Physical Therapy in Naples
Four Pillar Approach
We advocate for a well rounded approach to your physical well-being. We use what Dr. Chris calls the four pillars of wellness. Our time together is limited, so we won’t spend time on endurance. However, we educate on how to be more specific with cardio and will give you a program that is designed for you.
The majority of our time will be on mobility; this is where the hands on approach comes to play. We will also correct faulty movement patterns and teach you techniques for core activation that are so crucial to everything we do.
What to Expect
We are a one-on-one manual therapy based practitioners and will be spending much of our time together with hands on techniques to improve range of motion, flexibility, and reduce pain, depending on your needs. We will give you highly specialized exercises to meet your specific ailment.
What we do not do is waste time on passive modalities such as hot packs/cold packs, ultrasound, or other modalities that can be applied on your own. We see our role as educators. Once you have learned the correct movement patterns and no longer need our hands on treatment, we will set you free to continue on your own.
Full Systems Approach
We believe in treating the whole person, not just a specific joint. The body is a kinetic chain and usually where there is a symptom, there is the root cause of the symptom above or below that location in the chain.
Our approach is to treat dysfunction rather than pain. It just so happens that where a dysfunction is allowed to persist, pain tends to follow. Eliminate the dysfunction and the pain is eradicated.
Dr. Chris Ellis PT, DPT, m|wodS
Dr. Ellis obtained a degree in Psychology from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and was a captain on the University lacrosse team. Dr. Ellis then became a personal trainer and a Pilates trainer. After years of strengthening and conditioning his patients, he decided to complete his Doctorate in Physical therapy at Florida Gulf Coast University and developed a passion for manual therapy.
Dr. Ellis is a hands-on therapist who thrives at educating his patients. He has worked with military personnel and professional athletes, and strives to help his patients reach higher levels of performance. Being through physical trauma, Dr. Ellis understands what it takes to rehabilitate not only physically, but mentally. His relaxed and warm personality create a positive environment to achieve your goals.
Education and Experience
• Florida Gulf Coast University: Doctorate in Physical Therapy
• Florida Institute of Neurologic Rehabilitation: stroke and traumatic brain injury
• In Motion Physical Therapy: Athletics/sports population
• Advanced Physical Therapy: General orthopedic population
• Physiotherapy Associates: Clinic Director
• Synergy Health: Physical Therapy Director
• University of Massachusetts at Amherst: BA Psychology
• Manual therapy
• Mobility Expert
• Vestibular Rehabilitation
• Canalith Repositioning (for vertigo)
• Pilates Mat Certified
• Sports Physical Therapy
• Cardiac Rehabilitation
• Pulmonary Rehabilitation
On a Personal Note
Dr. Ellis took the hard road to find physical therapy. In 2002, he fell down an elevator shaft while working as a carpenter, fracturing his pelvis, a lumbar vertebrae, and his wrist. He began physical rehabilitation and several months later, found himself to be pain free and never required surgery or any casting. Dr. Ellis maintains an active lifestyle and continues to play ice hockey and practices Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.