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Physical Therapy

Welcome to Husker Rehab Beatrice. We offer equipment, staff and state-of-the-art treatments to support your desire to get into better shape… or just get better. Husker Rehab’s physical therapy and wellness services are designed thoughtfully to support your goals with a customized program that’s just right for you. Among many other services we provide, Husker Rehab Beatrice offers pelvic physical therapy, orthopedic and spine physical therapy, and chronic pain treatment.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is an allied health profession that uses assessment and intervention to develop, recover or maintain the meaningful activities or occupations of individuals. At our Fairbury and Beatrice clinics, our occupational therapist’s main focus is on elbow, hand, wrist and finger conditions. This includes several different conditions that range from carpal tunnel and tennis elbow to more complex diagnoses such as rehabilitation following a flexor tendon repair.

Other possible candidates for OT treatment are post-CVA, SCI, and other movement disorders. Individual treatment strategies are developed for patients that wish to decrease pain, increase function, prepare for a possible surgery or for rehabilitation following surgery.

Pelvic Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain affecting both men and women can be created with physical therapy by our Pelvic Physical Therapist, Michelle Spicka, DPT. Many men and women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, constipation, fecal incontinence, urinary incontinence, post surgical pain, postpartum pain, diastasis recti and chronic pelvic pain.

For more articles and information about Pelvic Physical Therapy and your specific symptoms, click on any of the links below. Note: We don’t expect you to know every possible thing about your condition—that’s our job. On the other hand, what you do know could help you get better and stay healthy.

Wellness Center

The wellness center at Husker Rehab in Beatrice offers expanded wellness options featuring a large gym with the newest cardiovascular, fitness and rehabilitation equipment to work out both the upper and lower body and improve your cardiovascular health. The equipment uses body mass and gravity at different angles to promote resistance for strengthening in safe and controlled movements.

Who is our wellness program for?

Whether you are an athlete, a senior with health concerns or simply looking to get in shape, we have a program for you!

How does our wellness program work?

Our trained exercise professionals on staff will create individualized programs to help members attain optimum health and peak performance. Your first visit with us is a scheduled appointment with one of those professionals that takes about an hour of your time. During this visit, you will review your personal goals, eating habits, health history, etc and have your body composition tested to determine your body fat percentage and muscle mass. You will also receive education on caloric intake and nutrition along with sample menus and tracking sheets to record your eating. Following this information gathering session, you will be taken out to the gym and shown the pieces of equipment that have been selected for your workout. Our staff will instruct you on how to set the equipment, proper posture, repetitions and rest periods, everything you need to know for a safe effective workout. You will have a workout card created for you that contains all of this information and you will pull this card to use as a guide each time you come in to the gym after this initial appointment. No further appointments are needed for your workouts, you may come in any time that we are open and staff are available to assist you should you have any questions.

How do we help you achieve your goals?

Every patient’s need is different, and we provide equipment, therapies and programs that can be customized to anyone. The rehabilitation equipment at Husker Rehab Beatrice includes a treadmill, an upper body exerciser, a stepper and a recumbent bike.

Therapists are trained to use this equipment in unlimited creative and science-based ways to help patients improve function quickly and efficiently. In addition to traditional goals, such as flexibility, strengthening, balance and range of motion, our rehab equipment and exercises are used to maximize treatment by offering benefits such as decreased irritation to the spine and increased metabolism to burn calories.

State-of-the-art electro therapies are used in conjunction with rehab exercises to reduce swelling, reduce pain, relax muscles before treatment and increase muscle strength before and after surgery.From serious injuries to serious wellness programs, Husker Rehab offers the expertise and equipment you need to target better health. Call today to find out more, or come by anytime for a tour.

Wellness Center Hours:

Monday – Friday 5:30am to 9pm

Saturday 7am to 6pm

Sunday 1pm to 5pm. We are closed major holidays which are posted in advance.

Membership Options:
Memberships are offered as both annual or monthly.

Give the Gift of Health! Gift certificates are available in any amount for all of our wellness services.

