Spine Team

As so many of our patients know firsthand, problems with the spine can affect everything, from walking to sleeping. Not only does the spine keep us upright and moving properly, it protects the spinal cord and nervous system.

The spine is complicated, but all you need to know is this. Our Spine Team includes certified physical therapists and PT assistants with the advanced training required to treat any injury or condition affecting the neck or back. These include:

  • Herniated disks
  • Degenerative disk disease and degenerative joint disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Spine therapy rehabilitation
  • Postural syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteopenia
  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Spondylosis
  • Lumbar lordosis


  • Our Spine Team uses such specialized techniques as:

    The McKenzie Method (MDT), a very effective therapeutic approach to treating all areas of the spine. The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body's potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles or surgery. MDT allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on future medical treatment. It is designed to identify the mechanical problem and develop a plan to correct or improve the mechanics and thus decrease or eliminate the pain and functional problems.

    Advanced manual therapy, a type of hands-on care to diagnose and treat orthopedic problems, particularly of the spine.All of our spine therapists have received advanced residency training at the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (IOMT) in Woburn. We are proud to have four IOMT trained physical therapists:

  • Kristie Rowley MSPT, OMT, FAAOMPT, Fellowship-trained
  • Melissa Gagne DPT, Residency-trained
  • Deborah Towle MSPT, Cert MDT, Residency-trained
  • James Lawson DPT, Residency-trained
  • Meeks therapy, a comprehensive approach developed by well-known physical therapist, Sara Meeks, used to manage patients with osteoporosis, osteopenia and postural problems such as spinal stenosis and back pain.

    Our Spine Team

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