Welcome to Free Body Physical Therapy in Chicago

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Your Health Is Our Passion

Free Body Physical Therapy in Chicago was established in 2015 with the intention of breaking the mold of standard physical therapy practices. At Free Body Physical Therapy, your body is treated with individuality and care. No two bodies respond the same way to an injury, and that’s why no two therapy programs should be the same. Free Body Physical Therapy was founded to get you back to your best self. Let’s work together to reach your goals!

Meet Your Doctor 

Dr. Marc Gregory Guillen PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Free Body Physical Therapy in Chicago is owned and operated by Dr. Marc Gregory Guillen, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT. After receiving a doctorate in physical therapy and working at several PT clinics along the west coast, Dr. Guillen completed a physical therapy fellowship program in Manual Therapy that less than 1% of physical therapists in the U.S. have completed. This expertise in Manual Therapy provides hands-on knowledge to help patients reach their physical therapy goals. Dr. Guillen offers a close one-on-one relationship with patients where his goal is to educate, empower and maximize recovery in as few visits as possible.

Common conditions that Dr. Guillen treats include back pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee and ankle injuries, post-surgery rehabilitation, arthritis, chronic pain conditions, sports injuries, and much more. Free Body Physical Therapy accepts most insurance, Medicare, worker’s comp and self-pay patients. Dr. Guillen is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Our Services At Free Body Physical Therapy in Chicago

At Free Body Physical Therapy, we work with the whole body. A holistic approach to evaluating your pain, injury, or post-surgical care starts by understanding that your body does not work in isolated segments. Each area of specialty services allows us to target your treatment, but your entire body will feel the benefits.

Neck and Back Pain 

When you’re dealing with neck and back pain, it’s easy to think that remaining immobile until the pain subsides is your only option. While rest is an important part of the recovery process, physical movements play a key role in reducing pain. That is why physical therapy in Chicago is so critical for your treatment. This form of treatment utilizes therapeutic stretches and strengthening exercises that work to promote healing from within an affected area. By working with our team, your ailments can be treated while potentially achieving the below results:

  • Regaining strength.
  • Improving flexibility.
  • Increasing your range of motion.
  • Eliminating pain.
  • Reducing the need to undergo potentially dangerous surgery.

Joint Pain

Physical therapy in Chicago is one of the most important treatments for arthritis and makes a significant impact in your joint health. While arthritis can slow you, it doesn’t have to. If you are suffering with arthritis, PT can change your life. When getting physical therapy in Chicago we focus on the following:

  • Restoring natural pain free range of motion in your joints
  • Improving muscular support and strength around your joints
  • Enhancing joint balance and function
  • Teaching you what to do to protect your joints from further damage

While we cannot repair your cartilage, our unique treatments can reduce or completely alleviate your pain, swelling and improve your ability to walk, run, bend or reach. Here are some of the different conditions we help:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Post-surgery recovery
  • Joint replacement recovery

Preventative Assessment

Physical therapists engage in an examination process that includes taking the individual’s history, conducting a standardized systems review, and performing selected tests and measures to identify potential and existing movement-related disorders. The data gathered during history taking, including answers to review of systems questions, enables the physical therapist to generate diagnostic hypotheses and select specific tests and measures to identify and characterize signs, symptoms, and risk of movement dysfunctions. To establish the individual’s specific diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care through the evaluation process, physical therapists synthesize the collected examination data and determine whether the potential or existing disorders to be managed are within the scope of physical therapist practice.

Pre & Post Surgery Rehabilitation

Hip and knee replacement surgeries are some of the most common operations performed in the U.S., with about 1 million completed each year. And each one of these patients share one thing in common: their desire to get back to the level of work, play and function they enjoyed before first experiencing joint pain. The physical therapy team at Free Body Physical Therapy in Chicago can get them there. 

Working with a physical therapist before these and other surgeries can vastly improve your strength, education, and confidence going into such a major procedure. In turn, these “prehabilitation” efforts can improve the speed, success, and cost of your rehabilitation experience post-surgery, getting you back to doing the things you love – free of pain. 

