Shoulder and Elbow Pain
Denise Schwartz at Manual Touch is a marvelous diagnostician and therapist. During the past few years, I’ve sought out Denise’s care for various physical limitations. I am continually amazed by her ability to determine my discomfort’s cause as well as by the effectiveness of the exercises she recommends to ease my pain. She also knows how to best manipulate my aching joints to bring relief. I can whole-heartedly recommend Denise because she is a skilled, proficient, compassionate professional.
I would like to share an example of her expertise. I had scheduled a session with Denise because I had not been able to fully extend my right arm–the elbow could not form a 180 degree angle. After Denise completed a review of my gait and general movement, she told me that the stiffness in my arm was due to the way I was throwing my left shoulder forward while walking. That shoulder movement was my way of compensating for a problem with my left knee. Her ability to track the source of my elbow problem to my knee was incredible. With the physical manipulation she did during our sessions and by faithfully doing the exercises she taught me over the course of treatment, my elbow extension problem disappeared.
I am a pediatric physical therapist who (unsuccessfully) tried to treat my own shoulder pain for more than 1 year. By the time I started PT with Denise, my pain was significantly impacting both my personal and professional life.
After 2 visits with Denise, the pain lessened and my function improved. After 8 visits, I was nearly painfree. Denise and I continue to work together to improve my overall movement and muscle strength. My body feels better than it has in years. I have no doubt my professional life has been extended and my personal life enhanced, thanks to Denise. She is an excellent clinician!
Total Hip Replacement
I had 2 total hip replacements and a knee replaced. I found the exercises to be tremendously helpful. Denise educated me on how I need to move my body to keep it in alignment and she was most helpful and encouraging.
The variations of exercises are great working the entire body to help my problems of balance.
Chronic Back Pain
This is better than going to the doctor and taking medicine.
Shoulder and Back Pain
Originally, I had limited right shoulder rotation and pain in low back . After P.T., my shoulder rotation improved and lower back pain is gone.
I felt much better after initial visit and even more so after the second. I would not have believed I could see such an improvement in how I felt after only two sessions.
Triathlete, Hip Pain, Headache
Many thanks to Denise for PT and gait analysis that has enabled me to successfully run, and run faster than ever before!
And gratitude for Denise’s Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) which has cleared up my chronic, constant stabbing headache. Thanks to Denise, I am now medicine-free and headache-free!
On the occasion of my 69th birthday, I celebrated with a special, extended workout that included a set of 10 pull-ups and several other body-weight exercises. But the most important and most appreciated dimension of my body on that day and all others was the pain-free freedom of movement I enjoyed, the product of an exercise focus on flexibility, stretching, balance and core strength.
The great change in my workouts came when I approached Denise Schwartz at The Manual Touch in Wheeling to rehabilitate an injured shoulder a year ago.
Denise has a very rational approach to physical therapy: we didn’t focus just on my shoulder, but on my entire body. Because all things are connected, my shoulder injury was the product of how my entire body was reacting to movement and stress, not just the shoulder joint. For example, she diagnosed a lack of flexibility and range of motion in my hips and provided a series of exercises to improve that condition. She also gave me new exercises for enhancing balance and core strength.
The result of my work with Denise was a rehabilitated shoulder, and much more. The chronic stiffness and soreness I’ve had in my lower back for years has disappeared (except when I have a virus). I walk, sit, and jog more comfortably than I have in many years. The pleasure of movement has helped my mental/emotional outlook, too, making it easier for me to lose a few pounds of weight I don’t need and enjoy long walks in the forest preserve and the Botanical Gardens.
I have recommended Denise’s work to my friends without qualification. I’ve dealt with other physical therapists, good ones, but her holistic approach to body health is unique in my range of experience and vastly superior in the long run. I got a good-as-new shoulder out of the deal, but I also got a life-changing improvement in my total body.
I had constant neck pain from a car accident 2 years ago. I went through PT somewhere else without any good results. I then was recommended to come to The Manual Touch PT.
