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Neurologic Physical Therapy

Potentia Therapeutics has recently added a neuro physical therapist to the team with a special interest and training movement disorders, Meredith DeFranco. Meredith trained and worked at the Parkinson's Center for excellence at the University of Florida for nearly a decade. She has a passion for treatment of people with Parkinson Disease.
What is Neurologic Physical Therapy?

Neurologic PT specialized in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement difficulties due to a disease or injury of the nervous system. Your therapist will work to restore your mobility to enable to return to your daily activities and hobbies. Therapy will focus on brain health to contribute to your overall wellness in life.
What are some of the conditions treated in Neourologic Physical Therapy?
  • Ataxia
  • Dystonia
  • Fall risk
  • Neuropathy
  • Gait instability
  • Balance deficits
  • Post stroke care
  • Essential Tremor
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

What can I expect from a treatment session?
  • A thorough evaluation to determine your fitness, fall risk, strength, range of motion, gait speed, functional mobility status, and cognitive status
  • Sessions focus on improving your strength, gait stability, balance, participation in daily activties, and self confidence
  • Your PT will establish a thorough exercise program for you and will discuss how to optimize your brain helath through proper nutrition, stress management, caregiver training, and of course, exercise!

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Women's Health

Potentia Therapeutics is now offering women's health/pelvic floor physical therapy! Christina Noonan, Doctor of Physical Therapy, is Herman and Wallace trained. Herman and Wallace is one of the leading institutes specializing in pelvic rehabilitation.
What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor consists of 3 layers of muscles that spread from the area of the tail bone to the pubic bone. These muscles are responsible for giving support to internal organs, aiding in posture, controlling bowel and bladder, and providing sexual function. Just like any other muscle in the body, these muscles can become weak as well as tight. This can lead to pain as well as dysfunction in the responsibilities listed above.
What conditions can a pelvic floor physical therapist treat?
  • Urinary Frequency and Incontinence
  • Prolapse Issues
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Pregnancy/Postpartum
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • SI joint pain or low back pain
  • Female Athlete Triad
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pelvic Pain
    • Pudendal Neuralgia
    • Vulvodynia
    • Vaginismus/Dyspareunia
    • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
    • Endometriosis

What does pelvic floor physical therapy entail?
Our therapists will perform a thorough evaluation in a private and relaxing environment. The therapist will then make a treatment plan based on your individual needs to help you achieve your personal goals.
Treatment may include any of the following:
  • Manual Therapy
  • Bladder Retraining
  • Home Exercise Program
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Biofeedback
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Treatment of surrounding areas such as low back, hip, and sacroiliac joint

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Physical Therapy

At Potentia Therapeutics, we are movement specialists who understand that there is relationship between a patient's physical,mental, and emotional state that has an effect on their functional abilities. We design our treatment programs with this relationship in mind as we discover pathways to reveal regional interdependence within movement patterning. We have the ability to assess the overall patient in an integrative method while defining the normal and dysfunctional movements that a patient embodies and demonstrates in the clinic or in the community. You will work one-on-one with a physical therapist who will conduct a thorough examination and comprehensive functional assessment to gather data about your baseline measures and possible functional limitations. This will allow for the development of a plan specific to your needs and goals. After the initial evaluation, both parties will have a deeper understanding of the root cause of your condition.

Patients may use their in-network or out-of-network insurance benefits, FSA (flexible spending account), HSA (health savings account) or credit card/cash to pay for treatment. Florida is a "direct access state" and allows direct access to physical therapy services or "self-referral". This means that you are allowed to go directly to a physical therapist without a physican's referral and receive treatment for 30 days. After 30 days, the therapist will need to get a treatment plan signed by an approved healthcare provider. Direct access saves you time and money and expedites your treatment, relief and recovery. How about that for our many northerners who spend their winters in sunny Florida?!

