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Specialty Services at Cortland Acres Outpatient Physical Therapy

Picture 1: Members of the Cortland Acres Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Team. Picture 2 & 3: Members of the Cortland Acres Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Team provide care to patients.

Cortland Acres Outpatient Rehabilitation offers advanced physical therapy treatments available at their facility located at Cortland Acres in Thomas, WV. The Cortland Rehab Center serves the entire Tucker County community and surrounding counties. Their team of highly skilled Physical Therapists can provide an array of treatment options for a wide range of conditions and post-surgical issues.

The Cortland Rehab team is committed to helping people live better. They provide convenient access to high-quality care to prevent and treat musculoskeletal pain. With recovery success from hundreds of patient cases, the rehab team strives to utilize quality standards designed to deliver proven, predictable, and impactful patient outcomes. Therapy treatments are available for spinal conditions, arthritis, balance deficits, sports injuries, and post-surgical rehabilitation.

Alisha McCune, Director of Physical Therapy, said “The goal at Cortland Outpatient Physical Therapy is to return patients to their highest level of function, we help with pain management from chronic conditions, we help them recover from injuries and reduce the risk of future injury. We are committed to providing quality service and customer care.”

Physical therapy at Cortland is provided by trained physical therapists and assistants who help patients improve movement, strength, and manage pain after an illness or injury. Nearly every part of the body can benefit from physical therapy. Physical therapists assess a patient's pain levels and abilities and develop a plan of treatment. Specialized treatments now being offered at Cortland Rehab are: Aquatic therapy, ASTYM Therapy, Cupping Therapy, LSVT BIG & LOUD for Parkinson's, Kinesio Taping, Vestibular Rehab, and Dry Needling.


Aquatic Therapy refers to exercises performed in water for relaxation, fitness, physical rehabilitation, and other therapeutic benefit. Exercise performed in the water can bring relief to those who suffer from various neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disorders. The specific properties of water make aquatic therapy much different from land therapy as individuals can use water for resistance in place of gravity or weights. Water’s unique properties allow individuals to benefit from less pressure on the joints, reduced inflammation, and a safe environment to improve balance and strength. This therapy is also a great option for individuals who are unable to exercise on land. They can improve their strength and endurance to recover or improve from their condition. Aquatic Therapy Programs provide a very good workout without the pain, stress, and muscle fatigue often associated with land-based exercises.

ASTYM Therapy engages the body’s restorative mechanisms to stimulate healing and rebuild soft tissue. Developed through decades of clinical research, ASTYM tackles the toughest musculoskeletal conditions. ASTYM often works when other treatments will not.

Cupping Therapy involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, the suction creates a negative pressure environment allowing for myofascial decompression as the skin is drawn into the cups. The negative pressure lifts muscle fibers and increases blood flow to the area. Benefits of cupping include reduced pain, muscle tightness and inflammation, improved blood flow, and increased range of motion.

LSVT LOUD is an effective speech treatment for people with Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions. LSVT BIG effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether “small motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from a sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking. The treatment improves walking, self-care, and other tasks by helping people “recalibrate” how they perceive their movements with what others actually see. It also teaches how and when to apply extra effort to produce bigger motions. 

Kinesiology taping is a thin, flexible tape that was developed to aid muscle movement and enhance athletic performance. It is often used to relieve pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, and provide support to joints and muscles. The elasticity, or stretchiness, of kinesiology tape allows for movement.

Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate both primary and secondary problems due to inner ear disorders. It is an exercise-based program primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, reduce gaze instability, and/or reduce imbalance and fall risk as well as address any secondary impairments that are a consequence of the vestibular disorder.

Dry Needling is a treatment used for pain and movement issues associated with myofascial trigger points. With this technique, a provider inserts thin needles into or near the trigger points. The needles stimulate the soft tissue causing it to contract or twitch enhancing the body’s ability to heal which reduces pain and restores function.


Sports Injury Rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy that treats people of all ages who have musculoskeletal system pain, injury, or illness. With the use of exercise, movement, and therapeutic interventions, sports rehabilitation helps maintain health and fitness and helps you recover from injury and reduce pain.

Physical therapy treatment is cost-effective and valuable for a wide range of clinical conditions. Physical therapy services can be an alternative to surgery, or complementary, as in the case of receiving physical therapist treatment after surgery for osteoarthritis. Physical therapy treatment after surgery, such as joint replacement, can maximize functional progress and improve the quality of life for individuals.

Cortland Acres Association Administrator, Beth Clevenger, said “Our staff continually trains on new treatment options. Each therapist has certifications in several areas of treatment. Our growth has always been about meeting the demands. We have strong relationships with medical professionals in our area and they trust sending patients to us for rehabilitation. We have a great team of caring and experienced therapists who focus on functional rehab results.”

Cortland Rehab is open for appointments Monday through Friday and offers one-on-one treatment for all ages and injuries. For more information or to schedule appointments call 304.463.4191 or visit

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