?
        • Educate the patient on the benefits of Physical and Manual Therapy
          • Synergy Physical Therapist will explain the difference between physical and manual therapy and how they will be used in the treatment process
          • Synergy Physical Therapist will educate the patient on the process/steps that will be taken to assist the patient with minimizing and managing their headache pain
          • Explain the importance of feedback and communication throughout the healing, improving and moving process of therapy
        • Establish a baseline and goals
          • The Synergy Physical Therapist will measure and document the patient’s current headache pain baseline; frequency, intensity and longevity
          • The Synergy Physical Therapist along with the patient will create personalized patient goals. This allows the patient and therapist to effectively monitor the patient’s progress in the healing, improving and moving process
      • Healing
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will begin the healing process by paraphrasing back to the patient the things the therapist has learned during the intake process. This communication if important so the patient can be
          assured that the therapist fully understands the situation.
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will work on calming the headache pain. The experience and expertise of the Synergy Physical Therapist allows he/she to identify what tools and techniques are needed to help calm the patient’s headache pain. This may take multiple interactions with the therapist (Manual Therapy treatments maybe needed)
        • Once the Synergy Physical Therapist and patient feel they have effectively calmed and/or managed the patient’s headache pain the Synergy Physical Therapist will move the patient to the next step. Step 2 – Improving
    2. Step Two – THE IMPROVING
      PROCESS

      • Education
        • Before getting started in the Improving process the Synergy Physical Therapist and patient will review the patients goals
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will explain to the patient how he/she will incorporate different types of therapies, tools and techniques during the Improving Process
      • Improving
        • Improving is very personal. That’s why goals are important. During the Improving Process the Synergy Physical Therapist will work with the patient on improving and managing the symptoms associate with their headache pain
        • Different types of physical therapy and manual therapy tools and
          techniques will be performed and taught to the patient
        • As the patient begins to realize progress with their ability to manage and minimize their headache pain, the patient will then move to the final step. Step 3 – Moving
    3. Step Three – THE MOVING PROCESS
      • Education
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist along with the patient will look back and recap the patients progress through the healing and improving process
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will then discuss with the patient what needs to occur in order that the patient maintain, improve and manage their headache pain
      • Moving
        • The Moving Process is about the patient’s ability to move beyond the physical oversight of the Synergy Physical Therapist
        • During the Moving Process the Synergy Physical Therapist will create a Home Exercise/Relaxation Program for the patient. The Synergy Physical Therapist will walk through the Home Exercise/Relaxation Program with the patient so that the patient can achieve a level of confidence and understanding
        • Once the patient as moved on they are always encouraged and welcome to call the Synergy Physical Therapy Group with questions
        • Through this three step process of healing, improving and moving it is the goal of the Synergy Physical Therapy Group that each patient has been given the tools and knowledge to improve their quality of life.

  • Chronic Pain Treatment Program

    Diagnosis:
    • Fibromyalgia – FMS (is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, associated with fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues)
    • De-conditioning & fatigue (avoidance of exercise due to increased tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue)
    • Tension related problems(exacerbates existing health conditions)
    Background:

    There are two types of pain acute pain and chronic pain:

    • Acute Pain: Begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain does not last longer than six months.
    • Chronic Pain: Persists despite the fact that an injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months or years. Chronic pain is pain lasting longer
      that six months.

    Chronic pain impacts over 100 million American. That’s more than that diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancer combined.

    Cause:

    Chronic pain can be caused by many different factors. Often conditions that are associated with normal aging may affect bones and joints in ways that cause chronic pain. Other common causes
    are nerve damage and injuries that fail to heal properly. Chronic pain also be brought on by a combination of factors such as; poor posture, overweight, improper lifting, congenital conditions, etc.

