Connected Physical Therapy and Wellness

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need for my first visit?

If you have a prescription from your doctor, please bring it; however it's not necessary. Please arrive 10 minutes early, because you'll need to fill out some paperwork. The first session will include a comprehensive history and evaluation, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your health concerns and your wellness goals, and we'll work together to come up with treatment strategies. We will typically start treatment at the first session, so please wear comfortable, loose clothing (pretend you're going to the gym). And bring an open mind!


Because Connected is a private pay practice, we offer patients the flexibility and independence of seeking physical therapy treatment with or without a doctor's referral. We accept cash, check, or credit cards for payment. We will not file claims directly with a patient's insurance company, but we will gladly provide the necessary forms if a patient chooses to file for reimbursement on their own.

If you are planning to file your own claims, please let us know so we can work with you to provide the necessary codes.

Medicare Beneficiaries: Federal regulations prohibit physical therapists from collecting cash payments from Medicare beneficiaries for any active problem that can be diagnosed. Therefore, if an indivudual has Medicare or a Medicare Supplemental, Connected PT cannot treat that person for a problem such as hip pain or back pain. However, we can treat Medicare clients for wellness (no active problems) under certain circumstances.  If you have questions about this topic, please give us a call.  


What is FST?

Fascial Stretch Therapy TM (FST) Assisted Stretching is a systematic, total-body stretching program focusing on fascial lines within the body. It is based on the perspective that connective tissue within the body (generally referred to as fascia) is a continuous structure from your head to your toes, with thickenings along certain stress lines throughout the body. It connects everything from your skin to your bones and infiltrates all structures in between.

While traditional stretching addresses specific muscles, typically in a static way, FST addresses full fascial lines throughout the whole body. It starts in a localized area, then progresses to dynamic, full-body stretches to work out connective tissue restrictions across the body.

Because FST uses a whole-body concept based in anatomy and functional movement, it results in improved flexibility gains over traditional stretching. It is applicable to everyone, from professional athletes to people recovering from injury. The creators of FST, Ann & Chris Frederick, have been using it or decades with NFL starters and Olympic track athletes with amazing results in flexibility, speed and power.


What is PRRT?

The Primal Reflex Release Technique™ (PRRT) is a manual-therapy approach for evaluating and relieving musculoskeletal pain. PRRT is often able to accomplish in just seconds what joint mobilization and manipulation, trigger point therapy, and soft tissue and myofascial release can do over time.

PRRT has been found effective in more than 80% of patients with painful conditions. How can it be so successful? PRRT is based on the premise that over-stimulation of the body’s primal reflexes creates pain and keeps painful patterns occurring again and again. These reflexes -- startle, withdrawal, and the protective joint reflexes--are hardwired into the nervous system of the body for the purpose of survival. When a person experiences a painful or startling event, these reflexes are triggered in an attempt to protect the body.

Unfortunately, these reflexes often persist in a state of hyper-readiness long after the triggering event has passed. When sustained over time, activated reflex responses lead to patterns of pain that are reproduced, repeated, and maintained, interfering with healing and resisting therapeutic efforts to restore natural function.

PRRT addresses muscle and joint receptors along with their spinal modulation. These often overlooked and seldom-treated areas of the body are the cause and solution for many types of pain, including:

The Primal Reflex Release Technique™ treatment system offers an innovative combination and application of techniques that facilitate rapid “neural reboot.” This neural reboot resets the neural control of joints, muscles, and fascia to release joint restrictions, trigger points, and fascial restrictions, not unlike when you reboot your computer.

Excerpted from PRRT’s website.

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Connected Physical Therapy and Wellness
33750 Lear Industrial Parkway
Avon, OH  44011
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