How We Treat

Dynamic Therapy & Wellness offers its patients a multitude of treatment options that address a vast array of health conditions and physical injuries. We work with individual patients to come up with a care-plan. Our goal is to improve our patients’ quality of life by reducing pain, strain, and increasing mobility and independence.  

Preventative Care 


What makes physical therapy different from other services is the focus that it places upon prevention. Our staff has trained eyes in noticing movements and patterns that often lead to future pain and injury.

Common motions and patterns that lead to injury:

  • • Posture
  • • Jumping Mechanics
  • • Habits/Response to Stress

Ergonomics 


Ergonomics is a fancy word related to the workplace and how people operate at their job. A physical therapist can perform an assessment of your job duties and current working conditions, and then make suggestions to modify or design a healthier workplace. This will decrease discomfort and risk of injury on the job.

Common work-related motions and patterns that lead to injury:

  • • Office/Secretarial Jobs
  • • Heavy Lifting
  • • Repetitive Movements

Thrust Joint Manipulation 


Thrust joint manipulation is a high speed but low force movement directed at a joint (usually the spine). The goal of a thrust manipulation is to reduce pain and improve motion. DTW therapists have had advanced education on thrust joint manipulation through the Institute of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

Common injuries that may benefit from a thrust joint manipulation:

  • • Back/Rib/Neck Pain
  • • Headaches
  • • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • • Shoulder Injury

Dry Needling 


Dry needling (DN) is DTW’s expertise. Lead therapist, Kelsey Meyer, has achieved her certification of dry needling and has 4+ years of experience performing the technique. Dry needling has been an emerging technique in the field of physical therapy for the past decade. The method involves using a thin needle and inserting it into the symptomatic trigger point or muscle knot. 

This is the treatment of choice when it comes to muscle pain due to it’s quick and effective results. Dry needling can be done as part of your physical therapy or it can be done alone as cash pay, DTW offers both. Call the clinic for questions or to schedule an appointment at 320-630-2776.

Common injuries that benefit from dry needling:

  • • Migraine/Chronic
  • • Headache
  • • Whiplash
  • • TMD/TMJ of the Jaw
  • • Rotator Cuff Pain
  • • Shoulder Impingement
  • • Frozen Shoulder
  • • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • • Sciatica
  • • Quadricep/Hamstring Strain
  • • Achilles Tendonitis
  • • Ankle Sprain

Modalities 


Modalities is a broad term that encompasses traction, ultrasound, heat, cold/ice, iontophoresis, electrical stimulation, biofeedback and TENS. These tools are often used in addition to hands on physical therapy techniques and exercise to help relieve pain, improve circulation, decrease swelling and reduce muscle spasm. 

Common injuries where a modality may be used:

  • • Herniated/Bulged Disc
  • • Post Surgical
  • • Sprained Ligaments/Tendons

Muscle Energy Technique 


Muscle Energy Technique (MET) uses a muscle’s own energy, in the form of a gentle contraction, to promote muscle relaxation and joint movement. Due to the gentleness of the technique, it is often a good alternative if pain levels and discomfort are high. DTW therapists have had advanced education on MET through Michigan State University.

Common injuries where MET may be used:

  • • Spine Alignment
  • • Discrepancies in Leg Length
  • • SI Joint Pain

Myofascial Release 


Myofascial release is a hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure, into the myofascial connective tissue. This is used to help eliminate connective tissue restrictions, eliminate pain and restore motion. DTW therapists have had advanced education on myofascial release through the Barral Institute.

Common injuries where myofascial release may be used:

  • • Scar Tissue
  • • Whiplash
  • • Chronic Pain

Pelvic Health


Pelvic health is often associated with women’s health. DTW therapists have had advanced education on pelvic health through the American Physical Therapy Association – Women’s Health division. Therefore, external and internal muscle and tissue techniques are offered in a supportive, comfortable atmosphere.

Common medical issues that require pelvic health:

  • • Incontinence
  • • Low Back Pain
  • • Prolapse

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization


IASTM are handheld instruments that are used to break down scar tissue, fascial restrictions and improve blood flow. They are often made of stainless steel or plastic, and come in varying shapes/sizes to contour to different places on the body.

