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My Healing Journey with Chronic Pain

I would like to share my story with chronic pain so that it may help others on their healing journeys.  I have always been a very athletic and adventurous person who enjoyed running,  biking, weight-lifting, hiking, skiing, scuba-diving, and playing sports with my kids.  Although I am small in stature, I had no qualms about working with large patients with neurological or orthopedic injuries.  My world changed one day in June of 2007 when I sustained a back and SI (sacroiliac joint) injury while working with a CVA (stroke) patient.  The MRI showed a moderate disc bulge at L5, S1 and I had a severe sacroiliac joint strain.  I had pain and numbness into my leg and  knee which did not follow a “typical dermatomal pattern.”  The pain was like a “hot knife was twisting” in my R lumbar and sacroiliac area.  Acutely, I learned that ice, sacroiliac stabilization belt, anti-inflammatories,  electrical stimulation, and moving around/stretches seemed to help take the “edge off.”  I used a Saunder’s home lumbar traction unit for a couple of months.  The traction did seem to help relieve some of the leg pain/numbness and brought the back pain down a couple of notches.  I underwent two prolotherapy injections into the sacroiliac ligament (inject dextrose to promote scar tissue formation to help strengthen the ligament).  The first injection seemed to help, but the second injection seemed to scar down the sacrum into an already torsioned (twisted) position. I opted not to have an epidural soon after the injury, but in retrospect, I probably should have had one.  The inflammatory cascade that ensued followed the course of the nerve roots and produced more scar tissue.  I believe the inflammatory process led to a cartilage defect under the patella (knee cap) where the burning and numbness persisted for more than two years.  The fascia began to harden and contract in my leg, buttock, lumbar, and thoracic areas.

A year and a half later, I was still in pain every day, and sitting was limited.  I had been treated by another physical therapist who used traditional manual therapy techniques and resisted stabilization exercises, a massage therapist who did some Upledger craniosacral techniques, a chiropractor, and traditional medicine.  All of this helped a little, but I was still in pretty severe pain.  I wasn’t sure if I could continue my career as a physical therapist, due to the pain. My option with traditional medicine was to have an epidural and/or pain pills.   I exercised at least an hour every day and did traditional single plane stretches, stabilization exercises,  strengthening, self-massage, walking, and some biking.  Emotionally, I was very frustrated, sad, and angry about the prospect of living with pain every day for the rest of  my life.  I grieved for the activities (especially running) that I had to give up.  I could feel that my sacrum was rotated, but I couldn’t correct it.  I felt like a failure as a physical therapist since I could not “cure” myself.  I started to search for continuing education courses that would help me improve my treatment techniques, and hopefully help myself as well.  My symptoms began to improve after attending a Gary Gray “Chain Reaction Transformation” seminar on functional exercise.  During that course, I learned how to stretch and strengthen in all three planes of motion.  As I performed the exercises, it started to help break up the scar tissue. I was more sore the next day, but then I felt better.  I was introduced to Monavie juice in May of 2009.  After 3 weeks of drinking the juice, my pain improved markedly, but I could still feel the myofascial restrictions.  In the summer of 2009 I attended my first John Barnes myofascial release course.  I was initially more sore after the first day, but the pain improved after the 2nd day of treatment.  I attended a second John Barnes course (Fascial/Pelvis) a month or two later.  After this second course, my sacrum was corrected and I could run without pain!  I didn’t think I would ever be able to run again.  I attended John Barnes’ myofascial unwinding course in the fall of 2009.  I had a wonderful, very profound experience both as therapist and patient during this course and realized the amazing healing benefits that this treatment provides. I’ve learned that in addition to the myofascial restrictions, we also have sub-conscious holding patterns that our bodies continue to fight until they can be processed through a deeper level of unwinding.

