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Norman Regional Health System | Physical Performance Center

Norman Regional offers advanced, specialized rehabilitation services in the Physical Performance Center, which is conveniently located east of Interstate 35. Treatment is based on our staff’s proven philosophy that helping patients help themselves promotes a faster, more complete recovery.  Patients are seen by physician referral and we work closely with physicians to ensure everyone’s involvement with the program and to help patients recover quickly.  Our services include:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Hand rehabilitation
  • Occupational health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • Spinal dysfunction
  • Speech/VitalStim therapy
  • Affordable extended conditioning
  • Interactive metronome - a computer-based technology to improve timing, focus and concentration

Work Your Way Back to Better

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy intervention focuses on posture, locomotion, strength, endurance, cardiopulmonary function, balance, coordination, joint mobility, flexibility, pain control and activities of daily living. Locomotion training may include the use of orthotic, prosthetic or assistive devices, and we may aid your therapy with heat, cold, light, water, sound, electricity, massage, mobilization and therapeutic exercise.

Education is an important part of each treatment plan. In particular, our physical therapists have been trained by a nationally recognized expert in care for temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and specially trained in care for lymphedema, swelling caused by inadequate flow of fluid through the lymphatic system. 

Aquatic Therapy

Our center boasts a 40-by-20-foot saltwater pool for exercise that’s easier on the body, allowing for a quicker return to activity without overstressing healing tissues. The graded pressure from deeper to shallower water also helps blood flow to reduce swelling. Patients with back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and injuries benefit from aquatic therapy. After completing the initial program, you can participate in our monthly pool membership program and/or try an instructor-led aquatic arthritis class two or three days per week for improving strength, endurance and joint mobility.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling (DN) is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points (painful knots in muscles), tendons, ligaments, or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions. Dry Needling can also be coupled with electrical current to further reduce pain for patients with appropriate conditions.

What is Dry Needling Effective For?

Evidence has shown dry needling can significantly decrease:

  • Headaches
  • Low-Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • TMJ (Jaw) Dysfunction
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Elbow pain (such as Tennis elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Knee Pain
  • Post-surgical scar tissue pain
  • Osteoarthritis

How is DN different from acupuncture?

  • Dry Needling is research and evidence-based practice
  • Dry Needling is a modern, anatomy-based intervention for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy maximizes independence for people with physical disabilities and helps prevent further disability. We’ll work with you on activities of daily living such as feeding and dressing; creating and fitting orthotics or splints; and teaching you how to use adaptive equipment. In particular, our occupational therapists are specifically trained in caring for patients with lymphedema.

Speech Therapy

Speech/language pathologists work with clients of all ages to treat conditions including:

  • Infant feeding aversions
  • Developmental delay
  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorder)
  • Speech/language disorders
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Fluency
  • Voice disorders
  • Cognitive impairments

VitalStim® therapy is available for the treatment of swallowing disorders secondary to stroke or other neurological conditions as well as from cancer and radiation treatment.

Hand Therapy

Our therapists, certified hand therapists, are experienced in the treatment of hand and upper-extremity dysfunction resulting from arthritis, injury or cumulative trauma. Hand therapists have extensive knowledge in orthotics fabrication for a variety of diagnoses, creating orthotics — or splints — for post-op surgical protection or immobilization, correction of injury or deformity, and conservative management of common upper extremity syndromes.

Sports Rehabilitation

Our therapists provide preventive and post-injury care for the recreational and competitive athlete. Acute injury care with a progressive strengthening and conditioning program is specifically designed to get the athlete back to the game as quickly and safely as possible while decreasing the risk of future injury.


About Norman Regional Health System

Norman Regional Health System is a multi-campus system that serves the healthcare needs of south central Oklahoma. It is currently comprised of an acute-care facility, Norman Regional, on Porter Avenue, and the Norman Regional HealthPlex, located on Interstate 35 and Tecumseh Road in Norman, OK. Norman Regional Hospital is licensed for 324 beds and offers a full range of services including emergency care, oncology, an intensive care unit, surgery and more. The Norman Regional HealthPlex campus is licensed for 136 beds. It features the services of cardiovascular, spine and orthopedics, women’s and children’s and more. The Norman Regional HealthPlex is also the home of the Chest Pain Center and the HealthPlex Heart Hospital. In 2016, the Health System opened Norman Regional Moore, which houses an Emergency Room, physician offices, imaging, lab, physical therapy and more.

Norman Regional Health System also provides outpatient diagnostic centers, medical transport services, physician services, centers of excellence, durable medical equipment supplies, a primary care network, community wellness service and employer health services. It has grown to employ more than 2,700 people and have 356 physicians credentialed on the Medical Staff.

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