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(7 years in a row)!

Success Stories

"I had to be careful how long I sat in one position, how I lifted objects even how I showered so as not to aggravate my back. Now I don't even have to think about my back. I can pick up my grandsons (ages 2, 4 and 6) with no pain and my back does not bother me in the shower anymore."

D. Birtalan, Jacksonville, FL

"It was very hard to get a good sleep, as my arm kept waking me up. Could not reach back for my seat belt. It was hard to carry groceries. Was unable to wash my back with my arm, and every day chores had an ache when using my bad arm. Now after the care and knowledge of the staff, I am mostly pain free after 5-6 weeks of PT and exercise. It is so wonderful to have a full range of motion without pain. The staff provided me with exercises to do at home so I can keep improving. Thank you so much for your care, concern, and encouragement!"

C. Walters, Jacksonville, FL

"I have suffered with chronic prostatitis for over 25 years. I was put on medication after medication for months on end. Eventually they had no real affect on the symptoms. In April of 2011 I ended up in the ER with extreme urinary track pain and urinary retention. Again I was diagnosed with prostatitis and put back on antibiotics. In a referral to a really smart urologist, it was noted that I didn't have an infection at all, but that I needed physical therapy for pelvic floor dysfunction.

After four months with Laura, I am nearly symptom free. My CPSI score has reduced from a 27 to a 9. I have been taught ways to manage my pain (when I have it) and to identify the causes of the pain. Choosing Smart Body Physical Therapy has been one of the best decisions I've ever made."

Male Patient from Jacksonville, FL

"I struggled with a tight/damaged hamstring and knee pain from running, and a sore neck and shoulder from swimming and biking. The massage and PT exercises we worked on minimized the issues from these overuse injuries. In fact, I went into my last race of the season, the Miami Man half-ironman race at the beginning of November injury-free after 6+ months of training and racing. That is a near miracle from where I started!

I finished the Miami Man in a PR time of 4:43 which was good enough to win my 30-34 age group, and come in 5th overall out of almost 700 people.

That is on top of a 3rd overall finish and PR at the Jacksonville Triathlon Series Sprint #2, and a 4th overall finish and PR at the Ameliaman olympic distance triathlon earlier in the year. See the photos from the Ameliaman, below.

Thank you for your help in this. Take care and I'll be coming in again soon to get prepared for next season."

Ken, 2009

"I will recommend Smart Body Physical Therapy to all of my friends that need Physical Therapy."

S.C. (September 2nd, 2009)

"Before Smart Body Physical Therapy I was walking with assistance of crutches and unable to put much weight on left leg. After Smart Body Physical Therapy I am now able to walk unassisted placing full weight on my left leg. I have learned exercises that have helped me develop strength in the left leg."

T.D. (November 6th, 2008)

"I had a knee injury from volleyball about 18 months ago - diagnosed as patella tendonitis. I under went physical therapy for six weeks at a local physical therapy facility, but the pain was only reduced marginally. At Smart Body Physical Therapy after approximately six weeks of therapy and "homework," the discomfort in the knee has disappeared!"

A.M. (September 12th, 2008)

"Prior to physical therapy at Smart Body Physical Therapy I was always tired due to lack of sleep (3 - 4 hours per night max) and I was in pain 24 hours per day for at least 2 years. My quality of life was very low as a result. My main goal was to have a reduced level of pain so that I would be able to sleep better at night.

After physical therapy at Smart Body Physical Therapy I have exceeded the goals that I wished to achieve. I am virtually pain free and I sleep straight through the night (7-1/2 - 8 hours). As a result of better sleep, my overall quality of life is much better. I am not too tired or in too much pain to do the things I want to do with my friends and family, and I am able to perform my duties at work more efficiently.

I want to thank everyone at Smart Body Physical Therapy for changing my life, especially Charlotte, Eleanor, Lindsay and Steph."

Patient from Jacksonville, FL

"Dear Laura:

I wanted to thank you and your wonderful staff for giving me relief from extreme neck and lower back pain. I cannot begin to tell you how great it is to go through my day pain free. I had gotten to the point where I thought this is how I will spend the rest of my life. In agonizing pain, having to give up almost all of the physical activities I enjoy and becoming the dreaded couch potato. I have been on pain killers most of my life just to function in a somewhat normal way. With your treatments and advice I am ready to get back to having a full life again. You and your clinic rock. Your staff always treated me great, answered all my questions no matter how many times I asked the same ones, addressed any concerns I had and always did it with a smile.

Keep up the great work."

Many Thanks,

Jeff Cooper

"A referral by my physician sent me to Smart Body and physical therapist, Laura Bittencourt. I went there for one problem, but also received extensive treatment for another problem.

Laura believed strengthening my "core" was a solution to my chronic back problems. She was firm yet gentle with her instruction. I worked diligently and I'm now relatively free of pain. I am continuing with the exercises she taught me and I'm sure I will continue to improve each day.

I am grateful for Laura's skill and her expertise. She has given me a "Smart Body." Thanks, Laura."

Helen G.

"I hurt my back and was experiencing intense pain when I first visited Laura Bittencourt at Smartbody. She put me at ease by properly diagnosing my problem and taking her time to explain it to me. We set up regular visits that included treatments to reduce the swelling and exercises to improve my strength and flexibility. After several visits, I am now fully recovered. I want to thank you Laura and the other professionals at Smartbody for doing a great job."

Brett Bosworth

Women's Health Success Stories

"Prior to Physical Therapy at Smart Body Physical Therapy I needed to wear a pantiliner every day due to stress incontinence. I was unable to participate in high impact activities such as jogging or jumping. After Physical Therapy at Smart Body Physical Therapy my abdominal muscles are stronger and flatter. I've learned some really effective exercises that I will continue to use. I rarely need a pantiliner, and I can usually jog without "leaking." I especially appreciate the education I have received about the muscles that affect and strengthen the core. Thank you!"

- M.F. (March 13th, 2009)

"Before Smart Body Physical Therapy I had terrible pain with intercourse and when I had to use a tampon with my period. After Smart Body Physical Therapy I now have no pain at all with insertion of a tampon and intercourse is almost pain free. Before I started Physical Therapy my pain level on a scale of 1-10 was about an 8 or 9. After Smart Body Physical Therapy and use of a TENs unit, my pain level has not been over a 3. Many Many Thanks!"

H.M. (September 30th, 2008)

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