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AmeriCare Physical Therapy: Living With Scleroderma

Are you one of the 300,000 people in the United States who suffer from Scleroderma? Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease. Some symptoms include hardening of the skin, extreme fatigue, aching, stiff swollen fingers, trigger points of pain, tight or rubbing tendons, sore joints, and tightness in the legs. Susan Rele, PT, Cert. MDT and Cheryl Botelho, ATC of AmeriCare Physical Therapy will present an academic lecture and demonstration on how The Graston Technique can be used to relieve chronic pain in people with Scleroderma. The Graston Technique is a method of soft tissue mobilization through the use of instruments. This method of physical therapy can help people with Scleroderma reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medication and can facilitate their flexibility and range of motion, making everyday functioning a little easier.

The event will be held at Temple Emanu-El on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 765 East Broad Street in Westfield.

For further information, please call Meredith at 908-389-9100.

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At AmeriCare Physical Therapy we see patients of all age groups, providing consistent evidence-based therapy to maximize mobility and function. Whether you’re recovering from an injury or learning how to prevent future or recurring injuries, our staff at AmeriCare Physical Therapy will be there to guide you every step of the way.

Susan Rele: PT, Cert. MDT Owner/Physical Therapist

Susan founded AmeriCare Physical Therapy in 2005. She has helped patients in Union County using advanced techniques and her caring personality to treat many conditions. She is certified in the McKenzie Method for treating all joint and spinal conditions. She is a long-time member of the American Physical Therapy Association and has improved her manual therapy skills with classes in Maitland Technique and uses the patented Graston Technique, a method to treat soft-tissue injuries. She most recently received training in Functional Dry Needling, a way to release “trigger points” present in overused muscles. 

Cheryl Botelho: ATC

Cheryl joined AmeriCare Physical Therapy in the spring of 2013. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Montclair State University in 2007. While earning her graduate degree in physical therapy, Cheryl served as the graduate assistant athletic trainer for Franklin Pierce University, working with each of the university's Division II teams. Cheryl specializes in rehabilitation of sports related injuries (all levels: youth-professional), and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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