Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy In Rochester, MN

At Optimal Movement we offer Physical Therapy in Rochester, MN that strives to enhance movement across one’s lifespan by providing skilled, individualized and quality care to every patient. We specialize in the treatment of acute and chronic orthopedic injuries, pre- and post-operative care, vestibular dysfunction, chronic pain management and low back pain.


We understand that finding the right provider and treatment can be confusing and overwhelming at times. However, we remove the guess work by providing every patient with a 1-on-1 consultation and treatment experience. First you undergo a comprehensive examination to get to the source of your pain and/or limitation. This is followed by treatment session(s) that consist of evidenced-based therapeutic techniques. These techniques range from manual therapy to skilled exercise programming focused on the common goal of getting you back to the life you love. Finally, you are given a tailored and individualized home program that is both convenient and sustainable.

Dr. BJ Nash Optimal Movement Physical Therapist in Rochester, MN.

Physical Therapy conditions we treat

At Optimal Movement we offer Physical Therapy in Rochester, MN that strives to enhance movement across one’s lifespan by providing skilled, individualized and quality care to every patient. We provide an unhurried, patient focused experience where we take a look at the whole person rather than just their dysfunction or injury. Dr. BJ Nash specializes in the treatment of pre- and post-operative care, vestibular dysfunction, orthopedic and sports related injuries and back pain.

Additional Conditions We Treat

Here are some additional Physical Therapy conditions that we treat at Optimal Movement in Rochester, MN.

Joint Pain

  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Wrist and hand pain
  • Ankle and foot pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Osteroarthritis

Chronic Pain Management

  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Neuropathy
  • Central sensitization
  • Overuse injuries
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain

How Can Physical Therapy Help You?

Physical therapy is a unique profession that can address many concerns ranging from bone, joint, and ligament issues to dizziness and balance problems. Physical therapists will help you manage your pain and other symptoms, focus on improving function, and collaborate with you to develop a plan of care to ensure lasting results. We can help modify lifestyle factors to eliminate pain in the short term, but prevent it from coming back in the future. Here at Optimal Movement, we care for people of all ages, from children to older adults, specializing in treating the following conditions:

Acute and chronic orthopedic injuries

Pre- and post-operative care

Chronic pain management

Lower Back Pain

The aim of physical therapy is to get back to doing the things you love as quickly and safely as possible. We always offer unhurried patient focused sessions where we take a look at the whole person not just their dysfunction. Our expectation is that you walk away with not only improved understanding of your condition but also provide you with the tools to help manage your condition well into the future.

Truly Individualized Care

Living pain-free takes discipline and attention. It’s important to have a body that can go where you need it to go and stand up to the world’s grueling demands. Optimal Movement takes the guesswork out of health so you can live the life you want to live without worrying about the physical and mental tolls of life. We focus on optimizing your health so you can focus on living life without limits.

Physical Therapy FAQ’s

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral from a physician to come see us. Even though physical therapy is direct access in the state of Minnesota, some insurance companies still require you to see a physician first. One of the many benefits at Optimal Movement is that we don’t go through insurance and this allows you to self-refer and be seen whenever you have a condition or ailment you would like us to address.


When dealing with an injury it can sometimes take days or weeks before you can get an appointment to see your primary care provider. After they write you a referral to physical therapy it could be another 2-4 weeks before you can actually be seen. But because you don’t need a referral to come see us at Optimal Movement we can usually get you in within 24-48 hours.

Can I use my Health Savings Account (HSA) or my Flex Spending Account (FSA)

You can absolutely use your HSA or FSA to pay for our services. You just need to present your card at the time of your visit.

Why don’t you take insurance?

Many times, insurance companies will only reimburse patients for certain conditions or treatments, and they dictate how many conditions can be treated within a single visit or even how many sessions you can be seen. At Optimal Movement, we will collaborate with you to develop the most appropriate plan of care based on your individual needs. And because we don’t go through insurance, we are able to see you for as many, or as few, sessions as it takes to get you back to feeling better and we can address multiple areas of concern within a single session.


