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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
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!
Janet Olszewski
Janet Olszewski
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!
Amy McCormick
Amy McCormick
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!
Gayle Y
Gayle Y
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.
Loretta C
Loretta C
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.
Libby Keenan
Libby Keenan
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.
Tyler Graft
Tyler Graft
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!
Linda Lowe
Linda Lowe
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
raymond and dona hansen
20:21 15 Oct 18

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