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BodySense PT in Boonsboro: Helping you achieve a better quality of life

BodySense PT in Boonsboro
Helping you achieve a better quality of life
by Jennifer LB Leese
Staff Writer

BodySense PT in Boonsboro care about their patients and want to celebrate them during National Physical Therapy Month this October.
Shannon Murphy, owner of BodySense PT, invites the community to an Open House Happy Hour on Friday, October 21 from 3:30 to 6:30PM. There will be light refreshments as well as prizes. Staff will be available to answer any of your questions. Come learn about physical therapists and what they can do for you.
Do you know what a physical therapist does? Many have no clue.
"We are problem-solvers," says Murphy. PT is a broad field in which highly-trained therapists work in a number of specialties, ranging from neonatal-care to spinal cord injury, prosthetic training to performing arts.
According to American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) physical therapists are experts in restoring and improving the motion that is crucial to your well being. These individuals help you improve mobility, manage various health conditions, and achieve a better quality of life. In Maryland, individuals have been able to make appointments with a physical therapist directly, without a physician's referral, since 1979. Surprised? Many people are, however, don't misinterpret - seeing a physical therapist doesn't mean you skip seeing your personal doctor. BodySense works with physicians to make sure that their clients receive the medical workup they need. "It's not an either/or situation," she explained, "just an issue of timing. Seeing a physical therapist shouldn't be the 4th or 5th step."
Many have no clue as to where or how to begin. Murphy wants to help you understand. Visit her, meet the staff, and see the renovations she's incorporated - come find what a physical therapist does.
At BodySense PT, therapists treat a wide range of orthopedic and neurological conditions--including arthritis, back and neck pain, joint problems, surgical conditions, overuse injuries and those suffering from vertigo, strokes, sprains, and fractures. Patients range the gamut, including high school athletes, construction workers, paramedics, office staff, veterans and grandparents. "I love them all!" said Jason McEroy, licensed therapist at BodySense. "Between the different personalities and injuries I see, it's never boring.
"People have good experiences here because they feel valued. We don't minimize their problems or rush off to the next client. Focused care works."
McElroy joined BodySense PT fulltime in July. He completed his Masters at University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1999 and will complete doctoral training in physical
therapy (DPT) with University of Montana next year. Tina Brown also has joined the team a part-time administrative assistant. Jennifer Bradshaw continues to head up the office as fulltime reception and billing. Other changes include a remodeled clinic space complete with new equipment and treatment tables. Last year, Murphy also completed a lengthy course and certification in myofascial trigger-point dry needling in order to integrate the technique into her practice.
"Myofascial trigger-point dry needling (otherwise known simply as "dry needling") is a technique by which painful muscle knots are released by inserting a very small, sterile needle into the dysfunctional tissue. The procedure is called "dry" needling because the needles are solid, meaning they cannot inject or withdraw fluids like a hollow syringe needle."
As for its therapeutic purpose Murphy explains that, "muscle tissue can be responsible for very persistent problems such as headaches or radiating pain." While the physiology is "complex", she says, "dry needling can interrupt the pain cycle in a dramatic way. And at the end of the day, that's what you want -- a reset button so you can start to retrain normal tissue behavior."
Maryland is one of several states, and many nations, in which physical therapists can perform dry needling within their scope of practice. The technique is different from acupuncture, which is based on eastern-medicine philosophies of energy flow. Dry needling, in contrast, is based on western-medicine concepts of anatomy and physiology. "I am very clear in making sure that patients understand the difference," Murphy says. "The intent and techniques itself are very different from traditional acupuncture.
"That said, I have a strong respect for alternative medicine; we have a number of patients who pursue acupuncture in conjunction with PT and do well with the multi-disciplinary approach."
BodySense PT was established in 2008 and are located at 9 Saint Paul Street, 3rd floor in Boonsboro-- beside the firehouse and directly above South Mountain Family Practice and the office of Tracey Elizalde, CRNP. Ample parking and elevator access are available.
Appointments are typically 1-hour in length and morning and evening hours are available. Current appointment schedule is: Mon/Wed 7AM-3:30PM, Tue/Thu 11:30AM-6PM and Fri 7-11AM. Phones are typically attended from 7:30AM-3:30PM (M/W/F) and 9:30AM-6:30PM (T/TH).
Call 301-432-8585 or send an email to You can also visit them online at where you can sign up for their monthly newsletter or find them on Facebook(R).
Be sure to look for Murphy's column "The Therapist Is In..." in the Picket News the third week of every month.
If you feel that incorporating treatment from a physical therapist may be in your best interest, then consult your doctor to start the discussion. Murphy will also discuss the matter with you. Call her at 301-432-8585 or send an email to Be sure to mention that you read this article in the Picket News.

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