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Lilian is an extraordinary physical therapist—the therapeutic work she does is just transformative, remarkably so given how noninvasive and gentle it is. She knows the human body, how it functions well, and why it—we—go off track! I have also come to value her advice on a wide range of wellness issues, from diet to lifestyle to exercise. She's a superb teacher and a font of wellness wisdom and there's no doubt that my general well-being has improved considerably since I began seeing her. She is clear headed and very straight forward and she appropriately insists that her clients take responsibility for their own health by doing the exercises she recommends at home. To begin seeing Lilian is to take an important step on the path to wellbeing.
Robert Orsi, Professor of Religious Studies and History, Northwestern University
Lilian Holm has changed my life. I have suffered from chronic pain for over 10 years. I became more and more limited in my movement, and afraid to even try any more. As you can imagine, I have seen many, many different physical therapists and other practitioners. No one has been able to help me in any lasting way before Lilian. Between her excellent myofascial release techniques, coaching on proper movement and alignment, and her breadth and depth of health information, I feel like a new person. She is encouraging and has a way of explaining things that keeps me motivated and eager for my next session. Lilian educates you so you can grasp exactly why you need to do certain exercises, and I find this extremely helpful. I cannot recommend her more highly.
I highly recommend Lilian Holm as a physical therapist. After a year of troubling knee pain and stiffness I was prescribed Physical therapy by my orthopedist. In the past I had gone to the big practices such as Athletico. These places are good, but I felt like I was simply going to start up again on a standard set of exercises and stretches for knee pain. I doubted if this was going to work any better than the last times, so I decided to try to find a solo practice.
So I looked for other options and I saw good reviews of Lilian. At my first visit I was surprised that I was her only patient for one whole hour. Her office on the first floor in a vintage building is calm and softly lit, well equipped, with lots of daylight through the windows.
What a difference from the large bustling corporate physical therapy places I was used to, where therapists rotate between several patients at the same time.
Lilian carefully listened to my symptoms, looked at my mri, and explained her opinion and her approach. Instead of doing lots of standard exercises , she showed me a number of ways to change how I moved in daily life, and lots of new types of stretches. I was amazed at how quickly these changes alleviated my pain. I thought I would never be able to squat down on the floor again, but now it is a regular thing for me.
Lilian also counseled me on diet and supplements such as collagen which I take daily and believe it helps my joints. But Lilian never pushes any supplements.
She is attentive and very professional and humorous and warm. A great therapist!
Lilian Holm was completely instrumental in changing my life from one of dealing with constant daily pain, to one where I’m able to function again and not dread getting up in the morning. Her perceptive diagnostic instincts, along with supplemental mental and attitude adjustments, moved me from horrible sciatic pain to be able to maintain my daily life again by doing targeted stretching and strengthening exercises. She is so very caring and in tune with a person’s issues and problems. I would highly recommend Lilian as your physical therapist.
I have been to several physical therapists for a chronic back problem, but Lilian was the first to recognize a physical structural issue, and was able to put be on a path designed to change my way of living with the issue, reduce pain, and avoid and/or limit further damage. She takes a very holistic approach to care which I greatly appreciate. She understands both the body and the mind, and that any approach to true wellness has to combine them both.
Lilian Holm is one of the most amazing women I know. Her depth of knowledge in matters pertaining to physical and mental health is remarkable. As she works on/with my body she also works on my spiritual and mental bodies. Each session is different from the last because she understands what my body tells her I need, not just following some established routine. Following her suggestions on what supplements to take have helped me to feel better and have more energy.
I would recommend Lilian to anyone who has difficulty in any area of their health. Even, for someone who is healthy, I recommend her for a “check up” to see if there are ways to improve her/his health.
With deep appreciation,
How many health practitioners have I had? Western doctors and surgeons, nurses, techs, and traditional physical therapists--too many to count. Massage therapists of every stripe. Feldenkrais, accupuncture, yoga, Chinese medicine, chiropractors, naprapaths, naturopaths, shamans, nutrionists. Talk, emotive, group, energy and metaphysical therapy. Am I done yet?
I hope so. With thanks to all who did their best to help me and the many who did help me progress on my healing path, I hope Lilian is my last body stop. She got me out of chronic pain that surgeons said only a second spine operation would "MAYBE" fix. She straightened out my spine which had been twisted perhaps from birth and/or a very serious auto accident which broke my pelvis.
MFR was/is the ticket, and Lilian the answer. But she is more than a gifted body worker. Lilian is a model for, and a teacher of, self-treatment and care for the body, mind and spirit. She practices healing, not simply restoration of pain-free, restriction-free movement--which would be awesome enough. Yes, Lilian Holm is a true healer.
Janet Mroczek, Age 64
A few years back, I was involved in a very serious pedestrian accident that required prolonged hospitalization and long-term physical therapy. I was referred to Lilian through another physical therapist, and cannot even begin to tell you how impressed I am with her skills and abilities as a physical therapist and myofascial release practitioner.
