Janette Cariad


Janette Cariad, PT, CLT-LANA specializes in Orthopedic, Pelvic and Lymphedema Physical Therapy. With over 30 years of experience, she has a passion for helping her clients find personalized solutions to resolve pain issues, changes in bowel and bladder function, and lymphedema.

Janette is excited to be part of your treatment team whether you:

  • Experience pain in your pelvis (including pain with sex), abdomen, neck or back, hip, knee, foot or ankle, shoulder or arm, or your chest/breast – particularly after surgery for breast cancer
  • You or your child experience loss of bladder or bowel control or problems with constipation
  • Deal with swelling in the arm, breast, legs or genital area – especially after cancer surgery
  • Have physical issues after gender reassignment surgery
  • Have scar tissue restrictions which are causing pain, swelling or limiting function

She works with women, men, children, and is open to all LGBTQ individuals. She is known for her caring, respectful, and inspirational approach, her deep listening ability and creative problem-solving.

Janette also enjoys teaching whether it is one-on-one with clients or assisting other Physical Therapists in learning new Manual Skills.

Janette received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from CSU Fresno in 1986. She has also taken numerous additional PT courses and certifications in:

  • Women’s Health/Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy (through both the APTA and the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute)
  • Orthopedic Manual Therapy, including Soft Tissue Mobilization, Joint Mobilization, Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Technique, Strain Counterstrain, Visceral Manipulation/Mobilization
  • Exercise and Movement Re-education, including Movement System Impairment Syndromes, Aston Patterning, Adaptations for Yoga
  • Complete Decongestive Physical Therapy for the Treatment of Lymphedema; Certification Course in 1999 and LANA (Lymphology Association of North America) Certification in 2001, as well as related Conferences and Seminars

She is one of the Research Investigators who will be participating in MISS (Mechanical Infertility Systematic Study).

Janette spent much of her PT career practicing in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon for a regional hospital organization, where she was one of the founding members of the women’s health program (which later added men’s health to it) and the lymphedema program. She returns to the Bay Area, where she grew up. She looks forward to year-round Farmers Markets, the many opportunities to dance Argentine Tango, exploring local food, creativity, and having a much shorter commute to visit her family, who still live in the Bay Area.



“I have struggled with stomach issues my whole life.
I came to Back to Life Physical Therapy for a seemingly unrelated issue, and I am so pleased that Janette was able to help me. I have not had to take any oral medications for my stomach issue (constipation) since I came here. I am so thankful for the relief after many years of difficulty and pain. I hope this therapy will become mainstream, as it is painless and works!”

~ Catherine

“Janette Cariad is a warm and caring pro who is a joy to work with. I went into PT feeling fearful I might never be fully sexually intimate again because of pain and tightness associated with vaginal scar tissue. But with Janette’s sensitive, respectful and effective therapy, I am regaining that ability. The pain and tightness have been reduced by more than 80 percent. Even my gynecologist remarked on how healthy my vaginal tissues looked and how significantly the scar tissue had improved. I experienced no pain during the vaginal exam for the first time in years. Each treatment with Janette, I have witnessed loosening and progress in the softening of scar tissue – at times miraculously so. It’s like it is melting away.”

~ Alissa

“I love Janette. She is the first PT to give me the tools that finally work to address my specific needs.”

~ Sharon A.


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