My name is Dr. Steve Kravitz P.T., D.P.T., C.S.T. and I am the founder and owner of Steve Kravitz Physical Therapy. I began my career in finance but I always had this sixth sense that I was meant to help care for people—and even more so—I was supposed to work with my hands in a therapeutic way. So in 1998, I quit my job at a top-tier investment bank, and started my journey committing fully to learning about hands-on therapies relating to bodywork.
During that time I studied with some of the best minds and hands in the world, and became focused on becoming an expert in CranioSacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Visceral Manipulation. I loved doing the work but found that these treatment methods are sorely misrepresented and misunderstood by the modern medical community. I then realized that the best way to build my future practice around these powerful techniques was to study Physical Therapy, and meld these practices with a traditional PT approach. With over fifteen years of training across a broad range of manual therapies and PT, I have successfully created a unique approach at Steve Kravitz Physical Therapy in New York, and now in Nashville, to bring these modalities to the mainstream.
Following the completion of my Doctorate in Physical Therapy, I founded my practice based on the belief that you truly can put the patient’s need first and provide a service that meaningfully changes a person’s quality of life. Sadly, it became clear at the same time that insurance companies were becoming more and more powerful in dictating patient care with strict guidelines of what therapy should consist of. For any specific treatment concern, when an insurance company finds that a single method is more effective across a wide-range of the population, that doesn’t always mean that will serve my patient’s needs. So, I decided to build a private pay practice, giving me the freedom to work within the medical field to treat, but do so based on a patient-driven treatment plan.
In addition to being patient-driven in my treatment plans, I want to explain another reason why I think working with me instead of an out patient insurance-based PT practice makes sense. First of all, I personally work with each patient who walks in my office. When you are scheduled for treatment, my undivided attention is on you and your individual health and wellness goals. I take a full history, I listen to your story and issues, I study your bodies’ needs, and then I work with my hands to improve the quality of your life.
While traditional Physical therapy rehab is an effective treatment of many conditions—what makes our form of Physical Therapy unique—is that we treat you in a way that is gentle, relaxing, and can provide the same benefits of traditional rehab. We use our hands to treat providing our patients gentle-hands on approach without the use of an ice pack or machine. A majority of our clients fall asleep during the session and tell us they feel a deep sense of relaxation as well as a lasting therapeutic benefit from the work. Generally, we treat patients on a weekly or bi-monthly basis at first since the body needs time to adjust to the changes made and time for the tissue to heal. Once you are feeling better, most clients simply check in when there are issues down the road and we treat each condition with the same approach.
At the end of the day, the one simple act of decreasing a person’s pain and improving their function helps bring out the best in each of us. I believe that being able to physically do what we love, makes our lives more meaningful. I focus on that idea as I treat each patient who comes into my practice.