Welcome to Empower Physical Therapy and Fitness!
Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI
Whether you are looking to recover from an injury, improve sports performance, lose weight or just want a better quality of life, Empower Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI can help. With two state of the art locations in Clinton Township, we continue to strive to bring you the latest and greatest technology to improve your fitness and overall wellness.
Rajendran Thangamuthu, DPT
Owner and Physical Therapist
Raj’s physical therapy career began in 1992 after graduating from SRIPMS College in India. He spent 3 years practicing there before moving to Kuwait and joining the Ministry of Health Hospitals system. In 1996, he came to the United States and practiced in various hospitals and clinics before opening his own practice in 2008. AquatiCare Physical Therapy allowed Raj to focus on superior patient care and treat patients with fewer visits and better results. In 2011, he opened Empower Physical Therapy and Fitness – an innovative concept integrating Physical Therapy and Fitness in one facility.
Raj is devoted to lifelong learning and throughout his career has gained extensive experience in manual therapy including training at the Ola Grimsby Institute, IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) and Myofascial Release education through Thomas Myers Anatomy Trains. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. Raj is a certified Neurac Therapist, Pilates instructor, an avid student of Hot Yoga and was recently named Student of the Month at his studio.
Raj is passionate about working with the elderly and has created a unique Fall Prevention Program to improve patient’s balance and coordination as they age. He utilizes a wide variety of equipment to address balance deficits including Pneumex Unweighting System, Biodex and Balance Gym.
Certified in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) and Work Site Analyses, Raj has pioneered the development of performance enhancement programs for DuPont. He has worked directly with the Resin, Dispersion, Fire Brigade and Emergency Services departments.
In his free time, Raj enjoys spending time with his wife, son and two daughters.
Services Offered By Our Office For Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI
Manual therapy is a hands-on treatment by clinicians to treat muscle aches, joint pain, and limited range of motion. It encompasses a variety of techniques including soft tissue mobilization of muscles, specific joint mobilization, and joint manipulation.
The three most notable forms of manual therapy are:
- Manipulation is the application of a rapid force into a joint(s). Manipulation is often associated with an audible popping sound called cavitation.
- Mobilization is a slower, more controlled process of articular and soft-tissue stretching intended to improve joint mobility.
- Massage is typically the repetitive rubbing, stripping or kneading of muscle and fascia tissues to facilitate healing.
Manual therapy has been proven to be an important part of an overall conservative treatment plan for a variety of conditions including:
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Shoulder impingement
- Shoulder stiffness/limited range of motion
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Pinched nerves
- Limited joint range of motion
- Capsule tightness
- Postsurgical stiffness
- Much more.
Manual therapy is typically part of a complete treatment plan that is customized for your specific needs. Give us a call to learn how we can incorporate manual therapy into your rehabilitation program.
If you are a youth, collegiate, elite, or professional athlete, when you are injured, you need a physical therapist with experience rehabilitating sports-related injuries.
Athletes place higher demands on the muscles and joints and also require sport-specific training to recover speed, power, and agility. This is the specific training that our therapists provide.
Our physical therapists have years of experience rehabilitating athletes with:
- Postsurgical rehabilitation of the knee, shoulder, ankle, hip, and spine
- Shoulder & rotator cuff injuries
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL rehab
- Post-fracture rehab
- Tennis elbow
- Overhead sports injuries (throwing, swimming, etc.)
- Running & cycling injuries
A Personalized Recovery Process
The process starts with a thorough evaluation of your condition and your personal goals. We then provide a custom program including the following:
- Control of Pain & Inflammation
- Recovery of Range of Motion
- Hands-on Techniques
- Neuromuscular Retraining
- Core & Extremity Strengthening
- Balance & Proprioceptive Activities
- Speed, Endurance, & Power Training
- Sport-specific Retraining
Optimizing the Recovery Process
Injuries are an unfortunate side effect of sports but they don’t have to sideline you indefinitely. With the application of the latest clinical research, we can work hand-in-hand with your referring physician/surgeon to optimize the recover process so you can reach your full potential.
Give us a call today to learn more about our sports rehabilitation program.
Recent Blog Posts From Our Office Of Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI
National Physical Therapy Month
Like many people, we all get injured whether it is due to work, sports or simply just by walking. National Physical Therapy Month takes place in October and it encourages people that physical therapy is an effective way to help patients feel better with their injuries. It is a much better alternative to opioids or other powerful, addictive substances people use to relieve their pain. Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of physical therapy during this National PT Month? Our team at Empower Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI can help you.
The goal of this day is to celebrate the work of health care professionals by improving people’s lives and relieving their pain with a better and safer alternative without using harmful medications. This association wants to deliver a message to people struggling that this is a much safer way to manage pain. There are a few different types of physical therapy people may take based on their symptoms such as:
- Manual therapy
- Aquatic therapy
- Sports medicine
- Dry needling
What are Different Types of Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI?
At Empower PT and Fitness, we offer a multitude of therapies to our patients to meet their needs. Some of them include:
Manual Therapy: Manual Therapy is a hands-on treatment to treat joint pain, muscle aches, and limited range of motion. This type of therapy has been proven to help with adhesive capsulitis, shoulder impingement, shoulder stiffness, limited range of motion, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, pinched nerves, limited joint range of motion, capsule tightness, and post-surgical stiffness, along with many more.
