New physical therapy clinic open in Eddyville

Michel Vagts (right) is the clinical director for the new H2 Health physical therapy clinic in Eddyville. The H2 Health Patient Coordinator is Ashton Turner (left). It is located at 414 Newman Drive, next to Fifth Third Bank. A ribbon-cutting grand opening event with the Lake Barkley Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Oct. 21 at noon.

H2 Health is a physical therapy clinic in Eddyville offering residents therapy for temporomandibular joint (TMJ), posture correction, turf toe, carpal tunnel syndrome treatment and a host of other treatments and services.

Michel Vagts is the H2 Health clinical director at both the Eddyville and Murray locations.

“We are servicing our community, and not just helping them with their medical needs, but it’s also a business in town,” Vagts said.

Vagts is pleased to serve the community in which she lives. Since 2014, her commute to Murray from Eddyville is now reduced to a few days a week, as a result.

Vagts explained the nearest physical therapy clinic was in Princeton until H2 Health opened in Eddyville in late August.

“We’re getting a nice combination of patients from physicians and social media,” she said.

The clinic is located at 414 Newman Drive next to the Fifth Third Bank and Payroll Vault.

The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered many businesses. H2 Health clinics underwent telehealth transitions as a result. Vagts explained she worked with clients during the pandemic last year but at a significantly undersized volume.

She explained telehealth opportunities gave rise to innovative treatments and educational tools. She said her patients responded well.

“We had quite a few patients. You can actually teach patients quite a bit through the screen,” Vagts said.

Nearly 95% of Vagts’s clients are losing their spine’s cervical lordosis, chiefly from sedentary lifestyles. The natural curve in the neck — cervical lordosis — is impaired and reversed by poor posture, Vagts noted.

She stated sitting for long periods and constantly staring at a screen or looking down at a phone is causing chronic neck problems among the youth, which may foster early-onset neck surgeries.

“If you’re sitting nice and straight and everything is perfectly aligned, your head weighs about eight pounds, but every degree that you come forward that multiplies by four,” Vagts said.

The entire kinetic chain fascinates Vagts. Her passion was contextualized at Tennessee State at physical therapy school, where she graduated in 1997.

On Oct. 21, at noon, H2 Health and the Lake Barkley Chamber of Commerce are celebrating a ribbon-cutting grand opening event.

The Florida-based company operates in 10 states. Kentucky is home to 12 of these clinics.