Experience the difference of a board-certified, fellowship-trained, specialist in orthopedic manual therapy at Wilmington’s newest physical therapy practice. We specialize in treating amateur to elite-level athletes and dancers, chronic pain sufferers, and all orthopedic conditions including TMJ, foot and ankle issues, and all spinal conditions.
We offer advanced-practice orthopedic manual therapy, biomechanical analysis, trigger-point dry needling, functional fascial taping, medical exercise therapy, as well as video and 3-D sports performance analysis and training.
PT, DSc, OCS, ATC
I would like to thank Elizabeth Henry for her role in my rehabilitation following a traumatic aggravation of an old knee problem. As a high school and collegiate soccer player, a hunter, golfer and skier, I know what rehabilitation requires. As a physician I also know how difficult it is to educate the patient who requires rehab. Her approach to my case is a textbook example. After her initial evaluation, she determined that I needed to reorient my lower body alignment first; then proceeded to show me how to accomplish that. Next she started me on a series of individual muscle and muscle group exercises to improve range of motion. From there we proceeded to muscle strengthening and eventually to endurance training. As a fellow of the Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, she has the background and inclination to assist athletes in the continuation of their careers. As of now, I have significantly improved my range of motion and lack only a few degrees to match my bad leg to my good one.
- Raymond J. Squires, MD
As a Divison I athlete it is imperative that I train my body to reach peak performance. While training and competing in a college-level contact sport, it is not uncommon to suffer injuries requiring physical therapy for rapid healing. I have had ankle surgery and compromised both my shoulder and hamstring. Ms. Henry not only has years of training and experience with professional and top-performing athletes, she has magic hands! She knows just where to push, pull and turn to get your body back into shape quickly, and in my case, get me back on the field. I have benefitted from her advice and she clearly understands my goals. Ms. Henry is just the best!
- Will Davy, student athlete at The University of Pennsylvania
I came to Liz Henry with a frozen shoulder after my condition deteriorated over 4 years. My range of motion had become so limited that I couldn't lift my arm overhead without pain. Using soft tissue work and manipulation, in forthwith creative and inventive ways, I responded and healed quickly. Liz has an uncanny ability to assess a problem and customize intervention to solve the unique problem…no cookie cutter approaches here! After treatment, I was completely cured with no lasting pain, and have free range of motion. Not only is Liz a competent technician, but she is a pleasure to work with. She is accessible, sympathetic and respectful.
- Suzanne O'Neil
I came to Liz after having surgery on 4 toes, and completing physical therapy elsewhere for 3 months. I come from a ballet background. Before Liz began therapy I was considering having screws removed from surgery. But, because of Liz's knowledge, and many years of working with dancers’ feet and bodies, she knew how to help. She performed many treatments of adjustments, exercises, and I particularly found the trigger point needling to be very helpful for the pain and swelling. I am very happy with results that have let me get back to regular shoes, walking, teaching fitness, and continuing with Pilates certification.
The LifeForce physical therapists approach therapy from the entire body aspect, not just the area being treated. My feet were impacting my lower back and legs and all needed to be treated at the same time to get optimum effects. Most therapists work on a specific area and that's it. I chose LifeForce becasue they think differently and think out of the box. I learned how to maintain my therapy from home and that's important to my overall health. These therapists offer amazing results!!
- Beth Henderson, Southport, NC
I came to Summer Price at LifeForce with two issues: an intense brning across my upper back whenever I carried even a light bag of groceries and a "golfers" elbow/tendonitis that had been with me for months - a product of my CrossFit workouts. After two "dry needling" sessions, the burning in the upper back was gone, and I had significant improvement in the elbow. But what's even more important is Summer saw things in my posture and engrained movement patterns that were the likely source of these issues. She gave me specific postural cues and movements to work on to correct these lifelong bad habits.
PS: Don't let the phrase "dry needling" scare you. It's like a flexible, very thin piece of wire that they use to do it.
- David Andrews, Boone, NC
I have always enjoyed physical fitness and challenging my mind and body. When recurring pain began to interfere with my day to day life, I knew I needed to seek the help of a professional. Summer at LifeForce PT was knowledgeable and understanding. She took the time to fully assess the problem and use a treatment that was highly effective. LifeForce PT helped me to get moving pain free again so that I can do the things I love! I highly recommend them to anyone seeking to move better or reduce pain.
- Keith Nelson
I called LifeForce PT due to progressive painful muscle spasms after a rib injury. As well as releasing the spasms with dry needling and various stretching and strengthening, my therapist began to "peel back the layers" of my chronic posture problems, too. As a physical therapist myself, I appreciated the wisdom behind all treatments and being given manageable home exercises. I highly recommend LifeForce due to the excelent hands-on therapy from Summer Price for my acute and chronic muscle imbalance.
- Laura Peterson, Wilmington, NC
After experiencing sleepless nights with hip pain for almost a year I had the good luck to have a friend tell me about her positive results from being treated by Liz Henry, I was delighted that Liz immediately recognized my problem, had a quick answer for relief and a long term plan to strengthen and support the weak area. LifeForce offers a great program that combines PT sessions and samll group therapist guided weekly exercise classes. This is the oerfect opportunity for me to correct old habits, atch little problems before they are big and to stay strong whule also improving balance. I have been treated by Liz, Summer and Patrick. I am grateful to have a professional, caring, effective and fun team to help me become and stay my best. Thanky you Liz, Fred and team for your support and healing touch.
- Peggy Spallek