What should I expect on my first visit?

Thank you for selecting us to help you find solutions on your wellness journey. When you arrive for your first physical therapy visit, you will meet with a licensed physical therapist that is a specialist in human movement, gait, respiration, and mechanical diagnosis and treatment. On the first session, your therapist will spend some time getting to know you, your questions, and your goals. It is important to know what you would like to accomplish and what makes you unique. This way we can tailor your treatment to your needs. You can expect to have the therapist prioritize tests and measurements that will assist them in providing you and education based on your clinical presentation as well as provide reporting to your referring physician if needed. You will be provided with hands-on treatment, exercise and therapeutic activity, along with a home exercise program that will consist of the most efficient ways to progress your care in subsequent visits.

Do I need a physician's referral/prescription to attend physical therapy?

The state of Michigan does not require a physicians referral for the first three weeks of care for rehabilitation of pain or injury, however, many health insurance companies will require the referral on the first day to have those visits applied and covered on the health benefit plan that you have selected. We recommend that you check with your insurance for your individual requirements for insurance coverage. Of course, there is no referral requirement or limits on services that we provide related to wellness, injury prevention, respiration, and sports performance.

Will my insurance cover physical therapy?

We provide insurance billing with most commercial insurers. Please call our office to confirm our in-network or out-of-network status with your specific insurance. Specific insurance coverage is very individual and is based on the plan that you select or are offered annually. Your insurance carrier will be able to provide specific information that is unique to your plan. We recommend that you contact your insurance company for these details. If you have an insurance benefit, we would be happy to submit claims on your behalf for the regional physical therapy services that you receive from us.

Currently, insurance companies and the health care system in general are willing to provide coverage only after injury and health decline is present. While we hope that our health care system and insurance companies will soon acknowledge the value and cost savings in wellness care and preserving health, currently restorative, wellness, injury-prevention, respiration, and massage therapy services are considered non-covered services by all insurance companies and are out of pocket.

If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for your health needs, funding sources from these accounts may be used for all services rendered by SIMIIO Health & Wellness. Substantiation of these services may be required by your funding administrators and SIMIO will be happy to provide statements or invoice documentation for dates of services upon request.

Is Postural Restoration (PRI) considered physical therapy?

SIMIO Health & Wellness is Michigans only Certified Postural Restoration Center™, and has the only practicing clinically certified Postural Restoration Institute® provider in the state. In order to be registered as a Postural Restoration Center™, SIMIO has to maintain that all licensed providers in the building are actively enrolled in Postural Restoration Institute coursework under the direction and supervision of a PRC credentialed therapist.

This means that all physical therapy that is offered at SIMIO will have Postural Restoration concepts applied as needed. Regional physical therapy is often in response to pain, injury or surgery. Restorative physical therapy addresses whole body mechanics as it pertains to movement, gait, respiration, and balance. Your consultation with a SIMIO provider is designed to establish whether you would benefit from a regional or a restorative approach to maximize your benefit and efficiency in attaining your personal goals for therapy.

What can physical therapists help me accomplish?

Not all physical therapy is the same, and not all physical therapists are specialists in the same areas of service. What SIMIO strives to do is place each patient in the care of a uniquely specialized therapist. As licensed providers of healthcare, we are tested on safety rather than effectiveness. The true test of care comes in its effectiveness and the lasting results of your time spent with your provider.

Our providers have nearly over 40 combined years of clinical experience in assessment and treatment of traditional physical therapy diagnoses which include:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Persistent neck tension
  • Elbow pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Headache
  • Sciatica
  • Sacroiliac (SI) Joint dysfunction
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Patellofemoral syndrome

In addition to traditional physical therapy diagnoses, our specialists are uniquely trained in:
  • Sports performance/sports respiration
  • Running and walking gait assessment and retraining
  • Asthma and work of breathing
  • Postural assessment and correction
  • Airway clearance
  • Snoring/Sleep Apnea
  • Respiration and perfusion
  • Bruxism (clenching/grinding of teeth)
  • Body mechanics and dominant body patterning for work or sports
  • Chronic or recurrent pain that has not responded to traditional orthopedic methods
  • Natural management of stress, anxiety, and nutrition

SIMIO experts are trained in isolating human movement into testable positions that mimic any direction of motion for any sport or occupation. With this data, we objectify a patients ability to move, breathe, and balance. Any alteration in ability in these positions will create a workable roadmap for success. This pertains to every foot and every shoulder in stance phase and swing on an inhale or an exhale. It is an exacting science that takes years to master. Join us for a consultation to learn where your body has created strong but unfavorable habits.

How often should I get a massage?

Massage has very personal benefits. Some massage clients establish a consistent routine with their massage therapist to aid in sports training and recovery, some just like to relax and unwind. There are many benefits to massage that include improved circulation and soft tissue hydration, decreased tension and stress pulling on the body, improved lymphatic drainage for immune system boosting. Some have improved rest and sleep.

Many physical therapy and restorative therapy clients benefit from massage during and after their care at SIMIO to extend the benefit of corrective treatment and exercise. Many clients use massage between physical therapy sessions to decrease the number of sessions needed to get the results they seek and allow more time between sessions to build endurance and stability.

The frequency of massage is a personal choice that we often recommend you support with your personal goals and timeline.