    Treatment:

    In order to effectively treat chronic pain a series of three therapeutic steps need to occur:

    1. Step One: THE HEALING PROCESS
      • Education
        Education is the first step within the healing process. It actually takes place throughout every step of the therapeutic process. Within the healing process the Synergy Physical
        Therapist will:

        • Gather information from the patient about their pain
          • When the pain occurs (sleeping, standing, sitting, etc.)
          • Intensity of the pain
          • Location of the pain
          • The frequency of the pain (how many times per day is the area painful)
          • The type of pain (shooting, stabbing, throbbing, etc.)
          • Background on how the pain might have occurred
          • How long has the patient been suffering the pain?
          • What has the patient done to help manage the pain?
        • Educate the patient on the benefits of Physical and Manual Therapy
          • Synergy Physical Therapist will explain the difference between physical and manual therapy and how they will be used in the treatment process
          • Synergy Physical Therapist will educate the patient on the process/steps that will be taken to assist the patient with minimizing and managing their pain
          • Explain the importance of feedback and communication throughout the healing, improving and moving process of therapy
        • Establish a baseline and goals
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will measure and document the patient’s current baseline for strength, endurance, range of motion, flexibility, quality of life ranking and pain score
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist along with the patient will create personalized patient goals. This allows the patient and therapist to effectively monitor the patient’s progress in the healing, improving and moving process
      • Healing
      • The Synergy Physical Therapist will begin the healing process by having the patient identify what movements and positions create the most pain as well as the most relief
      • The Synergy Physical Therapist will work on calming the pain. The experience and expertise of the Synergy Physical Therapist allows the therapist to identify what tools and techniques are needed to help calm the patients pain
      • Once the Synergy Physical Therapist and patient feel they have effectively calmed and/or managed the pain the Synergy Physical Therapist will move the patient to the next step. Step 2 – Improving
    2. Step Two – THE IMPROVING PROCESS
      • Education
        • Before getting started in the Improving process the Synergy Physical Therapist and patient will review the patients goals
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will explain to the patient how he/she will incorporate different types of therapies, tools and techniques during the Improving Process
      • Improving
        • Improving is very personal. That’s why goals are important. During the Improving Process the Synergy Physical Therapist will work with the patient on improving their strength, endurance, range of motion and flexibility so that the patient may lower their pain score and can begin experiencing an improved quality of life
        • Different types of physical therapy, manual therapy and tools and techniques will be performed and taught to the patient.
        • As the patient begins to realize progress, in their strength, endurance, range of motion, flexibility and decreased pain score the patient will then move to the final step. Step 3 – Moving
    3. Step Three – THE MOVING PROCESS
      • Education
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist along with the patient will look back and recap the patients progress through the healing and improving process
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will then discuss with the patient what needs to occur in order to maintain and improve the patients current condition/progress
      • Moving
        • The Moving Process is about the patient’s ability to move beyond the physical oversight of the Synergy Physical Therapist.
        • During the Moving Process the Synergy Physical Therapist will create a Home Exercise/Relaxation Program for the patient. The Synergy Physical Therapist will walk through the Home Exercise/Relaxation Program with the patient so that the patient can achieve a level of confidence and
          understanding
        • Once the patient has moved on they are always encouraged and welcome to call the Synergy Physical Therapy Group with questions

    Through this three step process of healing, improving and moving it is the goal of the Synergy Physical Therapy Group that each patient
    has been given the tools and knowledge to improve their quality of life.


  • Pelvic Pain Treatment Program

    Diagnosis:
    • Pelvic Pain & Somatic
      Dysfunction
      (impaired or altered function of related components of the somatic (bodywork) system including: the skeletal, arthrodial, and myofascial structures, and their related vascular, lymphatic, and neural elements)
    • Coccydynia (commonly referred to as tail-bone pain)
    • Ilioinguinal Neuropathy (damage of dysfunction of the Ilioinguinal nerve)
    • Vulvodynia (is a chronic pain syndrome that affects the vulvar area and occurs without identifiable cause)
    • Vagisnismus
    Background:

    Pelvic pain can affect both women and men. Chronic pelvic pain typically results from more than one condition. Pelvic pain can originate from ones digestive, reproductive or urinary system. It can also arise from muscles and connective tissue in the structures of the pelvic floor.

