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Click here for COVID19 and NEW E-VISIT information. 

Click here for COVID19 and NEW E-VISIT information. 

Flex Physical Therapy is currently open.

As health care professionals we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our patients, staff, and community during this difficult time. We are following all protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other local and state health agencies. To read more about what we are doing in the clinic including E-visits, please see below.

E-VISIT INFORMATION:

Flex Physical Therapy is now offering E-visits for our patients that are unable to make it into the clinic due to Covid-19 concerns. If this is something you are interested in, please contact your insurance company to verify if they cover physical therapy E-visits or Telehealth and then contact our office at 425-483-4270 to schedule an appointment.

FAQ:

  1. What is an E-visit? E-visits are non-face-to-face patient initiated digital communication (ie, like skype or facetime, although we are using a HIPAA compliant platform called doxy.me).  You can do this in the privacy of your own home or wherever you are comfortable, as long as you have access. 
  2. What do I need to do? Contact Flex PT and advise you would like to set up an e-visit with your therapist. We will send you an invite via email with a link to the HIPAA secure platform doxy.me. You will just need to click on the link at your scheduled appointment time and the therapist can then start the e-visit. (Please call the office and our staff can assist you if needed)
  3. What equipment do I need? You will need a webcam and microphone to use a computer, or you can use your smart phone or tablet.
  4. Will this cost me anything? As stated above you will want to contact your insurance directly to verify E-visits or telehealth are a covered benefit on your plan (using the codes listed above) The usual physical therapy benefits will apply (ie copays, co-insurance, deductibles -which you can ask your insurance plan about as well). 
  5. What if my plan does not cover it or I do not have insurance? Contact our office directly for information.

 If you have any further questions you contact Catrina at info@flexpt.com or call the office. 

CLINIC VISITS: 

As health care professionals we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our patients, staff, and community during this unprecedented time. 

Completion of your treatment plan is important to a successful recovery. Flex Physical Therapy is open and will continue to serve our patients and community until we are directed otherwise.  We are following all protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as, other local and state health agencies. 

Flex PT shares everyone’s concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and are taking all necessary precautions to maintain a healthy and safe environment in our clinic so you can continue to receive care.

For those of you with an existing appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that our talented and dedicated staff are doing everything we can to promote a safe and healthy visit. 

The best prevention against viruses such as COVID-19 is to wash your hands frequently, do not touch your face, follow proper cough and sneeze protocols. For the well-being of other patients and our staff, you will be asked to notify us right away to reschedule your appointment if you: 

  • Have any symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever, cough or difficulty breathing. 
  • Have been in contact with someone with known or suspected Coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • Have visited or been in close contact with anyone who has visited in the last 14 days countries/regions that the CDC declares high risk of infection spread. 

Flex Physical Therapy has instituted procedures to ensure preventative measures are taken to provide a safe environment for our patients to access physical therapy. All staff have been educated in these measures: 

  • Screening of all patients prior to each visit 
  • Social distancing -every effort is being made to keep staff and clients 6 feet apart including modifying schedules to reduce patient-to-patient interactions.
  • Continuous disinfection of all common areas including treatment rooms, gym space, door handles, equipment, contact surfaces at the front desk and waiting area
  • Mandatory use of proper hand hygiene among our staff to include frequent hand washing and / or use of alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Proper cough and sneeze etiquette 
  • Providing hand sanitizer for all patients upon entering and leaving the clinic 
  • Staff and patients are asked to stay home when ill 
  • Sanitizing all equipment and surfaces in between each patient

We are waiving any late cancellation fees due to respiratory illnesses. Please give us as much notification as possible (preferably 24 hours) so we can maintain our schedules accordingly.

Our team looks forward to seeing you again soon and hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy.  

Body After Baby

Childbirth is an incredible experience and the care of a new child frequently takes priority over the mother’s recovery. Many fail to see the all-encompassing impact of pregnancy and childbirth on a woman’s body. During pregnancy, hormones prepare the body for birth by loosening many of the important ligaments in the back and pelvis, therefore decreasing stability. These changes matched with abdominal wall expansion often have an impact on symptoms. Sciatica and low back pain experienced during pregnancy can even continue post birth.
Thankfully there is action that can be taken, both during pregnancy and after, to help keep the body happy. Gentle strengthening and stretching exercises during pregnancy can improve stability and prevent the likelihood of pain or injury. Following birth, these exercises can be progressed to reduce separation of the abdominal wall and promote a tight core preparing the body to return to previously enjoyed activities such as weight lifting or Pilates.

Text Neck

A recent study conducted by IDC1 found that 4 out of 5 individuals reach for their phones within 5 minutes of waking and then keep it with them for all but 2 hours a day. In this tech savvy world we find ourselves looking down at our mobile devices more and more frequently and now our bodies are starting to pay for it.
When we look down at our mobile devices our head moves forward, shoulders round, and muscles tense; and for every inch that your head moves forward it feels like an extra 10lbs to your neck muscles! This can eventually take its toll on our bodies and cause symptoms such as headaches, neck aches, and even on occasion, numbness/tingling in our hands.
How do we prevent text neck, you ask? Simple changes such as holding your mobile device at eye level, moving your shoulders back, and keeping your ears over your shoulders can all help to decrease strain on your neck. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms you may want to consult with your physical therapist.

1. http://www.nu.nl/files/IDC-Facebook%20Always%20Connected%20%281%29.pdf

What is the Graston Technique®?

The Graston Technique® effectively breaks down scar tissue and reduces inflammation that causes pain and restricted mobility. Used by therapists, the stainless steel instruments comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. The instruments enable clinicians to treat soft tissue lesions with the depth, pressure and specificity necessary to affect the condition at the site of the pain, as well as following the kinetic chain to find and treat the cause. Once the tissue dysfunction has been identified, the instruments break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body. For more information, see the Graston Technique® website: http://www.grastontechnique.com/AboutUs.html