For me this process involved experiencing the sharp pain of my initial injury (brief and temporary) and then I learned how to breathe, relax, and soften the tightness in my body. I learned how to “take my brakes off” and trust my body’s wisdom to move and stretch in ways that it innately knew, and never harmed. A powerful transformation occurred when I attended John Barnes Women’s Health Seminar May 2010. During a compression technique, I was surprised to experience the sharp pain again in my back, but I breathed, relaxed, and it quickly went away. I still had a sub-conscious holding pattern. For the first time I (fearfully) placed my foot in the exact position it was in when I was injured (while lying on my back). I could feel the “pressure of the floor” and I pushed…no pain! This sounds very strange, but my brain saw white light and the words “You are strong again” came to me. At that point, I started pushing my leg forcefully (with resistance by one of the instructors)through a range of motion that was pain-free! I felt like I had re-gained my power! My body had just processed that sub-conscious holding pattern and realized that there was no longer any pain. This journey takes courage, a development of body awareness (listening to the body’s subtle movements and focusing on relaxing the tight areas), and everyone’s experience is unique to them. I continue to attend additional John Barnes myofascial release courses and other continuing education.  Through self-treatment,  exercise, and treatment by other MFR therapists, I have managed to control my symptoms and enjoy the activities I love!

My Healing Journey With Chronic Pain

I would like to share my story with chronic pain so that it may help others on their healing journeys.  I have always been a very athletic and adventurous person who enjoyed running,  biking, weight-lifting, hiking, skiing, scuba-diving, and playing sports with my kids.  Although I am small in stature, I had no qualms about working with large patients with neurological or orthopedic injuries.  My world changed one day in June of 2007 when I sustained a back and SI (sacroiliac joint) injury while working with a CVA (stroke) patient.  The MRI showed a moderate disc bulge at L5, S1 and I had a severe sacroiliac joint strain.  I had pain and numbness into my leg and  knee which did not follow a “typical dermatomal pattern.”  The pain was like a “hot knife was twisting” in my R lumbar and sacroiliac area.  Acutely, I learned that ice, sacroiliac stabilization belt, anti-inflammatories,  electrical stimulation, and moving around/stretches seemed to help take the “edge off.”  I used a Saunder’s home lumbar traction unit for a couple of months.  The traction did seem to help relieve some of the leg pain/numbness and brought the back pain down a couple of notches.  I underwent two prolotherapy injections into the sacroiliac ligament (inject dextrose to promote scar tissue formation to help strengthen the ligament).  The first injection seemed to help, but the second injection seemed to scar down the sacrum into an already torsioned (twisted) position. I opted not to have an epidural, but in retrospect, I probably should have had one.  The inflammatory cascade that ensued followed the course of the nerve roots and produced more scar tissue.  I believe the inflammatory process led to a cartilage defect under the patella (knee cap) where the burning and numbness persisted for more than two years.  The fascia began to harden and contract in my leg, buttock, lumbar, and thoracic areas.

A year and a half later, I was still in pain every day, and sitting was limited.  I had been treated by another physical therapist who used traditional manual therapy techniques and resisted stabilization exercises, a massage therapist who did some Upledger craniosacral techniques, a chiropractor, and traditional medicine.  My option with traditional medicine was to have an epidural and/or pain pills.   I exercised at least an hour every day and did traditional single plane stretches, stabilization exercises,  strengthening, self-massage, walking, and some biking.  Emotionally, I was very frustrated, sad, and angry about the prospect of living with pain every day for the rest of  my life.  I grieved for the activities (especially running) that I had to give up.  I could feel that my sacrum was rotated, but I couldn’t correct it.  I felt like a failure as a physical therapist since I could not “cure” myself.  I started to search for continuing education courses that would help me improve my treatment techniques, and hopefully help myself as well.  My symptoms began to improve after attending a Gary Gray “Chain Reaction Transformation” seminar on functional exercise.  During that course, I learned how to stretch and strengthen in all three planes of motion.  As I performed the exercises, it started to help break up the scar tissue. I was more sore the next day, but then I felt better.  I was introduced to Monavie juice in May of 2009.  After 3 weeks of drinking the juice, my pain improved markedly, but I could still feel the myofascial restrictions.  In the summer of 2009 I attended my first John F Barnes myofascial release course.  I was initially more sore after the first day, but the pain improved after the 2nd day of treatment.  I attended a second John Barnes course (Fascial/Pelvis) a month or two later.  After this second course, my sacrum was corrected and I could run without pain!  I didn’t think I would ever be able to run again.  I attended John Barnes’ myofascial unwinding course in the fall of 2009.  I had a wonderful, very profound experience both as therapist and patient during this course and realized the amazing healing benefits that this treatment provides. I’ve learned that in addition to the myofascial restrictions, we also have sub-conscious holding patterns that our bodies continue to fight until they can be processed through a deeper level of unwinding.

