Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Services


Our mission is to facilitate patients physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

The Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Services clinic is a private clinic owned by Spring Arbor University. Open to both the SAU community and the general public, this patient-friendly facility is equipped to help patients with a diverse array of needs. The clinic is located in the McDonald Athletic Center on Spring Arbor’s campus. It accepts most health insurance providers. Patients are encouraged to make appointments, though walk-ins are welcome.


Astym Technique

Astym is a physical therapy treatment that helps stimulate tissue turnover, scar tissue resorption, and the regeneration of tendons, muscles, and other soft tissue structures. Astym is a non-invasive treatment where instruments are applied topically to locate dysfunctional tissue, and to transfer mild to moderate pressure to the underlying soft tissue structures.

Concussion Management and Rehabilitation

Concussion Management and Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to treat individuals with a concussion. It involves medical evaluations, physical and cognitive rehab, and the use of specialized techniques and tools. The goal is to support the person's recovery and help them return to their normal functioning. Rehabilitation is customized to address each person's specific needs and may include exercises to improve balance, coordination, cognitive function and overall well-being. The objective is to help individuals return to their daily activities and prevent future concussions.


Cupping is a therapeutic approach that employs small vacuum cups to achieve several benefits such as loosening adhesions, revitalizing connective tissue, improving blood flow, stimulating the peripheral nervous system, reducing pain, and draining excess fluids and toxins from inflamed areas. Additionally, cupping has demonstrated efficacy in managing high blood pressure and modulating the immune system.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate the underlying myofascial trigger points and tissue for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.


Orthopedics is a medical field that treats various types of pain and dysfunction related to various body parts. It often uses osteopathic manual therapy, a hands-on approach, with techniques such as High Velocity Low Amplitude Thrust, Muscle Energy, Myofascial Release, Strain and Counter Strain, Functional Unwind, Craniosacral Therapy, and Joint Mobilizations. Craniosacral therapy is used to treat headaches, while joint mobilizations may be used for Temporal Mandibular Disorders, or jaw and head pain.

Post-COVID Conditioning

With the spread of COVID-19, there has been an increase in reports of patients formerly diagnosed with COVID-19 who experience increased fatigue, diminished balance, and continued muscle weakness even after recovering from COVID. Physical therapy for post-COVID patients includes skilled endurance training, strengthening of lower extremities, and a balance program to target deficits and help patients return to their prior level of function.

Sports Video Motion Analysis

To address musculoskeletal compensations and pain caused by walking, ascending or descending stairs, or other sports and recreational activities.

Vestibular Treatment

Vestibular treatment involves the use of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) to address dizziness, vertigo, and balance problems. VRT is an exercise-based treatment program that aims to promote vestibular adaptation and substitution in order to achieve these goals. The objectives of VRT include enhancing gaze stability, postural stability, decreasing vertigo and improving activities of daily living. These goals are achieved through specific exercises and activities that target the vestibular system.


Take a tour through our physical therapy facility and see the space and equipment we use to help our patients recover and improve their physical function.


Mitch Zigler

Dr. Mitch Zigler, PT, DPT

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Mallory Hurley

Dr. Mallory Hurley, PT, DPT

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