Physical Therapy at Cambridge State Hospital

Film footage and script compliments of Roger Anderson, employee at Cambridge State Hospital

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These scenes are examples of the physical therapy treatment that was common at the Cambridge State Hospital in 1961. In the large physical therapy room that was located in the basement of McBroom Hall, various physical therapy techniques were used on the residents. Massaging, range of motion, and various equipment were used to improve large motor skills and flexibility. Even finger painting was utilized in a therapeutic manner. The staff did extensive work with residents with hemiplegia, working to improve their fine motor skills by stacking blocks.

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