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Claudia von Hammerstein, P.T., L.M.T.

I have been practicing physical therapy for thirty years, the last twenty here in Portland. I received my degree in Berlin, Germany, where I grew up and was introduced to the healing properties of movement and touch as a young girl taking  classes from a revered teacher named Gora. I still use many of those exercises in my treatment these days.  After high school and several years at the university of Berlin, I finally found my home in the healing art of physical therapy. I focus my interest in mind and body/soul connection. I discovered a love for the never-ending learning curve of what the body and the mind can and must deal with. I integrate Pilates and Yoga principals into the exercise programs for strengthening and postural awareness.

I have honed my skills to teach and explain to my patients/clients what it is that is ailing them, what I can do for them in terms of treatment, and what they can do for themselves in terms of self-management. Taking the mystery out of the process is what I love to do.

Over the years I have treated orthopedic patients with a great variety of ailments, such as joint replacements, osteoporosis, acute strain, and repetitive injuries sustained from overuse (ergonomic) to the musculoskeletal system. For the past 15 years, I have focused on women’s health with pelvic floor/girdle dysfunction being a major aspect of it.  This has spilled over into men’s health in regards to recovery after prostate surgery. Many men suffer from incontinence and pain after surgery and these are a few of the issues I treat.

In 2008 I completed the course work and attained the Certificate of Achievement in pelvic floor from the APTA.

Some techniques I use are manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, visceral mobilization, muscle energy, strain and counter strain, and exercise. All of which are done in a very gentle fashion so healing and realigning take place.

In my spare time I love to exercise: running, hiking, biking or yoga. In quieter moments, I read, knit and sew, and when I can, I love to travel.