Physical Therapy at Metta Integrative Wellness Center is focused on manual therapy, proper postural alignment and enhancement of overall function of the body. Integrating a variety of manual physical therapy techniques to help individuals minimize pain and immediately improve function and quality of life, Laura Keyser, DPT 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.

Treatment techniques include:

   •    Myofascial Release

   •    Deep tissue & abdominal massage

   •    Muscle Trigger Point Release

   •    Muscle Energy Techniques

   •    Joint mobilization

   •    PNF/Neuro-muscular re-education

   •    Craniosacral therapy

   •    Nerve mobilization

   •    Scar tissue mobilization

   •    Taping techniques

   •    Breathing & relaxation exercises, postural correction, functional movement training (body mechanics, stretching & strengthening exercises)


   •    Orthopedic injuries
   •    Neck & back pain, headaches
   •    Sprains, strains, tendinitis
   •    Postural dysfunction
   •    Pregnancy & post-partum concerns
   •    Digestive problems/acid reflux
   •    Elimination problems/constipation/incontinence
   •    Gynecological conditions
   •    Cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions
   •    Post-surgical complications/scars
The initial evaluation is 90 minutes, and costs $150. Follow-up treatments are approximately 60 minutes, and cost $100.  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 or check on the day of appointment. 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 provide 24-hours notice for cancellation of appointments.
Are there any adverse effects to consider?
No, there are no adverse effects from having manual physical therapy treatment. Any discomfort or soreness following treatment is just the body adapting to its new alignment and should go away. Often a warm bath with Epsom salt or a short ice application (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, 10 minutes on) will resolve the discomfort. If a patient has any symptoms that do last longer than a few days, or any significant discomfort, I always want to know about it so any concerns can be addressed

Laura Keyser, MS, DPT

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 the U.S. gaining extensive experience in pediatrics and women’s health, as well as in neurological and post-trauma 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 among her patients.  Using manual physical therapy techniques to help individuals minimize pain and immediately improve function and quality of life, she assists patients in restoring efficiency of movement and preventing future injury.

Laura has also worked internationally to develop rehabilitation programs and community outreach initiatives in Africa and southeast Asia.  She has consulted with the non-profit agencies, Global Strategies, Engender Health and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and remains committed to enhancing physical therapy education and practice worldwide. During her travels, she has also had many opportunities to learn a variety of traditional healing modalities, and incorporates principles from Ayurveda, Thai bodywork and acupressure into her physical therapy practice.  Laura currently works part time at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and is pursuing a Masters in Public Health. She is thrilled to be joining the team at Metta, and looks forward to improving 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, neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary concerns affecting both children and adults. She incorporates manual therapy techniques, such as myofascial release, visceral mobilization, joint mobilization, and soft tissue massage; therapeutic exercises and functional retraining to assist patients in reaching their goals. 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.

In addition, some areas of specialization include the following:

Women’s health:

   •    Pregnancy and post-partum concerns

   •    Urinary incontinence, urgency and overactive bladder

   •    Chronic pelvic pain and vulvar pain syndromes

   •    Musculoskeletal dysfunctions (back pain, buttock pain, pelvic muscle weakness, etc)

Pediatric rehabilitation:

   •    Developmental delay

   •    Orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems

   •    Early intervention (0-3)

   •    Interventions include: sensory integration, neurodevelopmental technique, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, developmental and play therapy

phone- (415) 699.0984