Lilian is absolutely amazing. Her vast wealth of knowledge on rehabilitation and muscular re-education, coupled with her strong personal comittment to patient well-being make her invaluable to my rehab efforts. She has helped me to make gradual improvements, where no one else could. She values patient input and never ceases to bring creative and effective solutions to help improve issues of mobilty and alignment. I honestly do not know what I would do without her.
Lilian is not only extremely knowledgeable and professional but is also someone who is compassionate and truly cares about people. She has a unique approach to treating the whole person as well as addressing all areas of dysfunction. She is very responsive to her patient's needs.
I have been fortunate to have received treatment from Lilian while experiencing back pain during my pregnancy. She left me painfree, relaxed and rejuvenated. I would recommend Lilian to anyone seeking personalized physical therapy and a true healing experience.
Yael Mirelman, MPT
Lilian has helped me regain so much of my life. When I first came to see her, I was in great pain and taking two Vicodin every six hours. I could barely do the stretching and movements she asked me to do She was always encouraging and positive. I now no longer take Vicodin. I now very seldom have pain in my lower back and hips and if I do, it is mild. I now can walk without a limp. I have been limping since 1996. I now have a method of working on the bursitis in my hips which helps greatly. In the past, I had worked with six different physical therapists and none of them had the knowledge, skill and empathy. I am grateful.
I've been a patient of Lillian's for over 5 years..I have never been to a more caring person! She goes above and beyond regular PT support in every way! Not only does she console me on my physical therapy but she understands how important nutrition is and treats from the inside out. Everyone I've sent to her is blown away! I can't say enough...
We all have favorites when it comes to food, sports, places to see, seasons and so on....., well I have a favorite person ( after my family I better add....) and that is Lilian! Really, she has changed my life and that is no exaggeration.I have been with her for a few years now and I wish you could have seen my stiff , non flexible body when I first came to her. I have seen chiropractors ( good ones ) and PT's but not until I came to Lilian was I really helped. I don't have enough superlatives for her, she takes time to explain in detail what is going on with my body, she is so knowledgeable in her field , she cares about you from the inside out! She is a star and there are not enough stars to praise her!!
Ingmari Samuelson Wahlgren
For more than 40 years, daily head and neck pain were part of my life. Medication was the easiest path to relief-until it wasn't. I tried acupuncture and chiropractic treatments both of which helped, but only temporarily. I needed something more lasting and something that allowed me a measure of control. I hoped that physical therapy was the answer.
I first tried physical therapy at one of those large facilities and quickly became disenchanted. Too impersonal, too crowded, too little time with an actual physical therapist, and too much emphasis on strength building. What about my head and neck problems?
I read about Lilian Holm Wellness during my internet search for a more personal and integrated approach to physical therapy. Lilian was truly a life saver for me.I've been a patient at LHW for over 2 years and no longer suffer from daily head and/or neck pain. It's true! I can hardly believe it myself but it's true.
Lilian used gentle manipulation techniques, taught me specific stretches and exercises and recommended nutritional supplements as part of my treatment. She educated me on the mind-body connection and how pain really works in the human body.
I listened. I did the work. I didn't give up.
I really can't express how grateful I am to Lilian for her expertise, her compassion and her guidance. I am so grateful to her that I found my way out of pain and medication.
A very special and gifted physical therapist, Lilian Holm is unique in her holistic approach to physical therapy. No one has been able to truly help me these past 40 years - until Dr. Holm.
Dr. Lilian Holm is my favorite doctor and my only Healer.
A very grateful patient,
I have seen many physical therapists’ over the years; however; Lilian is the best I have ever seen! Her knowledge of the body is amazing and she helped me with my slipped disc when others could not. She also taught by me how to do adjustments on myself so I did not have to be in pain. I highly recommend her!
I am a fortunate patient who has had numerous success stories under the care of Dr. Lilian Holm. My very first treatments were for my somewhat frozen hip. My doctor was very concerned about my lack of mobility so she ordered physical therapy. I was referred to Lilian and I count my lucky stars every day. She gave me a very detailed evaluation and we began the road to recovery. I had "one on one" treatments with her full attention. She felt that an approach using Myofascial Release would be the most beneficial to my situation. The results were amazing. My doctor said she never thought I would get that type of mobility back. One should note that you have very individualized treatments. Dr. Holm will give you valuable information to help you implement changes in your lifestyle that works hand in hand with her treatment. The time and effort she puts into your care is as if you were her family member.
So over the years I have sought treatment for back pain involving sciatica and for an injury due to a fall that involved my shoulder and wrist. Both problems were handled with care. I would like to point out--my problems have all been resolved and have not reoccured. My husband has seen Dr. Holm for some balance problems and weakness in his legs. Her approach for his problem was different than for mine and she helped strengthen his legs through a specific exercise program and stretching program she designed just for him. She would work through the program with him to be sure he was properly implementing each segment.
It is with great admiration that our family recommends Dr. Lilian Holm to help one and all to find their journey to better health. She is one very special doctor.
