frequent walking on toes
having stiff muscles
difficulty with steps or curbs
reports of joint or muscle pain
moving much more slowly than peers
not crawling before they walk
not able to stand or sit still
weakness and early fatigue
fear of movement or low heights
uncoordinated movements vs. peers
difficulty jumping, hopping or skipping
As shown on her website, www.ptforchildren.com, The advanced, cutting edge techniques she uses to empower and to treat children lead to improved body mechanics, reductions in pain, better posture, and more coordinated movements! The "TWIST" actually has a few meanings:
"1. With her specialized training and 15 years experience, she offers a different approach. The techniques of the Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) are cutting edge, unique and effective. See the "Postural Restoration Institute®" page.
2. Twisting is what happens to spines when scoliosis is present. But in this case, the spine gets stuck and can't twist back in the other direction. By combining PRI and Schroth-Based Scoliosis Rehab techniques, patients are empowered to take control of their spinal curvature. See "Scoliosis Rehab" for more information.
3. Twisting to both directions is an important movement for the human body to use spontaneously. Another word to descibe this is rotation. Rotating the shoulders in the opposite direction of the hips and back the other way helps blood flow, helps air move, helps digestion, helps to decrease muscle tone, and helps to balance muscle activity. It also contributes to motor coordination, muscle balance (to prevent the development of mechanical pain) and sensory perception in a developing human system. This is especially important for the child with Cerebral Palsy. See "Brain Injuries/ CP"."
What makes Lisa such an expert in this treatment? She truly is an expert, as shown by her many certifications and experience.
But... what do all of those letters mean?
PT -These letters indicate her license to practice Physical Therapy, earned in 1999 after obtaining a Master's in Physical Therapy at Duke University.
DPT - Doctor of Physical Therapy, is my highest academic degree, which she earned in 2000 from Duke University.
PCS - This certification is offered by the American Physical Therapy Association™ (APTA). It stands for "Pediatric Certified Specialist", is earned through study and testing, and is supported by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS):
C/NDT - Stands for Certified in Neuro-developmental Treatment. This certification requires 6 weeks of studying, learning and applying the concepts of the Neuro Developmental Treatment Association™ (NDTA) before passing a test to demonstrate full understanding of the written concepts and handling techniques.
PRC - This is the certification that makes her practice advanced! There is only one other pediatric PT in the country who also has this certification! This certification requires taking many continuing education courses over the course of a few years, and applying the concepts of the Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) before passing a 2 day test, which she did in 2014.
She has been uniquely trained to use asymmetrical, triplanar exercises to achieve goals of no pain and improved function/performance and improved posture/alignment. These techniques can apply to bodies of all ages and diagnoses. For more information head to www.ptforchildren.com and find out all the ways Lisa can help.
“My husband and I don’t know how to thank Lisa enough. She identified our son’s visual processing difficulties and knew how they related to his coordination disorder. He no longer falls and is enjoying soccer and basketball, and his self-concept is now super positive. She is our hero.”
--JH, whose son has developmental coordination disorder and hypermobility syndrome.
“Lisa’s dedication and creativity are unmatched. Thank you!”
-- SR, whose daughter has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
“Our active 10 year old was sitting out of soccer and basketball for a month with heel pain that failed to resolve with ice and standard stretching. Lisa’s methods were new to us, but we were ready to try something different, and her kind “bedside manner” put us all at ease. Almost unbelievably, he felt significant improvement after just one week following Lisa’s prescribed exercises, and was pain free after 5 weeks. Now, months later, he still enjoys his favorite sports without difficulty!”
-- SK, whose son had Calcaneal Apophysitis/ heel pain
77 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
- Her site (PT for Children)
- Her practice's site (Advance Physical Therapy)
- Her facebook site (PT for Children)