April is Occupational Therapy Month

Published on: 2020/03/27
April is Occupational Therapy Month, and at Comprehensive Rehab, we’re proud of our occupational therapists and the work they do every day to improve the lives of their patients. The theme of the 2020 Occupational Therapy Month is “Living Life to the Fullest.” Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they… Read More


Simulated Apartments Help Clients Learn Self-Care Skills

Published on: 2020/03/13
At Comprehensive Rehab, we offer ADL (Activities of Daily Living) Apartments at all four of our Iowa locations. Getting dressed, making a meal or using the bathroom may seem like simple everyday tasks, but they can feel monumental to some patients.  For patients who are recovering from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, surgery or other ailments, the ability to successfully… Read More


Children Screened For Free at Local Daycare Centers

Published on: 2020/03/12
Developmental screening is critical for children, which is why Comprehensive Rehab offers free screenings at local daycare centers. “Parents might not be aware their child has some type of delay or disability,” said Dawn Dague, Scheduling Coordinator at Comprehensive Rehab.  Research has shown that early childhood screening can help identify learning disabilities, autism, speech or language problems, intellectual disabilities, vision… Read More


Comprehensive Rehab Offers Free Screenings

Published on: 2020/03/09
Comprehensive Rehab offers free screenings at all four of its Iowa locations. “We do a number of screenings with our existing patients, but we’d like to raise awareness to others in our communities that we offer screenings,” said Dawn Dague, Scheduling Coordinator at Comprehensive Rehab. Free screenings do not require a physician referral. If further treatment or screening is needed,… Read More


Steamroller Squeezes Fun Into Children’s Therapy

Published on: 2020/03/03
Children at Comprehensive Rehab are having fun squeezing themselves through the steamroller, a piece of equipment that offers a unique way to receive the type of deep pressure many kids need. The steamroller, sometimes known as the “Squeeze Machine,” has four foam rollers - two on top and two on the bottom. The machine looks similar to an old-fashioned clothes… Read More


Aquatic Therapy Helps Children and Adolescents

Published on: 2020/02/11
Does your child struggle with sensory processing, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome or other cognitive or physical concerns? Does your child spend most of the day in a wheelchair? Do you have an adolescent showing signs of depression or anxiety?  How does aquatic therapy help children? Aquatic therapy can help children and adolescents reach developmental milestones including both gross motor… Read More


Is Aquatic Therapy For You?

Published on: 2020/02/07
Could you benefit from aquatic therapy? Have you ever researched the idea of aquatic therapy because you're curious as to what it is all about? Or have you thought about the possibility of aquatics for yourself, a loved one, or close friend? What is aquatic therapy? Aquatic therapy has a multitude of elements that all aid in the experience that is… Read More


How Does Play Therapy Work?

Published on: 2019/12/19
Play helps children develop their unique potential and is vital for healthy brain development. Play allows a child to express themselves. The Association of Play Therapy reports that "play is a child's language and toys are the child's words." The Association for Play Therapy also noted, "Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop… Read More


Astym Treatment Targets Soft Tissue Pain

Published on: 2019/11/11
If a chronic condition is causing pain in your daily life, Astym treatment may be for you. The treatment is designed to regenerate soft tissues and remove unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym (pronounced “a-stem”) is a scientifically developed treatment method designed to target the cause of pain, not just the symptoms. The treatment… Read More


15 Tips To Avoid Falls

Published on: 2019/11/06
Falling is the #1 cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors, according to the National Council on Aging. For Americans 65 and older, the fear of falling is a real and terrifying prospect. However, there are ways to reduce the risk of falling. The CDC estimates at least 3 million older adults visit the emergency room for fall-related injuries… Read More


What Does a Speech-Language Pathologist Do?

Published on: 2019/10/03
At Comprehensive Rehab, we have a highly-qualified staff of speech-language pathologists. But what does a speech-language pathologist do?   Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. While informally known as “speech therapists,” speech-language pathologists hold at least a master’s degree and are state certified/licensed in their field.   They work with… Read More


The Listening Program Musically Helps The Brain

Published on: 2019/10/03
Music impacts brain function and behavior. At Comprehensive Rehab, we use The Listening Program®, a music listening method designed to improve brain health as part of our occupational therapy programs. The Listening Program (TLP) involves listening to acoustically-modified instrumental music to assist with symptoms in the diagnosis of ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, autism, and developmental delays.   TLP is designed… Read More


Setting Goals Key Part of Therapy

Published on: 2019/10/03
At Comprehensive Rehab, goal setting is a key element of any treatment program. Setting goals provides a foundation for our treatment programs. Our interdisciplinary approach allows us to provide a more holistic treatment program resulting in more integrated treatment results between therapies. Together we establish the best plan for each individual and set goals to measure progress along the way.… Read More


What is Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling?

Published on: 2019/10/03
Hard “knots” within a muscle can be painful. Our physical therapists use Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling as a treatment option. Those hard muscle knots are known as “trigger points.” They can cause pain over a large area, making it difficult for a suffer to perform everyday tasks. Together, painful muscles and trigger points are sometimes called myofascial pain syndrome.… Read More


Why Are Fine Motor Skills Important?

Published on: 2019/10/03
At Comprehensive Rehab, our occupational therapists work with children to develop their fine motor skills. Why is that important? What are fine motor skills? Fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles that control the hand, finger, and thumb. The skills refer to detail-oriented tasks, such as feeding, coloring or building with blocks. In contrast, large (or gross) motor… Read More