Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I choose CoreActive Therapy? What is special about CoreActive?

-- Individualizing patient experience, getting to the root cause, and providing comprehensive and expert level Physical Therapy care in our specialty areas of pelvic health, advanced orthopedics, and issues affecting women, runners and triathletes is our passion. Our goal is to lead the Madison area in Physical Therapy "work rate": dialed in evaluation, skilled manual therapy, and education in terms of community resources, home care, products, and tools to expedite healing. We 'get' new moms, issues facing runners, the effort required to carve out time to be a healthy multi-sport athlete, and overcoming joint injury because we've been there, we treat these patients every week, and we keep our skills and research knowledge base current. When you choose to be seen at CoreActive you are actively supporting our charitable giving mission.


How flexible are you with appointment times around my schedule?

-- CoreActive now offers Tuesday -  Friday office hours with late afternoon/early evening hours one day per week. As passionate professionals and hands on working parents ourselves, we understand the shuffling it takes to 'make it work'. With enough notice, we are happy to provide early A.M. hours to 'make it work' with your schedule.


What services do you provide?

-- We provide:

  • Physical Therapy evaluation
  • Run form analysis
  • Rehab bike fitting (road, recreational & TT bikes)
  • Return to running programs
  • Manual Therapy including
    • Soft tissue mobilization (strain-counterstrain, myofascial, muscle sponging)
    • FMT (Functional Manual Therapy for specific 3D fascial tissue mobility)
    • Joint mobilization
    • FDN/TDN (Functional/Trigger Point Dry Needling) Note: this is not acupuncture but rather focused, localized muscle/fascia remodeling 
    • Visceral manipulation (post-surgical, post trauma, fertility support)
    • Cupping
    • Taping (kinesiotaping & strapping/McConnell)
    • Bracing (pregnancy/post-partum, pelvic organ support, joint sprain)
  • ​Neuromuscular Re-Education
    • ​Posture & Body Mechanics training utilizing multiple hands on disciplines
    • Coordination/Motor Control
    • Lumbopelvic stabilization
    • Comprehensive shoulder & lower body proprioception training
  • ​Therapeutic Exercise
    • ​Strength & Conditioning
    • Osteoporosis management & prevention programs
    • Diastasis Recti Abdominus screening & rehab
  • Modalities
    • EMG Biofeedback for pelvic muscle re-education
    • Electrical stimulation
    • Ultrasound
    • Mechanical traction


Your mission says you treat women, runners, and triathletes. Do you ever treat men?

-- YES! We treat men too. A wise pelvic health colleague always says, "men have pelvises too". It's true. Our wheelhouse treatment areas of the pelvis, SIJoints, hips, spine, shoulders, and lower body can challenge men as often as women. And we work with young women (pre-teens/teens) through peri-/post-menopausal women on the gamut of unique women's health issues via both treatment and prevention perspectives too.


Do you accept my insurance? What form(s) of payment do you accept?

-- CoreActive is a 100% private pay practice. We do not accept any insurance nor do we submit superbills to any third parties. Our business model centers on truth in pricing, spending maximum time with patients, pricing in line with provider training/expertise, and advocating for fair pay. Physical Therapists are Direct Access healthcare & wellness experts in neuromusculoskeletal issues.

-- Cash/check is preferred. However, credit cards, flex spending account cards, and Health Savings Account (HSA) cards are accepted. Many of our clients submit paid receipts to their Flex Spending Accounts for full, and some submit receipts to their insurance company for partial, reimbursement after their appointment(s).


Do I need a referral to see a CoreActive therapist?

-- Wisconsin is a Direct Access state; a referral from a doctor or other healthcare provider is not required to see a Physical Therapist. Improved access to care and cost savings have been shown in research studies to be positively impacted by Direct Access to Physical Therapy services. Note: If you have given birth in the last six weeks, recently had surgery or a fracture, or have a newer 'major' medical illness (for example: heart attack, cancer, or stroke) we may ask you to provide proof of medical clearance for participation in Physical Therapy.


What other services do you provide? Classes?

-- CoreActive offers several small group training classes throughout the year. Classes are an awesome supplement to a Home Exercise Program to reinforce key concepts and provide "positive peer pressure/group think" in the areas of pelvic health, core stabilization, posture and strength training, and youth fitness. Check out our Classes page for details.


How do I know if CoreActive is a good fit for me?

-- Check out our provider bios, browse our website, and go with your gut: if you feel ready and motivated (or close to it but not sure where to turn!) or are looking for a fresh perspective or skill set we'd love to work with you! If you have any Qs not addressed here feel free to call 608-310-6708.


How do I make an appointment? How long is an average appointment?

-- To schedule an initial appointment please email our scheduler/office assistant at: Initial consults/evaluations generally last 60-80min and follow up appointments range from 30-70min. We do offer a 4package rate for 50min appointments. Call/email us for current pricing.


Do I actually need a full initial evaluation? I know what I want treated.

-- If you have never been seen before at CoreActive OR you have not been seen at CoreActive for three months or more then YES you will need a full initial evaluation before starting (or restarting) Therapy. As Direct Access providers, Physical Therapists are required to perform a complete systems screening and document health status at each evaluation. Best practice in the industry for safety, wellness and prevention requires it. If you are unsure whether to schedule an evaluation or follow up appointment, then email our scheduler/office assistant at for clarification.


How many visits will it take for me to get better?

-- Every patient and each issue is unique. With that in mind, we aim to strive for a balanced approach between the severity of the condition, current relative research when available, our experience as clinicians, each patient's goal(s), and our exam findings/assessment. We can provide conservative as well as assertive estimates on healing time, return to function, or time to increased sturdiness in the case of preventive goals. We aim to be flexible in terms of providing everything from 1x consults, to traditional rehab, to short course rehab tune ups with progression into a small group training classes, to long term strength & conditioning programs.



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