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Carrie Hall, PT, MHS

Carrie Hall, PT, MHS

Physical Therapist / President

Carrie Hall is the President and founder of Movement Systems Physical Therapy. She has an expertise in using a biopsychosocial approach to diagnosis and treat movement impairment syndromes.

MY ADVICE FOR FUTURE PATIENTS:
Movement is medicine.  Choose a physical therapist to be part of your health team to help you manage your musculoskeletal system and keep you moving and doing the things that are meaningful to you. Physical therapists can be seen directly without need for referral from your doctor.  Know that you can always do more than you think you can - allow us to help you determine what is an appropriate challenge to move you toward your goals.

HOW I STAY ACTIVE:
Biking, running, hiking, tennis, paddle board, weight lifting

FAVORITE RECOVERY FOOD:
Antipasti with crusty bread

CREATIVE OUTLET:
Cooking

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:
My family

FIRST JOB:
McDonald's flipping burgers

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM:
Seahawks

ALTERNATE UNIVERSE CAREER:
Chef

PHYSICAL THERAPY PHILOSOPHY:
Movement is key to lasting health.  Physical therapists are the most qualified provider to manage your movement system - a collection of systems that contribute to the act of moving from the sub-cellular to the total body level.  I use a diagnostic process to determine the biologic, biomechanical, and psycho-social contributions to your painful condition.  With you at the center of care, and through a dynamic and iterative process,  I discover what is meaningful to you, determine what influences are blocking you from doing what is meaningful, and help you achieve your goals with compassion, empathy, education, coaching, advice, and movement-related interventions.  Your time with me is a "DIY project" with me as the tutor.  It is my hope that I can help you develop an appreciation that movement and exercise is safe, fun, and important for lasting health.  I will teach you to "not get into your own way" when it comes to achieving your movement related goals and dreams.   I hope you will permit me to be your steward to a healthy lifestyle that incorporates movement, exercise, and fitness.   

Christina Tidwell Live Well Podcast "How to manage chronic pain through movement with Carrie Hall"

SPECIALTIES, CERTIFICATIONS, SPECIAL INTERESTS:

I enjoy working with all ages and levels of fitness.  I use a diagnostic method to determine root cause(s) to your painful condition and provide movement related interventions to restore you back to function.  My focus is on providing interventions that optimize your movement and restore or introduce you to a lifestyle that includes all dimensions of movement such as mobility, speed, strength, endurance, balance, and accuracy.  The focus is on what is most meaningful to YOU.  I do have a particular specialty in hip-related conditions, but feel I have a good command of all regions of the body - after 36 years in practice, I have learned a few things.

When I am not seeing patients, I am busy with various writing projects such as a textbook for physical therapy students on therapeutic exercise (Therapeutic Exercise: Moving Toward Function, 4e 2018), and on-line continuing education courses for APTA.  I also teach physical therapists in continuing education on the topic of a movement system approach toward painful conditions.

TREATMENT APPROACHES I KNOW BEST:
Diagnosis and treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes
Biopsychosocial approach to treatment of painful conditions
Maitland approach to manual therapy
Promotion of prevention, health, fitness and wellness for all individuals through various combinations of movement-related interventions.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: 
Currently, I donate time to various charities such as Angeline's, a women's homeless shelter, and Children's Hospital.  I also serve as a Director on the Leadership Board of the Arthritis Foundation for the Northwest Region

HOMETOWN:
Crystal Lake, IL 

FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD:
Anywhere near water and mountains

COLLEGE(S):
St. Louis University, B.S. in physical therapy, 1983
Washington University in St. Louis, Master of Health Science , 1987

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED:
You cannot have courage without vulnerability.