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Physical therapists provide treatment plans to help you eliminate pain and recover from injuries. A physical therapist will primarily use exercise and movements to correct the underlying factors contributing to an injury. Pain and injury may be the result of improper training, traumatic accidents, poor posture habits and poor patterns of movement. A physical therapist will identify the deficits in your mobility, strength and correct all the areas you need to improve. These deficits will be based on a personalized assessment and movement analysis.
A physical therapist will develop an exercise program to help you recover from your injuries. These exercises will be specific to your individual needs. For example, if you have tendonitis, these exercises will target the tendon to help it regenerate and heal faster than performing a generalized exercise program. If you have persistent pain or repetitive injuries, then it is time to schedule a visit with a physical therapist.
Both physical therapists and chiropractors may use hands-on techniques. The “cracking” techniques from chiropractors are called adjustments. In California, physical therapists call these techniques manipulations. Traditionally, chiropractors focus more on the hands-on techniques and adjustments. Physical therapists focus more on movement and exercise. The treatment style of each physical therapist and chiropractor will vary on the individual. Primary care doctors usually refer their patients to physical therapists and insurance companies reimburse physical therapy. Think of a physical therapist as a movement specialist. Physical Therapists spend seven years in school to understand how movement and exercise can heal the body.
Physical therapists attain a clinical doctorate degree in physical therapy. The doctorate program is three years. Before acceptance into physical therapy school, most physical therapists spend four years in undergraduate studies to receive their bachelor’s degree in a related field of study. After physical therapy school, physical therapists must complete continuing education courses to keep their physical therapy license active and in good standing with the state board.
We understand you may have had bad experiences in the past. Each physical therapist has a unique treatment style and personality. I would encourage you to try a new physical therapist if you have had a bad experience in the past. For example, I have a personal training and weight training background. I am also certified in the McKenzie Method which is a specialized technique to reduce injuries. I have respect for your different preferences and we will together to find the best treatment plan for you.
No, we do not accept insurance because insurance companies will limit us. We want to have total freedom to do exactly what we believe you need without having to deal with the red tape and policies from insurance companies. Our clinic is a cash-based practice. A cash-based practice allows us to focus 100% of our attention and resources to give you the best care possible rather than spending time on insurance reimbursement paperwork. We accept HSA/FSA cards.
A 60-minute assessment and initial program is $150. Follow-up visits are 30-minutes of one-on-one training with Dr. Marc. Each follow-up visit is $75. We have packages to receive discounted prices on follow-up visits. Click here to see the packages and pricing.
The follow-up visits consist of 30-minutes of one-on-one training with Dr. Marc. Most people will be at the clinic for 45-60 minutes to complete their mobility and movement therapy exercises.
In California, you do not need a doctor’s referral to see a physical therapist for the first 45-days or 12-visits, whichever comes first. For cash-based physical therapy, you do not need a doctor’s referral to begin treatment. Physical Therapists are highly educated and trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries.
We may use manual techniques by applying pressure to muscles and connective tissues. These techniques are designed to facilitate the healing process. The techniques I use are different than traditional massage therapy. For some injuries, massage therapy can be used in conjunction with physical therapy.