WALLINGFORD — A well-known building that decades ago was home to the Yalesville Volunteer Fire Department has been transformed into a physical therapy center.
“We know this community, we’re just bringing our brand of therapy to the community we live in,” said Craig Zettergren, owner of Fyzical Therapy clinics in Bristol and Southington and now co-owner of the Yalesville location at 20 Chapel St.
The new practice had its soft opening in November and will host town officials for a ribbon-cutting next week.
With a 500-square-foot sports turf, a non-surgical spinal therapy program, and a balance center, Zettergren said the clinic can treat a diverse range of needs.
Central to Zettergren’s practice is the McKenzie Method of treating back and spinal issues, which he said has proven itself among his patients at his other two clinics.
“It’s tailored to what the patients needs are, and not just what the diagnosis is,” Zettergren said.
While being treated, patients are also taught motions they can practice to alleviate pain and other symptoms.
“We want patients to understand what is going on, why they’re having this pain, teach them what to do,” he said. “Always the goal is to teach them a self-treatment method.”
The sports turf also allows the clinic to tailor its treatment for athletes with injuries. Clinicians treating a patient can observe how they move through plays and have them repeat motions in a guided setting.
The balance center helps with neurological issues. Dizziness and loss of balance are addressed through new technologies.
The town’s Economic Development Specialist Tim Ryan said the town’s medical industry is growing and called the clinic “another welcomed new business to town.”
“It’s a very nice adaptive re-use of the building,” he said.