This is a specialized exercise program for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Unique in its approach, it has been found to be successful in regaining better balance and movement patterns in patients with Parkinson’s disease. This is a four week program with treatments administered four times per week. The success of the program depends on the willingness of the patient to exercise at home on a daily basis, too.  

IASTM // Instrument Assisted soft Tissue Mobilization

One way to facilitate healing and restore function is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). This is a soft tissue technique using a metal or plastic tool to locate and treat soft tissue injuries. Based in the Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha, the tools are used to treat fascial restrictions, soft tissue thickening and inflammation. This is a non-invasive technique – meaning it is performed on the surface of the skin. The treatment causes controlled microtrauma which stimulates an inflammatory response. Common diagnoses that benefit from IASTM include tennis elbow, Plantar fasciitis, Tendonitis, Bursitis, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and ITB syndrome.

dry needling

Dry Needling is a treatment technique that helps return the body to its natural state of homeostasis or balance. It is often helpful in the treatment of neck and back pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, TMJ, headaches, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica and Plantar fasciitis. Dry Needling is an invasive treatment where small needles are inserted into the affected area or related points to relieve pain and initiate a physiologic response. Although it does involve a needle, most patients do not report more than a pinch or slight discomfort with this treatment. This technique may also be used as an adjunct to your current treatment at the recommendation of your therapist.

Dry Needling is currently not covered by insurance. Prior to treatment, a cash price will be discussed with you.

Manual therapy





Manual therapy involves the use of the hands to assess and treat joint mobility and soft tissue mobility. Some of the techniques used include: joint mobilization, connective tissue massage, myofascial release and manual lymphatic drainage. Manual therapy allows the physical therapist to determine the specific cause of the problem. A manual therapist treats the problem, not just the pain.

Although manual therapy techniques are taught in all physical therapy schools, advanced training and time to develop these skills are needed to be proficient in this treatment. Bunny Donnelly, PT, MOMT was the first recognized manual therapist in Rutherford County. She holds a Master's in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. All physical therapists at Donnelly PT have advanced training in manual techniques.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

Finding out where someone hurts is the easy part; anyone suffering with pain can tell you exactly where they feel the pain. Determining what is causing the pain is the hard part. By assessing a patient's functional movement patterns, seeing where the movements breakdown, allows a more efficient treatment plan to be developed. Restoring a patient's movement patterns, not just addressing the pain, reduces the chances of a recurring problem. An SFMA assessment is utilized by the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and PGA as well as many colleges to assess their athletes pre and post injury. Donnelly Physical Therapy therapists have completed Level 1 and Level 2 training.


ImPACT Applications, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in the assessment and treatment of concussions. Our physical therapists are certified providers of the ImPACT concussion management program. Donnelly Physical Therapy is proud to be the first clinic to offer this advanced training in Rutherford County. In recent years, much attention has been placed on concussion and its treatment. With all of this attention, advances have been made, and we are now more successfully treating concussions. All concussions are not the same, and they should not be treated as such. Our physical therapists will develop a specific treatment plan based on the specific type of concussion. Trust a certified ImPACT trained physical therapist for your concussion care.


For more information on any of these treatment techniques, contact us by email or phone to discuss further.