Physical therapy is traditionally the use of manual therapy, exercise, education, and therapeutic modalities like ultrasound and electrical stimulation to decrease pain and optimize normal posture and movement patterns. Physical therapists treat all ages and a multitude of diseases and conditions. Some patients come with the primary goal of alleviating pain, while others are looking to return to a sport or activity after surgery or suffering from an illness or disease. An aging individual may just be looking to improve balance and decrease risk for falling.
Physical therapy within an integrative practice ensures a more successful outcome with a couple of key differences. Physical therapists in an integrative health facility collaborate regularly with other health care professionals that range from Western to Eastern medical approaches. This improves patient outcomes because patients have the opportunity to see providers that have a shared vision of utilizing a combination of approaches to help patients meet their goal of decreasing pain and/or improving overall function.
Think of your health goal as a puzzle with physical therapy as a piece of it. For example, for a patient suffering with PTSD, physical therapy can do energy work and release tension within the muscles, but the patient could also meet with a mental health counselor to work through emotions brought in mobilization treatments to the muscle. Physical therapy within this setting combines traditional and alternative approaches. It is a more holistic approach with care emphasizing better health and functioning of body, mind, and spirit. An integrative approach considers how anxiety, fear, and negative thought patterns from past life experience can impact recovery.
Alternative approaches including energetic releases of different tissues in the body are incorporated into treatment strategies to ensure more complete healing. Individuals will become more aware of different holding patterns of physical, emotional, and mental tension within the body. Additionally, education on correct posture and movement patterns optimizes long term maintenance of symptoms. There is empowerment to take charge of your health and wellness.
Leslie is a Birth Healing Specialist offering over 15 years of experience as a physical therapist. She specializes in women's health physical therapy and visceral manipulation.
I received my MS PT degree from Clarke College in 2002 and my Doctor of PT degree in 2013 through Des Moines University. I offer a holistic approach combining both technical skill and intuition to energetically and physically address your symptoms. I have experience with both acute and chronic conditions; and offer physical therapy evaluation and treatment customized to your specific problems.
As a mother of 4, I am extremely passionate about helping moms recover more fully after birth. During pregnancy, evaluation will address pelvic balance along with integrity of ligaments/muscles to optimize opening of pelvis during the birthing process & eliminate common pain syndromes common during pregnancy. Postpartum evaluation focuses on pelvic balance, muscle integrity, and organ position/energy. Postpartum sessions are recommended for all women regardless of the presence of symptoms.
Lindsey Topping, DPT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in treating neurological conditions for the past 10 years. Her passion is seeing clients reach their full potential and return to their previous lifestyle as much as possible.
I have training in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), which are particularly helpful with neurological conditions. I also received my Vestibular Certification from Emory University in 2011. I have used this in treating head injuries and vestibular deficits. I have training in Strain Counterstrain, which is helpful treating chronic pain or pain following a motor vehicle accident.
I have been a physical therapist for 14 years and graduated from the University of Iowa. I stay very busy with three little ones at home. I enjoy being very active in the outdoors as well as playing sports. I also enjoy playing the piano when I get a free second.
Owner, CEO, PT, CSCS, Health Coach
Nicole Hutchison is owner and CEO of Statera Integrated Health and Wellness Solutions. In her business “Better Living With Balance,” Nicole was able to combine her training as a Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Health Coach to fill a unique niche of client needs. Now in expanding her business to include multiple disciplines, the Statera team of providers will be able to address patient healthcare needs even more effectively
mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
My vision for Statera is to combine traditional medicine and holistic healing under one roof to address health and wellness needs mind, body, and spirit. I am thrilled to bring together a multidisciplinary team of like-minded professionals committed to providing a unique healthcare experience that is personal and individualized.
My personal focus is to live a life of purpose and meaning by providing guidance through the Statera team to others in their journey to optimal health and happiness. I am devoted to my family including my extraordinary husband, my son and daughter and 2 dogs. I enjoy art, music, reading, hiking, trail running, cycling, fitness, nutrition, meditation, and being a lifelong learner.