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Advanced Downtown Aquatic Physical Therapy (ADAPT) opened for business on August 29th, 2005.
It is a “State of the Art” independent Aquatic and Physical Therapy clinic serving West Branch and the surrounding areas. Our staff of experienced professionals will provide patients with caring and compassionate treatment to give them the best possible results. We will measure our success by the patients progress toward the complete restoration of his or her highest functioning skills.
A physical therapy Plan of Care can be put together for your injury or specific area of pain that may include one or more of the following in the list below


We accept all forms of insurance and are willing to work with those who do not have insurance to ensure they receive the treatment they need. We will provide in-home treatment for those who are homebound and will assist with arranging transportation to the clinic for those who are unable to drive.
Free transportation to those who qualify!
Five minutes or less waiting time in the waiting area.
Flexible scheduling
Call today for information and talk to our qualified staff about how physical therapy can help you.



Who we are?

Physical Therapist

Physical Therapists (PTs) provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Their patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries and Cerebral Palsy.

Physical Therapists examine patient's medical histories and then test and measure the patient's strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. They also determine the patient's ability to be independent and reintegrate into the community or workplace after injury or illness. Next, Physical Therapists develop a plan of care, its purpose, and its anticipated outcome. Physical Therapist Assistants, under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist, may be involved in implementing the plan of care with the patient. Physical Therapy Technicians perform routine support tasks, as directed by the Physical Therapist.

Treatment often includes exercise for patients who have been immobilized and lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Physical Therapists encourage patients to use their own muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion before finally advancing to other exercises that improve strength, balance, coordination and endurance. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home.

Physical Therapists also use electrical stimulation, hot packs or cold compresses, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling. They may also use traction or deep-tissue massage to relieve pain. Therapists also teach patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, prostheses, and wheelchairs. They also may show patients exercises to do at home to expedite their recovery.

As treatment continues, Physical Therapists document the patient's progress, conduct periodic examinations, and modify treatments when necessary. Besides tracking the patient's progress, such documentation identifies areas requiring more or less attention.

Physical Therapists often consult and practice with a variety of other professionals, such as Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Educators, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Physical Therapist Assistants

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA’s) perform components of physical therapy procedures and related tasks selected by a supervising Physical Therapist. These workers assist Physical Therapists in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.

Physical Therapist Assistants perform a variety of tasks. Components of treatment procedures performed by these workers, under the direction and supervision of Physical Therapists, involve exercises, massages, electrical stimulation, paraffin baths, hot and cold packs, traction, and ultrasound. Physical Therapist Assistants record the patient's responses to treatment and report the outcome of each treatment to the Physical Therapist.

Physical Therapy Technicians

Physical Therapy Technicians help make therapy sessions productive, under the direct supervision of a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant. They usually are responsible for keeping the treatment area clean and organized and for preparing for each patient's therapy. When patients need assistance moving to or from a treatment area, technicians push them in a wheelchair or provide them with a shoulder to lean on. Because they are not licensed, technicians do not perform the clinical tasks of a Physical Therapist Assistant.


What is Aquatic Physical Therapy?

Answer: Aquatic Physical Therapy is the practice of physical therapy by a trained and licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant within the environment of a water filled pool. An exercise program designed to improve specific aspects of a patient’s functional abilities through the use of a pool environment. The exercises are designed, instructed and supervised by a Physical Therapist Assistant.


How does Aquatic Physical Therapy differ from Aquatic Exercise?

Answer: Aquatic Physical Therapy

bulletDesigned for a specific patient and diagnosis
bulletDesigned to progress toward specific functional goals
bulletIncludes an individualized program
bulletRequires a Physician’s order
bulletReimbursable by most insurers

Aquatic Exercise

bulletDesigned as general conditioning for individuals with limited mobility
bulletDesigned to maintain or improve general conditioning
bulletLarge group setting
bulletDoes not require a Physician’s order
bulletNOT reimbursable thru most insurers

How Does Aquatic Physical Therapy Work?

Answer: Buoyancy and Relative Density: Archimedes Principle - the ration of the weight of an object to the weight of an equal volume of water. Buoyancy can be assistive, resistive and supportive. Hydrostatic Pressure: Pascal’s Law - .43 psi per foot of depth. Resistance: Can be in any direction or plane of motion, can be varied by velocity and frontal area, can be gravity assisted or resisted, and can be buoyancy assisted or resisted. Specific Heat of Water: Rate of heat loss or gain: cooler water allows body heat to be dissipated and warmer water allows for body heat to increase. Ideal temperatures for Aquatic Physical Therapy: Rehabilitation is 87-92ºF, Conditioning is 85-90ºF, and Training is 82-84ºF.

What are the Benefits of Aquatic Physical Therapy?

Answer: Aquatic Physical Therapy decreases pain, decreases muscle spasm and promotes relaxation, decreases joint compression forces/impact and allows limited/early weight bearing, ease of joint mobility and range of motion, and an increase muscle strength and endurance.

Who Will Benefit from Aquatic Physical Therapy?

Answer: Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Edema, compression and fracture, chronic pain, post mastectomy, stroke, spinal cord and head injury, prenatal patients, orthopedic, severely weak, Obese, OB/GYN, neurological, trauma, industrial injury and sports injury patients.


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Advanced Downtown Aquatic Physical Therapy (ADAPT)



105 W. Houghton Avenue,
West Branch, MI 48661
Phone: (989) 343-9755 ~
Fax: (989) 343-9955
Website: www.adaptpt.com
Email: email@adaptpt.com
311 E. Harrison St/PO Box 215,
Prescott, MI 48756.
Phone: 873-2540
Fax: 873-2542
Website: www.adaptpt.com
Email: email@adaptpt.com
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