Aquatic Therapy: Aquatic Therapy is also a great and effective alternative for those who struggle with land-based therapy. This is effective for people who suffer from arthritis pain, lower back pain, obesity, fibromyalgia, joint replacement, difficulty walking or balance, and for others who have suffered from a stroke, are suffering with MS and Cerebral Palsy.
Sports Medicine: Sports Medicine is mostly common for people who have suffered with sports related injuries. Most physical therapists rehabilitate athletes that suffer with shoulder and rotator cuff pain, ligament sprains, muscle strains, ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL rehab, tendonitis, post fractured rehab, tennis elbow, overhead sports injuries, and running or cycling injuries.
Dry Needling: As for Dry Needling, it is similar to acupuncture where a dry and solid filament needle is inserted to relieve pain. A few conditions that get treated with dry needling are head and neck pain, ontological and ophthalmological pain, dental and jaw pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, hand and wrist pain, back pain, hip pain, knee pain, shin/ankle/foot pain, and heel pain, and associated with much more.
There are many different types of physical therapy treatments but all very effective and a much better alternative for people who suffer every day with joint and muscle pain.
Empower Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI
Take the time this month to recognize physical therapy and all of its wonders. The practice has served as a useful alternative to surgery for numerous patients and continues to be a growing aspect of our modern healthcare landscape. Have you or someone you know recently suffered an injury or live with chronic pain? Don’t wait any longer. Our team at Empower Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI is here to help you. Contact us today to learn how we can help you during this year’s National Physical Therapy Month.
How Can Manual Therapy Help Ease Chronic Pain?
Those suffering from chronic pain often chalk it up to just being a normal part of the aging process and view it as something to be managed rather than eliminated. However, it is never normal to be living in a state of constant pain. Luckily for you, manual therapy can help. If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain and is interested in beginning Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI, look no further than Empower Physical Therapy. Our skilled team has the experience and resources to make your pain a thing of the past!
What is Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI?
The term manual therapy refers to hands-on treatment that can be used to treat both aches and pains and restore range of motion. Manual therapy is typically divided into the following three subsections:
Manipulation refers to the rapid movement of a joint that often produces a loud popping sound (cavitation). When manipulating the joint moves to its anatomical limit in an effort to restore its full range of motion. Mobilization often consists of slower movements that stretch soft tissue to improve the mobility of the joint. It also involves movements of varying speeds. Lastly, a massage is the repetitive hands-on manipulation of a muscle through rubbing or kneading, designed to reduce tension and promote healing.
Why Should Manual Therapy Interest Me?
Perhaps the biggest strength of manual therapy as a treatment method is that it is widely customizable and is incredibly specific to your condition. No two manual therapy patients have the same exact problem, and manual therapists are trained to be able to tailor treatment to your unique circumstance. Aside from its ability to match your exact condition, here are some of the other proven benefits of manual therapy.
- Muscle relaxation
- Breaks up scar tissue
- Improves Flexibility
- Improves range of motion
- Reduces muscle spasms
Seeking Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI?
If you or someone you know is looking to start Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI, our team at Empower Physical Therapy has it under control. Our two convenient locations are filled with state of the art equipment and staff of experts that will help you return to full health as quickly as possible. Contact us today to set up an appointment!
The Importance of Strength Training for Athletes
One of the most physically demanding jobs today is being an Athlete. For an athlete, it is important to be both mentally and physically strong. Strength training plays an important role in an athlete’s career and not only does strength training build stronger muscles but increases your overall athletic performance. Here at Empower Physical Therapy, not only can we help you recover from an injury but we will work with you to improve your athletic performance. With our two facilities, Empower Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI, through the use of the latest technology, will work to fulfill your healthcare goals and needs.
Benefits of Strength Training
As an athlete, maintaining a strong healthy body can allow you to perform your athletic activity without the feelings of fatigue and a good way to prevent injury. Strength Training can help:
- Build healthy muscles and bones
- Maintain body weight
- Develops good posture
- Boost energy and mood
- Prevent injuries
- Decreases fatigue
Why Train at Empower Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI?
While strength training can help prevent injuries, it can be very easy to get injured while training. Training here with Empower will ensure you get that one-on-one training to avoid any possible injuries.
Here are some tips to help you prevent any injuries:
- Start slow and gradually build up your workout intensity
- Allow your body to recover
- Make sure to listen to your body if you feel any discomfort or pain
- Making sure you use proper techniques
- Rest in between sets
- Go to a Trainer
Common Sports Injuries We Treat Here At Our Southfield Facility
No matter if you are a youth, collegiate, elite, or professional athlete, our physical therapists have had years of training to not only get your body back in shape but work to achieve even better results than before. Injuries may include:
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Shoulder rotator cuff
- Ligament and Muscle strain
- Overhead sports injuries
Check out our website for more information on the other services we can offer you.
When Should You See a Professional
Most of the time, people only tend to seek out a professional once they are already injured. Here at Empower Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI we will not only help you recover from an injury but also fit your needs to improve sports performance. Meeting with one of our Physical therapists can help you make sure you are properly training to avoid any future injuries as well as making sure you are on track with your fitness goals.
Request An Appointment For Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI
Contact us today to learn more about how we can cater to your specific needs in each of our locations in the Michigan area. Empower Physical Therapy Mt. Clemens MI is here to help you recover from your sports injuries and get you back to feeling your best.
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Clinton Township Hours
- Monday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am – 4:40 pm