At my first appointment I could tell that Denise was able to get right to the point of my problems. After numerous therapy sessions I felt such a relief of my constant pain. It is better now, I can sleep better and use less pain medication. My goal is to avoid surgery and I feel hopeful that will be possible.
I came in to see Denise due to a cervical disc herniation. I have been told by Illinois Bone & Joint that they refer patients to Denise often as she is able to help when other physical therapy programs fail. That was definitely the case in my situation.
I had 6 weeks of PT at another location but still was unable to turn my head fully or work at a desk without terrible pain. After seeing Denise and following her exercise program, I was almost back to normal within a few short months. I was so pleased that my son now sees her for his lower back post-op therapy.
I am so grateful for Denise’s expertise and would highly recommend The Manual Touch for physical therapy.
Neck Pain, Back Pain
I came to Denise with pain in my neck and upper back from a fall earlier this year. In addition, I also have chronic low back pain. Denise evaluated me and went right to work giving me exercises and hands on therapy to help me.
Today is my eighth session and I am happy to report that my back pain has been relieved and my neck pain is slight and so much better.
IT Band Pain
Michael is a 75 year old man seen for long standing IT band pain particularly while sleeping and climbing stairs.
“Coming in I was in pain during the day. With Denise’s help, I have less pain and more mobility. Denise is terrific and very caring.”
Before PT: I had difficulty in walking due primarily to knee pain and was dependent on a cane and/or walker and had no confidence with either aid.
After PT: With the expertise of Denise as my physical therapist, I was guided and taught a series of exercises to increase my mobility of the lower extremities. She was able to accurately determine the course of treatment.
Denise instilled in me the importance of a continuing daily routine of exercises to decrease stiffness and increase my ability to walk.
And most importantly, Denise has given me the encouragement and confidence to do the exercises which have improved my walking. She also answers any questions so I understand why I am moving a certain way and what she is trying to accomplish.
As my fibro symptoms flare, my reliance on IMT and other forms of manual therapy Denise uses is crucial for me. I spend time discussing with Denise what is happening, and no matter how weird it may sound to me, she can usually help me and/or explain to me other types of therapy I should look into to help. I know my brain fog is gaining in severity, but it is very apparent to me that it would be much worse if I didn’t receive such good care from Denise at The Manual Touch.
Back Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Judy has been living with Rheumatoid arthritis for the past 30+ years and typically uses a wheelchair around her house and a cane or walker outside.
“I seem to be in less pain, can stand longer. I also am walking somewhat straighter and further.”
Low Back Pain, Knee Pain
I walked in to PT with severe back and knee pain, I couldn’t even tie my own shoe. After 45 minutes of Denise’s treatment, I could tie my own shoe with mild discomfort.
Low Back Pain
In the four months I’ve been going to PT at The Manual Touch my life has changed for the better. I was in a lot of pain in my back and right leg – Denise gave me a regiment of exercises to do. In doing my exercises I have reduced my pain level from 9+ to a 2/3 — I truly believe a miracle happened here. I believe the name should be changed to The Magic Touch.
Knee Pain, Triathlete
I was introduced to Denise in 2013 through the TogetherWeTri triathlon training group. Needless to say we had an instant respect for each other, being that we share a similar purpose and passion in life- helping others heal. Through my own series of treatments with her I became very aware that the depth of her skills was not simply rooted in the study of the physical body and therapeutic exercises, but that she offered a deeper, more comprehensive opportunity to heal.
As a clinical massage therapist, I am so happy to have Denise as a PT to refer my own clients to and am deeply grateful I can trust that they are always in good hands. Referring my clients to Denise has proven itself to be an invaluable addition to their recovery time and scope of understanding their problems.
I have integrated alternative ways of healing into my own practice for over 12 years and I can honestly say that Denise has made one of the most significant impressions upon me as a healer and not just as a PT. So, why is this so important one may ask? Well, anyone can read a text book and go through a methodical routine of what to do, but this can get you only so far. It takes INTUITION and EXPERIENCE to truly know how to use all the vast material and be able to integrate this education into a very unique healing plan for each and every body that comes through the door.