For me this process involved experiencing the sharp pain of my initial injury (brief and temporary) and then I learned how to breathe, relax, and soften the tightness in my body. I learned how to “take my brakes off” and trust my body’s wisdom to move and stretch in ways that it innately knew, and never harmed. A powerful transformation occurred when I attended John Barnes Women’s Health Seminar May 2010. During a compression technique, I was surprised to experience the sharp pain again in my back, but I breathed, relaxed, and it quickly went away. I still had a sub-conscious holding pattern. For the first time I (fearfully) placed my foot in the exact position it was in when I was injured (while lying on my back). I could feel the “pressure of the floor” and I pushed…no pain! This sounds very strange, but my brain saw white light and the words “You are strong again” came to me. At that point, I started pushing my leg forcefully (with resistance by one of the instructors)through a range of motion that was pain-free! I felt like I had re-gained my power! My body had just processed that sub-conscious holding pattern and realized that there was no longer any pain. This journey takes courage, a development of body awareness (listening to the body’s subtle movements and focusing on relaxing the tight areas), and everyone’s experience is unique to them. I continue to attend additional John Barnes myofascial release courses and other continuing education.  Through self-treatment,  exercise, and treatment by other MFR therapists, I have managed to control my symptoms and enjoy the activities I love!

Services

 Advanced Physical Therapy & Massage thoroughly evaluates muscle imbalances, strength, range of motion,  postural asymmetries, and symptoms that may raise a “red flag.” The patient is treated as a “whole” to address the cause of the patient’s symptoms. The goal is to return the patient to the highest level of function with the least amount of pain as possible. We also try to return athletes to competition as quickly as is safely possible.  Sue Bransky, physical therapist, has freed many patients from pain and limited motion. Sue’s knowledge of manual therapy techniques, modalities, exercise instruction, and constant monitoring of soft tissue tightness ensure that you will be in competent hands.  Sue is empathetic to your pain, and understands how frustrating dealing with chronic pain can be.

You have a choice for your physical therapy provider.  We provide close to an hour of “hands-on” treatment from a highly skilled clinician. We communicate with your physician with written evaluations/progress notes, and sometimes verbally. We welcome inquiries from you or your physician.  Physician referrals are required for Medicare, but are not required for most other insurers.

We are proud to offer the following services:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Free Sports Injury Screening
  • Massage and Manual Therapy Techniques
  • John Barnes Myofasical Release Techniques and Craniosacral Therapy
  • Mechanical and Manual Traction for “bulging discs”
  • Customized Exercise Instruction
  • Treatment of Chronic and Acute Pain
  • Sports Injury Treatment
  • Free Clinics for veterans one day/month (see In One Peace Project Page)

We specialize in treating:

  • Back Pain, Sacroiliac Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis and Tears
  • Temporomandubilar (TMJ) Pain
  • Total Knee, Total Hip, and Total Shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Sports Injuries, Muscle Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Migraines, Headaches
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Elbow Pain
  • Muscle Strains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Several cases of high ankle sprains healing in one-two weeks.
  • Bursitis
  • Knee Injuries, ACL and Meniscal Tears
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Vertigo
  • Golf Injury Prevention/Rehabilitation
  • Pre-Natal Back and Sacroiliac Pain
  • Women’s Health, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

We specialize in enhancing the body’s natural healing process utilizing physical therapy, John Barnes myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and address muscle imbalance with flexibility and strengthening exercises.

New patients are currently being accepted

Call for an appointment
Advanced Physical Therapy & Massage, LLC
359 N. 1st Ave.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 350-9616

 

About Advanced Physical Therapy & Massage

Our address is 359 N. 1st Ave. Iowa City (across from Regina HS).  Our goal is to provide convenient physical therapy, John Barnes myofascial release, Barral visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy services to Iowa City, Iowa residents and the surrounding communities.

