The Body Mechanic Physical Therapy believes that each individual’s history writes a unique story related to injury, pain and function which makes it crucial to have your rehab tailored to your individual needs. My treatment approach focuses not only on understanding and treating your localized pain, but addressing the source of your pain based on your unique health history, work life, hobbies and sports. My extensive training in Functional Manual Therapy allows me to evaluate and treat interdependent human body systems to not only eliminate your pain, but improve your ability to function in all aspects of your life. My goal for each of my patients is that they leave physical therapy not only pain free, but moving and functioning better than before their current injury.
What is Functional Manual Therapy: The bases of the FMT approach is that each and every person has existing potential. As a Certified Functional Manual Therapist, my goal is to help you optimize your physical health by unlocking your potential. The FMT treatment approach encompasses 3 specific areas of treatment 1) Mechanical: hands on treatment of the soft tissues, joints and visceral structures that may be limiting your ability to move in the most efficient way 2) Neuromuscular: hands on facilitation of muscles that are inhibited and cannot fire based on compensatory patterns or pain and work on strength in various functional positions through various ranges of motion specific to your rehab needs and goals 3) Motor control: combining your new mobility from hands on soft tissue/joint treatment with your improved stability from your neuromuscular control training and training your body to use these gains for your specific activities such as running, biking, or climbing stairs.
PJ McCracken, PT, DPT, CFMT, CSCS
PJ graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene Texas in 2010. She moved to the Seattle area after graduating and continued to pursue her passion for learning through attending various manual therapy continuing education courses. In 2016, she tested and passed her certification test with distinction to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist.
Her passion to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist and treat through a functional manual therapy approach stems from her own rehab journey. Five years ago, she injured my hip and was unable to run for a year. She tried a number of different physical therapy approaches with only some improvement but no resolutions of symptoms. It was until she started my training in Functional Manual Therapy, that she felt the true heart of my injury was being addressed. Through that treatment, she has become a fast and more efficient runner than I have ever been in the past. It is my goal with each of my patients to not only be able to do what they love without pain, but also to be stronger, faster, and more efficient in all aspects of their lift.