Hello! My name is Erin Passarello, and I am a licensed physical therapist in North Carolina. I have a passion for movement in many forms. My heart is with movement in the form of play- modern dance, sacred belly dance, hiking, and biking. More recently I've been interested in the aerial arts. I also love playing with my dog (who happens to be a great trail buddy!). My passion is with helping people who have a similar journey-a passion for movement. So whether you are recovering from a concussion or experience knee pain when you hike I'll do my best so we can keep playing!
More about my story: After having earned both my bachelor's and master's degrees at Western Carolina University, I started practicing in Hendersonville, NC using myofascial release and CranioSacral Therapy with patients with chronic pain and fibromyalgia. I slowly transitioned out of the outpatient setting and worked in long term acute care in Asheville, NC. After earning the CST techniques certification in 2015 I chose to start my own private practice called Align Physical Therapy. I have since transitioned completely out of inpatient care and am seeing patients on a strictly outpatient basis.
Therapy consists of both "table time" where I utilize manual therapy as well as "functional PT time" where I will review strengthening/ stretching. Sessions vary each time depending on what your body needs. I will even go hiking with you or meet you where you are experiencing any issues so I can see it in the moment!
With my wholistic and integrated approach, I have successfully treated the following symptoms of which patients reported a significant improvement: headaches, migraines, acute and chronic lower back pain, neck pain, whiplash, bulging disc pain, sciatica, rotator cuff pathologies, gait abnormalities/ deviations, scoliosis, bony misalignments, adhesions and decreased range of motion from scar tissue, and bowel and bladder problems. After receiving treatment, my patients tend to report a deep sense of relaxation, decreased anxiety, improved alignment, increased energy and clarity, and improved mood.
I have completed continuing education courses in CranioSacral therapy through the Upledger Institute, kinesiotaping, Myofascial Release (John Barnes approach), integrated neuromuscular re-education, yoga therapy, and lymphatic drainage. I lead a monthly study group to improve my skills as a practitioner as well as educate practitioners who have taken the first CranioSacral course with the Upledger Institute. I am grateful to my mentors as well as my patients for endless opportunities to learn and advance my skills.
Professional Associations / Memberships
APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
Medallion Member of IAHP (International Association of Healthcare Practitioners)
"Erin is the rare therapist that combines the skills of the mind with the compassion of the heart. Her touch is informed, educated and finely tuned. Listening carefully to the messages of the body’s tissues, she treats accordingly with sensitivity and deep knowing. A highly skilled therapist, she continually seeks to hone her craft: the sign of an awesome practitioner."
"I was referred to Erin after a car accident which had resulted in a bad concussion. I had headaches, dizziness, insomnia and depression as a result. I saw Erin for 8 sessions and the treatments were relaxing and wonderful and the results were amazing. I felt 100% restored as a result of my treatments. I had had persistent wrist pain for almost a year prior due to de quairvains tendinitis and as an added bonus that has completely resolved after some focused sessions as well. Erin is a talented therapist and I highly recommend her to anyone having pain, headaches, or sleep issues."
"I came to Erin hoping to find relief for a neck injury I sustained from my exercise routine. An hour and a half session left me floating on clouds, but more importantly, the irritating neck pain I had been experiencing for the past month had melted away. Also, Erin has amazing hands! She's gentle, but also has this strength that makes you feel you're in good hands. I highly recommend her services. "