We help aging adults in the Lansing area reduce the need for costly and invasive surgeries, medications, or procedures. We excel in helping you get back to doing what you love quickly and completely.
We provide 1-on-1 hands-on physical therapy in Lansing, MI. We are located in the heart of the historic Old Town. We specialize in treating ongoing chronic pain and hypermobility, particularly: low back pain, mid-back pain, and hip pain. Learn more here.
I have been extremely fortunate that Chris Sovey has been my physical therapist for almost two years. I can’t imagine having a better therapist. Unlike therapists who work with more than one person at a time, Chris gives his client his full attention for the whole appointment. You get full benefit of both his extraordinary knowledge and his exceptional ability to analyze posture, movement , strength, freedom of motion, etc. He accurately captures what is going wrong and educates on how to correct it. In my case, after I broke my femur, he had me doing specific exercises to learn how to walk again, leading me precisely and carefully through subtle adjustments of my alignment to muscles and joints. He has also focused on balance and strengthening of the muscles I needed to walk properly. Whenever he introduces a new exercise, he makes a quick mini-video on my cell-phone of how I’m doing it while explaining exactly what I should do. With his methods, I never leave a session without a strong grasp on what to do next. I don’t have to worry about forgetting the details. After a while, Chris noticed my walking didn’t look like what he expected from a person who was recovering from a broken femur. He suggested I go to a neurologist, which I did. After a series of tests, I was told I had normal pressure hydrocephalus, a disease I never heard of. In this disease, there is too much spinal fluid on the brain. If Chris hadn’t warned me about this, I never would have had a shunt installed to drain excess fluid. I would have progressed to much worse shape—inability to walk, incontinence and dementia. I’m very grateful that Chris could identify this problem and help me navigate the complicated medical maze I was facing. It didn’t take me long to realize that Chris is not just interested in physical problems. In addition to being a Physical Therapist and a Registered Nurse, I’ve found that Chris is willing and able to deal with the whole person. An overall wellness expert, he is knowledgeable about various lifestyle changes which will improve your health and well-being overall. My appointments and interaction with Chris quickly became one of the highlights of my week because I was learning so much. When I first started therapy, I was feeling powerless with my limited mobility. With Chris’ guidance, I began to feel more optimistic and confident about my future. This continues to this day. Now that Chris has gone into private practice, I’m sure he will be able to do even more to address and help solve the physical and associated mental health challenges faced by his clients.
john r schwille
19:44 21 Mar 18
I have worked with Chris on and off for almost 3 years through the deterioration of 2 hips, hip surgeries and recovery. I very much appreciated his personalized approach. This isn’t cookie cutter therapy like some big PT companies. He has helped me a great deal during therapy and has also given me excellent advice on how to keep things moving in a positive direction on my own. he does a fantastic job!
19:50 01 Apr 18
Chris is an excellent physical therapist. I cannot recommend him more highly. He is very talented and helped me a lot after prior treatment elsewhere on a shoulder had been much too aggressive. Eventually, with his help, I fully recovered use of that shoulder, and the pain finally went away. Thanks Chris!
19:39 04 May 18
Chris is very knowledgeable and skilled. He teaches WHY you are doing what you need to do to recover, and clearly shows HOW. Unlike previous therapies, where I was given sheets with various exercises to do 2-3 times a day (right?), he gave me one or two exercises which helped when done with mindfulness once a day. He is the King of the Core!!! Love this guy!
16:11 30 Mar 18
Chris worked with me on my lower back pain, and over the course of 10 physical therapy appointments it went from a high of 7 on a 1-10 scale to a 0. Chris is creative in his approach to therapy but firmly grounded in science. He's patient and respectful with his clients and has a good sense of humor. If I ever need PT again, he'll be my first choice.
