Alternatives in Physical Therapy

"The best physical therapy provider in Wilbraham, massachusetts"

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Phone 413-279-4492

Fax 413-599-1475

Alternatives in Physical Therapy (APT) is dedicated to working one-on-one with you.  We use a variety of therapy techniques to treat all major orthopedic dysfunctions, balance deficits, neurologic disorders, chronic pain, and a broad spectrum of other issues. 

Whether it’s a sports injury, workplace injury, chronic condition, or chronic pain, our physical therapists are trained to create an individualized program to help you feel better and get back to the activities you love.  APT has been in business for over 25 years, and our success directly reflects our patient’s lasting results.  

We are located inside of the Scantic Valley YMCA in Wilbraham, with full access to pool and training equipment to help our clients attain their goals.  Our team of friendly and knowledgeable therapists are committed and ready to assist you.    



is a gentle hands-on technique that uses light touch to relieve tension in the central nervous system promoting a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy utilizes the buoyancy and viscosity (resistance) properties of water.  Our 93-degree pool is especially useful for patients with arthritis, healing fractures, or who cannot exercise on land. Water decreases the degree of stress on a joint making it easier and less painful to move.  Using resistance coupled with the water’s buoyancy allows a person to exercise with greater ease and comfort. 

visceral manipulation

is a manual therapy consisting of gentle, specifically placed manual forces that encourage the normal mobility, tone, and inherent tissue motion of the viscera, their connective tissue, and other areas of the body where motion has been impaired.

functional movement

A thorough exam performed by your Physical Therapist in order to address potential contributors to a patients problem.

Manual Therapy

Also known as hands-on physical therapy, manual therapy uses no devices or machines. Instead, therapists use only their hands while performing skilled, specific techniques. Manual therapy includes soft tissue work and mobilizations.

balance and vestibular

 A physical therapist will teach you exercises for both static balance (sitting or standing still) and dynamic balance (keeping your balance while moving and doing daily activities). They also may work with you on exercises to improve your ability to react to a balance disturbance to prevent a fall. 


Special tape is used to help facilitate muscle function, stabilize joints, or inhibit muscles from contracting improperly. It can also be used to help decrease pain, swelling, and muscle spasm.

magnawave therapy

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) is a form of magnetic energy therapy that helps cells of the body function more appropriately, enhancing their efforts to repair and improve function in organ tissues and body systems.


Cupping can be used for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

dry needling

Dry needling can treat pain and movement impairments. The physical therapist inserts a "dry" needle, one without medication, into areas of the muscle. It can release or inactivate trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion.

At APT, you can expect to see your physical therapist one-on-one at each visit.  

We accept private pay, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and many supplemental insurance plans


Service available inside the Scantic Valley YMCA

 45 Post Office Park, 

Wilbraham, MA 01095

Phone: 413-279-4492

Fax: 413-599-1475


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Alternatives in Physical Therapy is a 100% Hampden, Massachusetts owned small business