Photo Cutline: Jeffery Cuevas demonstrates the pool at NRG Aquatic Physical Therapy Center in Nacogdoches, TX. (Photo by Bruce R. Partain).
Jeffery Cuevas' NRG Aquatic Physical Therapy Center helping many Nacogdoches people.
By Piero Pretto
“I felt like I could climb to the moon,” Ella Compton said after her therapy session with certified physical therapist Jeffery Cuevas at the NRG Aquatic Physical Therapy Center. “I wish I had the pool at home.”
The pool is the hallmark of the Nacogdoches rehabilitation center. Their new facility features the heated hydrotherapeutic pool that provides patients with a variety of benefits not found in regular physical therapy. Benefits include weight support, light resistance on joints and better blood flow to injuries.
“The hydrostatic pressure from the pool acts like a bandage,” Cuevas said.
The NRG Aquatic Therapy Center opened its doors in 2004. Since then, Cuevas and his team have helped hundreds of Nacogdoches residents get back on their feet. Recent patient Cindy Millard said Cuevas “is very knowledge in his field. He also tells me what I can do at home to improve my condition on a daily basis.”
NRG was founded to provide a full array of cost effective and quality services to individuals with neuromusculoskeletal problems. With an aging Baby Boomer generation, NRG has seen a surge in business.
Erin Wendel, a spokesperson for the American Therapy Association, said, “Physical therapists' role in health care will likely grow as the need for a provider to manage movement across the lifespan becomes more important as Americans live longer and more Americans with disabilities that impact movement and mobility live longer.”
NRG meets the growing demand for physical therapy by providing many services including kinesio taping, stroke rehabilitation and sports therapy.
Kinesio taping has been around since the 1970s. According to Cuevas, this therapy method was widely sought after during the 2008 Olympics. It allows athletes to be mobile while stabilizing the joints. “It helps preserve the muscle strength while allowing the person to move,” Cuevas said. For patients, this means injuries heal quicker and are less likely to reoccur.
For patients like Cindy Millard, Cuevas’ hands-on expertise is all that is necessary. “He is very helpful. If it wasn’t for his help I think I would have had to have surgery,” Millard said.
NRG opened up a larger facility in July 2012. The new building is approximately 2,200 square feet and packed with equipment – everything from a treadmill to a weighted cable system. The smell of the salt water pool fills the clinic with a pleasant aroma.
But like most businesses, it’s the people involved that mark the quality of the service. “Cuevas is real friendly. His whole staff is really friendly,” one former patient said.
Cuevas has practiced physical therapy for 17 years in Nacogdoches. He was born in Manila, Philippines, the most densely populated city on earth. Now he has settled down with his family in the small historic town of Nacogdoches. He is proud to call Nacogdoches his home. “It’s peaceful,” he said. “It has everything I need to take care of my family.”
When Cuevas is not on the job he likes to give back. Recently, he and his brother raised money for three years to help renovate a small library in the Philippines. They used the money to buy books and computers, install A/C units and put in glass windows. “I just feel that I have been blessed so much. Now is the time to give back,” Cuevas said.
This year, the NRG Aquatic Therapy Center is offering a Wellness Program every Tuesday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. During that time period, participants can schedule one-hour appointments by contacting the office in advance. Membership is $65 a month.
Visit Nacrehab.com for more information or call 552-7044. The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce was pleased to have a second ribbon cutting for NRG Aquatic Physical Therapy's business at their new location at 838 N. University Dr. Suite 100 on July 17, 2012.