Soccer Match Physical Therapy

Sports Medicine

At Potentia Therapeutics, our trained movement specialists lead their patients through a comprehensive Sports Medicine Program that is tailored to meet the physical demands of the athlete, the weekend warrior, and the performing artist. Our therapists will educate the patient on optimal postural alignment in static and dynamic movement patterns as well as methods of sports injury prevention and performance. They will not only help patients recover from their injuries but will also help health athletes enhance their performance and elevate their skill. Identifying and removing impairments that can lead to improper form and movement is imperative in helping the invidual increase his/her speed, power, and agility. These sport-specific programs are developed to help athletes of all performance levels to achieve the following:

  1. Restore optimal physical function
  2. Decrease pain
  3. Increase flexibility, strength, and power
  4. Injury prevention and education
  5. Optimize sports performance

Our therapists are specialized in areas including but not limited to pilates, VBARRE, GolfRX, strength and conditioning, dance training, and running assessments. This team has worked with athletes of all ages and backgrounds, including little leaguers, collegiate athletes, pre-professional athletes, and professional athletes. Our physical therapists can put you on the path to recovery by developing a customized physical therapy or wellness program. The team will be at your side with one-on-one personalized treatments that will not only get you back into the game but also help to prevent future injuries. Our treatments incorporate movement-based techniques, such as TRX, and pilates that challenge typical training styles and lead to elevated sports performance.

Ballerina Ballet Dance Physical Therapy

Dance Medicine

At Potentia Therapeutics, highly trained dance medicine specialists provide a physical screening to dancers that allows for static and dynamic movement testing. This screening is used to determine functional deficits that may expose the dancer to injury. The physical therapist will observe dance technique, evaluate strength and flexibility, and review medical and nutritional history. At the end of the assessment, the dancer will receive a baseline measurement and an individually tailored exercise regimen, which may include recommendations for cross-training, technique modification, training strategies, and proper footwear to reduce the risk of injury. A plan of care is developed based on one of three stages of wellness: Rehabilitative, Restorative, or Refinement. It will allow for an individualized design of physical therapy and/or wellness programs that the dancer will utilize to achieve their desired goals. This guidance leads to dance performance longevity, decreasing the risk of injury.

The injury prevention program at Potentia Therapeutics has been shown to improve dancer function and is progressively measured through individual goal setting and plan of care. Open communication, given dancer and/or parental consent, is also provided to dance staff members including teachers and choreographers to allow for injury prevention education and training in the studio and beyond.

Pilates Yoga in a Studio Physical Therapy


Potentia Therapeutics' physical therapists are certified to teach pilates as well as design pilates-based physical therapy (PBPT), one of the most popular trends in physical health in the 21st century. Pilates-based physical therapy, the practice of combining the precise movements of pilates to accomplish a specific physical therapy outcome, has increased. Pilates is named after Joseph Pilates, who invented a series of regimented exercises less than 100 years ago. It relies on the body's own weight and limitation and requires a precision and control that can have lasting benefits, especially when combined with physical therapy. The exercise differs from other forms of exercise or physical therapy due to its focus on precise movement, position, and breathing. Although it rarely involves quick, energetic movements, it can be quite intense. It is often used as a cross-training option for endurance athletes, golfers, or anyone in an active lifestyle.

Pilates is designed primarily to improve both flexibility and strength in the body's "core" which is critical for health, balance, joints, and movement. The benefits of pilates-based physical therapy also include the ability to apply healing techniques holisitically instead of focusing purely on the injury or source of discomfort. PBPT also helps to correct issues with posture, gait, and/or movement patterns that may be hindering the healing process or causing pain and discomfort. It allows patients to take a very active role in his/her healing. The patient will become attuned to the body's needs and limitations so that there is a greater chance that future injuries may be prevented. Potentia Therapeutics utilizes a Balanced Body Clinical Reformer which uses tension at key points of the body to provide both tactile feedback as well as kinetics signals that guide correct orientation and postural positioning. Once trained on how to properly use pilates equipment, patients benefiting from a quality pilates-based physical therapy program will begin with movements and sequences that involve little to no weight-bearing activities and steadily progress.PBPT teaches the patient how to target specific muscle groups in the correct sequence, strengthening them in order to minimize healing time and prevent future injuries.

