Do you accept insurance?
Medical insurance plans regularly cover Physical Therapy and Karen will provide you with a superbill that you can submit for any reimbursements.
Karen is an out-of-network provider because this enables her to fully treat her patients without the restrictions from a contracted plan. She is fully focused on seeing one patient at a time and being out-of-network allows her to do that. Because each session is solely with Karen, she can be much more effective which helps decrease the frequency of care. Insurance plans have drastically changed and clinics are forced to see several patients in an hour and the quality time with the therapist suffers. See how Patients report feeling better, faster!
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Do I need a referral from my Doctor for Physical Therapy treatments?
Maybe. California’s Direct Access law states patients can come to physical therapy without a referral from a doctor for 12 visits or 45 calendar days, whichever comes first. However, if you plan to submit your bill for insurance reimbursement, they may require a referral.
Also, depending on the outcome of the physical therapy assessment, Karen may recommend you see your primary care physician. Doctors of Physical Therapy are trained to recognize when patients need to be referred out for further diagnostic evaluation, and Karen will always put the well-being of the patient first.
What are the differences between Physical Therapy and Pilates?
Physical Therapy Services are hands-on treatments mixed with rehab exercises to help achieve pain-free movement. These services can be billed for insurance reimbursements provided by a licensed Physical Therapist. There may be restrictions or limitations to care and the fees vary, depending on the type of insurance coverage you have. For cash paying patients, a receipt can be provided for tax deductible accounts such as Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).
Pilates Services are tailored toward your fitness level using the Pilates method of exercises. These workouts are meant to progress your core strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness. These services are not reimbursable by insurance companies but provide a way for clients to continue their exercise program toward a lifetime of health and wellness. What better way than to take Pilates from a Pilates trained Doctor of Physical Therapy!
Do I need to be experienced at Pilates in order to come?
No. Karen will guide you through the Pilates Method of exercises no matter what your level of experience is with Pilates. Matter of fact, Karen loves to start you from the beginning levels in order to properly train your form.
Do I need to have Pilates equipment at home in order to benefit from the experience?
No. Many of the exercises that Karen guides you through can be done at home without equipment, simply by using your own body weight and positioning. There can be benefit from having small, accessory equipment at home like foam rollers, exercise balls and stretch bands.
How are Pilates exercises different from traditional Physical Therapy exercises?
The Pilates Method of exercises is a proven exercise program that was started by Joseph Pilates many years ago. There is a focus on the body as a whole and approaches exercises from the mind-body perspective addressing posture, balance, control, breath and more. At the center of the Pilates Method of training is the proper connection to the ‘core’ muscles which help support our posture in all ways of movement. ‘Traditional’ physical therapy exercises tend to only be focused on the body region being treated without addressing the overall well being of the clients’ condition.