Female patient, 67
I went to Lilian because of increasing hip discomfort and resulting lack of mobility. Lilian offers a unique and fulfilling approach to physical therapy. She wants to know all about her patients…physical condition, of course. But also eating habits, sleeping patterns, emotional feelings about physical issues, among others. Her approach is completely holistic, integrating her knowledge of physical therapy with nutrition, body-mind connection, and lifestyle. I learned so much about my condition, all of which helped me move on to total hip replacement with confidence. I have incorporated many of her suggestions into my post-surgical life. She’s very special!”
Charles Smith (95)
Lilian Holm is very important to me for several reasons. First, when I saw her initially I could barely walk from my car to her office. My thoughts were full of concerns about when I would need a walker to assist me. Additionally, I was losing confidence in my ability to move forward from my back and walking problems. I am very grateful and happy to say that Dr. Holm not only helped me to restore my walking competency and eliminate back pain, but her wholistic treatment approach returned faith in my body to heal. She helped me feel healthy and whole. I am moving forward with Dr. Holm to help with balance problems. I look forward to our appointments and whole heartedly recommend her for anyone who is suffering from pain or lack of belief in themselves.
Sincerely, Ida Cardone
I found myself in Lilian's care when I was at my wit's end with drugs and injections for several herniated disks, so called "pain management". Emotionally wrecked from sleepless pain filled nights and on the verge of considering surgery, I took one last shot on a doctor who sent me to Lilian. I wasn't sure how physical therapy was going to help me now when it never had before, but being an eternal optimist I wanted to try.
It is not any kind of exaggeration to say that Lilian changed my life. Her myofascial techniques were unlike anything I had ever experienced and my body responded positively very quickly. Lilian has a gift for interpreting pain and understanding how to help the human body "right" itself. As if that isn't enough she is warm, kind, a sharply witted intellect, and has expert knowledge of foods and how to use them to heal. It is also very clear that she is completely about patient care and invested in lasting healing. I would recommend this wonderful care giver to anyone who will listen.
~Michele Hoffman Trotter
I can't say enough about the help I've received from working with Lilian.
Her expertise and sensitivity have contributed tremendously to help me
heal. When I began working with her I could barely walk 5 or 10 minutes and
was in constant pain. Now I can walk for an hour, my back is significantly better
and the few headaches I have are resolved with home exercises Lilian has
taught me. I have spent years going from body treatment to body treatment and nothing
has helped in my healing journey as much as my sessions with Lilian.
I can’t thank Physical Therapist Lilian Holm, enough for the wonderful work she is doing.
I am a 78 year old cancer patient and am fighting Multiple Myeloma. I have been in excruciating pain, had massages, physical therapy, and numerous epidural injections.
Then one therapist suggested that I give myofascial therapy a try and that is how I found Lilian Holm.
Lillian’s approach is so different, she is not only skilled in her profession but also very caring, she treats the whole person and becomes a friend.
The results of the treatment are not immediately felt, it takes time, trust and patients, but the end results are remarkable. Every session is so relaxing, and one feels the pain slowly decreasing, her teaching and instructions are very helpful too.
I recommend her to everybody seeking help with pain and to improve their health and wellbeing.
In spite of cancer, bone destruction, and spinal problems I am now, for the first and longest time, without pain.
Thank you, Lilian, I will always seek your help should the need come up again and I hope you will be able to help many more suffering people.
“Lilian’s myo-fascial genius extends well beyond the realm of traditional therapies or textbook treatments. I feel so fortunate to be a beneficiary of her services!
I had deteriorated from being a Division-I National Champion athlete - competing after college in triathlons and any athletic endeavors that arose, into a frustrated body enslaved by pain. I was forced to remit fitness and activity a distant memory, replacing them with mornings where I struggled to get out of bed and work days I could hardly endure.
With extensive back injuries filmed and doctor reviews recommending surgery as my only remedy, Lilian emerged with a glimmer of hope in her alternative approach. Her acute diagnosis of my situation identified pain factors overlooked in my innumerable specialist and PT visits. From there her healing hands and well-honed myo-fascial technique dissolved my constant pain, and in little time give me a new lease on life.
Lilian’s gift of healing is matched only by her insightful approach to comprehensive patient wellness. I owe a debt of gratitude to her for the opportunities she has since afforded me in a pain-free, surgery-avoided life.”
After 5 surgeons, 12 chiropractors and 15 physical therapists I finally met Lilian and realized amazing results. Each of the surgeons told me I required disc surgery and the chiropractors and therapists practiced outdated techniques that involved hard twists and overuse of my muscles. That was five years ago. When I met Lilian she changed my life. She integrates physical therapy through gentle manipulation with biofeedback and home-based therapies that are easy to do and do not stress your muscles. Through Lilian my life has been changed. I would recommend anyone to see her whether your problems area pulled muscle to a more chronic and seriouscondition, as mine.
Jim Calabrese, age:45