    Pelvic pain should be taken seriously. It may alter normal bowel or bladder function and may cause sexual dysfunction, affecting both the physical and social wellbeing of a patient.

    Cause:

    There are several common causes of chronic pelvic pain; visceral pain, pelvic girdle pain or pain caused by nerve entrapment, just to name a few.

    Treatment:

    In order to effectively treat chronic pelvic pain a series of three therapeutic steps need to occur:

    1. Step One: THE HEALING PROCESS
      • Education
        Education is the first step
        within the healing process. It actually takes place throughout every step of
        the therapeutic process. Within the healing process the Synergy Physical
        Therapist will:

        • Gather thorough information from the patient about their pelvic pain
          • When the pain occurs
          • Intensity of the pain
          • Location of the pain
          • The frequency of the pain (how many times per day is the area
            painful)
          • The type of pain (shooting, stabbing, throbbing, etc.)
          • Background on how the pain might have occurred
          • How long has the patient been suffering the pain?
          • What has the patient done to help manage the pain?
        • Educate the patient on the benefits of Physical and Manual Therapy
          • Synergy Physical Therapist will explain the difference between physical and manual therapy and how they will be used in the treatment process
          • Synergy Physical Therapist will educate the patient on the process/steps that will be taken to assist the patient with minimizing and managing their pain
          • Explain the importance of feedback and communication throughout the healing, improving and moving process of therapy
        • Establish a baseline and goals
          • The Synergy Physical Therapist will measure and document the patient’s current
          • The Synergy Physical Therapist along with the patient will create personalized patient goals. This allows the patient and therapist to effectively monitor the patient’s progress in the healing, improving and moving process
      • Healing
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will begin the healing process by having the patient identify what movements and positions create the most pain as well as the most relief
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will work on calming the pain. The experience and expertise of the Synergy Physical Therapist allows the therapist to identify what tools and techniques are needed to help calm the patients pain
        • Once the Synergy Physical Therapist and patient feel they have effectively calmed and/or managed the pain the Synergy Physical Therapist will move the patient to the next step. Step 2 – Improving
    2. Step Two – THE IMPROVING
      PROCESS

      • Education
        • Before getting started in the Improving process the Synergy Physical Therapist and patient will review the patients goals
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will explain to the patient how he/she will incorporate different types of therapies, tools and techniques during the Improving Proces
      • Improving
        • Improving is very personal. That’s why goals are important. During the Improving Process the Synergy Physical Therapist will work with the patient on improving their ability to manage their pain and lower their pain score. It’s important that the patient begins to experience an improved quality of life
        • Different types of physical therapy, manual therapy and tools and techniques will be performed and taught to the patient
        • As the patient begins to realize progress and a decreased pain score the patient will then move to the final step. Step 3 – Moving
    3. Step Three – THE MOVING
      PROCESS

      • Education
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist along with the patient will look back and recap the patients progress through the healing and improving process
        • The Synergy Physical Therapist will then discuss with the patient what needs to occur in order to maintain and improve the patients current condition/progress
      • Moving
        • The Moving Process is about the patient’s ability to move beyond the physical oversight of the Synergy Physical Therapist
        • During the Moving Process the Synergy Physical Therapist will create a Home Exercise/Relaxation Program for the patient. The Synergy Physical Therapist will walk through the Home Exercise/Relaxation Program with the patient so that the patient can achieve a level of confidence and understanding
        • Once the patient has moved on they are always encouraged and welcome to call the Synergy Physical Therapy Group with questions

    Through this three step process of healing, improving and moving it is the goal of the Synergy Physical Therapy Group that each patient has been given the tools and knowledge to improve their quality of life.


  • Treatment Program Focused on Relaxation

    Besides learning how to activate muscles, it’s also important to know how to relax muscles or “turn off” the muscle. Muscle control, including relaxation, is the best way to manage muscle pain.

    Relaxing is very important component with the healing, improving and moving process. In order to relax one needs practice various levels of muscle tension. Relaxing takes control and focus.