Our clinic hours are from 6:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday, and weekends by appointment. Our physical therapy services are tailored to the unique needs of each patient. A physician’s referral is welcome, but not necessary in the state of Iowa. Unfortunately, we do not bill for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Our services include physical therapy for treatment of back pain, sciatica, neck pain, TMJ, shoulder pain, tendonitis, hip pain, knee pain, elbow pain, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, vertigo. We also treat pelvic floor dysfunction and Women’s Health issues. We gently yet effectively treat post-surgical and post-fracture rehabilitation.  We specialize in John F Barnes myofascial release, manual therapy techniques, Barral visceral manipulation, deep tissue massage, chronic pain management, Upledger craniosacral therapy, sports injury and golf injury prevention/rehabilitation.  We can help reverse the effects of injuries caused by repetitive motion, over-use, poor posture, and poor lifting habits.  At Advanced Physical Therapy & Massage, we believe in promoting wellness through injury prevention, instruction in a strengthening and flexibility exercise program to restore muscle balance, function, and provide patient education on proper body mechanics and posture.

Massage therapy services include deep tissue massage, Swedish, Shiatsu, and muscle energy. At present, we have 1 massage therapist who does traditional types of massage. Andrea can be reached directly at (319)828-8124. Sue Bransky, PT is available for private pay therapeutic bodywork. She is highly skilled in John F Barnes myofascial release techniques, deep tissue massage, muscle energy, Upledger craniosacral therapy, Barral visceral manipulation, and energy work.  John F. Barnes myofascial release and Upledger craniosacral therapy are gentle, therapeutic, relaxing, and self-empowering forms of bodywork which enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. It is extremely effective for treatment of sports injuries, chronic pain, acute pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, neck pain, TMJ, and adhesive capsulitis. Barral visceral manipulation addresses the fascial adhesions around the organs and nerves and is helpful for treatment of gastrointestinal issues, pelvic floor issues, nerve pain, brain trauma, and general well-being of the organs.

Mechanical and manual traction is available for treatment of “bulging discs.”

Accepted insurance plans include:

  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Accepted forms of payment include check, cash, or credit/debit cards.
Harness the natural healing power of “hands-on” physical therapy
New patients are currently being accepted

Sue Bransky, PT CSCS

Call Sue for an appointment (319) 350-9616

Advanced Physical Therapy & Massage, LLC
359 N. 1st Ave.
Iowa City, IA  52245
mailto:fit4golfsue@yahoo.com

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My Healing Journey with Chronic Pain

I would like to share my story with chronic pain so that it may help others on their healing journeys.  I have always been a very athletic and adventurous person who enjoyed running,  biking, weight-lifting, hiking, skiing, scuba-diving, and playing sports with my kids.  Although I am small in stature, I had no qualms about working with large patients with neurological or orthopedic injuries.  My world changed one day in June of 2007 when I sustained a back and SI (sacroiliac joint) injury while working with a CVA (stroke) patient.  The MRI showed a moderate disc bulge at L5, S1 and I had a severe sacroiliac joint strain.  I had pain and numbness into my leg and  knee which did not follow a “typical dermatomal pattern.”  The pain was like a “hot knife was twisting” in my R lumbar and sacroiliac area.  Acutely, I learned that ice, sacroiliac stabilization belt, anti-inflammatories,  electrical stimulation, and moving around/stretches seemed to help take the “edge off.”  I used a Saunder’s home lumbar traction unit for a couple of months.  The traction did seem to help relieve some of the leg pain/numbness and brought the back pain down a couple of notches.  I underwent two prolotherapy injections into the sacroiliac ligament (inject dextrose to promote scar tissue formation to help strengthen the ligament).  The first injection seemed to help, but the second injection seemed to scar down the sacrum into an already torsioned (twisted) position. I opted not to have an epidural soon after the injury, but in retrospect, I probably should have had one.  The inflammatory cascade that ensued followed the course of the nerve roots and produced more scar tissue.  I believe the inflammatory process led to a cartilage defect under the patella (knee cap) where the burning and numbness persisted for more than two years.  The fascia began to harden and contract in my leg, buttock, lumbar, and thoracic areas.

