Physical Therapy

Give yourself the opportunity to get back to feeling 100% using custom physical therapy treatments and advanced physical therapy techniques in Westlake Village, Encino, Simi Valley and West Los Angeles

Our Philosophy


Physical Therapy is a well know medical profession that helps to restore a patient’s function and reduces pain for many types of conditions, injuries and physical disabilities.  People of all ages and ability levels can benefit from skilled physical therapy treatments to help them feel better and lead an active and fulfilling lifestyle.  Our advanced physical therapy program will stop your pain and get you back to your preferred activity in no time!


At Athletic Physical Therapy, we insist on giving each patient the best possible physical therapy experience every treatment. Each of our highly educated Physical Therapists is hand selected by the owner Dr. Stephen Clark, DPT.  The entire A-Team Staff is trained on our proprietary physical therapy program, the Active Rehabilitation Continuum (ARC) to expedite your recovery. The ARC program is based on scientific healing times that fully rehabilitates ALL orthopedic conditions in the shortest period of time.




The result that matters the most to Athletic Physical Therapy’s dedicated staff is our patients’ satisfaction.  From patient’s first phone call, through each phase of recovery, all the way to helping patients navigate pleasantly through the insurance payment process, our goal is to save you time and money while we restore your health.

We are ranked #1 for patient satisfaction with more 5-star reviews than any other physical therapy company in Encino, Simi Valley, Los Angeles and Westlake Village.  Read our physical therapy reviews from Los Angeles and Ventura county residents and hear what real patients say about our treatment and satisfaction results.


The foundation of treatment is based on the use of manual therapy techniques that include “hands-on” manipulation of joints and ligaments and strengthening to the muscles and tendons. Physical therapy helps patients to overcome dysfunction for many of the body’s most important systems including the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and skeletal systems.



Athletic Physical Therapy offers a wide variety of the latest and best physical therapy treatments.  Our individualized programs are based on research that has proven which treatments are the most effective for a specific condition.


Massage or Soft Tissue Mobilization is a hands-on technique delivered by the physical therapist to the injured area of your body. This physical therapy treatment helps to decrease pain, improve circulation, and decrease muscle tension. There are many massage techniques including myofascial release, active tissue release, and trigger point therapeutic massage.


Joint mobilization is a specific physical therapy treatment technique whereby the physical therapist passively (the patient is relaxed) moves the joints of your body in specific directions. The purpose of this physical therapy treatment is to decrease pain and improve and restore joint mobility.


Exercise is a controlled physical stress applied to the body to help improve strength and range of motion. Exercise can be performed using machines, free weights and sometimes just good old body weight.  Athletic Physical Therapy is highly specialized in administering the proper “dose” of exercise each treatment to prevent you from flare-ups and re-injury. Proper and complete strengthening is a critical aspect of each physical therapy treatment program both in the clinic and at home.


Stretching is an important part of almost every physical therapy treatment program because pain stops motion. In order to recover, we must restore all of your motion in order for you to have 100% recovery.  Stretching occurs when either you or the physical therapist applies sustained pressure over a joint to elongate the muscles and tendons around the joint to increase flexibility.  Our progressive physical therapy treatments will help you regain flexibility.


Balance Training as a physical therapy treatment is a broad and widely used term.  Balance disorders range from many different types of injuries and can last for days or years. The most important aspect of balance training is to determine the amount of disability, the reason for the loss of balance and then to design a progressive physical therapy program to restore balance as quickly as possible.


This type of physical therapy treatment is used very frequently for many conditions and injuries because almost all injuries involve loss of muscular control which is regulated by the nerves. This is a highly specialized form of therapeutic exercise and movement re-training that involves retraining of movement, balance, coordination, strength and posture.


Many orthopedic and sports injuries to the legs will require some form of gait training as physical therapy treatment. Gait training in its simplest form is eliminating a limp while the patient is walking or running. However, gait is an extremely complicated process that involves many different body parts and body systems to regulate. Our skilled gait analysis experts will be able to identify what part of your gait is limited and be able to restore the proper sequence to help get you on your way.


Posture is the position of the body in standing, sitting, and walking.  As we age, our body’s go through many types of postural changes some occur normally while others can lead to significant pain and injury. Our skilled physical therapists will assess your posture and make changes to correct for improper alignment that can place excessive load on muscles and joints to help relive your pain and prevent further or future injuries due to poor posture.


