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Wellness Program

blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services | Wellness Program

The objective of our Wellness Program is to keep people healthy, or “well”. This program was developed with the intention of helping our physical therapy patients continue to progress and maintain their gains from formal physical therapy. By giving them the option of using the equipment they are familiar with, in a comfortable environment, we are hoping to them continue to maintaining their gains. These memberships are available at a discounted price at the conclusion of their formal physical therapy program and are available in 1, 6, and 12 month packages. Memberships are also available to other individuals (non-patients) that are looking for an opportunity to exercise in a comfortable setting to maintain their health and wellness. In today’s healthcare environment, this is critical as the cost of medical treatment continues to rise, and has been shifted by the insurance companies to the patient. By investing in your health before you have to, you will be able to realize actual cost savings, making this program true “health care”.

As a member of our Wellness Program, an individual is allowed access to work out on our fitness equipment. New members will be orientated to the equipment in a session that will be scheduled once the signup. Personal training will be available for those looking to get more help in establishing a program. Also for your convenience, there is a shower available for those trying to squeeze in a quick workout.

While our physical therapists are focused on treating our patients, when available, they may be able to answer a question or offer assistance if they observe exercises or activities that they feel could be improved, or may not be appropriate for you. At this point, we have found the program a great way to keep up with some of our “regulars.”

We hope to see you soon!

Wellness Program Pricing
12 Month Membership 6 Month Membership 1 Month Membership
Discounted Regular Discounted Regular Discounted Regular
Payment Due: $330.00 $354.00 $183.00 $189.00 $33.00 $35.00
Registration Fee: Waived Waived Waived $10.00 $20.00 $20.00
Total Due at Registration: $330.00 $354.00 $183.00 $204.00 $53.00 $55.00
Discounted memberships include: Patients, Linwood Mill residents, Senior citizens, Students

*Please note: The Registration fee is only applied for the first month or 6-month package.


Functional Dry Needling (FDN) is a therapeutic treatment using small monofilament needles to release shortened bands of muscle and decrease trigger point activity, in order to provide patients/clients with relief of their symptoms. By inserting the needles into specific points, FDN is used by a licensed physical therapist with specialized training in Dry Needling to resolve pain and promote healing by stimulating the neuromuscular system, neutralizing tissue pH, and promoting an inflammatory response. This is not to be confused with Chinese Acupuncture, but instead a medical treatment that utilizes evidence base research to determine the proper regions to be treated for each patient/client. Following treatment, we recommend people to drink plenty of fluids, keep moving (but do not overdo it), and heat/ ice may be used for soreness.

“Dry needling is a skilled technique performed by a physical therapist using filiform needles to penetrate the skin and/or underlying tissues to affect change in body structures and functions for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, and disability.” – Arizona Physical Therapy Association, Kinetacore

How does Dry Needling help healing?
FDN increases range of motion by decreasing muscle tightness/adhesions and increasing blood flow. This treatment improves pain by deactivation trigger points, desensitizing tissue, improving connection from the muscles to the spine and brain. The needles increase neurotransmission, neutralize pH, and promote inflammatory markers for healing. Function is restored by improving the muscular length-tension relationship restoring efficient muscle contraction.

What is the difference between Functional Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
FDN and Acupuncture use a similar tool, but very different methodology. Acupuncturists use Chinese Medicine with the Meridian Lines. Physical Therapists utilize their evaluation skills and knowledge of anatomy to treat the affected tissue with a medical diagnosis. This helps patients achieve their goals.

Is it painful?
You should feel the therapist holding the tissue more than the actual needle. The needle diameter is much smaller than those used for injections. The needles used for FDN are solid, not hollow. There is no shaft inside the needle and this decreases the risk of infection. Some patients report a deep ache or may feel a twitch in the muscle, and others don’t feel a thing!

Is it dangerous?
As with any medical procedure, there are risks. In the case of FDN, the most serious, but rare, the risk is a pneumothorax, an accidental puncture of a lung. If this were to occur, there would be no further treatment and you should see a physician because a chest X-ray may be needed. Symptoms include shortness of breath, decreased blood pressure, weak rapid pulse, increased neck vein distention, chest pain, dry cough, and sitting up is the most comfortable position. Other risks include injury to a blood vessel or nerve, resulting in bruising, numbness, and/or tingling. Some patients may feel dizziness, nausea, headache, and in rare cases, fainting can occur with FDN. FDN treatment is performed with the patient lying down to this decrease risk.

