Experience, Expertise, Excellence
Having worked in a variety of settings over the past 20+ years, Jessie and Curt are no stranger to sprains, strains, post-operative conditions, rotator cuff tears, impingement syndromes, arthritis, balance deficits, neurological diagnoses and spinal pain. While we are happy to work with you on whatever problem is slowing you down, there are a few areas in which we have developed a special interest:
Low-Back Pain and "Sciatica"
Many people don't realize how helpful physical therapy can be for low-back pain! Over the last 15+ years, there has been an explosion of research demonstrating that physical therapists are able to accurately identify and effectively treat those who will benefit from spinal manipulation, specific exercise, traction, and neuro-dynamics. Jessie was fortunate enough to return to school for her doctorate degree during that time and studied under the pioneers of much of this research. She thoroughly enjoys the challenge of problem-solving issues related to low-back and leg pain. In fact, she is such a "sciatica fan" that she taught PTs, OTs, RNs, PAs and NPAs about this topic across the country from 2013-2015.
One of our most challenging and rewarding client populations is the group living with chronic pain. This group inspired both Jessie and Curt to earn their TPS certifications (therapeutic pain specialist), and prompted Jessie to complete a Pain Science Fellowship. Seeing the relief and hope in clients' eyes as they gain an understanding of the neuroscience of long-standing pain is a privilege. When it comes to chronic pain, Education IS Therapy! It turns out that symptoms can improve, and function can be re-gained. We get to experience the excitement of our patients' daring to dream about activities long-dismissed as we journey together into the realms of pain neuroscience education, movement therapies, and self-management. Manual therapy and dry needling can play a great role as well, as we never underestimate the power of touch and its role in healing. Freedom from the grip of pain controlling one's life IS possible, and it is just plain cool to watch people break free!
It seems like everywhere you look, people are running! Races are popping up left and right, as are running groups and minimalist shoes...and I think it's great! An avid runner myself (Curt) and former runner (Jessie), we sometimes live by the motto: "Running is my Prozac." Honestly, it is a healthy, social activity which can keep professionals, students, parents of young kids, and countless others feeling balanced and at ease amidst this chaotic and demanding world. We believe many people can safely enjoy running over the long haul. Nevertheless, injuries are common, largely because people jump in too fast, over-train, or ignore early warning signs. Our background in running mechanics and video gait analysis adds some detail to treatment plans and gives us a fun excuse to use modern technology with a handy little iPhone app!