23:36 24 Mar 18
Chris is the most amazing physical therapist I have ever worked with. He has a combination of tremendous knowledge that is obvious in every one of our sessions. He knows so much about physical therapy, is a registered nurse and also had the capacity to address where I was emotionally and be sensitive to how that was influencing my recovery. He was a cheer leader as well as a detailed teacher throughout. He took videos of my exercises with my phone so I could accurately duplicate exercises at home. Chris was very attentive throughout our sessions. The physical setting of Healthy Consumer Physical Therapy is very pleasant, with lots of windows looking out on Old Town. I'm constantly recommending Chris and will continue to recommend him.
15:24 13 Jun 18
As a student receiving observation hours, I found that shadowing Chris at HCPT was very beneficial. As a result of spending lots of time helping Chris, his determination to teach me things about being a PT grew more and more. He has been the most impactful PT that I have shadowed and he shows that he cares about your future either as a student or patient. His practice is different from other practices that I've seen because of the variety of techniques that he uses. He does a great job at making individualized rehabilitation plans for each patient. Chris is an amazing PT with a wide skillset, he has a lot to offer anyone who is in search of rehab.
20:24 20 Aug 18
Three years of working with Chris Sovey for physical therapy and movement training have improved my strength, balance, flexibility and have improved my movement and function as well as giving me a much better understanding of these qualities. Chris's extensive knowledge of the body's functions, his motivation and gentle sense of humor as well as great compassion at difficult points have been beneficial in my improvement with a variety of movement issues including multiple back surgeries and other issues.Chris is professional, realistic and extremely supportive in guiding me toward my optimum health goals. I feel improvement in outlook and body after every session. I highly recommend his abilities and care to every motivated person seeking better function and health!
00:10 26 Sep 18
I have just finished my second course of treatment with Chris, for separate issues. I obviously returned to his care because I was very impressed with his knowledge and approach to PT. His initial intake exam is comprehensive and integrated with the primary problem. Multiple modalities were used for my hip and low back problem, in addition to exercise and stretching. The bottom line was almost complete resolution of my pain. I plan on continuing to see Chris periodically for tune up sessions. Highly recommend seeing Chris for your PT needs. Ray Hansen MD
raymond and dona hansen
20:21 15 Oct 18
Chris Sovey is an extremely thorough and knowledgeable PT. His one on one approach provides a higher level of quality individualized care. Chris truly listens to your needs and can adequately assess your unspoken ergonomic needs as well. Chris also provides you with realistic written home exercises for between treatments which aids in the healing and strengthening process. Chris’ approach is pilates based with gentle movements that will not set you off into more pain. I vote Chris #1 PT in the Greater Lansing area!
20:19 27 Oct 18
I have been seeing Chris Sovey since he opened his practice in Lansing and have found him to be an extremely knowledgeable physical therapist. He constantly assesses my progress and new problems at each visit. Through the time I've been seeing him, he has increased my understanding of my problems and how to deal with them daily. Chris has a wealth of stretches, exercises, and therapies – if one doesn’t work, he knows other techniques to try. He is energetic, enthusiastic, and motivated to help me achieve healing and maintain it. He directs me how to handle flares by scaling back exercises to decrease pain and inflammation, and then resume the exercises when my body has recovered. He has helped me progress from constant back stiffness, severe pain, and limited motion to limited stiffness, manageable pain, and improved motion. I am very grateful for having found him to help improve my quality of life through high quality physical therapy. Sandy D
23:50 15 Nov 18
Two years ago I suffered a stroke and have struggled with walking and maintaining my balance. I have been to other physical therapists since the stroke and am thankful that I began my journey with Dr. Chris Sovey 6 months ago. Chris has been an advocate during this rehabilitation process by coordinating my care with other medical professionals to ensure I am getting the help I need. Additionally, Chris is engaged with my progress outside of the PT sessions with emails and text messages filled with encouragement. Furthermore , Chris is a friendly, enjoyable, and contagiously positive person to be around... he may have a “Dr” before his name, but he cares about my health just as family members do. Even though my ultimate goal of walking without an assistive devise has not yet been met, I trust Chris and his process and look forward to where this journey will go in the next 6 months.