There are risks with FDN that are reviewed prior to treatment. Your clinician will always use safe techniques to minimize these risks. The biggest risk is a punctured lung (pneumothorax), but this is extremely rare (<1:10,000) – McCutcheon, 2011

How much does it cost?
Currently, most health insurances in MA are not covering Dry Needling Treatment under typical policies. This will depend on the physical therapist’s evaluation and the nature of the issue we are treating. We offer FDN on a cash pay basis for our patients or as a stand-alone service with 3 tiers of treatment. Most Simple and Complex sessions can be performed as an add-on to a Physical Therapy visit. In cases where more treatment is necessary, and can’t be combined with a Physical Therapy visit, we offer a Full FDN Session. Please note, if adding body parts, further evaluation may be needed. Prices can be found below:

Functional Dry Needling Session Approx. Length of Session Cost/Session Body Part(s)

5-10 minutes $25.00 1

10-25 minutes $40.00 1-2
Full Session/ Wellness Evaluation

>25 minutes $95.00/$125.00 >2

How do I set up an appointment?
If you are currently being treated here, ask your physical therapist if FDN could be an option for you. If you are not currently a patient, please call (508)234-7544 to set up an evaluation with our FDN trained Physical Therapist, Dr. Jessica Lynch. Let the office staff know you are interested in dry needling when you call. Our informed consent form can be found here.


Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services is pleased to offer exercise classes for both current and prior patients, as well as Wellness program members, and even people that don’t fall into the aforementioned groups. These classes are to be held in our gym at the times indicated below. We intend these class to be for varying levels on fitness, but please check with the instructor if you have questions, and please check with your physician if you have any medical conditions that may preclude you from participating.

We reserve the right to cancel classes without adequate attendance and will try to do so at least 4 hours in advance. When possible, we will contact attendees.

Requirements of Participants

  • Participants must be able to physically handle the classes. Treating therapists can be consulted, and in absence of a treating clinician, the participant’s physician should be consulted.
  • Releases must be signed by participants that aren’t Wellness Program Members.
  • Current Members of the Wellness Program will be eligible for a discount.
Class Pricing
Class Purchase Single Class 8 Class Package 20 Class Package
Wellness Program Members $9.00 $66.00 $160.00
Non-Members $14.00 $99.00 $225.00

How do I sign up?

The sign up process is handled at the BVPTS office in the Linwood Mill. If there is a medical condition or issue limiting participation, we will postpone class use up to 6 months. Beyond that time will be on a case by case situation and on the availability of the schedule. We reserve the right to prioritize attendance based for members signing up. Please contact us with any further questions at (508) 234-7544 or check our website ( for more information.

As you purchase the classes, you will select the dates/classes you will attend. In the case that you miss a class, there are no refunds due to the small size of the class. We can remove you from the class list with 48 hours notice and will do our best to reschedule you.

TRX Class

Instructor: Marcia Witkus, PTA, AFAA group exercise instructor, MADD DOG spinning and certified TRX instructor.

When: Thursdays 6PM-7PM

Where: Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services Wellness Gym

Description: TRX is a total body exercise workout for both beginners to the advanced level fitness enthusiast which uses gravity and your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises including strengthening, stretching and stability work. Every exercise requires you to engage your core! It is a total body workout and you are in control of how much you challenge yourself! It is as simple as adjusting your body position to add or decrease resistance.


  • Improves core strength
  • Improves mobility
  • Improves flexibility
  • Builds lean muscle
  • Develops and builds functional strength
  • Gets in a fast effective Total Body Workout!
  • FUN!!!
Hatha Yoga Class

Instructor: Jessica Lynch, PT, DPT, AFAA group exercise instructor

When: Thursdays 7-8 PM

Where: Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services Wellness Gym

Description: Hatha is a gentle form of yoga that is great for beginners. It focuses on improving mind-body awareness. Breath is incorporated through movement between postures or asanas. It helps to improve flexibility, balance, and core strength. Hatha yoga is a great stress reliever and can help physical, mental, and emotional health. Class will typically end with a meditation.


  • Improves mind-body awareness
  • Improves core strength
  • Improves flexibility
  • Improves blood flow/circulation
  • Stress relief
Personal Training
blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services | Personal Training

With an individualized approach to training, the BVPTS Wellness Program utilizes state-of-the-art techniques and training methods to achieve results. Taking a progression based approach, specific to each client’s goals and needs, improvements in functional strength, endurance, and overall wellbeing can be tracked and displayed for all demographics. From youth training, to general population, and high performing athletes the staff at BVPTS will develop a training program catered to YOU and YOUR needs as an individual.

Wellness Member Pricing
# of Sessions Total Cost Price Per Session
Initial Consult.FREEFREE
1 Session$50.00$50.00
5 Session$230.00$46.00
10 Session$440.00$44.00
20 Session$800.00$40.00
Non-Wellness Member Pricing
# of Sessions Total Cost Price Per Session
Initial Consult.$35.00$35.00
1 Session$60.00$60.00
5 Sessions$285.00$57.00
10 Sessions$560.00$56.00
20 Sessions$1,100.00$55.00

Julie Flaherty

Julie Flaherty

Julie graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and then earned her Master's in Education at Worcester State University. She has over 20 years of coaching experience in the cheerleading industry. She has trained at all levels including youth, high school and collegiate athletes. Julie is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She currently trains clients in the Worcester area and is excited to join the team at Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy where she can continue to focus on integrative functional training. Her goal is to develop both individualized training and small group programs that will promote a healthy, active lifestyle and provide clients with the opportunity to achieve their strength training and fitness goals. Julie enjoys weight lifting and HIIT workouts. When she's not at work she loves being home and spending time, outside, with her husband and 2 boys playing football, basketball and home run derby!

