Our bodies are made to move
Welcome… I am glad you are here! I am Michelle…
As a Physical Therapist working in the world of eating disorders, I often hear the phrase “food is medicine”.
In a similar framework, movement is the medicine that I prescribe for my patients.
Movement is the language that I speak. I identify strongly with body diversity and encourage everyBODY to share in the quest toward “healthy movement” as part of their lifestyle.
Regardless of body size, our bodies are made to move…
The desire for movement that many individuals express does not go away when we hit the pause button for treatment…
and it should not.
Instead of shying from those difficult conversations, let’s lean in and get uncomfortable.
Let’s empower individuals to feel their bodies evolve in a positive way through treatment as they head toward recovery.
Our bodies are made to move…and movement is my medicine.
Allow me to empower you to reclaim, become strong and live in your body as you journey toward recovery from an eating disorder or disordered eating… regardless of body size.
As a physical therapist, I am uniquely positioned to partner with my clients to meet their goals directed toward long-term health benefits. Not only am I able to restore function, promote the ability to move, and reduce pain; but I have the knowledge to develop personalized wellness- and fitness-oriented programs to promote a healthy lifestyle… regardless of the presence of eating disorder or disordered eating pathology AND regardless of body size.
Let me just start by saying that if you’re ever having one of those days where it’s tough to crack a smile, Michelle Laging has one of those smiles that can easily turn your frown upside down. She has an amazing spirit about her. She has an enormous amount of passion for her field and her clients are always front and center. Michelle is not only intelligent, unique, beautiful inside and out, she is also not afraid to be vulnerable with her practice and her clients. When you have the opportunity to work with this woman you will want to soak up all encouragement and support she lends and continue chasing the zest of life.
Director of Regional Outreach, Alsana
Why physical therapy?
Physical Therapists prescribe movement as their medicine… with the goal to assist clients in prevention or management of their condition for long-term health benefits. Treatment techniques are used to reduce pain (if present), promote and enhance movement ability, restore function, and prevent disability.
In addition, Physical Therapists may assist in the development of wellness- and fitness- oriented programs for a healthier lifestyle (courtesy www.apta.org).
The path to recovery is different for everyBODY. You might be working toward recovery from an eating disorder or disordered eating or figuring out how to manage a sprained ankle… or maybe both.
Regardless of your condition, Michelle at Movement is Medicine can assist you with achieving YOUR goals.
How Movement is Medicine supports you
Physical Therapy services are a vital component of the care team (typically consisting of medical doctor, therapist, dietitian, etc.) during medical stabilization… However, after medical stabilization, physical therapy services are not yet considered standard of care. Potential exists for continued integration of physical therapy expertise through all levels of care for patients with eating disorders and disordered eating . . . and this is where Movement is Medicine can assist.
Michelle specializes in...
Rehabilitation from injury and injury prevention
Education on safe, appropriate movement in setting of bone density loss and disease process associated with eating disorders or disordered eating
Education in movement for joy as an intervention to harness compulsive exercise tendencies and/or to become more connected with the body as it evolves through weight restoration and nutritional rehabilitation
Individualized, monitored, and progressive movement programs
Consultation services to inpatient residential and partial hospitalization programs: individual care, development of group movement programs, and/or program development for efficient contact hours with Physical Therapy
Functional Dry Needling Level 1, Kinetacore
About Movement is Medicine
Movement is Medicine was founded by Michelle Laging PT, DPT.
Michelle is a physical therapist with 10-years of experience in physical therapy specific to the field of eating disorders.
As the thought leader and architect for the physical therapy mobility program at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, Michelle utilized her clinical skills to devise a program to best serve this delicate patient population.
She developed and wrote a physical therapy specific treatment protocol, initiated and revised movement protocols in coordination with an interdisciplinary team (typically consisting of medical doctors, therapists, dietitians, etc.) participated in research, provided outreach to local universities, shared the unit with job shadows and students, and continues to explore appropriate interventions to provide the most robust evidence-based care possible. Most importantly, however, Michelle has been the vessel in assisting patients in the restoration of their function and directing them toward the reclamation of their quality of life.
As a weight-inclusive and HAES® informed practitioner, Michelle is excited to partner with clients that are ready to connect with their bodies and instill movement as a positive component to their lifestyle… regardless of the presence of an eating disorder or disordered eating pathology AND regardless of body size.
Michelle is a rare find – with her passion and expertise, she addresses an area all too often neglected in the recovery process, yet one which brings great reward and a sense of ‘whole person’ care. She is hugely motivated and driven to keep refining and tuning her programs, to ensure optimal results for both body and mind. How joyful, uplifting and enabling to have her specialist knowledge and care...and to be with her, a real delight!’