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Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Empower yourself to overcome physical limitations. UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center has the experts to get you moving after sports injuries, work injuries, illness and accidents through a carefully planned therapy regime, designed just for you and your health goals.

We offer inpatient physical therapy as well as outpatient physical therapy clinics at the medical center, Postels Community Health Park and Montezuma Medical Clinic. Our staff also work with and support Grinnell Regional Home Care and Hospice teams as they provide care to clients.

If your insurance allows you to be seen through direct access (without a physician's referral), you may qualify to just pay the co-payment. Our goal is to make your rehab seamless, affordable and successful in addressing your health needs.

Our Areas of Expertise

  • Body mechanics education: Therapy that teaches individuals proper lifting technique and posture.
  • Craniosacral therapy: Gentle treatment that uses the body's natural rhythm and self-correcting process.
  • Custom prosthetic clinic: By appointment, prosthetic and orthotics by certified orthotist.
  • Gait analysis: Leg length discrepancies, pelvic imbalances and core weakness.
  • Home health visits: In-home physical therapy visits in conjunction with home health department.
  • Mobility assessment: Wheelchair, lift chair, hospital bed, walkers and other equipment measurements.
  • Muscle re-education: Muscle and movement re-education for gait dysfunction, weakness and post CVAs, post-surgery, such as knees, hips and shoulders.
  • Pain management: TENS units, an electrical stimulation for pain.
  • Pelvic health: A program that treats diseases specific to bowel and bladder dysfunction, pelvic pain, prolapse, incontinence and back pain during pregnancy and labor.
  • Sports performance: Core strengthening, agility, speed, strength enhancement, kinesio taping, visual acuity to enhance decision making and Z-Health.
  • Vestibular rehabilitation: Exercise and testing.
  • Visceral manipulation: Program that releases tensile forces throughout the body including muscles, joints, bones and connective tissue.
  • Work hardening: Program that increases physical fitness so individual can return to work.


Therapists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. depending on your needs. Call the physical therapy department to schedule at (641) 236-2364.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy, often called OT, works with individuals of all ages with upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow) injuries; cumulative trauma; orthopedic surgeries; and neurological events such as stroke, head injury or disease. OT also provides therapy for management of swelling/edema throughout the body.

OT Services

  • Upper extremity injuries and trauma: Decrease pain and scar tissue and increase joint motion and strength in orthopedic conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and fracture.
  • Upper extremity rehabilitation: Increase functional use of arms after neurological conditions such as strokes.
  • Arthritis education: Clients learn principles and techniques to minimize stress on joints to prevent deformities and decrease pain.
  • Custom splinting: Design and fabricate custom-fit splints for range of motion and joint protection.
  • Lymphedema treatment: For clients diagnosed with excessive swelling, OT performs techniques and education to manage the swelling in arms and legs.
  • Home safety assessments: The therapist will come into the home to assess safety to decrease falls and increase independence to keep the client safe in their home.
  • Low vision education: Provide education regarding daily activities and adaptive equipment for use in the client's home to increase independence and safety as vision declines.
  • Cognitive retraining: After conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury or surgery, OT helps the client increase safety awareness, problem solving and functional skills such as math for checkbook use and other activities that a client performs daily. 
  • Activities of daily living: Build independence with self-care tasks such as dressing, bathing and toileting.
  • Lifting Assessments: Provide standardized and non-standardized lifting assessments to determine an individual's safe lifting ability after mild to moderate injuries.


Our services are provided for your convenience in the Ahrens Medical Arts Building, Grinnell Regional Home Care and Grinnell Regional Hospice.
For more information, call the occupational therapy department at (641) 236-2985 or email the department manager.