Aimee Riegel’s new business, Fit PT and Wellness, offers a unique approach to physical therapy and wellness for busy, active people, as well as those who are homebound.
The concierge business provides one-on-one services for those who “can’t get out of their homes or businesses,” because of hectic schedules or physical limitations, she said.
“I also can work with them in a gym-type setting if that’s something they’d like to arrange," Riegel said.
Riegel, a graduate of the University of Kansas, has a doctorate in physical therapy and has worked at a local physical therapy clinic since moving to Hays six years ago.
As a mobile concierge, she can individualize treatment and tailor something for the client’s needs “versus the demands of coming into the clinic."
"The other thing that’s unique about my practice is that I don’t deal with insurance,” Riegel said.
That allows her to set up a program based on what she and the client feel is needed to align with a specific goal rather than targeting specific insurance guidelines.
“This allows a little more freedom of choice for the patient as well as for myself in being able to provide services that they need and want,” Riegel said.
She also sees Medicare patients who may fall through the cracks.
If they are truly homebound and were getting home services but "weren’t making progress, then the home care had to cease,” she said.
Without those services, some might regress and end up back in the hospital.
“This type of model allows them to continue (home services) on a type of cash pay," Riegel said.
Prevention and wellness to prevent a decline in function or in younger individuals to prevent injury is also a part of the service she offers.
Sometimes by helping clients use gym equipment or watching them cycle or run, Riegel can help active clients find ways to stop putting strain on a part of the body and relieve an ache or pain that doesn’t necessarily require medical attention.
When Riegel meets an active client for the initial consultation, she takes a video of them exercising. She then does a voiceover, uploads it to Google drive, and sends it so they can watch themselves doing the exercise and see if they are doing it correctly. A video diary lets them monitor their progress.
She also can work with individuals on weight training and nutrition, “not only staying physically fit, but fueling the body appropriately for all the demands that they’re putting on it.”
Riegel is certificated in dry needling, which uses a small monofilament needle similar to an acupuncture needle.
It is inserted into the muscle and helps to relieve any tension and kind of resets the central nervous system, she said.
Dry needling can be helpful for acute injury and chronic pain but isn’t a standalone cure — you need to look for what is causing the problem, she said.
Riegel, who works as a physical therapist at Progressive Therapy two days a week, is available on an as-needed basis to clients.
“I do usually make myself available Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, but I see people on the weekends as needed, evenings," she said. "I just try to make it work for them.”
For more information, visit the business website at www.fitptandwellness.com.