Common injuries where IASTM may be used:

  • • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • • Achilles Tendonitis
  • • Plantar Fasciitis
  • • IT Band Syndrome

Corrective Exercise


Corrective exercise is when exercises are specifically chosen to help decrease or eliminate a dysfunction or injury. Exercise is a fundamental of physical therapy and our staff has experience in prescribing exercise for all age groups.

Common disorders where corrective exercise would be used:

  • • Running Form
  • • Pinched Nerves
  • • Shoulder Impingment
  • • Parkinson's

Pre/Post Operative Care


Pre-operative care is when an individual prepares for surgery by decreasing their swelling, increasing range of motion and improving strength. To get the best outcomes from a surgery, it is essential to go into the surgery in your best form. 

Post operatively the surgeons often have a protocol that they request therapists and patients to follow. Physical therapy after a surgery is often routine but crucial. Skipping therapy after a surgery often negatively impacts surgical outcomes.

Common surgeries that require pre/post-operative care:

  • • Total Knee or Hip Replacement
  • • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • • ACL Reconstruction

TMD/TMJ


TMD or TMJ is a common condition of the jaw, which impacts basic functions such as opening the mouth and chewing. The causes range from poor posture, jaw clenching, lockjaw, surgery, fracture, stress and dental work. The jaw can be worked on internally and externally, our therapists are trained in both. Therapy for TMD/TMJ localizes the cause of symptoms and then helps to ease the pain, regain normal movements and strengthen the jaw.

Common disorders that would benefit from TMD/TMJ therapy:

  • • Clicking or Popping of the Jaw
  • • Difficulty Opening your Mouth to Eat or Talk
  • • Headaches
  • • Ringing in your Ears

Improving Balance 


There is a misconception that balance cannot improve, however this is false. Balance is similar to strength, if you spend time working on balance and performing exercises that address balance, it will improve. 

Physical therapy can help treat balance problems by identifying their causes and then designing an individualized treatment plan. PT can help “Reduce Fall Risk”, and anyone who has had instability, knows that this is a crucial part to remaining independent and doing the things you love.

Common conditions that would benefit from balance PT:

  • • Parkinson's
  • • Natural Aging
  • • Stroke Ligaments/Tendons
  • • History of Falls

Geriatric Physical Therapy


Geriatric physical therapy focuses on the needs of aging adults. Natural aging and certain health conditions can cause pain and lifestyle limitations, which can stop people from doing what they enjoy. Geriatric PT has been found effective in improving strength, mobility and balance to help the aging individual stay active.

DTW’s trained staff has spent time treating in home health, assisted living and memory care. Our knowledge on geriatric care is vast.

Common geriatric disorders that would benefit from physical therapy:

  • • Arthritis
  • • Osteoporosis
  • • Cancer
  • • Joint Replacement
  • • Balance Disorders

Concussion 


A concussion is an injury to the brain due to jarring from a blow, fall, shake, collison, etc. Physical therapists can play a vital role in recovery post concussion, particularly in symptoms related to neck and upper back pain, dizziness and balance problems. 

A concussion protocol is often followed, which is led by a PT, and helps you get back to school, work, sport or leisure activities. If you are unsure if you’ve had a concussion, reach out to DTW for a screen and to help direct you to the appropriate care.

Common injuries associated with concussion that a therapist at DTW can help you with:

  • • Whiplash
  • • Vertigo/BPPV
  • • Headache

Vestibular Physical Therapy


Vestibular physical therapy uses specialized exercises to regain balance and minimize dizziness. BPPV is the most common vestibular pathology. Vertigo, the primary symptom of BPPV, is triggered by head motions such as rolling in bed or turning the head quickly. The trained therapists at DTW can help you quickly and effectively treat your BPPV or any other vestibular problem you may have.

Vestibular physical therapy is often used as treatment for:

  • • BPPV
  • • Concussion
  • • Vertigo/Dizziness
  • • Frequent Falls
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