Customized, comprehensive, and compassionate physical therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is designed to relieve pain, improve movement and function, and limit disabilities caused by injury or disease. CHI Memorial physical therapists specialize in the latest rehabilitative techniques and give patients individualized attention and tailored home exercise programs.

CHI Memorial offers outpatient physical and aquatic therapy at the Hamilton Family YMCA at 7430 Shallowford Road.  

Personalized therapy


  • Aquatic Therapy is ideal for patients in extreme pain or with weight-bearing limitations and is used as a transition to land therapy.
  • Total Joint Recovery treats injuries from sprains to joint pain to total joint replacement surgeries. Therapists create individualized programs to restore function and mobility.
  • Balance Therapy helps patients experiencing dizziness, loss of balance, risk for falls, or recovering from injury to regain a normal response to balance issues.
  • Back and Neck Therapy provides individualized programs to reduce pain and increase functional ability in patients with muscle strains, herniated disks, or degenerative changes.
  • Specialty Care Physical Therapy is ideal for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. Pre-habiltation is one aspect of specialty care PT that's designed to prepare you physically for primary cancer treatment, and rehabiltation may be benficial to those who are in active cancer treatment, in survivorship, or are experiencing lingering symptoms related to cancer.  Learn more
  • Speech Therapy treats speech, language, voice, cognition, and swallowing difficulties in a wide range of patients to improve communication and ease daily activities.
    • SPEAK OUT! Ninety percent of people with Parkinson's are at risk of developing a weak voice that can lead to serious speech and swallowing difficulties. SPEAK OUT! was developed by the Parkinson Voice Project and typically consists of twelve speech therapy sessions. Together, the patient and speech-language pathologist complete speech, voice and cognitive exercises. SPEAK OUT! emphasizes speaking with intent and converts speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. 
  • Occupational Therapy treats patients with functional deficits in activities of daily living due to upper extremity soft tissue injury, trauma, neurological insult, degenerative disease, or deconditioning following illness or surgery.
  • Pelvic Health Physical Therapy specialists provide services for male and female patients related to incontinence, pelvic pain issues, osteoporosis/osteopenia, peri-and postpartum care, and rehabilitation services for patients pre-and postoperative gynecologic, urologic, or abdominal surgery. Pelvic therapy is available at the Hamilton Family YMCA location, CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson in the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at 5022 Old Godsey Lane, Suite 8, Hixson, TN 37343, and CHI Memorial Ooltewah Women’s Center at 6401 Mountain View Road, Suite 101, Ooltewah, TN 37363.

SPEAK OUT! speech therapy program helps people with Parkinson's speak with intent. Speech therapist Valerie Johnson explains how the therapy works.