Owner of Dutch Physical Therapy, Mirjam Maassen, began her story in the Netherlands where she was born, raised, and educated. Hence the name, “Dutch” Physical Therapy. Mirjam specifically chose to move to Louisiana because of the Cajun culture, food, wide range of availability in sports and warm weather. Dutch Physical Therapy opened the first office in 1994 and since then we have grown to three locations, which are located in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs. Our philosophy at Dutch PT is to empower and educate our patients through manual therapy, reducing or eliminating pain, improving strength, mobility, and postural education.
We are considered the “spine specialist” by area physicians due to proven success in treating patients who suffer from disc and spine related problems. In addition to treating patients with spine problems, our therapists excel in treating joint and muscle injuries, sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and women’s health.
The treatment you will receive at Dutch PT is only performed by highly trained physical therapists and their team, used to ensure that you receive the highest quality of care.
We are committed to being your FIRST and BEST choice in Physical Therapy.
At Dutch Physical Therapy, we pride ourselves in the use of the McKenzie Method.
The McKenzie Method is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any of these issues, then an assessment may be right for you! Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging (e.g. x-rays and MRIs). The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body’s potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, or surgery. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.
If utilized correctly, the achievable goals of the McKenzie Method in a cost-and time-effective manner are to:
- Accurately understand the patient’s presentation and behavior of symptoms
- Determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan
- Eliminate symptoms and restore full function
- Empower the patient to self treat and prevent recurrences
- Help inform patients if other medical advice or testing is needed