More than a gym: Asheville Family Fitness Physical Therapy and Spine Center

Local physical therapist Damon Rouse recently opened a “medical” gym — Asheville Family Fitness Physical Therapy and Spine Center on New Leicester Highway. “As a physical therapist, I see all sorts of patients,” he explains. “Sometimes people suffer an injury or surgery and need help recovering. Other times, I see athletes trying to improve performance or people just simply looking to enjoy normal daily activities without pain or reduced mobility.”

A medical gym helps patients transition from physical therapy, taking into account previous injuries or limitations and emphasizing a program that reduces their chances for future injury, he says. There are nearly 1,000 such gyms in the United States, and just two in our area (the other is Southeastern Fitness & Rebabilitation).

To learn more about Asheville Family Fitness, call 225-3838 or visit the gym’s Facebook page ( or website (

Photo by Stephanie Rodrigue


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