"When I first met Carolyn I was struggling with a lower back injury. I was devastated that I might not be able to be as active as I wanted to be. Carolyn first gave me hope. She assessed my situation and helped me work through my injury, strengthen weak muscles and helped me develop my own awareness to heal my back. I also consulted with her on diet and healthy nutrition. Based on many of her recommendations and constant support I have lost 25 pounds, maintain and enjoy a healthy lifestyle and I now know how to listen to my body. I am so lucky to have her helping me stay strong and healthy."
"Carolyn came to my home immediately following a debilitating injury I sustained to my back. During our first visit she did a thorough examination to help determine the cause and extent of my injury. After making a diagnosis she worked with me to realign my back which too a few weeks of weekly to bi-weekly visits as well as stretches and exercises I did on my own to resolve my issue. I so appreciate the time Carolyn took to help me understand the way my lifestyle and activities were affecting my back and the tools she gave me to help prevent future injury." - Ceira D
"After having hip surgery in January of 2014 to remove bones spurs, a bone cyst and a severe calcium build up, I thought the pain would be over. Yes, the pain from the hip was over but I found I was still struggling with lower back pain. That is when I met with Carolyn Dolan.
I didn't want medication nor was I looking for a quick fix. I wanted to figure out how I could strengthen my back and at least find a place where I could manage whatever back pain I might have. Carolyn gave me exactly that and more.
We met weekly for about 6 months. We tested different exercises and back stretches. But it was the daily exercises that Carolyn prescribed for me that allowed me to control my back pain. Simply by starting my day with these basic exercises, I was experiencing a tremendous difference in my pain. She also gave me other tools including lifestyle nutritional recommendations to improve my recovery. She empowered me to care for myself. Through my exercises, Carolyn showed me how to recognize my bodies response to certain activities and movements. I was able to make adjustments myself, not relying on her to "fix" me. By making these changes I have been able to return to the active lifestyle I had enjoyed before my hip injury. Today I am cycling, hiking and doing yoga without pain. Thank you so much Carolyn for giving me the tools to heal MYSELF!!"
“Knowledge empowers you to shape the situation. Ignorance empowers the situation to shape you.”
- Ibhubesi The Great
The more you understand a problem, the better you are able to handle it. Pain is a great teacher because it is scary. When we understand why the pain is there, then we can work on ways to reduce the pain and allow it to heal. If we ignore it, then it will continue to limit you.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
Where physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle meet, because how you live your life determines whether or not you soar. Inspiring action with information so you can reduce pain, optimize healing and improve function naturally during recovery from injury, surgery or painful condition. This is a website for the open-minded; obstinate need not apply.