Rehabilitation and Massage Therapy Services

Rehabilitation is prescribed after an injury, illness or surgery such as joint replacement to help you regain as much strength and function as possible.

FHN offers a number of rehabilitation services, available in our facilities and at your home. For more information about FHN Orthopaedic, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Services, download this brochure.

Massage Therapy

A professional therapeutic massage can help to decrease aches and pains related to exercise or work. Massage can also help your body get the relief it needs from tension and stress. Stress can weaken your body's immune system, putting you at increased risk for colds and flu. It's also considered a contributing factor to heart disease and other serious illnesses.

FHN offers ½-hour and 1-hour massage therapy sessions from licensed massage therapist and athletic trainer Emily Giglio NCTMB, LMT at FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills in Freeport. Call 815-599-6340 for details and to make an appointment.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is the diagnosis and treatment of individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
FHN physical therapy begins with an assessment of the patient's condition, performed by a physical therapist. A physical therapist works with patients to establish a plan of care and personal goals, focusing on maximizing function. Physical therapy services are available for patients of any age, from pediatric to geriatric. A referral from your healthcare provider is needed for FHN physical therapy services.

FHN offers a wide variety of physical therapy treatments for patients of all ages. Our capabilities include:

Inpatient physical therapy

  • FHN Joint Club

Outpatient physical therapy

  • Evaluation and treatment for flexibility and strengthening impairments
  • Balance , ambulation and mobility training
  • Recovery from work-related injuries
    • Care for:
    • Acute or chronic pain
    • Arthritis
    • Back and neck pain
    • Bio-mechanical problems and muscular control
    • Orthopaedic and sport-related injuries
    • Neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis

Aquatherapy, which enhances exercise in a safe environment for progressive rehabilitation

Functional capacity evaluation (FCE), a two-day evaluation that assesses a person's capabilities in work-related activities - individuals who have had surgery or an injury and are hoping to return to work have an FCE done to conclude if they are capable of returning to their full range of duties

Work hardening, an individualized treatment program designed to get the patient back to work

ASTYM (A'-stim) stands for "a stimulation" of the body's healing response, which results in the remodeling/resorption of scar tissue and the regeneration of degenerated tendons. The approach is a non-invasive therapy that works fast and consistently.

ASTYM is used to treat conditions including

  • Lateral epicondylosis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylosis (golfer's elbow)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • DeQuervain's tenosynovitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Plantar fasciopathy/heel pain
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Shin splints
  • Patellar tendinosis
  • IT band syndrome
  • Chronic hamstring strain
  • Joint contractures
  • Overuse injuries
  • Pain or loss of motion & function following surgery, trauma, or overuse injury

Pediatric physical therapy for children from birth to age 17, for diagnoses ranging from injuries to developmental delay or other neuromuscular dysfunction

  • Home visits for children from birth through age 3 available through state-funded Early Intervention program
  • Therapeutic exercise, range of motion and stretching exercise
  • Balance exercise and training
  • Gait (walking training)
  • Electrical stimulation, ultrasound, traction, heat/ice therapy and manual techniques to ease movement and help heal injured tissue

FHN Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy can help a patient regain the skills necessary for everyday living after an illness or injury. FHN occupational therapy uses purposeful activities designed to increase a patient's functional independence in self-care, work and leisure activities. A healthcare provider's referral is needed for FHN occupational therapy services.

A patient's occupational therapy needs are determined through a careful evaluation performed by an occupational therapist.

FHN occupational therapy treatments include:

  • Skills training to develop the basic skills needed for living, including basic self care; independent living skills (including money management, meal preparation, safety in the home, use of transportation and household maintenance); interpersonal communication; cognitive strategies and training to improve attention, memory and problem-solving skills; visual compensatory strategies; and perceptual training.
  • Hand rehabilitation for patients who have suffered an upper extremity injury or illness.
  • Motor/sensory ability development to aid in developing joint motion; neuromuscular re-education; strength training and conditioning; gross motor and hand dexterity; sensory stimulation; and sensory desensitization.
  • Orthotics, the design, fabrication and fitting of thermoplastic splints for wound protection, deformity correction and function assistance of a patient's elbow, wrist, hand, finger, ankle or foot.
  • Adaptive technology and ergonomic recommendations, the design, fabrication and training regarding environmental modifications and devices needed to compensate for a patient's disabilities and impairments.
  • Patient education to define methods of energy conservation; joint protection; body mechanics; work simplification; life stress management; and life balance and leisure skill development.
  • Pediatric occupational therapy focusing on short-term developmental treatment for pediatric patients and parent education to enable home developmental activity.
  • Aquatic therapy to help improve a patient's strength, endurance and range of motion. FHN Joint Club, with education and treatment focusing on joint protection and adaptive equipment for dressing, toileting and bathing.

FHN Sports Medicine

Please see the specialty sports medicine for more information on this service.

FHN Speech Therapy

Speech therapy services at FHN include inpatient, outpatient and home health to meet your current needs. We can provide treatment for children to adults to geriatric patients. FHN speech therapists can assist patients with the evaluation and treatment of communication problems to help patients regain listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Our therapists can also perform swallow evaluations and treat patients to regain their swallowing ability and consume a less restrictive diet safely. A healthcare provider referral is required for FHN speech therapy services.

An evaluation must first be completed by an FHN speech language pathologist to determine an individualized therapy plan for each patient.

FHN speech therapy can provide treatment for:

  • Dysarthria, a disorder of speech production/intelligibility due to weakness, uncoordinated or slowness of the speech mechanism or an impairment in any of the speech processes of respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation or prosody.
  • Apraxia, an impairment in the voluntary production of articulation and prosody of speech, characterized by high inconsistent errors.
  • Aphasia, a language disorder characterized by impairment in the power to use or comprehend words, to read or to write, in the presence of intact intelligence, usually acquired as a result of a stroke, and sometimes from a head injury or brain tumor.
  • Dysphagia, swallowing impairment as a result of stroke, degenerative diseases (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's), neuromuscular disorders, post-surgical injuries, physical trauma/damage to and/or removal of the larynx. Signs/symptoms of dysphagia may include drooling, pocketing of food, slow mastication, coughing, choking, labored breathing while eating, "wet" vocal quality when eating, weight loss and/or history of pneumonia.
  • Cognitive retraining, an impairment with problem solving skills, memory impairment and orientation skills.
  • Articulation therapy and language therapy geared toward child disorders.