For me, I have benefited immensely from Denise’s integrative approach combining healing touch modalities and physical therapy. Her care, insight and therapeutic exercises have helped in the recovery of many stresses and pains in my life, including but not limited to helping a knee injury heal so I could continue to run and cycle, abating symptoms of IBS when I was in pain, strengthening optimal function of weakened organs and glands, reducing emotional stressors, and overall detoxing.
Most importantly though, her treatments have helped me de-stress in many personal ways that truly create balance in the spectrum of mind, body and spirit. I immediately responded to Denise’s therapies because she’s not only great at what she does but because she sincerely cares. I don’t hesitate to say that I will forever be changed in a positive way because of the work that we have done together. It is a blessing to know another healer who invests such a strong interest and heart into their profession.
Low Back Pain
In 6 visits Denise has taught and evaluated me properly on issues of walking, sitting, bending, reaching and shoulder placement in order to prevent further spinal damage, unlike the previous PT I went to. She also gave me appropriate exercises which factored in my spinal issues.
I started to have less chronic pain doing normal activities throughout my day. Her attention to my individual spine and daily needs has changed the way I stand, walk, etc.
I have begun an aerobic exercise program which I have been doing for about a week. I had not been able to do this before seeing Denise. In addition, Denise is a very bright therapist, wonderful teacher and very kind. I will highly recommend her to anyone who needs PT.
Triathlete, Hip Pain
I’ve been to several other PT’s but have never had as effective and long-lasting results as I experienced through Denise.
While training for a 70.3 Ironman this year, I developed some debilitating hip and leg pains that made me question whether I would be able to race. Denise quickly identified the problems and treated me over several sessions, which included going over exercises until I really understood what to do. Her patient, intuitive and knowledgeable style made a huge difference in my training. I’m sure I would not have finished the race if it were not for her effective treatments. I would recommend her to any athlete that is concerned about injuries or correcting their form while engaged in physical activity.
Denise is the best! 4 weeks before my first marathon she suggested a couple minor tweaks to my form and it immediately improved my comfort and speed. My next run was a 5 miler, and I felt so good that I ran it almost a minute / mile faster. Best run all year. My dreaded 20 miler training run was yesterday, and I ran 15-30 seconds/mile faster, and stayed consistent the whole 20 miles. It gives me quite the confidence boost leading into the marathon. Thanks Denise!
Awesome!!! Healing work!!!
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
I can honestly say that Denise was the first physical therapist to listen to my story. She has demonstrated more patience and compassion than any other therapist that I’ve ever met.
For the past 8 years, I have been symptomatic with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a rare genetic condition which affects the connective tissue throughout my body. As a result of this disorder I deal with ongoing severe acute and chronic pain and a variety of other rare overlapping conditions such as thoracic outlet syndrome, mast cell activation syndrome, and dysautonomia. I have struggled for years in finding the right professionals to help with the extensive symptoms I deal with on a daily basis.
Previous rounds of PT left me with multiple injuries and little progress. So when a colleague of mine told me about IMT, I quickly looked into IMT and found Denise Schwartz at The Manual Touch. This past year I have made progress in physical therapy for the first time since being symptomatic with EDS, and I know that in the positive and uplifting environment in which Denise provides I can continue to make gains.
I feel very fortunate to have Denise in my life as a physical therapist who listens to me, is patient, compassionate, and who continuously strives to provide the best care possible for my condition.
Excellent, professional assessment and treatment for an older woman who’s had lots of failed therapy.
Kind and compassionate and caring! Thanks.
