Integral Foundations Physical Therapy
Kathleen Neal, DPT
18208 66th Ave NE #201
Kenmore, WA 98028
MANUAL THERAPY WOMEN'S HEALTH VESTIBULAR REHAB
This is a different approach to traditional Physical Therapy. Given all of our bodies' intricate systems that affect each other, it is important that you have a practitioner that understands the delicate balance between them. Muscles have to work together with and react to the lymphatics, neurological, cardiovascular, and visceral systems. This may mean that if you're coming to see me for neck pain, I will be evaluating all of your systems and treating other areas of the body that are contributing to your neck pain. This evaluation technique is helpful for all my patients (men and women) at any given stage of their injury; whether it is an acute issue or a chronic disorder.
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Not all vestibular therapy is created equally. Vertigo is just one type of vestibular dysfunction. Neck and shoulder tightness can create dizziness or other disorienting sensations. Manual therapy, in conjunction with balance/vestibular exercises, and lifestyle modifications are highly effective methods to treat vestibular disorders.
The visceral organs and their associated layers are often overlooked in traditional therapy. This is unfortunate considering how adhesions between organs, the peritoneum and fascia have a direct effect on joint alignment and muscle firing efficiency. Understanding how these systems work together and utilizing manual therapy with muscle reeducation is crucial to helping patients recover.
Some workouts overtax the pelvic floor and women need to be aware how hormone fluctuation affect their performance and risk for injury throughout their menstrual cycle. Some unresolved hip or back pain can be due to a reproductive organ dysfunction or ineffective pelvic floor muscle firing. I'll help you monitor your menstrual cycle to observe patterns that could be contributing to your pain and work with your physician to create a holistic solution to the issue.
It's no surprise that pregnancy and delivery can take a toll on a woman's body. If you are experiencing back pain during pregnancy, then there are ways that Physical Therapy can help. Postpartum Physical Therapy is also extremely helpful to help the uterus shed, reeducate abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, and help with scar tissue management, whether they vaginal or external due to cesarean section. Nursing positional advice and manual therapy to alleviate neck and shoulder tension are other benefits of postpartum Physical Therapy.
Pain with intimacy is not normal. If you are experiencing pain with intimacy, know that you are not alone and there are ways to address this issue.
If you find yourself frequently urinating or experiencing incontinence, then I can evaluate several factors that lend to this; whether it be dietary factors, habitual practices that need to be modified, or a physiological issue such as a prolapse.
About Kathleen Neal, DPT
I have been a Physical Therapist since 2010 after graduating with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL. I am originally from southeast Louisiana and received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2007. Since graduating, I have gravitated towards Women's Health with an emphasis in utilizing manual therapy as part of a holistic approach to treating pelvic floor/reproductive disorders. I have been exceedingly fortunate to have had wonderful mentors in my career. Despite my interest in Women's Health, I have extensive experience and knowledge in treating orthopedic injuries and vestibular rehabilitation for those suffering with vertigo and other dizziness disorders.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Kathleen has been an integral part of my overall health and wellbeing for the last 3 years. She takes the time to methodically assess and ask questions. Her approach leads to a unique, whole body picture that allows her to find the most effective treatment for me; she is not a one-size fits all."
Integral Foundations PT is accepting insurance plans and is going through the credentialing process for several programs. Kathleen will continue to update as the insurance companies sign off on the contracts, but she is currently credentialed with Regence, Cigna and Medicare. Please be aware that Eastside Natural Medicine is not involved in the scheduling or billing for Integral Foundations PT. Since there is no front desk staff at this time, please utilize some patience with communication. Kathleen also strongly suggests you contact your insurance provider to determine deductibles, copays, and what potential out of pocket costs will occur. I will return phone calls within 24 hours.
Integral Foundations is in Kenmore, WA, and is located in Eastside Natural Medicine's clinic. Kathleen has built a professional relationship with several practitioners of Eastside Natural Medicine over the past few years and she's thrilled to join the team. Kathleen's office is on the main entrance level, please have a seat in the waiting room to the left once you arrive and she will collect you at the time of your appointment. As of right now, there is no front-desk staff to assist you upon your arrival.
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting pants or shorts for your appointment. Please no jeans or spandex-style pants. This is a manual therapy practice so there will be a fair amount of hands-on contact. If you are ever uncomfortable please let me know immediately. I will be explaining what I will doing and why throughout the session.
Contact and Scheduling
When you schedule, please note that there is a payment option for cash patients.
If you are wanting to use your insurance, I am officially a provider for Cigna, Regence and Medicare. If you would like to bill out of network, then please put in your insurance information
Kathleen can send a super-bill for you to submit to your insurance company while you pay the cash rate.