Integrative Physical Therapy
BODY MIND HEALING
We are a physical therapy clinic servicing Chicago and the area through one-on-one telehealth and in-person sessions. Dr. Tolga and Dr. Megan specialize in orthopedic conditions and pelvic health. Contact us, or check out our resources below for more information!
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THE FOUR ASPECTS
Bridgewrights method works through a unique blend of identifying and resolving issues in 4 areas:
mechanical restrictions that prevent natural movement
neuromuscular issues that prevent efficient turning on of muscles
dysfunctions relating to active movement planning and coordination
mental and emotional aspects that contribute to injury and delay healing
HOW WE CAN HELP
The first step is examining how you move and determining issues that cause pain or less optimal function. Most often these will be due to mechanical restrictions such as a muscle or fascia that is not allowing movement or joint that is too stiff or a nerve that doesn’t glide properly.
After the mechanical restrictions are resolved through mobilization techniques and the area is able to move passively, you will learn how to actively make your system move in a new and correct way so that you can move easily and freely.
Throughout your treatments you will learn cognitive skills to prevent further injuries.
WHY IS IT DIFFERENT?
Physical injuries involve mechanical dysfunction of one kind or another, however they often bring along emotional difficulties in the form of worries or stress, that also need to be addressed effectively. This aspect comes along with an over-activated sympathetic nervous system which leads to delayed recovery time and unnecessary daily stress.
The Bridgewrights method is unique in how it addresses both the body and mind aspects and combines physical therapy with elements of chiropractic care + massage therapy + psychotherapy to address both physical and emotional/cognitive aspects of injury and dysfunction.
Acute and Chronic Pain and injuries of the Low Back, Neck and Shoulder, Hip and Knee areas alongside many others are some of the most common treated issues at our clinic with success.
Whether you are an athlete aiming to improve the performance of your sports activity or an amateur looking to learn ways to safely continue your hobby without injuries, Bridgewrights has the tools to help you reach your goal.
Psychological Tools for Enhanced Recovery
Among the most common psychological components of injuries are worries, low concentration, depression, intolerance and disrupted sleep cycles. With chronic pain, often the body-mind duo has developed a pattern that feeds the mental components into the physical ones and vice versa, leading to a cycle that is difficult to break without the necessary tools of awareness.
Pelvic Floor Therapy
Pelvic floor physical therapy is used to treat incontinence, difficulty with urination or bowel movements, constipation, chronic pelvic pain, and painful intercourse. Women may see a pelvic floor specialist for treatment of vaginismus, endometriosis. Men may be treated for post-prostatectomy issues, painful ejaculation, premature ejaculation and urinary tract issues.
If you can't make it into the office for therapy, Bridgewrights also offers telehealth services. Through a secure video call we can guide you through self manual therapy (where we teach you to mobilize your own muscles), nervous system regulation techniques, stretching and strengthening exercises, and movement analysis in your own home.
Dr Tolga Yenilmez, PT, DPT
Dr. Tolga Yenilmez received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University after graduating from Istanbul University's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1996. He is licensed in IL, NY, WI, OR, United Kingdom and Turkey and has over 20 years of experience working in a broad range of settings and internationally with orthopedic and neurological injuries.
His passion about the psychology of injury led him to seek additional training and he received a certificate in psychotherapy from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco with an emphasis on transpersonal psychology. In addition to standard physical therapy procedures, Tolga is trained in Functional Manual Therapy™ courses through Institute of Physical Art and his treatments involve a hands-on approach to uncover the root cause of symptoms, restore optimum function and resolve pain patterns. He practices a Functional Medicine based holistic approach to disease with an emphasis on mind-body-spirit connections and currently splits his time between Chicago and the West Coast.
“Recovering from injury starts with an awareness of movement patterns that lead to the injury and the mind set that accompanies it. I treat mechanical restrictions of soft tissue and joints via manual therapies, while helping reprogram the nervous system around the injury. I teach the body-mind to actively produce more efficient movement patterns to prevent further injuries as well as resolve current dysfunctions“.
Dr. Tolga is also a practitioner and facilitator of Tensegrity™, a modernized version of movements and meditations passed on through seers of ancient Mexico to promote awareness and well being, and facilitates classes in Midwest and West Coast. He is also the coauthor of the book "TORA: Opening the Secrets of Tarot" which teaches methods of meaning making through visual information.
Dr Megan Robertson, PT, DPT
Dr. Megan Robertson received her doctorate in physical therapy from Chicago’s Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She has been exploring movement since before college years through her yoga practice and competitive swimming.
While studying biology at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, she completed yoga teacher training and began to teach classes. Her interest in the science of movement and the human body only increased over time, and she returned to school to gain deeper knowledge and skills to treat movement dysfunctions and orthopedic injuries. During physical therapy school she began to specialize in pelvic health physical therapy by taking post-graduate classes and participating in an intensive pelvic floor mentorship program. She treats male and female pelvic floor issues alongside orthopedic and neurological injuries.
Since earning her doctorate in physical therapy, she has worked at Bridgewrights Integrative Physical Therapy in Chicago. Megan also continues to passionately learn about movement and the human body. She also loves to read, swim, knit, cycle, and play with her senior cat.