Contact SMART Physical Therapy
Tim McCullough PT
- 11 Pleasant St.
- New London
- New Hampshire
- United States
- Phone: 603-526-7627
- Fax: 603-676-7967
Our SMART Treatment Principles:
Self-Management: The most important aspect of Physical Therapy is to teach the client to effectively manage their condition. By learning what eases and aggravates their pain the client can feel empowered by having some control of their condition. This reduces fear and gives them confidence that they will improve which is constantly shown in the research to improve outcomes in Physical Therapy.
Movement and Posture Re-training. While specific exercises are an important part of Physical Therapy the goal is improve the patients function. Teaching specific exercises is not enough, changing the clients movement behavior is something that will continue on long after they stop doing their exercises.
Assessments are to find the underlying causes of your condition not to identify and treat symptoms. At SMART Physical Therapy our evaluations look beyond the local diagnosis. We evaluate the function of neighboring joints and muscles, assess possible abnormal movement patterns, and listen to the patients story to see if their fears and beliefs may be contributing to their pain. The SMART approach is a patient centered approach.
Research based approach. At SMART PT our Assessment and treatment techniques are based on the best available evidence by the experts in the field. Tim McCullough regularly reads the latest Sports Medicine and Spine research and consults with clinicians he has met at the many conferences he has attended.
Treat the person not the diagnosis: I have been asked many times by friends, "I've got tennis elbow what can I do to fix it?" I tell them, "I don't know until I examine you." Each person may have the same symptoms with entirely different causes. Treating the symptoms will decrease pain but if the cause has not been identified it will come back. The cause for unrelenting low back pain may be a maladaptive movement or postural pattern that is driven by fear or apprehension with movement. Teaching the patient how to relax and breathe with these movements may be the answer, not direct treatment of tissues.
Smart Physical Therapy is open Monday through Thursday, from 6:30am to 7:30pm, Fridays 6:30am to 5:00pm, and weekends upon request.
Please call us at 603-526-7627 if you would like to schedule an appointment. If you would like an appointment outside our normal operating hours, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please contact us for more information.