All of our therapists specialize in recovery after a brain injury. We are known and recognized for this! Our therapists perform a comprehensive evaluation to assess physical, cognitive, sensory, and emotional well-being. We prioritize our clients goals and what matters to them! A therapy plan is customized to help clients return to living their best life. Clients have repeatedly expressed gratefulness during the evaluation because the questions we ask are specifically directed to clients with brain injury, and oftentimes, they feel that for the first time, their individual and specific needs are not just met but are anticipated. Clients feel 100% understood -- and 100% safe here. The start of a therapeutic relationship is building therapeutic trust, and our clients with brain injury implicitly trust Galaxy therapists and staff.
Many of our therapists have been trained at The American Institute of Balance and are certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy. We have had success with clients who have suffered for years with untreated (or improperly treated) vertigo. This includes a comprehensive exercise program, following concussion protocols as needed, and monitoring symptoms carefully. A strong focus on client education and symptom tracking and management is taught. Often, the education we provide is what is missing from other vestibular therapy programs. Clients are empowered to be a part of the solution and develop tools for managing their symptoms. No more two steps forward, three steps back. Our Concussion program helps our clients move forward and give back!
Our therapists have specialty training with LSVT Loud and PWR! We help clients manage Parkinson's signs and symptoms so clients can live their best life. Reflex integration techniques using Masgatova’s Method of Reflex Integration (MNRI®) can also be helpful for this population. We recognize that depending on the needs, a comprehensive team of PT, OT, and Speech Therapy may be helpful for those with Parkinson’s. Helping clients age in place and stay safe in their homes are key factors in our rehabilitation approach. Techniques for helping you to move forward and learning how to maintain those techniques are here and available at Galaxy -- waiting to be shared. Let Galaxy therapists help you live your best life!
Mild Cognitive Impairment and the Aging Brain
We treat clients with acquired brain injury and concussion who are having difficulty with cognitive tasks, as well as those with age-related progressive cognitive decline. Our therapists are trained to develop a comprehensive cognitive training program based on the latest cognitive research. We focus on remediation exercises combined with compensatory strategies that will allow our clients to not only improve cognitive functioning, but permit them to live their best life. Our therapists have decades of experience in treating these challenges and have developed both individual therapy approaches, as well as classes and caregiver opportunities. Our classes help educate on the pillars of brain health, as well as on ways to maximize cognitive function. Look for both individual therapy and group therapy options for treating cognitive impairments. We recognize that multiple disciplines may be required depending on individual needs, and that helping our clients stay as independent as possible is always a key goal. Let Galaxy therapists help empower positive change in your daily life!
All of our therapists specialize in recovery after an acquired brain injury. This is what we really love to do! We know that it takes one-on-one attention and care to rehabilitate after a stroke. At Galaxy, we provide that and more. Everyone from our front office staff to our therapists knows that you might need special attention and care, and we are ready to help. Clients receive a comprehensive evaluation to assess their physical, cognitive, sensory, and emotional well-being. We get to know each client and their individual needs and goals. We offer group classes for physical, as well as cognitive rehabilitation if clients like the idea of being a part of a group and would benefit from the support and joy that comes with expanding their personal community of support. Our therapists specialize in unilateral weakness, balance, speech, swallowing, and all of the unique challenges that having a stroke might present to clients. Here at Galaxy we work the brain and the body, so plan on a whole person approach to rehabilitation. Our customized plan will help clients return to living their best life.
All of our therapists specialize in recovery after an acquired brain injury. Each brain tumor presents differently and no two are alike. That is why our therapists have years upon years of treating all forms of brain injury, and we understand that clients have specific and unique needs. Brain tumors can affect speech, physical mobility, balance, cognition, and can even alter personalities and behaviors. We are ready to serve clients in every capacity. Clients who come to Galaxy receive a comprehensive evaluation to access physical, cognitive, sensory, and emotional well-being. They may need a combination of physical, occupational, speech, and massage therapy. We have it all here, and our team takes pride in communicating with families and with each other to develop the treatment plan that works for our clients individual needs. We get to know our clients and their goals in order to help clients return to living their best life.
