Physical Therapy

If injuries, illnesses or other conditions make it hard to move or function, your provider may recommend physical therapy. Physical therapy, often called "PT," reduces pain and restores function for a healthy lifestyle. Our physical therapy department is staffed by 3 therapists and a physical therapy assistant, with two convenient locations: UHS and Boyden Gymnasium. You don’t have to leave campus for professional care, so it’s easier to follow your treatment plan.

Your First Visit

You’ll need a referral from your medical provider to begin physical therapy. You’ll also need an appointment; call 413-577-5158 weekdays, 8 am - 5 pm.

At your first visit, you’ll meet with a physical therapist for an evaluation. You’ll be asked about your pain and any other trouble areas, and do some simple tests. Your therapist may also ask about hobbies or activities you enjoy; these may be part of your treatment. The therapist then creates a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.


Physical therapists use techniques and tools including:

  •  deep tissue mobilization; 
  •  ergonomic education;
  •  mechanical traction;
  •  neuromuscular electrical stimulation;
  •  phonophoresis and iontophoresis;
  •  postural education;
  •  temporary and permanent orthotics;
  •  therapeutic exercise;
  •  transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation;
  •  ultrasound; and
  •  whirlpool.

Your therapist will explain what’s being used in your care. If you have questions, just ask.

Physical Therapy FAQs

Learn more with these FAQs about PT.

Avoiding Injury

Of course, it’s always best to avoid injury in the first place. Here are some helpful tips from UHS’s physical therapy staff.