Julie Testimonial –

“I have been training with Julie for several months now and it has been fantastic! The workouts she designs are diverse and really push me to work hard. For every session, she incorporates different exercises to keep the workouts interesting and when I am done, I always feel like I’ve had a really great workout. She is always very encouraging during the workouts so that even when I want to stop, I keep going. She is an excellent trainer and I truly enjoy working with her. She has helped me to feel my strongest and I find myself looking forward to the workouts she creates.” – N. O’Brien

Marcia Witkus, Physical Therapy Assistant

Marcia Is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with over 23 years of experience in the Outpatient, Inpatient and Sub-Acute settings. Her specialty is in the area of Aquatic Physical Therapy with over 19 years of experience working with all ages from pediatrics to the senior client. She is also a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer who has a strong interest in Post Rehab / Physical Therapy personal training in both the gym/clinic or aquatic setting.

Marcia holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assisting from Springfield Technical Community College. Along with her LPTA and NASM-Cert Personal Training she is a current certified AFAA group exercise instructor, MADD Dog spinning and TRX instructor. She currently teaches Group TRX here at Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services as well as Spin, TRX and aqua aerobics at the Whitin Community Center.

Youth Strength and Conditioning

Youth Small Group Strength & Conditioning Class Description

We will be looking to improve the participants movement quality. By improving the kids/teens movement quality it will help reduce risk of injury and improve athletic performance. It is also our goal that they will develop a level of comfort in the gym setting and familiarity with various types of lifts and equipment to ensure safety and lifelong fitness habits.

Our Training Approach

With a semi-private approach to training, our staff develops each individual program based on the client’s specific goals and sport then implements the program in a group setting. By assessing muscular and movement imbalances and deficiencies, our programs drive results and improvements while minimizing the risk of injury. We use a functional movement approach to address the areas of strength, power, speed, agility, and conditioning, so athletes can see the results of their training through their own performance.

Tracking & Recording Progress

Baseline assessments and tests, including upper body power, lower body power and lateral agility. These initial results are recorded, tracked, and reassessed to ensure improvement. Results will be shared and presented to parents on a regular basis.

Class Instructor

Dr. Matthew Styf, DPT, CSCS has been running the youth training groups at BVPTS since 2017 with a focus on improving the athlete’s movement quality while addressing strength and power required for sports. He received his B.A. degree in Exercise Science from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MCPHS University. He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2012 and enjoys training youth athletes as well as the general population.

Youth Strength and Conditioning

Youth Strength and Conditioning

Class Info & Schedule

  • Class Size – 4-6 person max (we reserve right to cancel if less than 3)
  • Class Schedule – 8 or 16 week blocks – Based on 1 or 2x per week
  • Current classes schedule ( Subject to change): Wednesday and Friday 3-4pm


Block pricing can be found below. Payment will be due at the time of the class and can be made at our office, or by calling (508) 234-7544.

Purchase Options 8 Weeks 16 Weeks Payments can be made on site or over the phone
1x per week $130 (8 classes) $210 (16 classes)
2x per week $180 (16 classes) $335 (32 classes)

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TPI Golf Swing Assessment and Training Program

Are you looking to improve your golf game or play without pain? Then you need to invest in yourself and your health, so you can avoid painful rounds, whether it be physical pain, or high scores.

Golf Screening
  • Range of costs for a membership in the Blackstone Valley region: $1,165-$5,680
  • Average Cost per round in the Blackstone Valley region: $51.00
  • Avoid spending the Average cost for PT over a year for back pain: $2,375
  • Avoid spending the Average Cost for medical treatment without PT: $7,970

Dr. Matthew Styf, PT, DPT, CSCS is certified through the Titleist Performance Institute and are ready to assist you in reaching your golf goals.

The screening will be provided to help you target specific physical areas needing improvement to optimize your golf game. You will complete a series of physical movements, and have your golf swing recorded. A personalized, corrective exercise program will be designed based on the results of the screen as well as reviewing the video. Our intention is for this program to be incorporated into a work-out program that will improve your golf game, as well as your overall health and movement. Now is the time to improve your mobility and mechanics to make this season the best it can be! Let us help you!

Schedule your TPI evaulation today! Call (508) 234-7544 to set up an appoinment, or e-mail

Package Cost
TPI Evaluation $95
TPI Evaluation + 5 Training Sessions $345
TPI Evaluation + 10 Training Sessions $650
TPI Evaluation + 15 Training Sessions $865
TPI Evaluation + 20 Training Sessions $1045
TPI Re-assessment $80
1 Training Session $60
  • TPI evaluation = TPI Physical Assessment + Video Analysis + 20 mins of Exercise instruction
  • 1 Training Session = 50 mins of 1-on-1 personalized Golf and general fitness training
  • Each Package of 10 or more training sessions includes a complimentary re-assessment at the completion of your program. The package of 20 training sessions includes 2 complimentary re-assessments.