We all have reflexes that we are born with that are designed to keep us safe. As we grow, some of those reflexes are supposed to naturally integrate (go away) as we outgrow their use. After an accident or illness, sometimes more primitive reflexes return (reappear and get in the way) and cause difficulty and dysfunction in life. That is why we have therapists who are trained in MNRI® (The Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration) Method. This technique allows those primitive reflexes to be reintegrated to allow you to live your best life. Further, it is used to help people with progressive neurological disease, trauma, and PTSD, and all developmental, as well as acquired neurological disorders.
Progressives Neurological Illnesses
Being diagnosed with a progressive neurological illness can be scary as clients face the “unknown.” Our therapy team works with you to understand the nature of the illness, as well as develop strategies for combating the deficits that begin to present themselves over time. We work with clients to develop a physical and cognitive exercise plan that will allow them to maintain the highest level of functioning for as long as possible. We offer individual and group therapy to help combat deficits associated with progressive illness. Treatments include whole brain exercise, balance training, MNRI® (The Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration) Method, cognitive therapy, and pain management for clients whose progressive illness also creates significant pain. We work with clients to develop strategies to maximize communication abilities and to modify tasks and their home environment so that they can live their best life. No two clients are treated the same because each person’s needs are unique to them. At Galaxy, we help you empower positive change in your life, even in the midst of a setback like a progressive disease. Clients still can live their best life and find much joy in the journey!
Sometimes the sensory system is underdeveloped in children, and other times after a neurological illness or injury, the sensory system is not properly regulated. In almost all cases, sensory processing disorders impact functioning and block our clients from living their best life. Sometimes sensory processing disorders cause light sensitivity and can affect our sense of smell, hearing, movement, and balance. Sensations can become more pronounced and overwhelming, or in other cases, sensations can be suppressed and underactive. In both of these situations, it inhibits us from operating our bodies optimally. Our therapists are trained to recognize these sensory processing deficits and have multiple ways of treating them. Treatment may look like gentle and gradual exposure therapy to train the body and mind to tolerate this sensory input so you can live your best life. This can be done in the clinic, or for some, in difficult environments that our clients typically avoid. Our therapists are trained to provide a “just right challenge” that will help clients build on successful interactions in challenging environments. If clients need help in navigating the community, therapists may use gradual desensitization approaches to help our clients regain independence and stop avoiding environmental stressors. Sensory integration is a part of everyday life and not just a part of play-based therapy. It is something that our therapists incorporate every day no matter what the baseline diagnosis is. Physical exercise, sensory integration techniques, whole brain exercise, and reflex integration all are helpful tools our therapists may use to help clients with Sensory Integration Dysfunction.
Pain can be overwhelming after an accident or injury. It also can present itself with progressive diseases like Multiple Sclerosis. Our therapy team works together to evaluate the source of our clients pain in order to develop a therapy plan to treat and manage the pain. A combination of craniosacral, myofascial release, muscle energy, exercises, and modalities are used to create long-lasting pain relief. Our team of therapists has decades of experience managing pain and is able to help clients finally manage their own pain! We recognize that exercise alone does not take pain away, and it needs to be combined with manual therapy to relieve muscle and fascia tension and tightness. Skilled physical and occupational therapists, as well as therapeutic massage therapists are available and ready to help. Clients are in good hands here at Galaxy!
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Q: What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
A: Pelvic Floor Therapy is the treatment of the neuromusculoskeletal system that includes the muscles, joints, connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons that work together to support the pelvic organs and the urinary system.
Q: What should I expect if I go to Pelvic Floor Therapy?
