Specialized Rehabilitation Programs

We were founded to develop, maintain and restore a person’s maximum movement and functional ability, especially when these functions are threatened by aging, injury or disease.  When your medical condition requires the involvement of a skilled expert to guide you on the path to recovery, your choice is clear. Whether it be a stroke, sports injury, joint replacement, diminished function or acute pain caused by repetitive stress, or if you need professional advice in overcoming some unpleasant complications which can accompany pregnancy and/or postpartum, or if you just want to sharpen that performance edge, to excel at your chosen sport, Penn-Ohio Rehabilitation has the staff, the facilities and the expertise to deliver what you need.


What is the SaeboFlex?saebo

The SaeboFlex allows the neurologically impaired individuals the ability to incorporate their hand functionally in therapy and at home by supporting the weakened wrist, hand, and fingers. In addition, the SaeboFlex is non-electrically based and is purely mechanical.

The SaeboFlex positions the wrist and fingers into extension in preparation for functional activities. The user is able to grasp an object by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers. The extension spring system assists in re-opening the hand to release the object.

Why use the SaeboFlex?

The SaeboFlex will allow patients to immediately begin using their hand functionally in therapy and at home. Even individuals up to 20 years post neurological injury can benefit from the SaeboFlex. In addition, the ability to use the hand in therapy or at home has been reported as extremely motivating during the recovery process.

Aquatic Therapy

In 2003, Penn-Ohio Rehabilitation expanded the Hermitage facility to include a new, private, heated therapeutic pool complete with stairs in/out, a hand rail the length of the pool, a separated deep area, and seats with circulating jets, all of which creates a safe, pleasant and stimulating atmosphere for exercise.

The water in the pool is maintained at a temperature of approximately 92 degrees and air temperature at 88 degrees. Programs are designed to meet each patient’s individual needs and are supervised by a Physical Therapist.

Joyce Young works in the Penn-Ohio Rehabilitation Therapeutic pool where we offer exercise/aerobic classes designed to increase the mobility and energy of arthritic adults.

Call to join a class that suits your needs.

Occupational Therapy

image001Occupational Therapy is an applied science and health profession that provides skilled treatment to help individuals develop, regain or maintain the skills necessary to participate in all facets of their lives. OT helps restore the highest possible level of independence to individuals who are limited by a physical injury or illness, a dysfunctional condition, a cognitive impairment, a psychosocial dysfunction, a mental illness, a developmental or environmental condition. OT gives people the “skills for the job of living” necessary for leading meaningful and satisfying lives. In it’s simplest terms, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants help people across their lifespans to participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).

Occupational Therapists possess a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy, but most recently all programs have changed to a Master’s or Doctoral degree. Graduates must pass a national exam and possess a license within their state.

AFTER Program

The AFTER program, Adults Furthering Their Exercise Routine, was implemented to encourage our patients to continue with a wellness program once they have achieved their goals in physical therapy and no longer need the stationaryhands-on attention of a licensed Physical Therapist. The AFTER program is intended to provide the means for former patients to maintain, or even increase, their level of physical fitness and function, and to do so at their own individual pace.

For a modest monthly or quarterly fee, membership in the AFTER program
offers unlimited use of the exercise equipment at the facility during normal working hours and access to our skilled professional staff should questions or concerns arise.


20140723_131528STARR, Soft Tissue Adhesion Release and Re-education, is a new hands on approach that incorporates the usage of a variety of massage techniques along with neuromuscular re-education patterns to meet many of the body’s needs. STARR is a versatile treatment that can be used on anyone. It is designed to promote soft tissue healing by increasing blood flow, breaking up adhesions and removing naturally occurring undesired acids in the muscles. STARR also assists in relief from chronic pain by increasing the circulation to the areas with damaged or dysfunctional tissues providing pain relief and rejuvenation.

Hand Therapy

20140723_164126Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb,  which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is a merging  of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combines  comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function  and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and  treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent  dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of  the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks  and to participate fully in life situations. (httc.org)

Vestibular Rehabilitation/Balance Training

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy can help with a variety of vestibular problems, including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and the unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypofunction (reduced inner ear function on one or both sides) associated with Ménière’s disease, labyrinthitis, and vestibular neuritis. balance 4.00.07 PM

A qualified physical therapist will first perform a thorough evaluation that begins with a medical history and includes observing and measuring posture, balance and gait, and compensatory strategies. The assessment may also include eye-head coordination tests that measure how well a person’s eyes track a moving object with or without head movement. Other assessments may be used, such as a questionnaire measuring the frequency and severity of symptoms and associated lifestyle changes.

Using the evaluation results, the therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan that includes specific head, body, and eye exercises to be performed both in the therapy setting and at home. These exercises are designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system and coordinate them with information from vision and proprioception. This often involves desensitizing the balance system to movements that provoke symptoms, and increasing home-based activities and exercise in order to strengthen muscles. (vestibular.org)

Depending on the diagnosis and collaboration with the physician, the in-office treatment with the therapist may also involved a specialized form of VRT called a canalith repositioning procedure, which is often referred to as the Epley maneuver.

Women’s Health, Incontinence Training, Pelvic Health

image005Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. If the muscles that close your bladder are weak, you can have accidents when you sneeze, laugh or lift a heavy object. This is stress incontinence. If bladder muscles become too active, you may feel a strong urge to go to the bathroom when you have little urine in your bladder. This is urge incontinence. Other causes of incontinence include nerve damage, urinary tract infections, and constipation. For some women, the risk of public embarrassment prevents them from enjoying many activities with their family and friends. Physical therapists can help women strengthen and retrain their pelvic floor muscles to prevent loss of bladder function. The therapy provided by a woman physical therapist is performed in a private setting.

We offer treatment for patients with Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction, Stress Urinary Incontinence, Urge Urinary Incontinence, Nocturia, Overactive Bladder, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Fecal/Anal Incontinence, Pre-and Post-op for Urogynocologic Surgeries, Pelvic Pain and Pelvic Floor Muscle Pain Syndromes. Our women physical therapists and assistants also can help with pre-natal and post-partum musculoskeletal issues and osteoporosis.

Evaluation to include gait, posture, mobility, muscle performance/coordination/proprioception, biofeedback/sEMG assessment, bladder/bowel diary, pain, and trigger point assessment.

With the goal of improving symptoms and restoring optimal function to the pelvic floor muscles, treatment and management of pelvic floor dysfunction and pain will include: patient education, proper posture and body mechanics training, exercise, manual therapy, diaphragmatic breathing, stress relief and relaxation, home exercise program, daily habits and lifestyle changes to maximize function.

LSVT Big & Loud

LSVTBigLSVT BIG is offered by our therapists to specifically address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson disease.  The protocol is both intensive and complex, with many repetitions of core movements that are used in daily living.

LSVT LOUD improves vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx) and speech mechanism through a systematic hierarchy of exercises. Focused on a single goal “speak LOUD!” – the treatment improves respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory function to  maximize speech intelligibility. The treatment does not train people for shouting or yelling; rather, LSVT LOUD uses loudness training to bring the voice to an improved, healthy vocal loudness with no strain.