Cura Therapy

Providing classes and in-home physical therapy services

for babies and children in their natural environment setting.

 

Welcome! My name is Annie, I'm a licensed physical therapist and mother of two. I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Marquette University in 2009. The primary focus of my practice is to provide early intervention services aimed at reducing the number of babies with torticollis, plagiocephaly and developmental delays. Through early screening, individualized sessions and classes, I place a high emphasis on cultivating connection between children and their caregivers, as I believe the best learning and healing occurs when we go about it together.

 

About 

A brief history: In 1992, the installation of the Back to Sleep campaign drastically reduced the incidence of SIDS (thankfully!) but brought with it a rise in head flattening issues and developmental delays. The full title of the original campaign by the American Academy of Pediatrics was Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play; however, many parents lack resources and time for babies who are resistant to tummy time. The rate of plagiocephaly, or head flattening syndrome, is reported to have increased to over 46% in babies today.

 

Why does this matter?

 

When positional preferences are identified early, babies typically undergo a shorter duration of treatment time and are faced with less invasive treatment options. Early identification of head turn preferences also allows a skilled therapist to assist families in promoting symmetrical movement patterns throughout the entire body. In turn, this helps babies follow through the developmental stages of large muscle movements that are so important to growth and learning. 

 

As a parent, you of course want the best for your children. Maya Angelou once said, "Do the best you can until you know better, then once you know better, do better." By recognizing a baby’s needs early on, you can be better informed and equipped to implement simple strategies to facilitate your baby's growth and development. You will feel reassured and empowered that you’re doing the best for your baby.

 

 

 

Services

All services are provided as in-home visits

Option 1:

Infant post-partum
wellness consultation

Are you noticing?:

-You're concerned about your baby's head shape, range of motion, and/or want some general additional support setting up your home environment to optimize your baby's growth and development.

 

What you get:

-Parent education on baby's earliest movements related to eating and breathing, including assessment of the jaw, neck, diaphragm, trunk and pelvis.

-Home setup strategies, in-home tips and play-based activities for parents and caregivers to promote optimal gross motor development.

 

Number of sessions: 1-2 visits, depending on needs

 

Cost: $90 per session 

 

Option 2:

Sessions

Are you noticing?:

-Your baby is fussy in tummy time

-Your baby arches backward often

-Your baby has difficulty turning head side to side, when feeding or at rest

-Your baby doesn’t spend much time on tummy

 

What you get:

-Improve and resolve asymmetries such as torticollis (neck turning), plagiocephaly (flat spots on the head), and in-utero constraint.

-Promote optimal development and strengthen parent/baby connection through play based interaction. We are better together!

 

Number of sessions: 3-6 visits, depending on needs

Cost: $75 per session 

 

 

 

Visit www.tummytimemethod.com for more information on the origin of TummyTime!TM Method.

 

 

Option 3:

Physical Therapy Evaluation

& Treatment

Are you noticing?:

-The flat spot on my baby's head isn't getting better and I don't want to "wait it out".

-My baby prefers to turn to one side more than the other

-Feeding isn't going well

-My baby seems uncomfortable often

-My baby hates the car seat

-My baby isn't rolling or crawling on time

What you get:

-Education on positioning and movement strategies you can implement immediately to help your baby.

-Assessment of your baby's movement patterns and body systems to identify problem areas. 

 

-Interventions you can implement yourself to feel empowered as a parent/caregiver to promote your baby's achievement of developmental milestones.

-Implementation of a home exercise program that is functional and individualized for each family.

 

Number of sessions: estimated 4-12 visits, depending on needs

Cost: $130 evaluation, $70 per treatment session 

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the role of a Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists have extensive education and training in evaluating and treating many neurologic, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary conditions, as well as evaluating and treating many movement disorders.

 

Cura Therapy, LLC works specifically with babies and children out of a drive to fill a gap in our current system of care to educate and empower parents and caregivers on simple and effective ways to facilitate healthy gross motor development from the very beginning.

Do I need a referral from a pediatrician for my baby  or child to receive physical therapy services?

No - the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy allows for a licensed physical therapist to treat patients for up to 90 days without an order from a physician.   

Do you accept insurance?

Cura Therapy, LLC does not accept insurance and collects private-pay for services rendered. Often times insurance companies require additional approval for visits, which can be time consuming and delay the time in which care is administered. Because babies and children grow so rapidly and needs are often time-sensitive, private-pay allows your baby or child to receive prompt access to skilled care. 

 

Contact Annie Hooker, PT, DPT

Whether you're pregnant, a new mom, doing this a second time around or beyond, each new baby presents new challenges.

Let's chat - contact me today! 

 

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