Physical Therapy

We provide Orthopedic, Sports, and General Physical Therapy Services in an active participation model with 1-to-1 therapist/client interaction for 1 hour appointments utilizing a variety of treatment approaches.

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Kinesio
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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Pricing

Pricing subject to change. (Updated May 2019)

Meet our Physical Therapists

Karen Woodbeck

Karen J. Woodbeck MS, PT, ATC, CKTI

Karen was a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Physical Therapist for 20 years and practicing Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer and has over 29 years of experience, with a primary focus on orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, pilates, taping, and cold laser. A philosophy she follows is “Never Give Up!” originally coined by Winston Churchill and embodied by the late Fr. Jim Mifsud S.M. who was a mentor. Karen loves working with clients motivated to improve and is tenacious in her pursuit of achieving their success.

Karen physical therapy philosophy emphasizes restoring good position and mobility, building stability, and immediately increasing function while reducing pain. Teaching the body how to do this using neuromuscular (brain-body) education is a strong part of client treatment.

In order to achieve the client’s goals, Karen utilizes a variety of skills obtained from years of practice incorporating extensive continuing education. Study includes courses with many internationally renowned instructors in the areas of Muscle Energy Technique, Mulligan’s Mobilization with Movement, myofascial release, McConnell technique, Primal reflex release technique, craniosacral therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and Kinesio Taping, to name a few.

Karen enjoys problem solving and finding Kinesio Taping applications that give clients tools to reduce pain and improve function as a part of their home program. She often teaches clients and their helpers how to tape, facilitating follow through during daily and sports activities to maximize results.

Karen has been a Kinesio Taping Association International Instructor since 2003. She has been privileged to teach domestically and internationally in courses and conferences from Ireland to Italy, France and Northern Ireland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to Louisiana and concentrating West in California. Karen has been honored to present at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting and the NATA National Convention. Body Dynamic hosts several classes every year locally in San Jose.

Please go to (upcoming courses page) for current list of course dates or link to our registration form.

As an Athletic Trainer, Karen has volunteered and assisted at many events over the years including the 1st World Games in 1980, Bruce Jenner Invitational Track and Field meets, USFSA Figure Skating National Championships and local events, USGA US Open, Avon 3 day Walk, and local ice hockey, soccer and volleyball tournaments. One standout highlight was working at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia for the Softball venue. In addition to athletics, Karen volunteers for her local homeowners board and Cursillo.

Karen grew up locally in Silicon Valley and was a participant in several sports during her time at Cupertino High School. After high school Karen was an exchange student to Denmark. She spent a year abroad learning Danish, going to school, and living with a family in a small town in southwestern Jutland. She still keeps in touch with her family there and a few friends although her Danish is quite rusty.

In college, Karen continued to participate in sports and was a Division 1 athlete in Track and Field. It was an injury in college and going through physical therapy that sparked her interest and lead Karen on her current career path.

In her free time, Karen remains very active and enjoys all things outdoors; especially organic gardening, grass doubles volleyball, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, and traveling.

Education:
A.S. in Physical Education from De Anza College
B.S. in Physical Education with an Athletic Training emphasis from Boise State University
M.S. in Physical Therapy from University of Indianapolis

Affiliations/Memberships:
APTA – American Physical Therapy Association
NATA – National Athletic Trainers Association
ECHO
Cursillo – San Jose Diocese English Speaking Cursillo
KTAI – Kinesio Taping Association International

Christine Zafiropoulo, PTA

Christine received her B.S. degree in Physical Education at Fresno State University, A.S. degree in Physical Therapy from De Anza College and is a certified Polestar education rehabilitation Pilates instructor. Christine has a wide variety experience that includes orthopedics, rehab Pilates, aqua therapy, personal training, corporate physical therapy where she incorporated injury prevention, ergonomics and treatment programs into the work environment.

Christine strives to provide her patients and clients to reach their full potential and improve their quality of life. Activities she enjoys in her spare time include snowboarding, swimming, Pilates, strength training, reading and having fun with her family.

Christine Zafiropoulo

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy means hands-on treatment. There are many techniques that qualify as Manual Therapy. Some manual techniques include joint/soft tissue work such as instrument aided soft tissue mobilization and pin and stretch deep muscle and tendon work.

