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Physical Therapy

Restorative Health

Primary Care, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Physician located in Tenleytown, Washington DC

After an injury, physical therapy is critical for a full recovery. At Restorative Health in Washington, DC, Ali Safayan, MD, is an experienced physician with a focus on whole-body medicine. Dr. Safayan’s goal is to restore function to your injured bones, muscles, joints, and soft tissues without relying on medication or invasive surgery. To find out how you can benefit from physical therapy, offered by Scott Juzwak PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT, call Restorative Health for a referral or schedule an appointment directly with Scott Juzwak by calling 267-408-7367. online today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

When you experience an injury, your body’s muscles, joints, and soft tissues struggle to function as they should. Even after you’ve fully healed, this damage can lead to chronic pain and discomfort, which limits your ability to move and function properly.

Physical therapy is a noninvasive treatment that focuses on restoring your strength, range of motion, and flexibility after suffering an injury or degenerative condition. It’s not a one-size-fits-all type of therapy. 

Physical therapy may involve various exercises, stretches, massages, dry needlings, and more, depending on the severity of your injury or condition.

What can physical therapy treat?

Restorative Health is a dynamic practice that specializes in the treatment of sports injuries and musculoskeletal degenerative conditions, particularly those from playing unilateral sports such as tennis, baseball, and golf.

As a holistic physician, Dr. Safayan aims to restore your muscle strength, function, and flexibility without surgery or medication. Physical therapy may be right for you if you have:

  • Postsurgical pain
  • Neck or back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated disc
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Stress fracture
  • Elbow tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff injury

Physical therapy is a helpful treatment for a variety of conditions. If you’re experiencing chronic pain, loss of mobility, or poor muscle function, Restorative Health offers several physical therapy treatments to help you regain the full function of your body.

What are the different types of physical therapy?

Inflammation plays a crucial role in the way your muscles, tissues, and joints heal after an injury or degenerative condition. At Restorative Health, Dr. Safayan’s primary goal is to reduce inflammation in your body, so you can reach your maximum potential.

Some of the types of physical therapy treatments that Restorative Health offers are: 

Functional manual therapy® (FMT)

Functional manual therapy is a hands-on technique designed to relieve pain, improve circulation, and reduce your risk of reinjury. As an individualized treatment, FMT typically involves a series of movement patterns, including running, walking, rolling, crawling, lifting, and breathing. Functional manual therapy (FMT) provided by Scott Juzwak, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT, and Dr. Safayan can provide you a referral.

Structural integration (SI)

Structural integration, known as (Rolfing®), is a 10-session protocol of deep manual therapy, awareness exercises, movement re-education, designed to restore the body to its natural state of alignment and balance. Structural integration (SI) is offered by myofascial therapist Olivier Pelletier, LMT. You can reach Olivier Pelletier directly by calling 301-379-1613 or, and Dr. Safayan can provide you a referral.

Intramuscular therapy

Intramuscular therapy, or dry needling, involves inserting acupuncture needles through the skin stimulating the underlying myofascial trigger points as well as dysfunctional muscles and connective tissues. This can improve blood flow, reduce pain and improve function.


Prolotherapy is a non-surgical injection of dextrose (sugar water) or Or platelet-rich plasma parentheses (PRP) into damaged tissues around joints, such as cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Prolotherapy stimulates one’s natural healing inflammatory response which can repair damaged tissue, relieve pain and help regain range of motion, strength, and mobility.

To learn more about the benefits of physical therapy, call Restorative Health or schedule an appointment online today.