Services: Rehabilitation

The Columbia Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program with a team of specialists. Treatment is provided for patients with mobility, communication and self-care difficulties.

Our staff consists of licensed physical therapists, licensed physical therapist assistants, licensed and certified speech-language pathologists, licensed occupational therapists, licensed certified occupational therapy assistants and licensed massage therapists. The ultimate goal of our staff is to help patients return to active and productive lives in the community.

Meet our staff.


Physical therapy

Physical therapy is the treatment of pain, disease or injury by physical means and is concerned with the promotion of health and prevention of physical disabilities.

We use physical therapy to treat patients of all ages with a wide range of needs, including:

  • Pediatrics: Exercise programs are used to help a child progress through normal developmental sequences.
  • Pain disorders: Through the use of modalities and exercise, physical therapy can reduce pain and improve functional mobility.
  • Sports injury: We can assist an athlete in regaining the strength and agility to compete after an injury.
  • Balance and coordination: We have programs to help people reduce the risk of falls and gain independence.
  • Orthopedics: We treat people with joint and spine problems using a variety of methods.
  • Neurological rehabilitation and muscle re-education: Especially after a stroke or brain injury, this helps people return to independent living.
  • Aquatic therapy: Buoyancy in water allows people of all ages and many diagnoses to exercise and stretch with less physical effort and greater freedom of movement.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy uses a variety of techniques to increase independent functioning self-care, work and leisure activities; to develop motor and cognitive skills; and to prevent disability in people of all ages. Occupational therapy can:

  • Increase independence in activities of daily living and related self-care skills (grooming, dressing, etc.).
  • Assess and treat cognitive function relating to life skills—such as money management, meal planning, meal preparation and job skills.
  • Build, fit and instruct patients in the use of upper-extremity splints.
  • Provide adaptive equipment to maintain or increase independence.
  • Assess living environment for safety hazards and environmental barriers.
  • Aid in maintaining and improving endurance through energy conservation and work simplification.
  • Assist in normal development in children and stimulate early learning to promote age-appropriate skills.

Speech therapy

Speech and language pathology is a health science dealing with the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, cognitive, voice, swallowing and oral-motor disorders.

People who can benefit from speech therapy may have:

  • Voice disorders secondary to injury, disease or surgery.
  • Communication and comprehension disorders following head injury or stroke.
  • Difficulty with coordination and strength of facial muscles, including the tongue.
  • Articulation problems or stuttering.
  • Swallowing problems or a need for swallowing evaluation (including modified barium swallow).

These difficulties may be present in patients of any age. In children, speech therapy can also be beneficial for tongue-thrust problems or in the case of speech and language delay as a result of hearing loss or developmental disorders.

Massage therapy

Massage therapy has become an important part of general health care for many people living in today’s stressful world.

Columbia Memorial Hospital recognizes that therapeutic massage can play an important role in treating illness or chronic ailments and contribute to a higher sense of general well-being. We offer 15-minute chair massages that focus on the upper back, neck and shoulders.

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Rehabilitation services is at the CMH Health & Wellness PAVILION at:

2265 Exchange St.

Astoria, OR 97103

Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please call 503-338-7555 for further information or to schedule an appointment.

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