A year and a half later, I was still in pain every day, and sitting was limited.  I had been treated by another physical therapist who used traditional manual therapy techniques and resisted stabilization exercises, a massage therapist who did some Upledger craniosacral techniques, a chiropractor, and traditional medicine.  All of this helped a little, but I was still in pretty severe pain.  I wasn’t sure if I could continue my career as a physical therapist, due to the pain. My option with traditional medicine was to have an epidural and/or pain pills.   I exercised at least an hour every day and did traditional single plane stretches, stabilization exercises,  strengthening, self-massage, walking, and some biking.  Emotionally, I was very frustrated, sad, and angry about the prospect of living with pain every day for the rest of  my life.  I grieved for the activities (especially running) that I had to give up.  I could feel that my sacrum was rotated, but I couldn’t correct it.  I felt like a failure as a physical therapist since I could not “cure” myself.  I started to search for continuing education courses that would help me improve my treatment techniques, and hopefully help myself as well.  My symptoms began to improve after attending a Gary Gray “Chain Reaction Transformation” seminar on functional exercise.  During that course, I learned how to stretch and strengthen in all three planes of motion.  As I performed the exercises, it started to help break up the scar tissue. I was more sore the next day, but then I felt better.  I was introduced to Monavie juice in May of 2009.  After 3 weeks of drinking the juice, my pain improved markedly, but I could still feel the myofascial restrictions.  In the summer of 2009 I attended my first John Barnes myofascial release course.  I was initially more sore after the first day, but the pain improved after the 2nd day of treatment.  I attended a second John Barnes course (Fascial/Pelvis) a month or two later.  After this second course, my sacrum was corrected and I could run without pain!  I didn’t think I would ever be able to run again.  I attended John Barnes’ myofascial unwinding course in the fall of 2009.  I had a wonderful, very profound experience both as therapist and patient during this course and realized the amazing healing benefits that this treatment provides. I’ve learned that in addition to the myofascial restrictions, we also have sub-conscious holding patterns that our bodies continue to fight until they can be processed through a deeper level of unwinding.

For me this process involved experiencing the sharp pain of my initial injury (brief and temporary) and then I learned how to breathe, relax, and soften the tightness in my body. I learned how to “take my brakes off” and trust my body’s wisdom to move and stretch in ways that it innately knew, and never harmed. A powerful transformation occurred when I attended John Barnes Women’s Health Seminar May 2010. During a compression technique, I was surprised to experience the sharp pain again in my back, but I breathed, relaxed, and it quickly went away. I still had a sub-conscious holding pattern. For the first time I (fearfully) placed my foot in the exact position it was in when I was injured (while lying on my back). I could feel the “pressure of the floor” and I pushed…no pain! This sounds very strange, but my brain saw white light and the words “You are strong again” came to me. At that point, I started pushing my leg forcefully (with resistance by one of the instructors)through a range of motion that was pain-free! I felt like I had re-gained my power! My body had just processed that sub-conscious holding pattern and realized that there was no longer any pain. This journey takes courage, a development of body awareness (listening to the body’s subtle movements and focusing on relaxing the tight areas), and everyone’s experience is unique to them. I continue to attend additional John Barnes myofascial release courses and other continuing education.  Through self-treatment,  exercise, and treatment by other MFR therapists, I have managed to control my symptoms and enjoy the activities I love!

My Healing Journey With Chronic Pain

I would like to share my story with chronic pain so that it may help others on their healing journeys.  I have always been a very athletic and adventurous person who enjoyed running,  biking, weight-lifting, hiking, skiing, scuba-diving, and playing sports with my kids.  Although I am small in stature, I had no qualms about working with large patients with neurological or orthopedic injuries.  My world changed one day in June of 2007 when I sustained a back and SI (sacroiliac joint) injury while working with a CVA (stroke) patient.  The MRI showed a moderate disc bulge at L5, S1 and I had a severe sacroiliac joint strain.  I had pain and numbness into my leg and  knee which did not follow a “typical dermatomal pattern.”  The pain was like a “hot knife was twisting” in my R lumbar and sacroiliac area.  Acutely, I learned that ice, sacroiliac stabilization belt, anti-inflammatories,  electrical stimulation, and moving around/stretches seemed to help take the “edge off.”  I used a Saunder’s home lumbar traction unit for a couple of months.  The traction did seem to help relieve some of the leg pain/numbness and brought the back pain down a couple of notches.  I underwent two prolotherapy injections into the sacroiliac ligament (inject dextrose to promote scar tissue formation to help strengthen the ligament).  The first injection seemed to help, but the second injection seemed to scar down the sacrum into an already torsioned (twisted) position. I opted not to have an epidural, but in retrospect, I probably should have had one.  The inflammatory cascade that ensued followed the course of the nerve roots and produced more scar tissue.  I believe the inflammatory process led to a cartilage defect under the patella (knee cap) where the burning and numbness persisted for more than two years.  The fascia began to harden and contract in my leg, buttock, lumbar, and thoracic areas.