A: Pelvic Floor Therapy consists of taking a history of the difficulties that you are experiencing and asking about your pain, if you have any. Talking about your bowel and bladder habits, fluid intake, career, stress levels, pregnancy history, trauma, surgeries, your diet and medications, etc. in a private room. The therapist will look at your posture, any impairment in movements, any issues with your back, pelvis, hip, and abdomen. There is an external and internal exam of the pelvic floor through the vagina or the rectum. In addition to patient education, this involves undressing from the waist down and being draped by a towel/sheet. It also requires a prescription from a physician.
Q: What types of conditions are treated with Pelvic Floor Therapy?
A: Conditions treated with Pelvic Floor Therapy include: frequent urination, strong urge to urinate, urinary/fecal incontinence (loss of urine or bowels), constipation, and pelvic pain, to name a few.
Q: Is Pelvic Floor Therapy for men and women?
A: Pelvic Floor Therapy is for both men and women.
Q: Is Pelvic Floor Therapy internal or external?
A: Pelvic Floor therapy is usually a combination of external and internal therapy. If patients are uncomfortable with internal work, a lot of treatment can be done externally.
Q: How can I be contacted about Pelvic Floor Therapy?
Communication and cognition is essential to quality of life. Our speech language pathologists have over 50 years of combined experience evaluating and treating speech difficulties (such as apraxia and dysarthria) that occur as a result of stroke, TBI, Parkinson’s disease, and other progressive neurological conditions. We focus on meaningful communication for increased participation in the home, workplace, and community. Speech therapists are LSVT Loud trained and are ready to help! Our speech therapy department offers both individual therapy and group classes. Developing therapeutic trust is a key component to empowering positive change in our clients lives. Our speech therapists get to know their clients individual needs and goals and customize therapy accordingly. Every session is different, and strategies are as unique as the individuals we treat here at Galaxy.
We all know that eating nourishes our bodies and food is also a social way to connect with friends and family. Our speech language pathologists evaluate and treat swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) that occur as a result of stroke, TBI, Parkinson’s disease, and other progressive neurological conditions. We have a fully functioning kitchen here at Galaxy, so not only can you cook your meals, but you can eat them too! Adult feeding and swallowing evaluations, as well as interpretation of barium swallow studies are a part of what we do at Galaxy. Please call ahead to inquire about infant feeding and swallowing as scheduling for that is dependent on specialist scheduling. You are in good hands when it comes to feeding and swallowing.
Prevocational and Return to Work
Galaxy therapists have spent decades helping people who are ready to enter the workforce again and move forward and give back to their communities. We have therapists who can provide training needed to get and maintain a job whether it is their first job or returning to work. Galaxy therapists understand all of the details that need to be addressed in order to be functional in the work environment. Galaxy works closely with vocational counselors and job coaches in order to best transition clients into the appropriate workplace setting. We have helped ready clients for supported work environments, as well as community work placements and can work in combination with Michigan Rehabilitation Services. We recognize that returning to work might look different for each person, and a combination of occupational, speech, and physical therapy may be necessary depending on the client. Group classes are in the development phase and will be announced soon.
Attendant Care Training and Assessments
Our occupational therapists have extensive experience working with clients in the home and community. Therapists will evaluate clients in their home environment to determine the best level of care for individual needs. Our Galaxy team can then provide guidance for caregivers so they are able to follow through with strategies that ensure safety and independence to help clients live their best life.
Our physical and occupational therapists are ready to help with post surgical therapy. We recognize that every surgeon likes therapy performed differently, so we ask that each referral come with a protocol from the treating surgeon. We will help you on your way to recovery, and you will be back to living your best life in no time at all!
Has a stroke, TBI, or progressive neurological disease changed your ability to understand and use language?
Are reading and writing more difficult?
Our speech language pathologists have decades of experience evaluating and treating acquired language disorders.
Communication is fundamental to quality of life. We use evidence-based techniques to improve your language skills for making meaningful connections with family, friends, coworkers, and others in your community.