Physical Therapy 

 

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, Sari Weissbard, DPT, OMPT,  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.

 

 

IMG_2956-1Sari Weissbard, DPT, CMTPT, COMT
 

Sari obtained a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012 from Touro College after a BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Delaware. Sari has worked as a Physical Therapist alongside several types of holistic practitioners specializing in massage, acupuncture, occupational therapy, Feldenkrais, yoga, pilates, and mind-body in both Manhattan and Baltimore.  She ran cross country and track throughout high school and college, and continues to run daily. She also enjoys rock climbing, bicycling (touring and for daily function), and beer brewing/brewery touring.

Her various continuing education courses since practicing PT include Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), the lower body portion of Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), and she is certified to perform trigger point dry needling (Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist).  Sari also completed manual therapy classes through NAIOMT which resulted in certification as an Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (OMPT).
 
Sari is currently in her 2nd year out of 4 to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Feldenkrais is a method of gaining awareness through movement. The gentle, slow movements bring to light longstanding and sometimes largely imperceptible habits and allow for deep neuromuscular re-education so that the brain can let go of those habits and allow for learning easier ways of moving. The movements, though they often result in decreased pain and improved function, are merely the vehicle for gaining overall awareness in any aspect of life that may become relevant for the person performing them.
 
Though Sari has had extensive training in manual therapy techniques, her main goal for patients is elimination of pain and independence without the need for continuous therapy or continued PT exercises. No one should have to live with chronic pain. Once a person’s symptoms and cause of symptoms have been identified, and effective neuromuscular re-education has been provided, including some combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and education about what has been happening, they should be able to return to whatever exercises/sports/daily activities they need and want to do throughout the day without an issue, possibly with greater ease than before the symptoms began. 
 
Over the past couple years, through learning Feldenkrais and various other resources, Sari has also learned in great depth about the process which connects the mind and the body which leads to chronic pain and other ailments, and educates patients about this process in conjunction with physical treatment sessions when appropriate. 
 
Overview of Treatment Techniques:
  • Outcome-Based Massage
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Taping (with Kinesiotape and Leukotape)
  • ART (Active Release Technique)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Specific Joint Mobilization and Manipulation
  • Specific Therapeutic Exercises
  • Individualized Home Exercise Programs

To Schedule with Sari, Please Contact Her Directly:

Phone: 201.739.0456
Email: sariweissbard@gmail.com

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

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 Sari 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.

Contact:

phone: 201.739.0456
email: sariweissbard@gmail.com