A year and a half later, I was still in pain every day, and sitting was limited.  I had been treated by another physical therapist who used traditional manual therapy techniques and resisted stabilization exercises, a massage therapist who did some Upledger craniosacral techniques, a chiropractor, and traditional medicine.  My option with traditional medicine was to have an epidural and/or pain pills.   I exercised at least an hour every day and did traditional single plane stretches, stabilization exercises,  strengthening, self-massage, walking, and some biking.  Emotionally, I was very frustrated, sad, and angry about the prospect of living with pain every day for the rest of  my life.  I grieved for the activities (especially running) that I had to give up.  I could feel that my sacrum was rotated, but I couldn’t correct it.  I felt like a failure as a physical therapist since I could not “cure” myself.  I started to search for continuing education courses that would help me improve my treatment techniques, and hopefully help myself as well.  My symptoms began to improve after attending a Gary Gray “Chain Reaction Transformation” seminar on functional exercise.  During that course, I learned how to stretch and strengthen in all three planes of motion.  As I performed the exercises, it started to help break up the scar tissue. I was more sore the next day, but then I felt better.  I was introduced to Monavie juice in May of 2009.  After 3 weeks of drinking the juice, my pain improved markedly, but I could still feel the myofascial restrictions.  In the summer of 2009 I attended my first John F Barnes myofascial release course.  I was initially more sore after the first day, but the pain improved after the 2nd day of treatment.  I attended a second John Barnes course (Fascial/Pelvis) a month or two later.  After this second course, my sacrum was corrected and I could run without pain!  I didn’t think I would ever be able to run again.  I attended John Barnes’ myofascial unwinding course in the fall of 2009.  I had a wonderful, very profound experience both as therapist and patient during this course and realized the amazing healing benefits that this treatment provides. I’ve learned that in addition to the myofascial restrictions, we also have sub-conscious holding patterns that our bodies continue to fight until they can be processed through a deeper level of unwinding.

For me this process involved experiencing the sharp pain of my initial injury (brief and temporary) and then I learned how to breathe, relax, and soften the tightness in my body. I learned how to “take my brakes off” and trust my body’s wisdom to move and stretch in ways that it innately knew, and never harmed. A powerful transformation occurred when I attended John Barnes Women’s Health Seminar May 2010. During a compression technique, I was surprised to experience the sharp pain again in my back, but I breathed, relaxed, and it quickly went away. I still had a sub-conscious holding pattern. For the first time I (fearfully) placed my foot in the exact position it was in when I was injured (while lying on my back). I could feel the “pressure of the floor” and I pushed…no pain! This sounds very strange, but my brain saw white light and the words “You are strong again” came to me. At that point, I started pushing my leg forcefully (with resistance by one of the instructors)through a range of motion that was pain-free! I felt like I had re-gained my power! My body had just processed that sub-conscious holding pattern and realized that there was no longer any pain. This journey takes courage, a development of body awareness (listening to the body’s subtle movements and focusing on relaxing the tight areas), and everyone’s experience is unique to them. I continue to attend additional John Barnes myofascial release courses and other continuing education.  Through self-treatment,  exercise, and treatment by other MFR therapists, I have managed to control my symptoms and enjoy the activities I love!

Services

 Advanced Physical Therapy & Massage thoroughly evaluates muscle imbalances, strength, range of motion,  postural asymmetries, and symptoms that may raise a “red flag.” The patient is treated as a “whole” to address the cause of the patient’s symptoms. The goal is to return the patient to the highest level of function with the least amount of pain as possible. We also try to return athletes to competition as quickly as is safely possible.  Sue Bransky, physical therapist, has freed many patients from pain and limited motion. Sue’s knowledge of manual therapy techniques, modalities, exercise instruction, and constant monitoring of soft tissue tightness ensure that you will be in competent hands.  Sue is empathetic to your pain, and understands how frustrating dealing with chronic pain can be.

