ANNOUNCING:

Allison Suran, PT, GCFP, TPS

 Therapeutic Pain Specialist

 (In solo practice – no longer with the Healing Bridge staff)

ABOUT:

Allison Suran began her physical therapy career in 1987 where she worked with geriatric patients who had multiple complex medical conditions. When she launched her independent practice in 1998 these skills quickly transferred to helping people who experienced chronic pain. Her training as a Feldenkrais® practitioner, as well as her up-bringing in a holistically oriented family allowed her to naturally include the entire experience of each unique patient. This included mind, body, and spirit.

Over the years, science has caught up with the holistic view of body, mind, and spirit/soul. The chronic pain epidemic has been influenced by many factors, including the tendency for medical doctors to attend only to the mechanics of the body while ignoring the influences of one’s past history of injury, trauma, stress, and current fear and misunderstanding of the diagnosis. (There are, of course, many other factors including lifestyle, nutrition, metabolism, etc.)

Allison opened Healing Bridge Physical Therapy in 1998 and her practice quickly grew into a highly reputable clinic serving all kinds of patient-conditions throughout Central Oregon. Over the years running a high-quality, compassionate physical therapy practice became more difficult. Reimbursements for physical therapy have remained fairly static while costs of the practice continued to grow. Over time, Allison realized she was spending more time managing her business than focusing on her passion of helping her individual patients. After a year of deep contemplation, in 2018 Allison realized it was time for a new chapter in her professional life. She gradually downsized her entire practice to become a solo- no-employee practitioner. As of this writing (August 2018) she is still deep in the transitional period having only had 1 week of seeing clients without any staff. It is both exciting and (slightly) terrifying, and she is hopeful that her new focus will bring the balance to her personal life that she coaches her patients to find.

Allison’s unique focus includes:

  • Traditional Physical Therapy: Understanding how one’s body mechanics, posture, strength and weaknesses are influencing their pain condition. Allison specializes in teaching people how to gently move , strengthen and stretch without triggering painful flare ups.
  • The Feldenkrais Method®: Helping people understand how unconscious habitual habits of thoughts, movements and posture may be contributing to their pain patterns. Also, the hands-on aspect of Feldenkrais, called Functional Integration®, provides astounding pain relief to her patients.
  • Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE): Understanding the science behind your body’s pain and why it is “In your Brain, but not in your Head.”
  • Mindfulness: Guiding people to facilitate a natural balance between stress and relaxation. Allison helps people identify their habitual patterns of thought which can cause the fight/flight/freeze response and subsequent chemical releases in the body that contribute to increased pain sensitization.
  • Coaching: Individualized attention on how to make time in one’s life to gradually shift patterns of thought and movement towards healthier behaviors that calm you pain.
  • Compassionate Accountability: Changing long-standing behaviors can be challenging. Allison will help you gradually find and make time so that you can experience the improvements you long for.

 

"Life is not about perfection, it is about progression."