Darcie Pervier, MSPT, PES Owner, Newburyport Wellness, LLC
ABOUT ME Quite simply, I’m committed to helping my clients live their best lives by addressing core dysfunction and the problems related to it. I’m an holistic physical therapist with over 18 years of experience in manual therapy and science-based exercise prescription. My core-focused work with clients relieves pain, prevents injuries, resolves inner core dysfunction, and optimizes sports-related function. After practicing in a traditional PT model for years, I decided patients deserved more. I opened Newburyport Wellness to ensure that each client was treated as a total human, not just someone with a bum shoulder.
BACKGROUND I am a lifelong wellness and fitness enthusiast who received a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut. I have been devoted to healthy eating and for as long as I can recall and love making vegan healthy meals in my spare time. I am committed to empowering my two daughters to connect with and honor their body's by eating balanced, exercise and listening to the cues their body gives them about what it needs.
I have had my fair share of medical mishaps that have lead me to practice holistically and invest in hearing my client's stories so that I can help guide them to success to the best of my capability. From knee pain at age 9 playing soccer to "career ending" elbow pain playing softball and chronic ankle sprains, sports related injuries have impacted my life. This was my introduction to the traditional world of medicine and rehab. My symptoms were often minimized and I was told many times to toughen up. If I only knew then, that my loose ligaments meant my muscles needed to be stronger to hold me together. I wish I knew then that the hips I seemed to grow overnight caused me to lack the stability I used to feel with running and playing sports. If I only knew then that my body's ability to double down and work through pain was not a good plan during certain periods of my menstrual cycle. If I only knew then that listening to your body is the key to long term health and wellness.
Although I have had a very eclectic history of working as a PT, I have always taken those childhood lessons and imparted the value of listening to your body to each and every client. From level-one trauma hospitals to outpatient clinics, my professional experiences allow me to draw on a variety of approaches and treatments. From childhood, I have wanted to understand how the body works and my desire to continue learning has not stopped. Now, I am just as committed to continuing my education ( Integrative Techniques For Pelvic Floor & Core Function, Female Athlete and more!) and my understanding of the human body. I obtained my Performance Enhancement Specialization to ensure that I am up to date on science-based muscle re-education and sports performance training techniques. While I am trained to perform internal pelvic floor work, I prefer to focus on functional, external approaches to pelvic floor dysfunction. I believe in a holistic approach to wellness. Not just treating injuries or symptoms, but preventing them from happening in the first place. And that oftenstarts with the core. “You only have one body. Be gracious to it.”
What I Love About Treating You! No matter where you’re starting from, we’ll begin your initial session with an assessment — helping to determine where you are and giving us a roadmap to success. My holistic approach can be a great fit for a variety of people with a multitude of concerns.
Weekend Warriors and Clients Who Want More Than Traditional PT In general, repetitive actions like sitting at a desk all day can wreak havoc on your inner core. We can all suffer from inner core dysfunction and shut down related to holding poor posture throughout the day. Hip, neck and shoulder pain can all be related to inner core dysfunction. Recent injuries related to the inner core (ankle sprains or adductor strains) require special attention. I love when clients are motivated to reduce and eliminate dysfunction related to injury. I am obsessed with looking at how each body part interacts to break down faulty patterns and create new, more functionally sound patterns to reduce pain and optimize function. Postpartum Mommas Since having my own kids, I have become entrenched in understanding how pregnancy and labor can impact your body. Pregnancy can be hard on your body. The postnatal recovery process can take months — or even longer. Recovery is not spontaneous. It takes self-awareness and lots of self care!Many of the women I talk to report things like painful intercourse or incontinence long after their bundle of joy arrives. While very common, it is NOT normal!The truth is, many of these issues stem from a dysfunctional inner core system. That’s why I’ve committed to helping women build their strength from within. Female Athletes I have 2 daughters who play sports. Need I say more? I want girls to play sports and avoid chronic injury and the long term impact of improper training. Female athletes are often negatively impacted by core dysfunction. The onset of puberty often coincides with an increase in sport specificity and intensity — and, unfortunately, injuries like knee and hip pain and, then, ACL tears and ankle sprains. A lack of central stability in the core affects the ability to move with power and agility. My work with athletes tackles faulty mechanics and helps them to avoid or recover from sports-related injuries. Treatment improves inner core coordination and enhances inner core strength — both integral to optimal sports performance now and future injury prevention. New To Exercise Many of us have not had the time or inclination to partake in an exercise plan until now. It can be intimidating to start an exercise program. It is essential to take it slow at first to develop correct movement patterns to reduce risk of injury and protect joints from overuse. I love working with this group because I want people to succeed without putting their body at risk. I want my clients to learn to connect with their bodies to feel proper muscle activation and gain insight about total body health.