I have been receiving PT therapy for pain and autoimmune disorders for over 18 months at The Manual Touch. This also affects my kidneys and my lungs and other organs as I swell with fluid that my lymph system doesn’t seem to handle well. I depend on the regular IMT tissue therapy I receive from Denise to help me function as normally as possible. This therapy seems to work synergistically with the acupuncture and medication I also receive. There are no cures for these disorders and as new symptoms arise and old symptoms worsen, I’m glad I can count on getting some relief from regular IMT therapy
Just a note to thank you for the time you spent with me Saturday in evaluating my running technique and body alignment. Your suggestions are already making sense and having an early impact. After our meeting, I went out for a 5K run and found your suggestions “to shorten my stride” and “being conscious of not overlapping my steps” to be helpful.
The physical therapy I received at The Manual Touch PT helped reduce my sciatica pain to a manageable level in just a few sessions. The exercises I was given strengthened and trained my muscles to prevent further back problems allowing me to return to playing basketball.
Plugged Tear Duct
Last winter our daughter Maddie had had several eye and ear infections, and all required topical and oral antibiotics. These were instigated by a plugged tear duct. A pediatric ophthalmologist said there was little chance the duct would open up on its own since she was well over a year old, and there was no harm in waiting a little longer before SURGERY.
My husband and I did not want our little girl’s eye probed, and we definitely did not want her to have a general anesthetic, so we brought to see Denise Schwartz at The Manual Touch PT. Denise, had been treating our son Ben for almost a year for Autism Spectrum using an IMT approach. She suggested using a non-invasive IMT approach to treat Maddie also.
As Maddie could only handle an hour of treatment at a time, it took multiple sessions to work through the eye issues surrounding the plugged tear duct until Denise said it had resolved,. Sure enough, it went away and has not come back.
Maddie is so incredibly happy now. She laughs and sings much more, cries much less, and loves to be hugged more now.
The other point I would like to make is that the duct would not have opened on its own. This is my evidence that IMT was the only factor in the positive changes that occurred.
As a young elite athlete I was involved in numerous accidents resulting in scar tissue causing loss of flexibility and restrictions as an adult. After each treatment I feel so much less restriction and experience greater range of motion.
The best physical therapist I’ve ever experienced is Denise Schwartz in Wheeling at the Manual Touch. I have seen Denise twice for over 6 months to treat 2 bouts of frozen shoulder that occurred 8 years apart. In addition to my shoulder, she has also helped with my back, exercise regimen, and overall health. She is a holistic practitioner expert in PT techniques and knows how to teach her clients how to fit her techniques easily into their lives. She relates with her clients about as well as anyone I have ever seen, especially in the health care community. She also has full insurance billing support. Absolutely nothing is missing in her full range of professional PT care. In my judgement, you can’t go wrong with her!
I was in Florida for vacation and developed an upper respiratory infection. I had annoying coughing and congestion in my chest. This went on for several days, and it was not getting better. It felt like I had a mucous plug stuck in my chest that would not break up. One night I remembered the self-treatment that Denise taught me at The Manual Touch where I had received PT, putting one hand over the afflicted area, and one hand near my abdomen where mucous could drain out. After about 5-10 minutes, I felt the “plug” lift away, and it was completely gone—no more respiratory distress.
I saw Denise at The Manual Touch recently for sciatic pain, that only the day before I saw Denise kept me from walking; I could only hobble for short distances before I would sit down and collapse. After some tissue work and gentle exercise with Denise, she put Kinesiotape around the affected area. I immediately noticed stability and pain improvement and could walk so much better that I was able to complete shopping trips to 4 stores I had been planning but did not think I could do. To me, the tape felt like a gentle finger tip massage until I was used to the sensation and no longer consciously noticed it.
I’ve only had to ice a few times since then & the tape continued to help me for days afterwards. I really appreciated getting my mobility back. I mentioned this taping to my sister who frequently suffers from sciatic pain. She has also received this taping but told me she doesn’t always get relief because she has found that not all PTs know how to use the tape appropriately. I feel fortunate that Denise is really skilled and that I found significant relief immediately. She can really help people suffering from sciatic pain.