Pre/Post Surgical Services

Preoperative physical therapy is becoming more of a normal course of treatment in the orthopedic world. In a world of skyrocketing insurance premiums, deductible and copays pre-surgical PT has been shown to decrease the cost of postoperative PT care by 29% for patients that have a total knee or hip replacement. A study conducted within the last 7 years revealed that 1-2 sessions of PT prior to hip or knee replacement surgery decreased the need for postacute care services such as skilled nursing or home health. Preoperative PT is important to instruct and educate the patient on what to expect with postoperative rehabilitation. Preoperative PT sessions tend to focus on functional activities such as transfers, walking, use of correct gait devices, use of adaptive equipment, bathing and other functional activities that will be affected by surgery.

Specific programs are developed in coordination with referring physicians to address the needs of the patient that will allow them to return home with as much independence as possible. This speeds the ability of the patient to return home with less assistance. Patients are educated on specific exercises to increase strength, motion and flexibility to speed recovery following surgery and in some instances to increase function prior to surgery. The goal of prehab or pre surgical physical therapy is to prepare the patient physically and mentally for the upcoming surgery.

Following surgery outpatient physical therapy will begin once ordered by the physician. Treatment may begin as soon as the next day but will depend upon each individual physician’s protocol. An individual and personalized treatment plan will be developed in coordination with your physician. At each appointment your progress will be evaluated to determine your next step in the recovery process. Our therapists believe strongly in providing patients with the resources to take control of their own rehabilitation process. Each patient will be instructed on a home exercise program that will be advanced as improvements in physical condition allow. The goal of post surgical rehabilitation is to restore each patient to their previous level of function.


Graston Technique®

Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.GT uses specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy. The use of GT instruments, when combined with appropriate therapeutic exercise, leads to the restoration of pain-free movement and function. The instruments also are used diagnostically to assess the kinetic chain, in an efficient manner using the principles of regional interdependence.

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or deactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation. Some states in the US are now utilizing dry needling in the emergency room to help decrease pain and the use of opioids. Dry needling has been used by therapists for years and is now being more widely accepted as a drug free alternative to relieving pain and restrictions.

Treatment Rooms for Tackling Pain

Using our owners’ and senior therapists’ years of experience, we designed large, comfortable, private physical therapy and rehabilitation rooms at our Husker Rehab Locations to provide exceptional support for patients’ needs. We use treatment rooms for acute treatment and manual therapy.

In addition to therapeutic exercises, we tackle pain and function challenges with services such as hot packs to promote healing and muscular relaxation, electrical stimulation for pain relief and prevention of muscle loss, and ultrasound for treatment of inflamed or damaged tissue.

Postural Restorative Therapy

We encourage our therapist to attend postural restorative therapy courses so as to develop the appreciation of postural patterns and how it affects our everyday life. Understanding of the normal postural motion allows us to evaluate and find postural patterns that exist in all of us. When a pain or injury develops, these patterns will create the lack of ability of the body to heal properly and thus contribute to the ongoing pain and compensations. The knowledge and skill in understanding the importance of respiration, myokinetics, neuromuscular and postural imbalances are the key to getting clients back to their functional activity. Without postural neutrality, typical rehabilitation techniques may make patterns worse and contribute to more pain. Once neutrality is managed, progress to the home program and wellness centers will be guided and instruction in each program with postural emphasis will be discussed. Each exercise will need to keep the corrected postural alignment and position, and thus continued stability and core awareness going forward without the need of formal therapy. Once a client has achieved this goal, they can be discontinued from our care and continue independently.

Integrative Medicine

We have been fortunate over the last 20 years to develop an Integrative Medicine Network of like-minded individuals and specialists in their field of Spine, Orthopedics, Craniofacial Pain, Chiropractic, Dental, Pain Management, OBGYN, Urology and the Pelvic Floor, Vision, and Family Practice.  The postural biased and holistic treatment approach to physical therapy is working well in the treatment of a variety of issues and diagnosis of individuals in need of our services. With a Satisfaction Rate of over 98%, our patients feel that way too. 

Functional Ergonomic Instruction

Functional ergonomics is the daily exercise program and instruction that is given to a client with regards to their everyday activity while keeping the functional neutral positions and postures in the correct alignment.