Due to current insurance company reimbursement, many clinics are forced to co-treat multiple patients at once and in many instances, insurance companies deny performance-based treatments. At Optimal Movement, you will be guaranteed a 1 on 1 treatment experience every time and you will get the exact treatment that you need based on your condition and the goals you have established with your therapist. You deserve the absolute best care we have to offer rather than only what the insurance company has decided they will reimburse.


Many times, insurances dictate which physical therapist you can see. For instance, if you are seen by a doctor for your condition or even have a surgery at certain hospital, insurance may dictate that you must see a physical therapist that is associated with that particular clinic or hospital. But, by not going through insurance, it allows you to choose which physical therapist you would like to see. Maybe your decision is based on convenience of location, skillset the therapist treats, or simply because you have a better relationship with a particular physical therapist, what ever it may be, it allows you the freedom to choose.

Can I submit the bill to my insurance for reimbursement?

A cash-based practice is considered an out-of-network service. So, this will depend on your individual insurance company and if they have an out of network plan, but YES, with many insurance companies you can send “self-claims” directly to them for reimbursement of treatment at our clinic. Usually, you can print claims forms from your insurance companies’ website and send it in with the needed receipts and treatment codes that can be provided upon request from our clinic.


The amount of reimbursement and/or application toward your deductible is solely dependent on your individual insurance plan. If you are unsure if your plan includes out-of-network services, you should call your insurance company to inquire if they do in fact cover these services and at what percentage or dollar amount you should expect to receive for reimbursement.

How do prices compare at a cash-based practice from a practice that accepts insurance?

Many individual insurance plans in the state of Minnesota do not cover physical therapy services until you have met your deductible. Individual insurance plans have deductibles ranging from $1,100 to $10,000 depending on your level of coverage. This means that you would be paying for physical therapy services 100% out of pocket until your deductible is met. And then you are responsible for a 20% to 50% co-pay until you meet your out-of-pocket max which could be as high as $10,000. Many times, clinics that take insurance charge based on the “complexity” of the condition you have, meaning, the more complex it is, the more they charge. They also charge for each additional type of treatment that is administered during a session (manual therapy, instruction, exercises, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc.). When going through insurance, an average bill can range from $300-$600 dollars. But at Optimal Movement, you don’t have to worry about additional fees. You pay a lower flat rate that is not dependent on the complexity of your condition, and you are paying for our time rather than being charged for the number of treatments we administer. Our main goal at Optimal Movement is to get you better. We will provide the best and most necessary treatment to help you reach your goals, rather than providing the treatment with the highest reimbursement potential.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

Mainly you will just need to bring yourself. But if you have any recent reports from your medical team that involve details from a recent surgery, CT-scan, X-ray, or MRI you may bring those, however, it is not absolutely necessary. If you currently use any sort of assistive device such as a cane, crutches, or walker or if you are using any type of brace, sling, splint or any other aid, it would be good to bring those with.

What should I wear?

It is important that you wear something comfortable, something that allows you to move around freely. Your session may include movement, stretches, or moderate exercise, so dress as if you were going to the gym. It is also important to wear something that allows easy access to the injured body part, limb, or joint so your therapist can perform a thorough examination and treatment of the designated area. It is preferred you wear some sort of athletic shoes vs sandals, flipflops or heels. This will allow you to fully participate in the therapy session and minimize the chance of injury from a slip or fall.

Will physical therapy hurt?

At your initial session, your therapist will perform a series of evidenced based tests and measures to try and minimally reproduce your symptoms. This is done in a safe and controlled environment with the purpose gaining a better understanding of the tissues that are implicated and the motions that cause your discomfort. This will allow the therapist to develop the best plan of care for you and your condition and get you back on the road to recovery. Some increased soreness is common and perfectly normal. Any increased soreness felt during a therapy session should only last for 1 to 2 days, and to help with the symptoms, you are encouraged to use ice or heat on the affected area, drink plenty of water, and take over the counter pain medication as needed and only as directed.

“I used Bj Nash three weeks ago I had hip surgery and everything he said and did for me was spot on. I highly recommend him.”

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