Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions. If the answer to your question is not listed below, please call our office at 650.947.9914.

Physical Therapy will help you recover from injury and return to your previous activities as rapidly as possible so you have much less down time. Research shows that people who go to physical therapy, return to daily, recreational, athletic, and work activities more rapidly than those who do not go to PT. Our physical therapists use a whole body approach for both evaluation and treatment so we get to the source of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. Many people just take anti-inflammatories or pain killers but these mask the symptoms and do not address the cause of the pain. The cause of pain is often from postural and movement abnormalities, muscle imbalances, and improper technique in sports and activities. Other people will just rest to allow the pain to ease. Not only does this not correct the source of the problem, but this increases the weakness and will over time make the problem worse. Physical therapy can also help develop an exercise and training program for you to improve fitness and for off season sports training.

We use a whole body approach to assess and determine the source of your problem and keep your body in motion! Then we work with you on a treatment plan to address the problems. We use modalities and hands on treatment to alleviate your pain. We use a variety of manual therapy approaches including soft tissue massage, myofascial release, neural releases, scar tissue releases, joint mobilizations in a variety of positions to alleviate soft tissue and joint stiffness and regain normal biomechanics. We use therapeutic activities and exercises with a hands on approach to ensure you use proper form to develop better movement patterns. Focusing on posture, muscle memory training, and movement patterns helps you with the most efficient and effective motion in daily and athletic performance. We also work with athletes for injury prevention and performance enhancement.

No. In California, you may see a physical therapist without a physician referral for 12 visits. In all the US states, you may see a physical therapist without a physician referral and most are without restrictions. You may also see a physical therapist for unlimited fitness and sports training. In fact, research shows that people who go to a physical therapist first for pain or injury, recover faster and at a higher level, have fewer medical and radiological interventions, and overall lower medical costs than those who go to physicians or other health care providers first.

Physical Therapists at Bodies In Motion PT utilize a unique whole body approach to evaluating your problem. Often the pain is a symptom of the main or bigger problem. We ask questions related to the pain or movement difficulty you are having, how it started and progressed, what activities cause the pain or that you are limiting due to pain, and what makes it better. We then look at your posture, movement patterns, flexibility, strength, muscle imbalances, walking pattern, and functional and sports activities to further determine additional sources of the problem. We then use hands on assessment of the muscles, fascia, nerves, and joints to determine how each contributes to the problem. Generally, there are a combination of factors that contribute to pain, difficulty in movement, or injuries.

You may have various forms of soft tissue massage including scar releases, myofascial release, and muscle lengthening as part of your physical therapy treatment. Often, the joints are restricted and require more treatment for full recover and to regain normal joint and soft tissue biomechanics and movement patterns. Additionally, in order to retain the improvement in pain reduction and muscle and joint function, we teach you exercises, proper posture, and how to move in daily, work, recreational, and athletic activities.

Come in for an evaluation. We use a whole body approach to evaluate your strength, weakness, postures, and movement patterns and set a treatment plan based on our findings and your goals.

Absolutely! We use a whole body evaluation approach to assess your child’s strengths, weaknesses, muscle imbalances, postures, movement patterns, and sport techniques. We set a treatment plan based on findings and goals and go to work to prepare them for the new sport or the upcoming season.

Absolutely! We use a whole body evaluation approach to assess your child’s strengths, weaknesses, muscle imbalances, postures, movement patterns, and sport techniques. We set a treatment plan based on findings and goals and go to work to prepare them for the new sport or the upcoming season.

Absolutely! Just like training in the off season to address muscle imbalances and technique issues, we train athletes for ultimate performance enhancement! As with any client, we utilize a whole body approach to evaluate, rehabilitate, and train athletes.

Absolutely! Fall risk is related to many factors including weakness, joint stiffness and muscle tightness, pain, fear, and environmental factors. We do a full whole body assessment to determine what may be contributing to your risk of falling. We then develop a treatment plan based on evaluation findings and your goals to reduce your risk of falling.

The AlterG is an anti-gravity treadmill used for reducing weight bearing while walking and running. People with back, hip, knee, shin, ankle, and foot pain and injuries use the AlterG as part of their rehabilitation and return to normal walking, running, and sports. Our AlterG has cameras for real time feedback of your form. A picture truly is worth a thousand words as video allows you to make the corrections instructed by your physical therapist. Some people also use the AlterG as part of their ongoing work outs for distance running or due to joint arthritis that limits their walking and running.

Generally, insurance will cover at least some physical therapy visits but every plan is different. Some plans have no coverage for physical therapy and some have unlimited visits so it depends on the plan your employer offered and the plan that you chose. If you are unhappy with your plan, it is best to discuss directly with your insurance carrier and with your employer.

We see many people who pay out of pocket for physical therapy as their plan either does not cover physical therapy, they have an HMO or ACA plan, or are in an out of network plan. Physical therapy is one of the best ways to keep your body in motion and without pain. The value of physical therapy and your health is truly worth the out of pocket payments.

Some services such as Fitness and Sports Training, Wellness, and Team Training are not covered by any insurances. These are cash services. Please contact us for rates.

We accept cash payments for those who have limited visits, out of network insurance, HMO, or ACA insurance. We often see clients who have only a few visits or who have no physical therapy benefits. We certainly work with you to complete as much as we can of your rehab within the visits allotted by your insurance.