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Physical therapy facility celebrates opening

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcome Action Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation to Salem during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning. The private practice opened Nov. 4 in the Eastgate Plaza at 2311 E. State St., offering a wide variety of physical therapy and rehabilitation services, including dry needling, lumbar decompression and access to aquatic therapy. Call 234-320-4080 to make an appointment. Pictured are, front from left, chamber Executive Director Lori Jewell, Kathy Hendricks, Action office administrator Sarah Davis, Action floor supervisor and physical therapy assistant Scott Nord, Action Director of Rehabilitation and Physical Therapist Anthony Schiraldi, his wife Kelcie Schiraldi holding their daughter Maria, his mom, Bonnie Schiraldi, holding their other daughter, Lena, and his father, Bill Schiraldi; and back from left, Jim Wenderoth, Shawna L’Italien, Frank Zamarelli, Salem Mayor John Berlin, Elaine Kothera and Carolyn Jones. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

SALEM — Action Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Inc. opened its doors in the Eastgate Plaza on East State Street on Nov. 4, offering a locally-owned, private practice to meet the rehabilitative needs of Salem and the surrounding communities.

“We’re excited to be in the area to serve the people,” Physical Therapist and Director of Rehabilitation Anthony Schiraldi said.

Schiraldi and his family members, including wife Kelcie, daughters Maria and Lena and parents Bonnie and Bill, celebrated the opening Tuesday morning during a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Action office administrator Sarah Davis and floor supervisor/physical therapy assistant Scott Nord, Salem Mayor John Berlin and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors with Chamber Executive Director Lori Jewell.

Chamber members welcomed them to Salem and provided them with a framed certificate signifying their membership in the chamber. The staff includes one physical therapist, one physical therapy assistant and an office administrator, with plans to grow. The location at 2311 E. State St., just west of Giant Eagle, features all brand new equipment in a brightly-lit spacious therapy space.

Services include cupping therapy and massage therapy, dry needling, certified Lordex lumbar decompression therapy, pre and post-surgical therapy, certified impact concussion program, a stroke recovery program, vestibular rehab, sports injury rehabilitation, joint manipulation/mobilizations, kinesiotherapy and fitness/wellness programming.

Schiraldi explained that integrative dry needling is a newer procedure that’s very similar to acupuncture and helps stimulate the healing process. It is not considered acupuncture but a form of physical therapy “for the treatment of a multitude of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions,” according to an Action Physical Therapy brochure about dry needling.

Only sterile disposable needles are used in the process.

The direct access practice can also make aquatic therapy available to patients through a number of providers, based on where a patient resides. Patients have a choice of where they can go for physical therapy and can call for an appointment with Action Physical Therapy without a referral. If one is needed due to their insurance coverage, Action Physical Therapy takes care of everything.

Schiraldi said one of their main selling points is the fact that Action Physical Therapy is a private practice in service to the patients with one-on-one therapy.

“We give them what they need,” he said.

Schiraldi has been working for Action Physical Therapy for three years and lives in the South Range school district, so he wanted to help serve people in this area. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, but before and after work hours are available by appointment.

“We make it work for folks,” he said.

The new Salem office of Action Physical Therapy can be reached at 234-320-4080.