Fifteen years ago, Michael Dow MSPT/CEO and Clinical Director, founded Amity Physical Therapy and presaged the area’s first synergistic therapy-fitness-wellness center. Now the “Fitness/Wellness” Division of his practice, he evolved the concept carefully and methodically. Always committed to detail and perfection, he developed a holistic approach to both healing and physical fitness that now embraces both patients and fitness clients. “It just makes sense,” Dow said, “to combine both disciplines into one setting. On one hand, we treat patients with a wide variety of injuries while we professionally conduct personal fitness programs using certified fitness trainers. It’s the best of both worlds. We can monitor therapy patients, taking them from injury to normal movement activity, while our fitness clients strive for performance, strength, conditioning and speed.”
Fitness participants undergo a thorough movement screening—a head-to-toe quantitative orthopedic screen conducted by a licensed therapist. This diagnostic technique reveals joint or soft tissue restriction, strength imbalances or movement sequencing considerations. From there, a personal trainer coordinates with a physical therapist to create a comprehensive training program curated for each client.
Always ahead of the curve in his industry, Michael Dow has outfitted his offices with a breakthrough functional training system, the Synrgy 360, from LifeFitness, a global supplier of quality fitness equipment. “From the inception of the practice I was determined to use high-quality equipment that’s also modern and reliable. I take pride in the architectural aesthetic of our facilities, inclusive of functionality and flow.” He added, “What people see, feel, and use is extremely important. The equipment reaches all patients, pediatrics to geriatrics. We have to vary our treatment styles and provide the tools to support it. In the end it’s all about our patients and clients. We’re here to improve their physical health. We live for that.”
Amity Physical Therapy has three offices: Woodbridge, Hamden and Branford. Michael Dow MSPT can be reached in Woodbridge at 203-389-4593 or visit amitypt.com.
Amity Physical Therapy’s Michael Dow MSPT and CEO/Clinical Director, positions his new ‘fitness/Wellness” Division for an active future