“We can’t cover that service”, said the young woman on the other end of the phone, delivering her pronouncement with conviction and finality.
“Why not?” I asked.
“Because your patient’s diagnosis is whiplash and neck pain”, she replied.
“So?” I said, a bit testily.
“Well, this treatment code I’m looking at doesn’t match the diagnosis code.”
“How’s that?” I said. Now I was getting irritated.
“Well”, she said, “in your notes, it says you gave her therapeutic exercise for core and abdominal strengthening”.
“Yes, that’s right”.
“Well, the diagnosis is neck pain”, she repeated.
I knew exactly where this conversation was going, and I wasn’t going to make it easy for her. “Our company won’t cover treatment for the low back—this is a neck pain diagnosis”. There it was. Again.
It was 1996, and I had been bumping into this insurance wall for a while now. I was not permitted to make clinical decisions for my patient’s care. I was not permitted to treat the whole person – just parts of the person’s physical anatomy.
Those decisions had been taken away from me. Someone in an office hundreds of miles away was telling me how I was to treat my patients based on a set of codes. With no knowledge or personal interaction with my patient, this person was telling me how I was to deliver care.
“Well”, I said, mimicking her [I’m embarrassed to admit this now] “What the hell do you think holds up her head?” [Except I didn’t say “hell”]
Because Everything is Connected
I was sick and tired of having this conversation. Sick and tired of trying to explain to an insurance clerk how “everything is connected”. And it was a waste of time and energy. To be fair, I knew the clerk didn’t make these decisions—the insurance company did. And I also knew I was done fighting them. After that phone call, I made a decision.
I decided to get out of clinical PT practice, where I’d been working for over 10 years. Staying in what felt like a soul-crushing situation was affecting my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in harmful ways, and I was no longer the person I wanted to be. I wasn’t growing and thriving, and I knew I could do better for myself and for others.
The practice of Physical Therapy in the US has become a lot like a factory that builds widgets, except YOU are not a widget. You are unique. In a Physical Therapy factory, there’s just not enough time to get to know you, to find out what’s really important to you, to discover more about your history, and your hopes and dreams.
These are all significant contributing factors towards whether you are ultimately successful in recovering or optimizing your movement health.
Have you taken a plane trip recently? Have you noticed that airplane seats don’t seem to work for anyone? That’s because they’re designed for “everyone”.
The Center for Movement Philosophy
In our modern culture, we outsource our movement.
It’s time to reclaim the movement we have lost. In our quest for convenience, many of us have lost mobility, strength and coordination. We can no longer enjoy the things we love to do, or the things our ancestors took for granted, like getting up and down from the floor easily, standing on one leg, or going up and down stairs without pain.
To restore the movement we need to enjoy life, we have to go beyond the world of “exercise”. Our ancestors didn’t have to go to the gym to get fit, because their survival was dependent on their ability to move well – they moved for food, clothing, shelter, and connection.
Because of modern technology, what we call “convenience”, we no longer have to move to survive. It’s now possible to shelter, feed, shop and “connect” from our couch. The price we pay for this inactivity is reflected in the currency of disease:
heart disease, cancer, lung disease and diabetes.
At Park Meadows Center for Movement, we know the answers to healthy movement are not found in the newest exercise or fitness fad. Instead, we are dedicated to incorporating the latest research to help you regain your mobility for life.
When it comes to acquiring healthy movement, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. You are unique, and your life experiences, activities, learning style, injuries, and movement patterns are as individual as your signature – no one else is exactly like you. This is why we keep our classes small and intimate, and why your initial sessions with us are one on one.
Physical Therapy Services
The practice of Physical Therapy in the US has become a lot like a factory that builds widgets, except YOU are not a widget. You are unique.
In a Physical Therapy factory, there’s just not enough time to get to know you, to find out what’s really important to you, to discover more about your history, and your hopes and dreams. These are all significant contributing factors towards whether you are ultimately successful in recovering or optimizing your movement health.
Have you taken a plane trip recently? Have you noticed that airplane seats don’t seem to work for anyone? That’s because they’re
designed for “everyone”. Many PT programs these days, in order to save time and cut costs, are organized around protocols. Protocols are designed for “everyone” who has your condition or diagnosis, or who underwent your surgical procedure.
Your movement patterns, alignment, health and history tell an individual story – a story no one else has. To optimize your movement, you deserve a customized program, not a protocol designed for “everyone”.
At Park Meadows Center for Movement, we believe your program should fit YOU, no matter whether you are an elite athlete, or someone who wants to be able to toil in the garden for a few hours without pain.
-Recovery from injury or surgery.
-Pain conditions, including back, neck, hip, knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, or wrist pain.
-Neurological conditions, including post stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and Spinal Cord Injury.
-High Performance for athletes of all levels.
Pilates and Mindful Movement Classes
Movement is in our DNA
Humans were born to move, and for most of our history, we moved to survive. The notion of exercise is a fairly modern invention, and we have forgotten that there’s a difference between movement and exercise. At Park Meadows Center for Movement, our primary focus is on helping you move better for life.
Joseph Pilates understood that movement is not only a matter of exercising muscles – it is a mind and body partnership that helps us develop and maintain mobility, strength, power and coordination for Life.
All of our classes at the Center for Movement are designed to give you an experience of the coordination of your mind and body, so you feel empowered, balanced and confident.
When you go to the eye doctor, you get your eyes checked so you have an objective vision baseline measurement.
The same is true when you go to your doctor for a physical.
Well, not exactly!
In a “physical” at your doctor’s office, your doctor is typically measuring things like blood pressure, heart activity, blood work and lung function. No one assesses your physical alignment, strength, balance, flexibility and coordination.
At the Center for Movement, we think knowing your movement baseline is a great place to start. Our exclusive Movement Assessment will give you an idea of your functional movement, flexibility and strength so you have a better idea of the things you need to work on to improve and can measure your progress.