Kraetz Physical Therapy specializes in women’s health, orthopedic rehab

Healthy tip

Carrying yourself with good posture creates natural muscle strengthening. What’s good posture? “Think of gently pushing your shoulder blades towards your back pockets,” Kraetz advises. “Walk with your shoulders back, your palms should face your legs, thumbs forward.”

— On the six-month anniversary of opening her own business, physical therapist Dr. Shelly Kraetz is excited. She loves what she does, her reputation is growing, her business is looking toward expansion and she feels that her work makes a difference in people’s lives.

“Why should people choose physical therapy? Because ‘no medicine yet invented has the health benefits of exercise.’ That’s one of my favorite professional quotes,” said Kraetz. “Surgery is a last resort, even for surgeons; they prefer to send patients to us first. You don’t want to change your body if you can help it.”

While Kraetz, who opened her own eponymous physical therapy office at 796 West Genesee St. a few months ago, treats patients of all ages, genders and injury/issue types — including post-surgery orthopedic rehabilitation — her main focus is on women’s health services. She treats “all phases of a woman’s life,” for conditions such as urinary incontinence, post-mastectomy pain, lymphedema, pregnancy-related pain, post-pregnancy conditions, osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction and menopause.

“I live in Skaneateles, and I opened my office here because I thought there was a need for women’s health in this area — and there is no lymphedema therapy here at all,” Kraetz said.

Kraetz, who is originally from Connecticut, has a doctorate in physical therapy from Upstate Medical and is a certified lymphedema therapist. She previously worked as part of a medical office in Moravia and decided last year to open her own office in Skaneateles.

There are numerous issues facing women’s bodies that physical therapy can help with, she said. “Pills and surgeries don’t always work.”

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