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Physical Therapy in Santa Barbara

Woman with arm outstretchedAt Bissell Clinic, you can receive physical therapy. You don’t have to be a chiropractic patient to benefit from sessions with our physical therapist. It’s our goal to return you to your independence. Physical therapy is appropriate for those with neurological, muscular and skeletal conditions, whether chronic or acute. Often, it’s used post-operatively, though it can also be used to avoid surgery.

Physical therapy isn’t just for recovering from injury. The modalities we offer can help you perform better during athletics, improve strength, flexibility and endurance, prevent injury, and overall foster a healthy body.

Developing Your Program

Your physical therapist plans a care program after an extensive evaluation of each patient and his or her medical record. Tests, observations and a thorough health history provide vital information about a patient’s strengths, weaknesses, reflexes, sensory perception, posture and gait.

Individualized care programs are designed to restore functional movement, relieve pain, promote healing and recovery and prevent additional injury. After your evaluation, our physical therapist leads you through various exercises and stretches and may also perform hands-on therapies such as tissue work and joint mobilizations or use modalities such as heat/ice, ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation.

Specialty Physical Therapy Programs

When you want to maintain your independence, it is important to know your current functional fitness level and develop your activity plan accordingly. Our therapists are here to help you do just that.


Private Exercise Sessions

Our private workout room is equipped with a Pilates reformer, stair climber, stationary bike, free weights, fitness balls and free motion weight machines. Sessions are led by one of our physical therapists who will emphasize injury prevention and program effectiveness. Whether you’re looking to learn a few stretches, lose weight or want to make sure that you are correctly and safely performing the exercises in your existing program, you have come to the right place.

Senior Fitness Programs

Based on your goals and abilities, our programs can be customized to your specific needs. All fitness programs will enhance your longevity, health, energy and vitality.

Fall Prevention and Balance Training

The exercises in this program are based on extensive research and provide results. The program improves strength, enhances static and dynamic balance, improves stability and flexibility and enhances joint range of motion. Participants reduce their risk of falling and injury and experience improved independence.

Sport-Specific Training for Ageless Athletes

Whether your favorite activity is tennis, golf or bicycling, our programs will identify the imbalances of the specific muscles used in your favorite activity. Through therapies and exercises, the tight muscles will be stretched and the weak muscles will be strengthened, thereby enhancing one’s game, minimizing pain and reducing injury.

Senior Fitness Testing

Your current fitness level is like a vital sign, just like your heart rate and blood pressure. Our tests assess your strengths and weaknesses and provide data that will help you select a class that meets your fitness and lifestyle goals. This test is safe and meets scientific standards for reliability and validity. It has performance norms for people ages 60 to 94.

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We’re available to see you for a same-day appointment. Contact our team today for physical therapy Santa Barbara!
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Physical Therapy Santa Barbara CA | (805) 565-5252