Body Mechanics is the way we move from sit to stand to bend to lift or push. It is how we use or generally position our bodies to perform simple or complex physical tasks during our regular life or during work. Our Physical Therapists are trained to assess proper movement techniques and identify incorrect techniques. The goal of this type of physical therapy treatment is correction harmful movements into a safer and more productive movement pattern.


Vaso (blood vessels) pneumatic (air pressure) compression is a physical therapy treatment technique that uses sequential extremity compression to improve the swelling in an arm or leg.  A sleeve is placed over the injured extremity and pressure is applied to the body part pushing edema and swelling towards the heart.  This type of physical therapy treatment can be used to reduce recent swelling from an injury or surgery or for chronic lymphedema.


Traction is used as a physical therapy treatment for many different body parts and conditions.  It is most commonly used for the neck and low back and can be applied mechanically, using a machine or manually by the physical therapists. This type of physical therapy treatment helps to decrease neck and back pain and increase the spine’s mobility by separating the joints and disc spaces in the lower back and/or neck, alleviating pressure on spinal nerves.


Ultrasound is a deep heating treatment used to for many musculoskeletal conditions especially sprains, strains and tendonitis.  Ultrasound is administered by your physical therapist to reduce local inflammation by increasing oxygenated blood circulation up to 4-5 centimeters below the skin.  This physical therapy modality will reduce pain and relax soft tissue in preparation for manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilization and soft tissue massage.


Light therapy involves using painless light that is passed through the skin at a specific wavelength to help improve the healing process of injured tissues. The energy from the light increases the energy available inside of the cell thus promoting a healthier cell capable of improved healing. It is important to know for laser therapy to work it does not have to be a hot Class IV laser.


There are many types of electrical stimulation that cover a wide variety of conditions with very different results. The most common type of electrical stimulation treatment  or TENS (transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation) is used as a physical therapy treatment to help decrease pain and swelling following a recent injury or surgery. Electrical stimulation can also be used to promote tissue healing and nerve/muscle function.


Iontophoresis is a form of electrical stimulation that is used to deliver anit-inflammatory medication through the skin to inflamed or irritated tissue. The most commonly used steroid medication is dexamethasone which is pushed through the skin by the electrical current. This type of physical therapy treatment decreases pain and inflammation over tendons and ligaments.


Moist heat, or hot packs, may be applied to your body if you have an injury. Hot packs as a physical therapy treatment helps to increase circulation to the injured tissues, relax the muscles, and provide pain relief. Caution must be used when using hot packs at home or in the clinic as the skin may suffer burns if insufficient skin protection and air circulation is not provided.


If you have an injury, cold packs or ice may be applied to your body to help decrease pain and control inflammation. Ice is usually used during the acute or initial phase of injury to limit localized swelling around tissues. Cold packs are usually applied at the end of a physical therapy treatment for 10-15 minutes. When icing at home or in the clinic, care must be taken to prevent skin damage from frost bite.

Blood Flow Restriction

Blood Flow Restriction helps reduce stress on the recovering limb while strengthening weak and injured muscles. The high repetitions treatment allows you to experience the benefits of high-intensity training with lower intensity exercises.


Cupping uses suction to improve circulation which allows blood and other fluids to flow to parts of the body that need healing. By improving the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids, cupping can help break up internal scar tissue which can help improve flexibility and increase your range of motion.

Deep Muscle Stimulation

Deep Muscle Stimulation uses mechanical vibrations to stimulate your muscle tissue. In addition to relieving pain, the deep, rapid stimulation can increase circulation, reduce lactic acid build up, break up scar tissue, and regenerate new muscle tissue, helping you recover from injuries faster.

IASTM Technique

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization uses specialized ergonomic tools to gently massage the skin and treat painful and tight areas in the body. This treatment can help decrease pain, reduce inflammation, improve mobility, ensure your body functions properly, and speed up your recovery time.

Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping Method involves physical therapists putting strips of tape on your body in specific directions. The tape, which helps improve the interaction between the skin and underlying structures in the body, can help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, treat injuries, support weak areas, manage scars, retrain muscles how to function, and enhance your physical performance.


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