Kind Lab: Please introduce yourself.
SM: Hi, my name is Dr. Sally Moores. I am a physical therapist and owner of Artemis Physical Therapy.
I am a professional problem solver (kinda like the guy on TV, House, but way more friendly) and help create solutions for people with pain and movement issues.
I specialize in orthopedics and pelvic health. I have a deep understanding that the systems of the body are all connected and I use a combination of hands on techniques and therapeutic corrective movements to integrate these systems decrease pain and optimize movement.
I’m a mama and a wife and a friend and a learner and a teacher and a traveler and adventurer and manual shift Jeep driver.
Kind Lab: What inspired you to pursue a career in physical therapy?
SM: I actually wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon and was pre-med in undergrad as I loved sports and health and science. Then the show “ER” came out and I realized that I would never have a life if I wanted to be a doctor. The wife of one of my professors was a PT so I interned with her and realized that I really liked the exercise and hands on aspects of physical therapy, but I also loved the patient interactions.
Kind Lab: What are the most common concerns with your patients?
SM: Most of my patients see me because of some type of pain (back, knee, shoulder). But really, that’s not their concern, their concern is that because of this pain, they are not living their best lives. That’s what I help them with.
I also see patients with pelvic health issues including pelvic pain, incontinence, prolapse and constipation.
Kind Lab: What can people expect to experience when they come to see you?
I think most people, especially those who have been to a physical therapist before, are pleasantly surprised at the experience.
My patients get a full hour of one-on-one time with me and my knowledge and 20 years of experience. If it’s the first visit. I spend about half of the time taking a detailed history of their issues, complaints and concerns. This is followed by a head to toe (literally) movement assessment. This helps me tease out the root cause of the problem and all the players that may be involved.
Treatment may include hands on techniques, therapeutic corrective movements and lots of information/education.
Kind Lab: If you could tell people 3 ways to relieve chronic back pain and protect their core, what would they be?
SM: Move, Breathe, Stop Sucking your belly button to your spine.
Also- eat nutritious foods, drink lots of water and get better sleep.
Chronic pain is a systemic issue and treatment needs to address all aspects of healing.