Physical Therapy in Santa Fe

CorePhysio is dedicated to determining the root cause of your pain, rather than just treating your symptoms. Once we have identified the problem, we use a variety of therapies and strategies to treat it. Our services include, but are not limited to the following:


Physical Therapy

Our experienced and highly trained physical therapists are focused on helping our clients  feel better, move better, perform to their potential, reduce pain and improve or restore mobility following injuries or illnesses.  We take satisfaction that often our work can help patients avoid expensive surgery and reduce the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

We provide a number of specialized physical therapy services to identify the root cause of your pain and heal it. We examine each patient thoroughly, conducting a complete evaluation, and then create a customized program of care.

Our techniques promote the ability to feel better, move better, and perform to your potential.

CorePhysio also works to promote a climate of wellness and prevention, helping clients  prevent loss of mobility before it occurs by developing customized fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.


Functional Manual Therapy™

Functional Manual Therapy™ is an integrated and seamless treatment system which couples mechanical treatment of the joints, soft tissues, visceral and neurovascular systems with manual neuromuscular facilitation to enhance optimum motor control and human function.

Continuing research and functional imaging of the brain continues to point out the interrelationship between pain, muscular inhibition and poor movement strategies.

We now know that simply mobilizing joints, customizing stretching exercises and strengthening exercises, or having a patient participate in core stabilization, is insufficient to address the complex interrelationship between the integration of automatic and volitional motor strategies and the average mobility of the human system.

This innovative approach to patient care seamlessly incorporates mobilization, neuromuscular facilitation and motor control training.

Functional Movement Assessments

Movement patterns impact your body constantly. When we are healthy, we can run, jump, swim, bike and perform lots of physical activities at a high level.

But if we become injured or impacted by certain illness, our body’s mechanics can change and not perform as effectively. When that happens, you will experience pain and other symptoms such as imbalance and decrease in overall functionality.

Functional movement assessments are a way to monitor and document movement patterns and correlate these findings to your body’s overall functions. They help physical therapists determine which patients are more likely to become injured as well.

Being aware of your body’s dysfunctional patterns is essential to being able to prevent injury and over-use during exercise sessions.

At CorePhysio, we use a seven movement screen which is a key component to devising effective, more customized physical therapy.

The Feldenkrais Method®

The Feldenkrais Method® is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning.

Through this method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of life.

The Feldenkrais Method is based on principles of physics, biomechanics, and an empirical understanding of learning and human development. By expanding the self-image through movement sequences that bring attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness, the method enables you to include more of yourself in your functioning movements.

Patients become more aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and expand options for new ways of moving. By increasing sensitivity, the Feldenkrais Method assists you to live your life more fully, efficiently and comfortably.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a trigger point.

There is no injectable solution and typically the needle is very thin. Most patients do not even feel it penetrate their skin. Once it advances into the muscle, the discomfort can vary from patient to patient. As a general rule, very little discomfort is felt in a healthy muscle. But if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or contains active trigger points, the subject may feel a sensation like a muscle cramp, which therapists refer to as a “twitch response.”

This twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms and response of the tissue. Sometime the patient only feels the contracting sensation locally or they may feel a referral of pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment.

A reproduction of their pain can be a helpful diagnostic indicator of the cause of the symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation since it results in deactivating a trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length and function of the involved muscle.

Positive results typically are apparent within two to four treatment sessions, but this can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, the overall health of the patient, and the experience level of the practitioner.

Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.

Back and Neck pain

Patients suffering from both acute and chronic back and neck pain are often relieved with a course of physical therapy.

We recognize how your quality of life is impacted by both of these conditions and set out quickly to determine the root cause of your pain. We then prepare a customized treatment plan to begin the healing process. It includes specialized therapists combined with a series of exercises and education.


Our manual therapy approach is often effective in helping patients dealing with persistent headaches.

We focus first on determining the specific cause and then customize a program of care to relieve the pain of headaches and a strategy to stop them from occurring.

We encourage our patients to be partners in their recovery and ongoing care process to ensure that their conditions will not return.

Sports Injuries and Sports Post-Operative Care and Pre-Op Care

We treat recreational athletes who have sustained sports injuries such as sprains, strains and fractures.

Our goal is to determine the cause of your injury, reduce pain and inflammation and hasten the healing process. We include a significant educational component so that you can be aware what happened and why, and how you can prevent a recurrence of the injury.

We also offer sport-specific therapy training to help prepare you for the season of the sport of your choice if you have not been staying fit in the off months. This helps to avoid common injuries such as golfer’s shoulder, tennis elbow and runner’s knees, for example.

If you require surgery after a sports injury, we can work with you before surgery (if possible) and afterwards to help speed healing and ensure a full recovery.

Shoulder and Ankle Injuries

Our manual therapy approach is effective in helping us deal with shoulder and ankle injuries.

Our initial goal is to relieve pain and inflammation and then conduct a program of specialized therapy designed to increase your range of motion, strengthen the shoulder and ankle, and prevent recurring injuries.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is particularly beneficial for patients who have injured limbs. You can move your body in water in a way that you cannot on land because of the weightlessness you experience in the buoyant water.

We offer aquatic therapy periodically at the community center pool and you will be in the water with an experienced physical therapist at all times.

Aquatic therapy is often beneficial to patients because it helps relieve swelling in limbs because of the pressure exerted on your body from the water. It is less painful than doing exercises on land. The pressure of the water also increases circulation, especially to the hands and feet, pushing the healing blood to the injured area.

Water is six times more dense than air, providing safe and uniform resistance to your body, helping with strengthening and posture control.

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