Our philosophy is to create a pleasing and comforting environment for a variety of health needs, ranging from everyday issues to difficult problems, and from treatment to prevention. We teach you how to retrain your body to have power from the inside out, while including calming breath for overall health. We prefer to put therapy into movement and teach how to train throughout your day and within other activities.
We provide physical therapy for women and men of all ages, with specialization in treatment of problems or pain or in the pelvic region. We also treat many related alignment and general orthopedic issues. Our clinic is based in Charlottesville, VA and serves a 60-90 mile radius.
We can help you explore a pathway to wellness.
At Passages, your treatment is designed to suit your individual needs. We may include manual therapies, mobilization, scar and myofascial release, posture and pain strategies, muscle energy techniques, neuromuscular re-education, and strain-counterstrain. We avoid using passive modalities, so we have more time for direct care and home exercises. This can promote your body’s natural healing and give faster results.
We help our clients to promote support, contain pain, learn how to breathe during movement and how to balance power with calm. Our techniques can be used at home and work, and often include starting with the breath for relaxing and helping muscle circulation. For those with pelvic symptoms, vintage Kegel exercises aren’t enough to fight against the pressures of impact activities, lifting, straining and pregnancy. In fact, basic Kegels can worsen certain bladder and pain conditions. We can utilize non-invasive biofeedback with EMG and ultrasound imaging for viewing abdominal and pelvic muscles during training. We may also instruct the use of gym balls, resistive bands and simple props like blocks.
Our mission is to help you learn how and when to use your team of support muscles in practical ways. Our services focus on how to get your muscles to work better, how to know if you are in a good position for activities and when to add more power. We teach dynamic sequences that help calm muscles and reduce feelings of tightness. We also teach how to avoid strain from pressures, which commonly affect your belly, back, bottom and full spine. This can help train you to move better in home, work and other fitness activities.
Our blog provides tips and news related to physical therapy for the pelvic floor and beyond!
Diastasis Recti (DR) describes the separating between left and right rectus abdominus muscles, your 6-pack muscle. It can occur in
Patients love seeing the muscles in action, looking from outside of the abdominal regions.
Helps you to learn how to feel the pelvic floor muscles contract, by watching on a computer screen, similar to viewing a heart monitor
The practice of yoga in medicine, rehabilitation, and wellness settings by a licensed health care professional
Manual therapy that can be can be useful for calming muscles and release soft tissues through gentle mobilization.
Strain-counterstrain, Muscle Energy Techniques, Visceral Mobilization
"Pat Huston has been informative and at the same time warm and encouraging. I believe she is an expert in her field! It brings hope as I prepare for surgery as well as hope of even preventing surgery. Would absolutely recommend this clinic to others!"
"Astonishing results! After undergoing multiple surgeries, attempts at physical training, and living with chronic pain for years, working with Pat Huston has been truly life changing. As a result of her insights and guidance I was able to eliminate debilitating pain... I will forever be grateful to Pat."
"After spending fifteen years struggling with postpartum abdominal separation and leakage, a hernia inspired a referral to Passages, and I’m feeling transformed. The comforting and caring environment helped me to share ailments that I’d always tried to hide before, and a holistic therapy program was designed to help me to feel better, look better, and function more effectively at home and at work."
"Very professional and educational and the material handouts are very important. I would recommend others come- it’s important to understand the Pelvic Floor. The training with ultrasound techniques and the measuring of muscle tone is incredibly useful. The reception and waiting room is also great. The front office staff is recognizing and smiling- a big plus and are attentive to my schedule."
"I’ve been coming to Passages Physical Therapy for the past month for stress incontinence. Each time I was taught exercises and practiced them on location with feedback and biofeedback! Within the first week I could see results! I was so excited to actually see progress each week. The staff are very professional…and very nice! I love it here!"