Through her own struggles with back pain, Amy Selinger realized that generalized approaches to chronic musculoskeletal pain are often not helpful and in fact may contribute to discomfort. In addition, she became aware that each individual’s physical body and movement patterns either support a healthy musculoskeletal system or a painful one.
By studying, practicing and using the Movement System Balance approach, she transformed her own pain and allowed her to work with patients who come to her practice with diverse and complex, chronic musculoskeletal conditions to achieve increased function and lasting pain relief.
Amy Selinger, PT, DPT, OCS is a Physical Therapist and a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) who has taught Graduate, and Post-graduate physical therapy courses. Amy is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco State University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. She holds a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
Amy founded Back to Life Physical Therapy in 1999 to support people with chronic shoulder, hip, back, sacroiliac and pelvic conditions, to live healthy and active lives.
“I had suffered from pelvic pain for years, and came to Amy only after seeing numerous other doctors and physical therapists who had helped me very little. When I was finally referred to her, I didn’t have much hope that yet another medical professional would be able to help me feel better. I could tell from the beginning, however, that Amy was different. She listened to me with compassion. She was willing to consider how my many musculoskeletal issues — hips, back, knees, and pelvis — worked together to contribute to my pain. She was patient and persistent even when this unusual combination of issues led to difficulty with her more traditional treatment methods, and found creative alternatives that were effective. When necessary, she referred me to other talented professionals in her network. She connected me with peers who could provide emotional support.
With Amy’s help, I began to make major progress. When I first began seeing her, my work, social, and romantic lives were significantly limited by my pain.
Today, I can walk, sit, stand, work, and play for long periods of time without pain, and am in a serious, intimate relationship for the first time in years. Amy’s intelligence, patience, knowledge, and support literally changed my life– I am so thankful to have worked with her.”