When we think of ergonomics, we often think of workplace evaluations and how we do our job. And that is one component of the instruction. However work is only one place in which we develop these patterns and restrictions. Patients must learn how to not only sit at a desk but also learn how to get in and out of that chair each time they get up. How about driving your car to and from your work and how the postural position of your commute contributes to the poor postural patterns.

We discuss sleep positions to minimize stress to the hips, lumbar, thoracic, and cervical areas all while keeping postural alignment neutral. Proper support and position in the bed at the hips and waist, and in the cervical areas are key to minimizing stress to these areas no matter how good your mattress. The neck often needs special attention and the use of a postural pillow may be needed to assist in keeping the proper alignment.

Standing desks are one way in which clients are trying to minimize the effects of the seated position, however if you are standing in a torsional pattern with compensation, the standing position could be making your symptoms worse not better. Instruction is given for proper weight distribution in the LE’s and pelvic alignment to minimize these issues as well as further instruction in desk height and position to give good feedforward postural positions that promote neutrality.

The use of a laptop or phone versus the desktop provides its own postural challenges. Use of wireless keyboards, iPad holders, and supportive arm positions assist in keeping the cervical and lumbar spines in a state of relaxation and neutral positions without compensation. Specific instruction with both verbal and manual cues are utilized by your rehabilitation specialists to put you in a successful position to give you an opportunity to manage your posture with such activity.

Vision is such a vital role with the postural compensations and often is the driving force that leads to the inability to manage a neutral position. Placement of the monitor in the correct position is key to keeping a mid neck in neutral alignment however the most neutral position can be affected by a progressive lens or bi/trifocals. Several times the vision will drive the neck position in order to be able to focus on a screen and instead of being able to move the eyes, we simply move our entire head, usually in a non-favorable position that promotes loss of cervical lordosis and puts additions stress to the muscle of the cervical spine. Headaches and neck pain are promoted with these poor alignment and vision compensations as a result. Referral to your vision doctor may be needed to correct lenses so that the client can be successful at holding the proper position. For more difficult cases with vision, a neuro-opthamologist will need to evaluate further looking for midline shifts, anterior and posterior or left to right that could also play a role in the postural issues. Prisms will often be used to train the eyes and correct these compensation leading to less headaches and pain.

In the most difficult cases of facial pain and headaches, evaluation by a craniofacial specialist may be needed. Bite can play a crucial role in not being able to correct postural alignment, especially in the head and neck. If a client is not able to hold a corrected neutral position that the therapist is able to get them to and the vision is tested and is good with no issues, the bite may be the key component. Quick tests and specific questions direct us on the need for the specialist referral so as to get the client the assistance they need for long term management of their pain. Bite splints for day and night may be designed to assist the client and in more advanced cases, clients may require braces or other more advanced work to get the postural correction they need.

In summary, ergonomics is not the same as it was 20 years ago and the need for a therapist trained in postural restorative therapy and functional biomechanical- ergonomics is a must if one is really interested in correcting their posture and treating the cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

Contact our therapist should you have any questions regarding your ergonomic assessment.

Isokinetic Exercise and Testing

Velocity dependent resistance exercise that can be performed with any major joint in the body providing accommodating resistance throughout the entire range of motion of a joint.  We utilize our Kin-Com machine to work muscles with isometric, isotonic and isokinetic exercise while focusing on both eccentric and concentric (muscle lengthening or shortening) muscle contractions.  Use of the Kin-Com also allows computerized feedback on patient performance.  

Isokinetic testing is performed to a specific muscle to determine the amount of force that it can produce to determine if it has returned to it’s safe and functional state following injury.  Testing protocol is established in cooperation with referring physicians and can be patient specific. 

IV Hydration provided by Karaestherics & Wellness

Karaesthetics & Wellness is now providing IV hydration services inside of Husker Rehab! IV Hydration can assist the body with vitamins and nutrients to improve energy, support immunity, assist in athletic recovery, aid in migrain relief, and improve allergy sysmptoms. Call us for details!

Kara is a certified family practice nurse practitioner and has worked in healthcaare for over 10 years. She has a passion for helping people feel their best.