"I enjoyed working with my physiotherapist Mr. Karikalan “Kari” Velusamy. He was thorough in assessing my condition and in choosing a progressive path towards diminishing my hip pain and the recovery of my walking ability. He is very professional about his way, and his office staff was always helpful, friendly and courteous. I am very thankful for the healing benefits I received at my therapy sessions and would highly recommend Mr Kari and ‘Manual Physical Therapy Specialists’."
Takis Pizanis from East Lansing
Oct 16, 2023
"This establishment changed my life in the best way possible. I've been injured many times in my life and never felt like physical therapy gave me lasting or effective results, consequently I've had chronic pain for 20 years. I came here on recommendation of a friend who is a PA. I had better results after 1 visit than I've ever had anywhere else. And 6 months post treatment I still feel amazing. Manual physical therapy specialists gave me my life back after many years of pain and problems. I would give more than 5 stars if I could!!!"
Megan L. from East Lansing
Feb 02, 2023
"A co-worker referred me to Kari Velusamy for physical therapy a few years ago when I needed PT on my neck and back after a car accident. Kari persisted in resolving those issues for me. I knew then that if I needed PT again I would get back in touch with Kari. Sure enough, just recently I had a shoulder issue where Kari applied his manual physical therapy techniques for that problem. Kari's a gifted, caring, and compassionate physical therapist that I continue to refer to others."
Pam from East Lansing
Jan 16, 2023
"I think Kari is great. He’s a great person. And a great physical therapist. Kari’s approach is extremely helpful for my hyper mobility. I feel much better after treatments. "
Andrew F. from East Lansing
Oct 21, 2021
"Prior to an anterior hip replacement, Kari had expertly addressed a nagging back problem by finding the points of resistance and carefully releasing tension. He worked gradually over the course of the sessions and built a â€œHome Exercise Programâ€ that keeps me pain-free and sleeping better!
So there was no doubt about requesting his knowledgeable and patient approach for post-surgery Physical Therapy. Kari also made sure I knew to rest and eat better; and to give the healing process time. Although the therapy stretches and exercises necessarily became more demanding, Kari watched and waited to make sure I was ready to do them. 7 weeks out of surgery and his post-surgery â€œHEPâ€ sequence has allowed me to steadily regain strength and stability. Worth every bit of the time and work!
Roberta Otten O. from East Lansing
Sep 20, 2021
"Kari was amazing. Always very professional and made me feel very comfortable. I am a police officer and went in uniform and he was always very welcoming.
The biggest plus is he completely cured my pain I was experiencing in my neck and back area. After several visits, I feel a world of difference. I am done with therapy and Iâ€™d highly recommend Kari. Heâ€™s equipped me with exercises to maintain after heâ€™s fixed the problem I was having. "
Chelsea M. from East Lansing
Jul 26, 2021
"I can not recommend Dr. Kari enough. I have seen him only 3 times and in just those 3 visits, my pain has significantly reduced. Also my headaches are almost non existent, I'm standing straighter and the numbness in my arms is gone. Amazing work, I finally see light at the end of this painful tunnel. Thank you Dr. Kari!"
Jen from East Lansing
May 19, 2021
"I had a great experience working with Kari and noticed a significant difference in my pain levels after just the first few PT sessions! Over time I learned more about my body and how it functions, as well as how to take care of it so the same problems don't reoccur. Overall great experience with Kari, he cares about his patient's health and wellbeing; great person and PT, thank you!!"
Katya K. from East Lansing
Mar 28, 2021
"Kari is absolutely amazing! Not only is he a good person, but phenomenal at his job. I have done a lot of PT over the years and nothing has worked. The manual therapy he applies has created a muscle memorization to which my body has responded. I can now sleep without pain, my headaches have gone away, and I have much more range and motion to my body, hence activities. Thank you Kari, you are a true miracle worker!"
Nicole Nystrom from East Lansing
Mar 15, 2021
"Kari is our family's physical therapist and will continue to be throughout our lifetime. He has a keen eye for detail, is meticulous at finding the root cause of any discomfort or concern and provides an in depth explanation to his treatment plan. Kari takes great pride in his work that goes beyond traditional physical therapy. In addition to his expertise, Kari has exceptional compassion and takes a personal interest in your recovery success."
