The Beet at Ellwood Thompson's

4 N. Thompson Street Richmond, VA 23221


Did you know pain is an output from the brain?

It’s a signal. Your brain is constantly receiving and sending messages about the state of your body and the environment. Things that help us to perceive what these messages mean to us are attitudes, beliefs, and cues of safety or danger.

Join Dr. Laura Welch to learn about the latest research in pain science and discover how the nocioceptive system (the “danger detecting system”) works. Laura will explain how the nocioception system interacts with stimuli to deliver signals of pain throughout the body.

From this class, you will learn new ideas that are yours to adopt and try when you are feeling pain. Come curious and open for possibilities!

About Laura Welch, PT, DPT, CFMT, OCS

Laura Welch is a physical therapist and the owner of Inspire Physical Therapy, a private PT practice in The Fan. She received both her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and later her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. In 2013, she completed the 6-month Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) residency program at Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, CA. Shortly after, Laura became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) as recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In 2018, she completed an intensive curriculum to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) as taught by the Institute of Physical Art (IPA).

Laura has practiced in settings such as inpatient rehabilitation (treatment including those who have experienced a stroke, brain injury, or spinal cord injury), sports medicine, general outpatient, pediatrics, skilled nursing facility, and traveling theater companies. She was called to open Inspire Physical Therapy LLC because she wanted to offer the experience of Functional Manual Therapy® with longer appointment times in a focused environment.

Inspire Physical Therapy was created to provide care that is individualized, one-on-one, and accessible in a calm space. Patients can expect ample treatment time with the same physical therapist that focuses on Functional Manual Therapy and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). With this unique treatment approach and a personalized home program, the patient and physical therapist will work together to achieve the patient's goals.

Laura is very passionate about providing a supportive environment for her patients that involves complete one-on-one care. When not helping patients, Laura enjoys running, rock climbing, hiking, yoga, playing the piano or guitar, meditating, and reading. She has competed in triathlons and running, from 5k’s to ultra marathons.

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