Choice Therapy KIDS is a therapist owned and operated outpatient service started in 2009. Choice Therapy KIDS offers comprehensive and advanced services in Occupational, Physical, and Speech therapy out of their primary clinic in Bemidji and their satellite clinics located in Kelliher, Blackduck, Clearbrook, and Bagley. Our therapists are dedicated to providing children, families, and physicians with the highest quality services available. Choice Therapy KIDS believes that loved ones, families, and/or caregivers are a critical piece in a child’s success in the treatment process. Our GOAL is to address the challenges identified to be the most important to your child and you. Together we will work with you during our sessions and outside of our sessions to exceed your child’s potential.

Ergonomics is the act of analyzing and adjusting the work task, employee’s technique, and/or the work environment to the worker’s needs to minimize strain placed on the body. This allows for a significant reduction in workplace injuries. Joe Kapaun, OTR, co-owner and practicing therapist, was certified in General Ergonomics from WorkWell Inc. in 2001. Choice Therapy provides on-site ergonomic assessments, as well as on-site ergonomic training to support OSHA requirements.

Are you experiencing aches and pains with your daily activities? Physical and Occupational Therapy are excellent options for treatment of these symptoms. Come in for a 15 minute screening to help determine if you are a candidate for treatment. Whether your pain is old or new, we can help. Call us to schedule your free consultation today!

Graston Technique is a form of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization using patented stainless steel instruments. It effectively identifies areas of restriction, and breaks up the scar tissue allowing it to be absorbed by the body. Graston Technique allows for a faster rehab and recovery time, reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication, and allows patients to continue with everyday activities.

Some common disorders treated with Graston Technique are the following: Achilles Tendinitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cervical Strain, Fibromyalgia, Lateral Epicondylitis, Lumbar Strain, Medial Epicondylitis, Patellofemoral Disorders, Plantar Fasciitis, Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, Scar Tissue, Shin Splints, Trigger Finger, Women’s Health (post-mastectomy and Caesarean scarring).

Choice Therapy partners with numerous Long Term Care facilities in providing rehab services for our community members residing in long-term care. Our therapists are highly experienced in treating our geriatric population with an emphasis on independence, creativity, and compassion during the treatment sessions. Contact either facility for more information.

The basis for postural restoration therapy is to recognize the imbalances and typical patterns associated when an individual overuses one side or one system of the body to the point that other areas become weak and inefficient. When normal imbalances are not regulated by reciprocal function during walking, breathing, or turning, a strong pattern can emerge. This creates structural weakness, instability, and musculo-skeletal pain syndromes. The therapists at Choice Therapy have special training in the postural restoration techniques to return you to normal functioning. Contact us to get a more detailed explanation of what postural restoration can do for you.

Typically, children are constantly moving and exploring their environment. Play and interactions are how they learn. Children have an innate drive to take in information from all their senses which helps their brains to develop and learn how to react to their environment. The Sensory Integration (SI) approach is rich in movement, heavy muscle work, touch, and eye-hand-body coordination; areas where many children with SI difficulties have underlying problems.

Speech-Language Pathologists assess, diagnose, and treat communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech and Language deficits may arise from a variety of causes, including but not limited to genetic disorders, developmental delays, neurological deficits, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and hearing loss. Our adult services cover post-stroke rehabilitation, motor speech disorders, dysarthria, apraxia, voice disorders, dysphagia or swallowing difficulties, fluency, cognitive deficits, and traumatic brain injuries. Our pediatric services cover developmental disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, autism, apraxia, fluency disorders/stuttering, genetic disorders, feeding and swallowing disorders and social communication deficits. Please contact Choice Therapy with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

“Hit Harder, Run Faster”
SmartFITT and Choice Therapy offer sports specific training programs for athletes grades 7-12. Small groups of 10-12 athletes are put through a session consisting flexibility, strengthening, core strengthening, plyometrics, and sports specific drills. The focus is on explosiveness, coordination, and short bursts of speed/strength. 4 to 5:1 ratio of athletes to instructor is achieved. This allows for an emphasis on correct form and muscle recruitment. Our instructors consist of exercise physiologists, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and current/former college athletes. Classes usually run 10-15 sessions. Pre and post-tests are performed to show the athletes the improvements that they have made. Contact Choice Therapy or SmartFITT regarding any questions.