Shelley Lahanas RN, BSN from East Lansing
Mar 01, 2021
"I wasn't even sure I needed physical therapy after I broke my kneecap. It didn't hurt anymore But Kari helped me walk with more balance and groundedness, turning my attention to hips and thighs. He was very attuned to what was going on in my body, explained everything to me, and treated me with compassion and humor. I am recommending him to everyone!"
Judy Palac J. from East Lansing
Feb 14, 2021
"I have been struggling with chronic pain and loss of mobility for almost 10 years. Kari's approach was different than any PT I have ever been to....and I tell you what HIS WAY WORKS! My quality of life has significantly increased, he truly cares so much and provides great care. I know I still have a long way to go, but I finally feel like I am on the right path. I am so thankful for him! "
Julia Christine Gomez from East Lansing
Dec 30, 2020
"After seeking help for a chronic hip disorder from four PT practices with disappointing results, I discovered Kari working for Sparrow PT, referred to me by the director of rehabilitation at Sparrow. Kari is certified in modalities of manipulation which can take his practice of PT to a deeper level by identifying the root causes of the presenting symptoms, and correcting those causative factors. And he does so in a direct, focused hands on manner, highly trained and intuitive, which quickly starts up the restorative process. I highly recommend Kari for your PT challenges."
David D. from East Lansing
Dec 06, 2020
"At the time of writing this, I am being treated by Kari for my second injury. The first being with my shoulder, the most recent with my back. I am a mom of 2 young boys and I am also an occupational therapist. Pain greatly affects your psychological health. Before seeing Kari for my back pain, I was feeling defeated and hopeless. I had been seeking alternative treatments (pain meds, chiropractic care) and although these treatments helped to relieve some of the symptoms, they never solved the problem.
Kariâ€™s ability to be a â€œdetectiveâ€ at using his skills to find out a hat the true problems are and improve them helps to better the quality of life for his patients. I wasnâ€™t sure if I was going to be able to get back to a routine of exercise and just be able to do my job as an OT, mother, and wife without severe pain. Kari has restored my hope and my life. I am forever grateful. I highly recommend his services. "
Angela P. from East Lansing
Dec 04, 2020
"As a very physically active person with a hip replacement; I need effective, intelligent Physical Therapy. Kari has extensive, in-depth knowledge and a
sharp-eyed, instinctive feel for the best therapeutic technique for a specific physical issue. He is focused and conscientious.
When teaching "at-home" maintenance exercises, he helps you develop correct and effective movement .
Kari is excellent. Hands down - the best!"
Roberta O. from East Lansing
Dec 03, 2020
"I had been experiencing episodes of vertigo for a few years, when I was referred to Kari Velusamy. Kari explained to me that I have two types of vertigo: BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) and Cervicogenic Vertigo. Each type requires its own therapy. Kari knew how to treat both types of my vertigo. He taught me the Epley Maneuver for the BPPV and specific exercises to help prevent the Cervicogenic vertigo. Knowing how to treat and prevent episodes was key to controlling my fear of getting vertigo. I continue to see Kari periodically which keeps my vertigo in check. I am so grateful to him for teaching me how to manage my vertigo."
Claudia R. from East Lansing
Nov 24, 2020
"Kari is amazing- the best physical therapist I've ever worked with! His holistic approach and understanding of how the entire body works together has brought me pain relief and new strength that I thought was no longer possible. "
Jodi Roberto Hancock from East Lansing
Nov 19, 2020
My physician referred me to Kari after traditional physical therapy had not helped my Capsulitis (AKA frozen shoulder) after months of treatment. He realized the problem was probably more extensive and required specialized manual therapy. He was right. We knew it would be a slow process. I have an essential tremor and other health issues that make it hard for my muscles to heal. After just a couple of weeks, I saw progress. That progress has continued, and l’ve turned the corner. Kari never gave up trying a variety of approaches to the problem, which was indeed complex. He likes a good puzzle, and he got one with me! We’re still working on it. l’m confident we will find resolution. Kari is kind, patient, friendly, knowledgeable, flexible and respectful. He doesn’t take a cookie-cutter approach. That style of PT may work for some, but not for me. I’m so thankful my doctor recommended me to Kari, and l’m thankful for the improvements l’m feeling. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend someone to Manual Therapy Specialists.
– Carrie R.
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