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Manual Therapy Specialists: Physical Therapy Solutions in Fairfield, CT
Have you had an injury or event that has stopped you from moving like you used to? Is your pain preventing you from doing the things you love? We’re here to help reduce pain and rebuild movement in the body, so you can get back to living your best and most active life.
Are you ready to:
- Relieve pain in muscles and joints?
- Restore a better range of motion to your body?
- Get back to participating in your most active lifestyle?
Meet Our Physical Therapy Professionals in Fairfield, CT
David Potucek MSPT, CFMT
Owner/Founder of Manual Therapy Specialists
Certified Functional Manual Therapist With Honors
David Potucek is a leading Sports Physical Therapist in Fairfield County helping people to get back to the training they love. He is one of only 254 Certified Functional Manual Therapists in the United States and he passed with honors. Dave is a former collegiate athlete and Division 1 gymnast, rock climber, pole vaulter, sprinter, hurdler, trail runner, fitness model, olympic lifter, powerlifter and all-around athlete. He specializes in treating patients with acute (recent), chronic (old and nagging), and complex (nobody else can fix) injuries.
Caitlyn Hauswirth, PT, DPT, CFMT, CF-L1
Certified Functional Manual Physical Therapist
Cait Hauswirth grew up on Long Island and now lives in Stratford, CT. After completing her certification in Functional Manual Therapy in 2018, she has taken many classes on treating pelvic floor dysfunctions so now she can truly treat the whole body. She takes a holistic approach to patient care – looking from head to toe for a potential driver to an issue. Cait has personal experience recovering from injury and returning to high level athletics: she has torn both ACLs and had reconstruction surgery, both times returning to her prior activity level.
What our patients say about Manual Therapy Specialists
It brings us great joy to relieve stiffness and pain, and improve the lives of our friends and neighbors in Fairfield, CT.
How we help at Manual Therapy Specialists in Fairfield, CT
- Are you a high-performance athlete looking to improve your game?
- Do you need to build your strength to get more out of life?
- Are you recovering from an injury or illness?
- Do you want to become healthier and prevent future problems?
We help our patients feel better in their bodies.
We offer a variety of physical therapy services including:
Exercise can improve mobility, help prevent cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes, and restore normal function post-injury or surgery. There are two types of exercises we use: passive (such as a controlled stretch) and active, where patients do the exercise with their own strength.
Dry needling is a therapeutic technique that requires a certification to perform. This technique revolves around needles and trigger points for pain relief. The needles are placed into the skin to cease and relieve pain which helps alleviate muscle tightness and spasms to decrease recovery times.
Edema control (Dropsy)
Edema control, or dropsy therapy, is a method of reducing the amount of liquid in the patient’s body. Edema control is achieved when the patient is moving around and not sedentary so the extra fluid can migrate from the patient’s limbs and back toward the heart.
Electrical stimulation also referred to as electrotherapy, is used to interrupt pain receptors around the injury to help decrease pain and make muscles contract so they develop muscle memory and re-learn how to operate.
Cold therapy can be used to treat shoulder pain, joint replacements, or anywhere the patient feels stiff and tight. Cold therapy is used to decrease inflammation during the initial phase of the injury.
Exercise is important to maintain a strong and healthy body. This is especially true if you have faced any injuries or had orthopedic issues in the past. We can teach you exercises to work with your issues that you can do at home, increasing your recovery speed.
We use manual therapy, or massage therapy, to work on specific areas of injury. It helps decrease muscle tension and pain, improve muscle circulation, and helps you relax overall.
Motion and/or Gait Training
We use motion and/or gait training to rehabilitate our patients after a joint replacement or an overuse injury. Joint mobilization helps retrain your body to give you a full range of motion after surgery. This training can also be used for patients who suffered from a stroke or another neurological issue that impacted their walking abilities.
Stabilization and/or Balance Training
Balance is essential to moving your body. Stabilization and /or balance training (Vestibular therapy) is an effective recovery technique that may help with concussions, muscle weakness, joint weakness, and improving core strength. Balance training is also very important to increase muscle strength and help avoid future falls.
Therapeutic ultrasound (different than diagnostic ultrasound) is an effective pain management physical therapy technique for sprains, strains, or tendonitis. We send healing ultrasound waves to areas of inflammation in the body, reducing pain and increasing mobility.
Weight training helps with osteoporosis, which is when the bone density decreases. Weight training can increase bone density to help decrease the chance of a fracture if the patient falls. Weight training also increases muscle strength, which helps balance and coordination and has been shown to aid in treatment of patients with a stroke.
We’re here to help you get the most out of life.
Don’t wait to feel better in your body!