Physical Therapy with Laura Keyser, DPT, MPH
Physical Therapy at Metta Integrative Wellness Center offers a person-centered and whole-body approach to enhance overall function of the body. Treatment includes both preventive and health maintenance services, as well as treatment of new onset or persistent injury and illness. Integrating a variety of physical therapy techniques to minimize pain and improve function and quality of life, Laura Keyser, DPT, MPH assists patients in restoring efficiency of movement and preventing future injury. Laura works with each individual to determine goals for treatment, and tailors physical therapy sessions accordingly. Collaboration and patient involvement is key, and questions and feedback are always encouraged.
Laura Keyser received both her Master’s and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the joint program at the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings in both the U.S. and abroad, gaining extensive clinical experience in women’s health, pediatrics, neurological & orthopedic rehabilitation. Laura employs a holistic and hands-on approach to her physical therapy practice, emphasizing treatment of the whole person, and not just the symptomatic body part, to promote long-term health and wellness, restore efficiency of movement and prevent future injury.
Laura has also worked internationally to develop rehabilitation programs and community outreach initiatives in Africa and south Asia. She has published and lectured on her work in global health and community-based care in low-resource settings, and consulted with local and international organizations, including Global Strategies, EngenderHealth and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Laura completed her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and recently co-founded Mama LLC, a public health and physical therapy consulting agency dedicated to improving women’s and girls’ health domestically and internationally. She is equally thrilled to be a part of the team at Metta, working to improve community access to physical therapy services for injury and disability prevention and treatment.
Areas of Specialty:
Laura is competent and skilled in treating a variety of orthopedic and neuromuscular disorders affecting both children and adults. She holds expertise and interest in treating women’s health concerns and pelvic floor disorders. Laura incorporates manual therapy techniques, such as myofascial release, visceral manipulation, joint mobilization, and soft tissue massage, along with therapeutic exercises and functional retraining to assist patients in reaching their goals. During her travels, she has also studied a variety of traditional healing modalities, and incorporates principles from Ayurveda, Thai bodywork and acupressure into her physical therapy practice. Laura has assisted professional dancers and performing artists in injury prevention and return to activity, as well as has provided both inpatient and outpatient care to address acute and chronic pain and injuries and improve overall function.
Treatment techniques include:
- Myofascial Release
- Abdominal and Pelvic Visceral Manipulation
- Muscle Trigger Point Release
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Joint Mobilization
- PNF & Neuromuscular re-education techniques
- Scar Tissue Mobilization
- Taping Techniques
- Postural Correction
- Functional Movement and Individualized Exercise Prescription
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN BE TREATED WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY?
- Orthopedic injuries
- Neck & back pain, headaches
- Sprains, strains, tendinitis
- Postural dysfunction
- Pregnancy & post-partum concerns
- Pelvic floor disorders (including digestive & elimination problems)
- Pelvic or sexual pain related to gynecological conditions
- Cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions
- Post-surgical complications/scars
WHAT IS THE COST AND LENGTH OF TREATMENT?
An evaluation costs $150 for a 90-minute assessment and initial treatment. Follow-up appointments cost $100 for a 60-minute treatment. Longer sessions may be arranged at a cost of $25 per 15-minute increment. Shorter sessions may also be negotiated.
Payment must be made in full via cash, check or credit card on the day of appointment. Please provide 24-hours’ notice for cancellations; individuals will be charged the full cost of the missed appointment if adequate notice is not provided. Insurance is not accepted, though many insurance plans will reimburse a percentage of physical therapy services received out-of-network. It is recommended that you call your insurance provider to determine coverage. Please note that Medicare will not reimburse out-of-pocket physical therapy expenses.
Physical therapy appointments are held at Metta’s primary location at 720 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211. Please let Laura know in advance if accessibility is a concern, as the building does have stairs to negotiate. For this or other reasons, home visits may also be arranged at an additional charge.
ARE THERE ANY ADVERSE EFFECTS TO CONSIDER?
No, there are no serious adverse effects from manual physical therapy treatment. Occasionally, mild discomfort, muscle soreness or light bruising may follow treatment and last for a few hours up to 24-48 hours. This is often the body’s way of adapting to greater range of movement, increased circulation, and improved alignment. It is important to follow any instructions provided during your physical therapy appointment for pain management and tissue/injury healing. Any significant discomfort or new onset of symptoms should be discussed promptly with your therapist and/or medical doctor.
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