Common Surgeries 

  • Total and partial joint replacements 
  • Knee surgeries 
  • Back or neck procedures 
  • Shoulder/rotator cuff surgeries 
  • Hip surgeries 
  • Ligament or tendon reconstructions 

Sports Rehabilitation

Every sport can tax an athlete’s body in unique ways. That is why there are so many sports injuries an athlete can potentially endure. Fortunately, no matter what the injury may be, our team will be there to help. We’ll be able to diagnose the severity of your injury before moving forward with creating the treatment plan that is right for you. Examples of some of the most common sports injuries treated here at our facility include the following:

  • Sprains and strains.
  • Overuse injuries.
  • Dislocations and fractures.
  • Tendonitis.
  • Back and neck injuries.
  • Joint problems.

Foot and Ankle Pain

At Free Body Physical Therapy in Chicago, our expert physical therapists have years of training in evaluating the movement of your foot, ankle and legs. We perform an analysis of your foot and ankle joints as well as the muscles in your legs. Furthermore, we analyze your walking and running patterns to determine the root cause of your foot pain or ankle pain so it can be treated quickly and effectively.

Trust us to help you relieve your pain quickly and restore your normal walking / running activities. Call us today to learn more about our ankle and foot pain program!

Recent Posts About Physical Therapy in Chicago

Physical Therapy Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis 

Are you someone who has just started to take up running and is now suffering from constant aches and pains in the back of your legs? Has pain developed as a result of a sudden increase in activity? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may be dealing with Achilles tendonitis. At Free Body Physical Therapy in Chicago, we’ve helped many patients overcome this injury. Through the use of physical therapy, our team can help you get back to full strength with a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan.

What Is Achilles Tendonitis? 

Your Achilles tendon is a band of tissues that connects your calf muscle to your heel. When this tendon becomes irritated or inflamed, typically from overuse, Achilles tendonitis can develop. It commonly takes place in avid runners or athletes, and the symptoms can worsen as more activities are performed. Examples of these symptoms include the following:

  • Pain.
  • Stiffness.
  • Swelling.
  • Tenderness.

Common Causes/Risk Factors

As previously stated, the most common cause of Achilles tendonitis is overuse. This overuse tends to come from athletic activity and the constant pounding that comes along with running. However, our team warns that there are also risk factors that can be at play. Knowing these risk factors may help you avoid Achilles tendonitis and the need for sessions of physical therapy for treatment. The following are some of the risk factors that can result from this complication:

  • Gender (being male).
  • Aging.
  • Having flat feet or tight calf muscles.
  • Obesity.
  • Training in worn-out shoes.
  • Psoriasis.
  • High blood pressure.

Why Choose Physical Therapy in Chicago?

As Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury, it’s easy to assume that staying completely immobile is your best course of action. However, this is not the case. Physical therapy utilizes both therapeutic stretches and strengthening exercises that promote healing from within an affected area. It can be used to treat many ailments, including Achilles tendonitis. During your first sessions, our staff will perform a full evaluation to help determine the levels of physical output your body can handle. Once this is done, they will begin teaching you how to perform the activities needed to get your tendon back to full strength. 

The Benefits Of Physical Therapy  

One of the main benefits of physical therapy is the abundance of injuries that can be treated by undergoing sessions invoking this type of care. That is why physical therapy is often recommended to patients dealing with Achilles tendonitis. However, there are other benefits to be had as well. Below are just a few examples of the ones you can reap when working with our team at Free Body Physical Therapy for help:

  • Avoid the need for surgery.
  • Reduces the time you spend injured.
  • Mitigates the likelihood of Achilles tendonitis recurring.
  • Improves strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
  • Allows you to play an active role in the recovery process.  

Expected Recovery Time

It’s important to remember that one session of physical therapy with our team will likely not be enough to help you make a full recovery. You must allow your body to properly heal before trying to return to physical activities. Rushing back too soon can lead to extended recovery time and may even cause your tendon to rupture. While each patient is different, most can expect it to take around 12 weeks to fully recover from Achilles tendonitis.

Free Body Physical Therapy in Chicago

At Free Body Physical Therapy, our team is committed to helping patients get back to full strength, no matter the issue. Our physical therapists are well versed in Achilles tendonitis and can craft the treatment plan that brings you the optimal results. For more information on how sessions of physical therapy can help you, please contact our team today.

Contact Free Body Physical Therapy in Chicago

2618 W Division ST Ste B
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 773-599-3393
Fax: 773-227-3309

Our Hours

Mon – Thur: 11:00 – 8:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed