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In Brevard: New Manual Physical Therapy Clinic Opens


February 5, 2018

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Dr. Marisa Bryson provides dry needling with electrical stimulation to Aaron May's quadriceps muscle group. Dry needling is a non-painful technique utilized to reduce trigger points and tightness in muscles, improve muscular activation and expand communication pathways between muscle groups. Patients typically notice significant improvements after the first needling treatment.

Marisa Merrill Bryson has wanted to work in health care since she was a young girl. Her first introduction to physical therapy happened when she tore her ACL and MCL knee ligaments during a college skiing accident. The profession of physical therapist called to her because she wanted to provide the best rehab experience possible for others and help them return to an active lifestyle as soon as possible.

After graduating from Brevard High School, Bryson completed her B.S. in exercise science at Brevard College and then her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Western Carolina University. Additionally, she positioned herself into the top four percent of all physical therapists nationwide by achieving the designation of Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). With a strong interest in manual, or 'hands-on,' physical therapy, Bryson continues working towards designation as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through the Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy group.

Bryson is excited to announce the opening of her own specialty clinic in Brevard called Reset Physical Therapy & Wellness. She has created the ideal treatment environment where she can practice the elements of physical therapy she loves most.

"The medical field has a huge range of treatment options," said Bryson. "I love manual physical therapy. I feel like it has the best evidence base and is the highest level of skilled care I can provide where my patient and I can see positive changes almost immediately."

Manual physical therapy techniques include joint mobilizations, functional dry needling, soft tissue mobilizations, rehabilitative taping, and instrument assisted neurosensory modulation among other patient specific techniques.

Joining the Reset team is Laura Rain Tree, PTA. Rain Tree was also introduced to physical therapy from the patient perspective when she sustained a knee injury as a whitewater raft guide on section IV of the Chattooga River.

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Laura Rain Tree, "Rain," provides core stability training cues for Julie Hardison. The core musculature is a group of deep muscles which work together to maintain posture and provide stability for all body movements. Improving core stability aids in reducing back pain and improving body movement dysfunctions.

"After completing three months of intensive physical therapy, not only was I able to return to work as a guide, but I was hooked on the idea of being able to assist other people recover their function and return to the active lifestyles they love," said Rain Tree, who goes by "Rain." She has 20 years of experience working in physical therapy, and is a certified health and wellness coach and a certified personal trainer.

Together these two health professionals consider each patient a team member and an active participant in the healing process.

"We feel the rehab and wellness services we offer are the most research-backed and well-studied in the industry," said Bryson. "We are both active outdoor adventurers and we have a passion for what we do. We love our patients and we love the partnerships we form as we work together to achieve their unique goals."

Reset Physical Therapy and Wellness is located in the College Plaza interior office complex and is currently accepting new patients.

For more information, call (828) 883-3141.


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