By Marla Ballard
Cindy and Gary Little are the owners of Twin Acres Physical Therapy in Dutton. The business is located at 7655 AL-71. The current location has been in operation since 2018. The Little’s began their business in 1998 and have steadily enlarged their clientele and space. The business supports 23 employees, some of which travel to provide therapy.
The clinic has qualified physical therapists who deal with joint motion, muscle strength, and endurance. The focus is to help restore a person’s abilities to perform the required activities needed in daily life. Those who suffer from loss of a limb, spina bifida, autism, cancer, cerebral palsy, along with other ailments all benefit from physical therapy. Additionally, the office offers treatment for conditions such as; carpal tunnel, whiplash, Sciatica, joint replacements or injuries, stroke victims, slow movement due to arthritis, continuous pain in the back and neck, collision, and sports injuries, balance difficulties, motor delays and more.
When Cindy isn’t working at the office, she travels to visit patients in need of therapy. “I visit many children in need of therapy. Early intervention is key in getting children on the right track,” said Cindy. “Helping children between the ages of 0 to 3 is vital for development. I commonly visit 10 to 12 homes per day.” Little said the delay in speech, motor, or social skills can be helped immensely with early detection and therapy. Children who do not sit up, speak, or walk at recommended times should be evaluated.
Therapeutic treatment varies according to a person’s needs. Some patients receive treatment three times weekly while others might only need therapy twice per month. A personalized program is developed for each individual.
An array of equipment is used in treatment including; a recumbent bike, treadmill, stairs, TheraBand, plinth mats, and parallel bars. Applications of cold and heat along with electricity are utilized. EMS therapy creates steady electric impulses that stimulate muscle contractions. This repetitive contracting and relaxing of the muscle have the effect of increasing blood flow to the affected area, which aids in repair. Generally, e-stim or TENS therapy is most effective at working weakened or atrophied muscles and healing muscles after injury or surgery. It is used in conjunction with a broader pain-management program.
To receive services at the Twin Acres location a doctor’s referral is needed for insurance to pay. Wheelchair accessible. Phone 256-657-4433.