Local Physical Therapist Utilizes Social Media to Help Patients

08/18/14 | By | 91 More
DEREK TOUHY, a Telluride-based physical therapist, has set up a Facebook and Twitter account designed to help his patients. (Courtesy photo)

DEREK TUOHY, a Telluride-based physical therapist, has set up a Facebook and Twitter account designed to help his patients. (Courtesy photo)

TELLURIDE – Derek Tuohy has been working as a physical therapist for nearly 15 years, almost all of those spent in the Telluride. Tuohy recently launched a new social media campaign, including a Facebook business page and Twitter account, so that people can benefit from his expertise and training wherever they can access a computer.

“I am very passionate about what I do and I always try to stay on top of the current trends in health, fitness and rehabilitation,” says Tuohy. “I am excited to share this knowledge by reaching out to the telluride community through social media so others can use this information in their approach to staying healthy.”

He is excited to announce that he has developed his new business Facebook page “Balanced Physical Therapy-Derek Tuohy” and officially launched it this past week. Connecting this Facebook page with his Twitter account @PTtelluride, Tuohy will update his followers regularly with informative articles on health, physical therapy, strength and conditioning, and injury prevention and treatment.  If that wasn’t reason enough to follow him online, next week he will be giving away a one month membership to 8750alt gym for a randomly chosen new “like” on his Facebook page or new follower on Twitter.

Located on the east end of Colorado Avenue inside the 8750alt gym, Balanced Physical Therapy is full-service office that staffs two physical therapists. Tuohy, along with Laura Homer, specialize in sports injury rehabilitation and prevention, including ACL injury prevention program, “Return to Sport” training, post-surgical rehabilitation, and “Return to Work” rehabilitation.

Tuohy has been involved in sports medicine and sports conditioning since 1995, working as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach for high school, collegiate and professional athletes.  He earned his certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in 1999.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Penn. in 1999 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  Pursuing his interest in the skill of manual physical therapy, Tuohy studied spinal and extremity manipulation under Dr. Stanley Paris and the University of St. Augustine, receiving his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) in 2004.  He recently completed an advanced course in spinal and extremity manipulation.  Derek’s treatment philosophy utilizes a combination of his manual therapy skills and functional / sports based exercise to assist his clients in achieving their goals.

Homer (MPT, OCS) earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University in 1998.  She began with a degree in Music Education and taught and performed before choosing physical therapy school.  She has been living and practicing in Telluride since 1998 with a focus on sports and orthopedic therapy.  She has a level II certification with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy and became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) in 2005.

To contact Touhy or Homer, stop by Balanced Physical Therapy located in the 8750alt gym at 317 East Colorado Avenue, call 728-8948, or email at balancedpt@hotmail.com. And of course, take a look at his brand new Facebook page, Balanced Physical Therapy-Derek Tuohy (don’t forget to “like” it), follow him on Twitter @PTtelluride,  and visit his website at www.balancedtherapytelluride.com.


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