Myofascial Release or MFR is another specific technique included under manual therapy. Myofascial release is directional gentle pressure or stretch that works on releasing fascia throughout the body’s connective tissue. The goal with Myofascial Release is to increase fascial mobility and tissue alignment to improve position, posture and function while reducing pain.

Fascial restrictions can be found anywhere in the body and can be the result of major or minor traumas and may be visible such as with a scar. Improving fascial mobility can assist and improve neuromuscular re-education.

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Neuromuscular Re-education is educating and re-training the muscle-nerve connection in the body that allows for improved patterning of movement thus making the body more dynamic. We use many manual neuromuscular re-education techniques including (but not limited to) PNF, muscle energy, mobilization with movement, Primal Reflex Relief Technique (PRRT), and myofascial joint mobilization.

Cranial-Sacral Therapy or Craniosacral Therapy: CST

Cranio-sacral therapy is a very light touch treatment technique that restores craniosacral motion or rhythm, throughout the body. In the head, cranio-sacral therapy targets movement and mobility of the bones in the cranium.

The spinal cord and cerebral spinal fluid connect the cranium and the sacrum together. Craniosacral rhythm is an inherent movement related to respiration, that is created throughout the body that sometimes gets altered or stuck when there is an injury or trauma.

Craniosacral therapy was developed by John Upleger D.O. based on principles by William Sutherland D.O..

Pilates

Pilates emphasizes posture, muscle control, flexibility, and balance with purposeful breathing.

Participants often describe feeling “long and lean” as a specific effect from training and Physical Therapy treatment incorporating the Pilates method.

Equipment and mat exercises are used to guide the body through precise movements that focus on quality rather than quantity of repetitions.

Specialized Pilates apparatus using springs and levers, provide a smooth, gliding assistance or resistance for the exercise, allowing safe progression of the exercises and an alternative to the often “jerky” feel of traditional gym equipment.

Remedial as well as advanced client levels can easily be addressed and challenged.

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Pilates is used to recover from injuries as well as enhance physical fitness and cross train for sports performance.

Pilates group classes can usually qualify for flexed spending and health savings accounts.

Insurance can be used and billed with a physical therapist when appropriate.

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Sports Performance Training

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Video feedback tools and training utilizing functional movement and activities specific to the recreational, competitive, and professional athlete’s sports.

Emphasis on core stabilization, kinesthetic awareness and proprioceptive feedback for quickness, agility and power.

[Word Definition for kinesthetic & proprioceptive]

Cold Laser

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Improves circulation, normalizes temperature and aides in healing.

Spasm and trigger points decrease dramatically.

Improving metabolism, atp production and production of nitric oxide on a cellular level through photoreceptors that are present in every cell.

Specific protocols for peripheral neuropathy, triggers fingers, and many other conditions.

An adjunctive modality that can also be a stand-alone treatment.

See changes at the speed of light!

Our laser is a class 4 laser and delivers high powered “cold” infrared photons.

4 Watts shortens your treatment time dramatically with even more effect.

Approved by the FDA for pain relief

Kinesio Taping

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Made famous by the Olympics, the world’s number one elastic taping method is used to decrease or eliminate pain while enhancing muscle, fascial, joint and circulatory function in the body through proprioceptive feedback.

The advantage of using therapeutic elastic tape is that this input is provided 24 hours/day while doing normal daily tasks as well as specific exercises.

Tape can be worn for 3-5 days extending the work done in physical therapy and reinforcing neuromuscular re-education for faster strength, endurance, and stabilization gains.

The proprioceptive feedback provided by elastic therapeutic tape enhances the body’s homesostatic process and thus can improve natural function and performance.

Clients and caregivers (if needed) are instructed in taping for follow through when hands-on treatment is no longer indicated.

McConnell Taping

Rigid strapping tape provides strong support and repositioning for the knee, ankle, and shoulder.

Once better position is achieved with relief from pain, clients can work on strength and stabilization, neuromuscular re-education.

Usually worn for 1-2 days maximum.

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Primal Reflex Release Technique

Utilization of reflex principles based on infant responses and integration.

Uses Sherrington’s theory to down-regulate the sympathetic (fight or flight) pain response to insult and injury in acute and chronic situations.

Pain is often reduced by 50% or more within 2-3 visits so that dysfunction can be addressed.

We will teach you follow up techniques to enhance your relief and provide instant feedback.