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ReForm Physical Therapy teaching people how to heal

Shhhhhhh! Hudson's newest physical therapist wants to take the silence out of pelvic floor problems for both men and women. While most think of this as strictly a problem for women, men can suffer from it as well.

Jeanna Viramontes realized early in her training and career that she wanted to specialize in this area because physical therapy offered conservative options for treating these conditions without surgery. Medical doctors are more often prescribing physical therapy as an alternative to surgery or drugs.

She treats musculoskeletal impairments that can cause or contribute to chronic pain, bladder and bowel conditions, painful intercourse, facial and jaw pain.

"When I was in high school I knew I wanted to do something in health care," said Viramontes, who went on to become a physical therapist, earning her bachelor's degree at the College of St. Benedict. She graduated from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in 2002 with a master's and has served the St. Croix River Valley community for nearly five years. She has had extensive continuing education and training in pelvic floor rehabilitation as well as in postural restoration, an approach she uses for most of her patients.

In December 2007, she achieved "postural restoration certification" through the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Neb.

"Postural restoration is more of a holistic approach than standard rehab," said Viramontes. "It is a technique that integrates breathing and helps restore rotation. Our bodies need to be able to rotate."

Viramontes is the only PRI certified physical therapist in Wisconsin. She integrates her PRI training with her education in pelvic floor rehab through the American Physical Therapy Association to create a personalized program for every patient.

"It is the combination of the pelvic floor rehabilitation and the postural restoration that makes what I do special," said Viramontes.

Viramontes, a native of the Twin Cities metro area, has been a resident of Hudson for six years. She is an avid downhill skier, potter and biker who will be riding in the MS150 this spring.

"My small business is designed to provide a personal, highly professional experience through every step of the therapy process," said Viramontes. "Patients work directly with me from appointment scheduling to initial evaluation, creation of an individualized program and eventual discharge. I continually re-assess and modify their treatment plan to fit their unique needs and goals."

ReForm Physical Therapy is located in the Locust Street Business Center in downtown Hudson, Suite 2, Room 100. Viramontes offers a variety of appointment times to accommodate her patients, including evenings and Saturdays. An open house wine and cheese social is from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21.

For more information, call (715) 441-9800 or visit www.