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CJ Physical Therapy and Pilates was born out of a vision to deliver expert, individualized health care with YOU as the priority, not the insurance company. Dr. Carrie Jose – a doctor in physical therapy and certified Pilates instructor – worked for many years in busy, traditional outpatient clinics, and grew tired and frustrated over her inability to give clients the care and experience they deserved. Not only were her clients unable to reach their full potential, she found that she was spending more time focusing on paperwork instead of the person in front of her.

She knew there had to be a better way, and that is how CJ Physical Therapy and Pilates was born.

Dr. Jose’s team of dedicated, expert, healthcare and fitness professionals work by the philosophy of “Person first, Client second”. When you become a client here, you are seen as a human being, someone with their own individual interests and concerns. Time is taken to get to know YOU, so that you can always be certain your best interests will be the priority. Whether it’s one-on-one physical therapy, a small group Pilates class, or a private session with one of our movement experts, the most important thing is that YOU feel in control of your health and have a say in what goes on. Instead of a third-party insurance company making decisions for you, you have a team here that considers you family, and whose only concern is that you are having a great experience, are well-cared for, and doing the activities that you love most!

Want to know if we can help you? Want to talk to a specialist for FREE? Want to inquire about cost and availability?

It all starts with a Discovery Session!


Have you ever asked yourself what kind of EXPERIENCE you want when it comes to your health, and staying active, healthy, and mobile?

When it comes to physical therapy, or getting help for a specific problem, are you willing to settle for generic, cookie-cutter exercise programs that double as  “treatment”?  Do you care if you’re left alone or paid attention to during your session that you took precious time out of your day for?  Does it matter to you whether the people helping you are specialists or generalists?

These are important questions that most people don’t even consider when it comes to getting help for a particular problem.

Worse… they find out the hard way that many of these factors DO actually matter if a smooth, pleasant, and successful recovery is what you’re after.

The good news is that it’s completely possible to get help in an environment where YOU are the priority… where you have choices… where there is an entire team of specialists dedicated to helping you… and where you can have fun and look forward to your sessions!

Things don’t have to feel clinical and sterile, and you CAN get expert health care and fitness training in an environment that is warm, friendly, and prioritizes YOU over everything else.

At CJ Physical Therapy and Pilates, we’ve designed our services and programs with one thing in mind… YOU!

That means we pay attention to everything from the big things – like taking the time to answer all your questions and putting a smile on your face – to the little things – like having soft toilet paper and a hot cup of coffee or tea waiting for you. We’ve made it our mission to bring you an experience that leaves you feeling cared for like family, not just another patient or client. You see, we don’t operate like traditional health care clinics or high volume exercise studios. We focus on meeting you where you are at, getting to know you as a person, and developing truly customized solutions that will get you more active, healthy, and mobile – so you can return to the activities that you love most instead of spending your precious time in the doctor’s office.

We believe – actually we know – that 90% of ALL musculoskeletal problems (aches, pains, and strains) can be solved without prescribing medications, without expensive tests and procedures, and certainly without surgery.

If you are tired of trying lots of different fitness routines or “treatments” that are generalized and don’t seem to work… tired of wasting time in offices that only care about your date of birth and type of insurance… and if you’re ready for problem-solving strategies that EMPOWER you with long lasting results vs quick-fixes…

Then you should consider working with us!

Click the button below to discuss your problem, meet with one of our specialists for FREE, and see if we’re the best team to help you!


What’s a Discovery Session?

Our FREE Discovery Sessions are designed for people who want to get some help for a particular problem – like back, neck, knee, hip, or shoulder pain – but they aren’t completely sure what their best options are, or if we’re the right people for the job. Our Discovery Sessions take care of this for you… it’s a chance for you to come meet us, get all your questions answered, and determine if we’re a good fit for what you need – completely FREE of charge. It’s a no-pressure, no-obligation appointment with a movement and musculoskeletal expert, and there’s no prescription or referral required. If you’d like to “discover”what’s causing your problem first, BEFORE you invest any more of your time or money on treatments that just aren’t working, then Request a Discovery Session.

