Keiko Yanai, PT, DPT, LAc

Founder of Directions Physical Therapy and Acupuncture & Doctor of Physical Therapy

Keiko Yanai is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who is a top rated expert of craniosacral and manual therapy in New York City. As founder of Directions Physical Therapy & Acupuncture, Dr. Yanai is able to spend a full hour individually treating each of her patients, custom tailoring their routines to return them to a normal and pain free life. Always using the most conservative and effective methods, Dr. Yanai combines deep tissue massage, myofascial release, joint mobilization, and other innovative physical therapy techniques to create the perfect treatment plan for her patient’s overall health.

Dr. Yanai earned her BA in Physical Therapy at Queens College and continued her education at Stony Brook University, where she received her Doctorate in PT. After five years of training in sports medicine facilities, Keiko Yanai opened Directions Physical Therapy & Acupuncture so she may follow her passion of building personalized treatment plans during the one on one, full hour sessions necessary to truly optimize overall healing.

Keiko’s early life experiences primed her for an interest in integrative medicine, and specifically, physical therapy. As a child living in Japan, Keiko learned how to massage and manipulate her mother’s back, and through her self-taught methods was able to relieve her chronic and often debilitating low back pain. During the same time, Keiko was using conventional medicine to treat her dermatitis with no success. She turned to lifestyle changes and alternative medicine, mixing diet changes, acupuncture, and herbal medicines to finally find relief. Keiko took her natural talent for manual therapy and passion for health with her from Japan to New York City, where she set out on a career path that would allow her to use her skills to rehabilitate patients with chronic musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.

Dr. Yanai stays on the forefront of physical therapy techniques, continuing her education with courses in pelvic floor rehabilitation, post-operative advancements, and much more. She is currently becoming a New York State certified acupuncturist.

Dr. Yanai specializes in craniosacral physical therapy, which requires pressure applied to areas of the back, neck, and head to relieve compression in the spine on the central nervous system, to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

● Migraine Headaches
● Chronic Neck and Back Pain
● Motor-Coordination Impairments
● Colic
● Central Nervous System Disorders
● Orthopedic Problems
● Sports Injuries
● Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
● Spinal Cord Injuries
● Scoliosis
● Chronic Fatigue
● Emotional Difficulties
● Stress and Tension-Related Problems
● Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
● Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
● Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Dr. Yanai is also a master of manual physical therapy, including myofascial release, spinal decompression, and joint mobilization. She helps patients with a variety of orthopedic injuries and chronic conditions to regain their strength and flexibility by using their own bodies. Just a few of the many disorders Dr. Yanai treats are:

● Pelvic Floor Disorders
● Post-Operative Rehabilitation
● Chronic Back or Neck Pain
● Acute or Chronic Joint Pain
● Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
● Sports Injuries, Trauma, or Fractures
● Herniated Discs
● Tendinitis And Other Sprains Or Tissue Injuries
● Bursitis
● ACL, Meniscal, Rotator Cuff Tears
● Post Surgical Dysfunction/Hypomobility
● Post Traumatic Stress
● Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome TMJ)
● Nerve Compression

Dr. Keiko Yanai also specializes in visceral mobilization, during which she uses manipulation techniques to reach disorders dealing with our vital organs. Some of the most common disorders she treats patients for with visceral mobilization include:

● Whiplash
● Abdominal Sports Injuries
● Concussion
● Acid Reflux
● Chronic Pelvic Pain
● Endometriosis
● Fibroids And Cysts
● Bladder Incontinence
● Prostate Dysfunction
● Referred Testicular Pain
● Anxiety And Depression
● Post-Traumatic Stress
● Chronic Spinal Dysfunction
● Migraines
● Sciatica
● Post-operative Scar Tissue
● Autonomic Mechanisms Pain

Dr. Keiko Yanai is sought out by patients throughout the NYC area for her unique policy of one on one, hour long sessions with each of her patients, every time they visit Directions Physical Therapy & Acupuncture. She is known as an experienced professional who is attentive to her patients’ needs and
is dedicated to finding the most suitable treatments for each individual. Her passion for helping people heal themselves has fostered a patient centric, friendly environment at Directions Physical Therapy & Acupuncture. You can expect the best quality physical therapy care in NYC in a personal
setting with no wait time when visiting Dr. Keiko Yanai.

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