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Rehabilitation | Therapy

Meet the Team

Summa's Rehabilitation Services includes these team members: 

Athletic Trainer

An athletic trainer is educated in the recognition, immediate care, rehabilitation, and reconditioning of injuries to athletes, workers or the general population. The athletic trainer focuses on risk management and injury prevention but often is involved with improving a patient’s strength, flexibility, pain level, and functional status. Certified athletic trainers, at minimum, have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university. After successful completion of a written, simulation and practical national certification examination, the athletic trainer is licensed by the State of Ohio. Additionally, athletic trainers must attend continuing education courses to maintain the license.

Exercise Physiologist

Exercise Physiologists can make a difference for those patients with pulmonary, cardiovascular or immunological conditions. The Exercise Physiologist evaluates the patient's heart rhythm, blood pressure, weight, strength and flexibility and creates an exercise plan suited to their needs. By setting exercise standards, goals, and priorities, they can make a difference in the patient's daily performance.

Exercise Physiologists are primarily employed with a fitness center, however, they work closely with wellness and rehabilitation centers where they assist the general population with their activity needs.

The Exercise Physiologist may hold a Bachelor’s degree or other certifications and are CPR certified.

Massotherapist

A massotherapist holds a diploma or certificate from a massage therapy school before completing a state licensing examination. A license is granted from the State of Ohio Medical Board upon successful completion. A variety of massage techniques and approaches are utilized, including:

  • Swedish massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Neuromuscular massage
  • Trigger Point massage
  • Sports massage
  • Craniosacral
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Prenatal and postpartum massage
  • Reiki
  • Stone Massage

Occupational Therapist

An occupational therapist is a skilled professional with a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Practitioners complete internships and must pass a national examination before becoming licensed by the State of Ohio Medical Board. The therapists complete annual continuing education courses to further update their training and accentuate their skills.

Here at Summa, our Occupational Therapy program is designed to help individuals improve their ability to independently perform tasks at home and work that are usually taken for granted. Our skilled and experienced therapists work with people of all ages to enable them to maximize independence and lead productive lives.

We work with individuals who have conditions that are physically, emotionally or mentally disabling. Often, Occupational Therapy involves assisting with motor skills or sometimes it is tasks like using the computer or cooking a meal. We also work with individuals to improve their independence with self-care skills such as eating or bathing.

Physical Therapist

Physical Therapy is a skilled area of rehabilitation that helps those who have had an injury or surgery recover to a normal lifestyle.

Recovering from an injury or weakened condition can be very hard work. Summa's Physical Therapy team is ready to help encourage patients to improve their strength, flexibility, balance, function and coordination.

Our goal at Summa is to work closely with patients by making them stronger, relieving their pain, helping them relearn daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, and teaching family members how to assist. We use exercises and physical activities which help condition muscles and restore strength and movement. Activities could include massage, patient education, and water therapy.

With so many injuries being unique, our therapists will tailor rehabilitation according to the patient’s specific needs and abilities.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech language pathologists treat people who have speech, language or voice disorders. They are educated to assess speech and language development and speech disorders. They also help people with swallowing disorders, including dysphagia, many of which are seen post stroke. Speech language pathologists require a Master’s degree to practice and must pass a national examination before becoming licensed in the State of Ohio.

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