How should I prepare for my first appointment?

Discovery Sessions – no paperwork is necessary. Please arrive 5-10 min early and just come prepared with all of your questions for our specialist!

All Pilates sessions (Tasters, Private, and Group sessions) – please arrive 5-10 min early to complete a brief consent and waiver form. Wear comfortable, loose, or stretchy clothing that you can easily move in. If you plan to wear shorts, it’s best that they be fitted and/or you wear fitted biker shorts underneath.

First Physical Therapy session – please check your email for intake paperwork and other information about what to expect. Please print and bring with you your completed intake forms. Please also wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can easily move in and that easily exposes your problem area.

**FOR ALL SESSIONS – bring your calendar! Our schedules fill up very quickly and you’ll want to secure your future spots with us right away. Most of our clients book out several weeks in advance so they can get their best days and times. You can also bring a preferred credit card to keep on file if you wish. As a convenience to you, we will automatically charge your card for future sessions so you don’t have to bring your wallet each time.

What insurances are accepted?

CJPT and Pilates is considered an out-of-network provider with most insurance companies. While insurance is not processed directly, many of our clients do submit their own claims to their insurance – and CJPT & Pilates will provide all documentation necessary to do so upon request. Additionally, all of our physical therapy services can be paid for with funds from Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, or you can set up interest-free payment plans with us directly. For more information about your specific insurance or to inquire about our rates and availability, please call our office: 603-380-7902.

For more information, and to learn why more and more people are choosing to go out of network for their physical therapy – CLICK HERE.

Can I still see you if you don’t take my insurance?

YES!! This is actually what we are known for. If you want to work with us – the best thing to do is request a FREE Discovery Session. We’ll make sure you’re a good fit for what we do and that we can help you – BEFORE you invest any time or money with us.

Do I need a prescription from my physician in order to be treated?

Nope! In the State of NH, patients do NOT need an MD prescription to receive physical therapy treatment. If you are planning to file for insurance reimbursement, it is possible your insurance company will require you obtain an MD prescription. However, one is not necessary to receive physical therapy treatment from us.

What is the McKenzie Method?

The McKenzie method is something we’re known for and specialize in here at CJ Physical Therapy & Pilates. Our therapists are CERTIFIED, not just trained in the method, which makes a huge difference. The McKenzie Method is a whole-body system of assessing and treating musculoskeletal pain or injury that emphasizes patient empowerment and self-treatment. We can use this system of diagnosis and treatment for acute, subacute and chronic conditions of the spine and extremities, and you do NOT need a doctor’s prescription or an MRI first. In fact, this system is so reliable and accurate – when done my a certified practitioner – that we will know right away if we need to refer you out or send you to a doctor. This system is science-based and backed by years of research, and it’s designed to give patients control of their pain and empower them to get back to the things they love to do – instead of having to spend time in the doctor’s office.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1800’s that emphasizes the abdominals and the core. It is similar to Yoga in that all of the mat work is done using your own body weight and resistance, and there is a focus on the mind-body connection. But the two practices are very different. Yoga is a spiritual and meditative practice that goes back centuries. It uses a system of specific breathing techniques and postures to enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It’s also known to help with flexibility. Pilates is an exercise-based system that focuses on breath, concentration of the mind to enhance body awareness and coordination, whole body strength (especially the core), and flexibility through movement. Pilates also has many modification that allows you to benefit from it even with an injury. Mr. Pilates discovered this in World War I when he used spring resistance to apply his methods and work with wounded soldiers. We have props and specialized equipment that can be used to enhance, challenge, or modify any Pilates move or work around an injury.

In summary: If you want deep and total body strength – choose Pilates.  If you want spiritual and meditative – choose Yoga. If you want an AMAZING mind-body practice – choose both! Pilates makes you strong so you can get even more out of your Yoga practice and protect yourself from injury.

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