You have a choice for your physical therapy provider.  We provide close to an hour of “hands-on” treatment from a highly skilled clinician. We communicate with your physician with written evaluations/progress notes, and sometimes verbally. We welcome inquiries from you or your physician.  Physician referrals are required for Medicare, but are not required for most other insurers.

We are proud to offer the following services:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Free Sports Injury Screening
  • Massage and Manual Therapy Techniques
  • John Barnes Myofasical Release Techniques and Craniosacral Therapy
  • Mechanical and Manual Traction for “bulging discs”
  • Customized Exercise Instruction
  • Treatment of Chronic and Acute Pain
  • Sports Injury Treatment
  • Free Clinics for veterans one day/month (see In One Peace Project Page)

We specialize in treating:

  • Back Pain, Sacroiliac Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis and Tears
  • Temporomandubilar (TMJ) Pain
  • Total Knee, Total Hip, and Total Shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Sports Injuries, Muscle Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Migraines, Headaches
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Elbow Pain
  • Muscle Strains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Several cases of high ankle sprains healing in one-two weeks.
  • Bursitis
  • Knee Injuries, ACL and Meniscal Tears
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Vertigo
  • Golf Injury Prevention/Rehabilitation
  • Pre-Natal Back and Sacroiliac Pain
  • Women’s Health, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

We specialize in enhancing the body’s natural healing process utilizing physical therapy, John Barnes myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and address muscle imbalance with flexibility and strengthening exercises.

New patients are currently being accepted

Call for an appointment
Advanced Physical Therapy & Massage, LLC
359 N. 1st Ave.
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 350-9616

 

About Advanced Physical Therapy & Massage

Our address is 359 N. 1st Ave. Iowa City (across from Regina HS).  Our goal is to provide convenient physical therapy, John Barnes myofascial release, Barral visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy services to Iowa City, Iowa residents and the surrounding communities.

Our clinic hours are from 6:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday, and weekends by appointment. Our physical therapy services are tailored to the unique needs of each patient. A physician’s referral is welcome, but not necessary in the state of Iowa. Unfortunately, we do not bill for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Our services include physical therapy for treatment of back pain, sciatica, neck pain, TMJ, shoulder pain, tendonitis, hip pain, knee pain, elbow pain, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, vertigo. We also treat pelvic floor dysfunction and Women’s Health issues. We gently yet effectively treat post-surgical and post-fracture rehabilitation.  We specialize in John F Barnes myofascial release, manual therapy techniques, Barral visceral manipulation, deep tissue massage, chronic pain management, Upledger craniosacral therapy, sports injury and golf injury prevention/rehabilitation.  We can help reverse the effects of injuries caused by repetitive motion, over-use, poor posture, and poor lifting habits.  At Advanced Physical Therapy & Massage, we believe in promoting wellness through injury prevention, instruction in a strengthening and flexibility exercise program to restore muscle balance, function, and provide patient education on proper body mechanics and posture.

Massage therapy services include deep tissue massage, Swedish, Shiatsu, and muscle energy. At present, we have 1 massage therapist who does traditional types of massage. Andrea can be reached directly at (319)828-8124. Sue Bransky, PT is available for private pay therapeutic bodywork. She is highly skilled in John F Barnes myofascial release techniques, deep tissue massage, muscle energy, Upledger craniosacral therapy, Barral visceral manipulation, and energy work.  John F. Barnes myofascial release and Upledger craniosacral therapy are gentle, therapeutic, relaxing, and self-empowering forms of bodywork which enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. It is extremely effective for treatment of sports injuries, chronic pain, acute pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, neck pain, TMJ, and adhesive capsulitis. Barral visceral manipulation addresses the fascial adhesions around the organs and nerves and is helpful for treatment of gastrointestinal issues, pelvic floor issues, nerve pain, brain trauma, and general well-being of the organs.

Mechanical and manual traction is available for treatment of “bulging discs.”

Accepted insurance plans include:

  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Accepted forms of payment include check, cash, or credit/debit cards.
Harness the natural healing power of “hands-on” physical therapy
New patients are currently being accepted

Sue Bransky, PT CSCS

Call Sue for an appointment (319) 350-9616

Advanced Physical Therapy & Massage, LLC
359 N. 1st Ave.
Iowa City, IA  52245
mailto:fit4golfsue@yahoo.com

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