We Focus on YOU
The Physical Therapists of Embody are here to help anyone become more active, stay active and healthy, and to prevent or lessen concerns frequently associated with aging. We all are growing older; we want you to arrive on your own terms, and to be as fit, strong, and balanced as you desire!
Physical Therapists are “Movement Specialists” (APTA). We are specialists in helping our clients REGAIN strength, mobility, and function after injury, illness, or surgery, or pregnancy.
We are Pain Specialists, helping you regain the life you want despite chronic pain.
We are Specialists in helping you stay well and healthy, and in helping you prevent problems such as osteoporosis and joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and other concerns.
Perhaps you are skeptical that Embody can help meet your goals. You have been told that it is “normal”, that you are “fine”, or to simply not do the activity. You have been let down by other providers, or you are not sure what to do next.
The therapists at Embody understand your concerns, and for this reason, we offer a 30 minute”discovery visit” for you to tell us more about you, your concerns, and your goals. During your in-person or by phone discussion, you learn more about us, and how we can provide you with solutions.
Real Time Ultrasound (Rehabilitation Ultrasound)
A picture is worth a thousand words.
We are the only Physical Therapist groups in Western PA using Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) to assess and retrain musculoskeletal problems and as Biofeedback. We use this information to help you retrain, strengthen, and re-coordinate your muscle groups.
AMONG OTHER AREAS, WE UTILIZE RTUS TO ASSESS:
- Pelvic Floor dysfunction, including incontinence.
- Prehab (training BEFORE surgery) prior to prostatectomy.
- Diastasis Rectus Abdominus and abdominal retraining.
- Musculoskeletal retraining in the hip and pelvis.
Care for Moms-to-Be and New Moms
The world of pregnancy and childbirth can be hard to navigate, and your body is changing in ways you may not have experienced before. We are here to help guide you during pregnancy and after birth. Often, women think of PT only as a means to “fix”, but especially during pregnancy and after birth, we help you gain optimal mobility, strength, and function.
Expert Physical Therapists can act as “facilitators”:
- Helping you to gain and use the optimal muscle and tissue tension and strength to support the baby during pregnancy
- To help you have space and mobility to allow the baby to navigate their way during delivery
- To help you recover, restore, restrengthen, and re-fine after delivery.
Some things you might have heard of, be experiencing, or be concerned about:
- Pelvic Ring Pain (pubic symphysis, SI, and “sciatica”)
- Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRA)
- Painful episiotomy scar or C-section scar
- Urinary incontinence
- Back, neck, and joint pain
- Painful intercourse
You do not need to live with these issues. We evaluate and treat these and more to help you have the healthiest and most confident pregnancy and post-partum time possible. The 40 weeks it takes to prepare childbirth and the birth itself is quite a lot of work for your body. As your body recovers from this journey, we can help you regain strength and resume your regular exercise and activities with fewer concerns.
Every women’s needs before and after giving birth are different, but here are some tips for soon-to-be and new moms:
Pelvic Health and Pain
Are concerns or issues with pelvic pain or health affecting your daily life or keeping you from doing the things you want to do? So much of what we do on a daily basis is centered around movement, and a lot of that works with the pelvis. The goal at Embody is to provide you with the solutions and answers you need to revolve your concerns.
Some issues you may be having:
- Back and Hip Pain
- Pelvic, SI, and Tailbone Pain
- Difficulty with Daily Activities
- Sitting Standing Walking
- Tolerance of Clothing
- Changes in relationships and intimacy
- Changes in physical and athletic participation and performance
Pediatric Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Problems
Are these issues or concerns holding your child back from social, sports, and day to day life activities?
- Giggle Incontinence
- Pelvic Pain
- Incontinence with Sports
- Daytime Leakage
- Encopresis and Constipation
These issues can be very stressful for you child or teen in social and school settings, as well as at home. It doesn’t have to be this way. We have answers and solutions.
Visceral Mobilization (VM)
Visceral Mobilization (VM) is a gentle manual therapy technique that assesses the relationship between the body’s organs (e.g. bladder, bowel, uterus, etc) and others structures, like muscles, fascia, ligaments and joints. The goal is to regain mobility and decrease pain. This technique is gentle and not meant to create more pain!
The organs in our body help to support our skeletal structure and trunk, and they are meant to move. Like in our joints, there is to be movement between the organs and the trunk and skeletal structures.
The movement of an organ can be restricted by surgical scars, adhesions, infection, illness, habitual postures or traumatic injury. A restriction prevents the “gliding and sliding” action of around this area of tension, and over time this repeated movement may lead to chronic irritation and inflammation creating dysfunction, pain, and limited mobility and funtion.
The Embody Physical Therapists have received specialized training through the Barral Institute and other educators in General VM, gastro-intestinal VM, and uro-genital VM.
Visceral Manipulation has been effective in the treatment of:
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- Chronic Pelvic Pain
- Dyspareunia/pain with intercourse
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Bladder urgency/frequency
- Bladder incontinence
- Urinary and sexual dysfunction associated with an enlarged prostate
- Referred penile and testicular pain
- Constipation and Bloating
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- GERD, Acid Reflux
- Chronic Spinal Dysfunction
- Joint Pain
- Post Operative Scar Tissue
- Anxiety and Depression
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder