Dr. Abby Symes, PT, DPT, LMBT
Authentic Physical Therapy and Bodywork
Throughout Abby's life, she has had a significant fascination and curiosity for anatomy and physiology. Abby received her BA in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill in May of 2018. One month after graduating, she enrolled in massage school, receiving her massage license in December 2018 to improve her manual skills and best help her clients return to pain-free life. She then graduated from Elon University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2021, after completing clinical rotations in outpatient orthopedics and outpatient spinal cord rehabilitation. Additionally, she has experience working in a continuing care retirement facility providing services in a variety of settings, from skilled nursing, outpatient neurological and orthopedic populations, home health, and long-term care. Throughout all of her experiences and schooling, Abby has found that her passion is helping people fit physical therapy into life in order to best achieve their goals!
As a clinician, Abby takes a holistic approach to wellness and rehabilitation. While keeping up with and applying new research regarding rehabilitation, it is her mission to provide sessions that best suit her clients and their needs, wants, and goals. With her dual licensure in physical therapy and massage therapy, she can help clients through therapeutic bodywork and corrective exercise. Abby wants to help people reclaim their lives from pain, reduce dependence on painkillers and prescription medications, and decrease money spent on unnecessary imaging, procedures, and surgeries. Ultimately, her goal is to help people find sustainable ways to stay healthy and pain-free through bodywork and exercise.
It is Abby's philosophy that her clients receive the services they need every treatment session. That can include therapeutic massage, corrective exercise, tools to understand pain, education about the injury or condition, or as a healthcare provider willing to take the time to listen. It is due to this belief that she does not accept insurance at this time, as insurance limits what she can do for clients and causes unnecessary run-arounds for achieving client goals. Additionally, by not accepting insurance she can guarantee that sessions are one-on-one, every time.
In her free time, Abby loves trying new foods and spending time with her menagerie of animals including her three dogs (Dexter, Baxter, and Wallace), three cats (Jasmine, Aster, and Violet), and horses!
Abby offers both physical therapy and therapeutic massage to address issues such as:
Acute and chronic neck and back pain (degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, arthritis)
Hip, knee, ankle pain
Shoulder and elbow pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Joint replacement rehabilitation
Restoring or improving mobility and stability
Equestrian specific rehabilitation, mobility, and strengthening
And many more!
Abby blends styles of orthopedic and myofascial massage to provide superior bodywork that directly addresses painful areas and related structures to relieve pain. Abby has completed level one of Myofascial Decompression training to provide specific cupping with or without movement to improve mobility and decrease pain.
Abby will complete dry needling education in early 2023 to continue her ability to provide the best care for her clients!