Golf Bags on a Golf Course Physical Therapy

Golf Rx

Potentia Therapeutics offers a specialized out-patient service, provided by a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified golf medical professional, for golfers of all skill levels. Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) is the world's leader in golf research, education, and training. Since the late 1990's, golf has seen a shift in how players at the highest level prepare and maintain their bodies for competition. Players are more powerful, more athletic,and better equipped to perform at the highest levels.

Potentia Therapeutics' GolfRX program provides a 90 minute comprehensive analysis including: an assessment of swing mechanics, biomechanics, movement patterns, current fitness and health status, and fitness history. It is designed to identify physical limitations that may adversely affect the golf swing and increase the risk of injury. If an injury exists, we will have a better understanding of the root cause and the best treatment strategy. A certified golf medical professional is not a swing coach. At Potentia Therapeutics, you will be treated by a doctor of physical therapy that specialized in golf movement and performance. Your visit will include:
  • one-on-one session with a TPI certified physical therapist
  • golf-specific movement screen
  • video swing analysis
  • online access to your swing analysis
  • detailed report of findings from movement and swing analysis
  • custom exercise program based on findings from screen
There is no need to bring your clubs; however, you should wear comfortable clothing. Call and schedule an appointment with our clinic. You do not need a prescription to start. The number and frequency of visits depends on the first visit's findings; however, our one-on-one 60 minute sessions will help you accomplish your goals at a much quicker pace than other clinics.


Wellness Services

According to historical evidence, public health challenges can be attributed to a lack of physical health and injury prevention education. The Journal of the American Medical Association and the National Institute of Health identify multiple problems with this deficit, citing the prevalence of obesity and its estimated 112,000 preventable deaths, increased risks of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and breast/colon cancer. A lack of physical activity, an un-healthy diet, and stress can play a role in the invidual choices we make when deciding to lead a healthy and well balanced life.

The US Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Surgeon General released a National Prevention Strategy in 2011 with a vision of creating a prevention-oriented society where the goal is to "increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life".

Most individuals who seek physical therapy services are experiencing pain or recovering from an injury or surgical intervention. However, patients are learning more about physical therapy as a wellness tool to develop long term optional health and wellness. At Potentia Therapeutics, we offer a Wellness Program to assist those inviduals who desire attaining and maintaining long-term optimal health and wellness. During your Wellness Assessment, we will observe multiple factors including: strength, postural alignment, flexibility, power, balance, mobility, agility, and aerobic endurance. We may also assess your home and work station ergonomics to understand the repetitive and sustained posture that an individual sustains in a typical day. Based on your results, you will receive an overall wellness score and be placed in one of three categories: Rehabilitative, Restorative, or Refinement. This will serve as the baseline from which a Potentia provider will plan a program to improve your functional mobility and wellness. The frequency of your visits will be based on the baseline wellness measures and categorical placement. Our aim is to move through each category with thoughtful planning of the individual's wellness/fitness goals. We look forward to helping you stay strong and injury free!

Woman Relaxing on Beach Physical Therapy

Education and Wellness Services

At Potentia Therapeutics, we believe that without care, there can be no community! Physical therapists are competent and well-trained health care practitioners who can provide education in improving an individual's mobility as well as eliminate pain and dysfunction. We are lifelong learners who desire long-term professional and personal growth seeking to share our knowledge with patients. Health can be a wellness experience with continued growth. We devise wellness and injury prevention programs aimed at long-term quality of life. The collaboration between physical therapist and patient is vital in the health care continuum to enable open communication as well as empower each person to maintain optimal health. Additionally , long term health and wellness success can lead to decreased health care costs in the treatment of chronic disease and dysfunction.

We hope to create an environment that allows for healing and stimulates the desire to achieve optimal health and wellness! We want to connect with the Tampa Bay community and highlight the importance of early detection and prevention of long term injury. We strive to adopt healthy habits and can be a resource for you even after the pain has gone. Let us know how we can enhance our practice as we strive to treat you with optimal care with an evidence-based approach! Call our office or email a Potentia Therapeutics team member for more details regarding educational series scheduling and structuring!