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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

Optimal Movement is conveniently located inside of Lift-STL in Brentwood, MO, just outside of downtown St. Louis.  By practicing inside of a state-of-the-art gym, we are able to utilize cutting edge equipment while providing a since of community as we navigate through your rehab journey.


What type of clients do you work with?

We work with anyone looking to get back to or maintain their already active lifestyle.  Helping people move optimally is our mission.  While we consider ourselves specialists in the overhead athlete rehab and ACL return-to-play, we take pride in our ability to return people back to their active lifestyles, regardless of their goals.


Do I need a Script?

It depends…  In the state of Missouri, we are able to perform movement screens, develop training programs, and provide you with educational resources without a physical therapy script.  If you wish to receive manual therapy, such as joint mobilizations, soft tissue massage, or dry needling, however, you will need to obtain a script.  Physical therapy scripts can come from your primary care physician, nurse practitioner, specialist (ortho, PM&R), urgent care MD, chiropractor, or dentist.  Telemedicine is also a great option for conveniently obtaining a physical therapy script.


What will my first visit look like?

The goal of the first session to is to get to know you and make sure you feel comfortable in our setting.  We will start by obtaining a medical history and discussing any goals you may have.  Next, we will perform a movement screen and prescribe corrective exercises that are most appropriate for you.  We will be sure to leave plenty of time at the end to answer any questions you may have!


What should I wear?

We recommend that you wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to exercise in.  We also recommend clothing that allows us to see the area of the body we will be treating.  For example, please wear shorts for knee evaluations and clothing that exposes the shoulder blades for shoulder evaluations.


What is private pay?

We are a private pay practice.  This means that we are not contracted with any insurance companies.  Instead, we accept payment directly from you at the time of your appointment.  With private pay physical therapy, you will not have to worry about visit limits, authorization, or unexpected charges.  You will receive transparency and exceptional 1-on-1 care from a licensed physical therapist during each session, resulting in fewer visits and quicker results.


Do you accept Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)?

Yes!  You can pay for your session with an HSA or FSA.  Applying for out-of-network reimbursement may also be an option for you.  In these cases, it is possible that your insurance provider may reimburse you for a percentage of the treatment cost.

Additional questions?  Click the link below to speak to one of our licensed physical therapists:


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