Ashleigh Neal, DPT
Integrated Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy of Fairfax
I graduated from James Madison University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. I joined the team at Integrated in 2009 following my graduation from Shenandoah University where I received my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. I have been an active member in the American Physical Therapy Association since 2006.
My passion and experience lies in the orthopedic setting where I utilize my skills in the treatment of simple and complex orthopedic pathologies of the spine and extremities, chronic pain, sports specific injuries, and post-surgical rehabilitation. I also treat dysfunctions related to the vestibular system and work with patients following concussion related injuries. I strongly believe that in order to fully address a patient’s problem at hand, I not only must address their pain, but also the source of their pain and what a patient may be doing to contribute to their dysfunction. I utilize a large variety of patient specific treatment approaches including neuromuscular re-education, PNF, muscle energy techniques, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, Functional Dry Needling, Kinesiotaping, modalities, and home exercise programs in order to assist each patient in attaining their individual goals.
I have taken a particular interest in post-partum health for mothers. I participated in a research study that examined the effectiveness of instructional materials on self and health care behaviors and musculoskeletal dysfunctions of women following pregnancy and childbirth. My ongoing interest in this material has allowed me to observe and participate in a series of interactive and instructive classes designed specifically for mothers in search of restoring form and function after pregnancy and childbirth.
I pride myself in treating each patient’s situation individually and tailoring their physical therapy session to meet the precise needs of every individual. I strive to make it my goal to make each treatment session a learning experience that the patient may take with them. The more the patient understands the dysfunctions surrounding their condition and the role that physical therapy plays in their lives, the more motivated they are in playing an active part in achieving the best possible outcomes.