What is different about physical therapy at Newburyport Wellness? I have worked in all areas of physical therapy from ICU to home health. I have spent the majority of my career working in outpatient physical therapy clinics where we have seen an average of 2-4 patients/hour. I have been lucky enough to work in places that schedule 1 hour for evaluations most of my career. This time gets eaten up by paperwork and waiting for the therapist to finish with a prior patient. Furthermore, it is more often than not that your evaluation is strictly limited to the body part identified on the prescription you came with. During a typical half hour treatment session, a patient can expect to do a pretty useless warm up on a bike or treadmill and then have at best 20 minutes of one on one time with a physical therapist. They will give you exercises and you will perform many of them without supervision. Maybe you will perform the same exercises you do in your home exercise program. There are more days than I can count that a patient might come and go and I know I could have done more, but the structure of the outpatient setting limited me. I knew that my skills were not put to use and I was unable to help people create true change and ultimate success in patients that was possible.
The model of practice that I have adopted at Newburyport Wellness is to develop a partnership of support and holistic care for my patients. Evaluations are total body so that I can discern the exact causes and effects an injury might have on related body structures. I spend 1-1.5 hours of 1:1 time with clients during this time. Follow ups are always 60 minutes of a 1:1 session without interruptions or overlapping with other patients. You might receive a video of exercises tailored for you and/or a detailed personalized chart of exercises. Because each session is packed with education and hands on manual therapy, patients leave empowered to take ownership in their recovery process. You may only need 1 visit/week and many of my clients graduate quickly to bimonthly sessions! You can always call or email with any questions about your exercises between sessions. I come to each session committed to your success!
Do you take insurance? Going with an insurance based physical therapy program might seem to make sense because we have been trained to think that that is what we deserve out of our healthcare system. Because the typical copay for a specialist is often $45/session, a week of physical therapy will cost $90-$115 and 2-3 hours of your time for truly only 40-60 minutes of one on one time with a therapist. In most cases one session per week to one session every other week is all it takes to not only reduce your symptoms but also to learn about what your body needs to be its best. Because I want to treat more than the symptom, but, the root cause of a dysfunction, and, because I believe we all deserve the right to be educated on how to best care for our own bodies, I am dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help clients reach their goals. Because I pour so much energy and time into the things that matter, I don't have the ability to bill insurances as well. Patients are welcome to inquire with their insurance companies about how to get out of network reimbursement and also can use health saver's accounts to pay for services. Cash, check and most cards are excepted. In the end, client's get much more out of each session with me now than in a week's worth of sessions when I worked in the outpatient clinics.
Do you just provide physical therapy? No. As a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist, I work with many clients on personal fitness goals and sports performance goals. My work in the fitness world varies from those that are just beginning an exercise program, to those aiming to reach a specific sport goal. In addition, my work with young female athletes is directed at sport specific training designed to improve inner core and hip control to make movement more efficient and powerful. This can reduce injury and optimizes performance.
*If you are considering building core strength or tackling a limiting dysfunction, don’t be deterred by cost. We can work together to find a plan that works for you. I offer a free phone consultation in which I am happy to answer any questions you might have. Investing in yourself is one of the most cost-effective ways to actively manage your overall wellbeing.
**Due to Medicare Laws, I am unable to treat client's who have Medicare insurance.
CONTACT Darcie Pervier p. 978.393.3736 e. email@example.com