What is Physical Therapy and what does a Physical Therapist Do?

Physical Therapy is therapeutic treatment that is provided in circumstances where function and movement are effected by disease, injury, aging or other factors. It uses physical methods of treatment, rather than drugs or surgery. Physical therapist use a physical exam and a patient's health history to diagnosis and attempt to treat injuries and illnesses that limit the performance of daily activities. While managing patient's care, a physical therapist may use specific exercises, manual therapy and mobilization, traction devices, cold/heat and other interventions.  A physical therapist can be of assistance to prevent further loss of mobility by developing a plan for a healthier lifestyle, that includes exercises, that will restore functional ability and maximum movement.  

 

Dr. Catyann Parker, Physical Therapist

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Dr. Catyann Parker graduated from the University of Washington’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program as Class President. Her clinical background is in treating neurological and orthopedic conditions in clients ranging from 2 months to 90 years old. She has a passion for working with infants with torticollis and developmental delay. Her other professional interests include programming for pre and post-operative patients, helping athletes with sport-specific injuries, and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Parker grew up in Federal Way, WA and is excited to be actively serving her home community. Having stayed in the Pacific Northwest throughout schooling, her and her husband Jack take full advantage of the water, mountains, and landscapes the area has to offer. She believes that fitness is a solid foundation for optimal health. Whatever your age, injury, or goals, Dr. Parker will help lead you down the path to recovery and optimal function.

Matthew Pirkle, Physical Therapist Assistant

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Matthew is a young physical therapist assistant excited to bring an extensive background of sports and strength training and conditioning to Northwest Wellness. He is a graduate of Olympic College's PTA program and has worked in both athletics and clinical settings with a wide variety of clients and patients. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys going hiking, kayaking, reading, exercising, and enjoying the company of his family.