21:39 08 Jan 19
Working with Chris has by far been one of the best experiences I’ve had when it comes to physical therapy. I have been to multiple physical therapists over the last few years for shoulder and hip pain. And while my main focus with Chris was my shoulder he incorporated exercises into my sessions that worked to strengthen my whole body. I have seen the most benefit in my strength since I started working with Chris both physically and mentally. Chris advocated for me with physicians and helped me through the process of surgery and prepared me for a successful recovery post surgery. Chris shows genuine care for his patients and works hard to help them recover. He is very engaged and focused on creating the best outcomes for his patients. I recommend Chris to anyone who is looking for a physical therapist who not only helps them during their hour long sessions but continues to work after hours to pursue the best results for their patients.
18:53 20 Feb 19
I have made significant progress since seeing Chris. I appreciate his confidence, demeanor, and knowledge. It never seems rushed during our sessions. He carefully shows me specific exercises that allow me to continue to make improvement on my own. He is a wonderful physical therapist.
00:17 11 Mar 19
There is a reason why Chris has all 5 star reviews. He is simply amazing at what he does for a living. I've dealt with a ton of neck and back pain for years. Within 5 weeks of seeing him, he has helped me work out the pain as well as given me the proper tools to keep my back healthy. Super cool atmosphere, chill music, and even his awesome dog hanging at his studio space. Another bonus, he let my 8 year old son hang out while I get therapy done. Really an awesome guy with a professional business. I will always recommend Chris for PT.
22:27 11 Mar 19
The intake appointment was thorough and provided a lot of information. I really like that we worked as a team to resolve motion issues. I felt that the exercises assigned were making me responsible for improvement, not just something done to me 2 or 3 times a week. I was given the tools for continuous improvement and with ocassional followup, will have lasting results. I highly recommend Chris for PT.
15:07 16 Mar 19
I am so glad I found Chris Sovey at Healthy Consumer Physical Therapy (HCPT). I have worked with Chris for almost a year. My experience with HCPT has been far better than physical therapy experiences I have had previously. I have an inherited connective tissue disorder that makes my joints loose (ehlers danlos syndrome). Previous physical therapists checked the boxes on the insurance paperwork for a bad knee, a bad shoulder, etc. Chris looks at the whole picture and has helped me greatly improve my overall joint stability and pain. When problems come up in different joints, he is flexible with adapting my plan of care to meet my new needs. He is proficient in so many different techniques for gentle joint manipulation and strengthening.Chris records videos on my phone so that I can remember how to do exercises at home. He updates a spreadsheet with my exercise routine, so that I can refer to the progression of exercises. He is prompt with paperwork needed for my insurance and other doctors. If you want a thorough, professional, and considerate physical therapist I highly recommend Chris Sovey at Healthy Consumer Physical Therapy.
13:52 01 Apr 19
I have seen Chris since late February, only had four appointments. I saw him because I needed exercises to strengthen my leg muscles and improve my balance. I know that I have improved in both of these areas with the exercises that I was given to do. He demonstrated the exercises for me and had me do them in class. His printed exercise sheet was described well and I also had videos of some of the exercises. I feel my time and money were well spent and I am happy with the results. I would certainly refer others to him if the occasion arises.
17:24 13 Apr 19
Dr. Chris is amazing at diagnosing what is causing an orthopedic or skeletal issue and then designing a physical therapy treatment plan. Dr. Chris has guided me through a combination of strengthening and stretching exercises that has enabled me to return to a very active lifestyle!
18:31 16 Apr 19
When I first started seeing Chris, 98% of my time I spent worrying about my knee because I hurt so much. My orthopedic surgeon couldn't believe that I could even walk at all. Now, a year later, 98% of my time, I never even think about my knee. For the most part, I am pain free. I am so grateful for all his knowledge, time, and energy he spent rehabbing my knee. He gave me my quality of life back.
03:19 22 May 19
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