About Parr PT in Austin & Houston
Hi, I’m Jonathan Parr
… and it is a pleasure to personally welcome you to our website. On this page, you’ll learn all about the Parr PT team, the inspiration behind our work, and our specialized physical therapy treatments for complex conditions. Complex conditions include EDS, POTS, and Dysautonomia.
Since 2010, I’ve had the honor of helping numerous patients throughout the greater Austin area and Houston. I am a licensed physical therapist, certified strength & conditioning coach, and exercise physiologist. In partnership with many of Houston’s top experts, we continue our pioneering work as a rehabilitation specialists in the Austin & Houston area. Our highly effective programs have placed us at the forefront of the fight against chronic illnesses. Other complex conditions include chronic pain & fatigue, strokes, and MS.
So, if you’re dealing with any of these or other issues that are keeping you from living the life you deserve, give us a call for a FREE phone consultation or visit us in person for an on-site assessment. Together, we will determine the actual causes of your pain or limitation to target specific body systems that are vital to your recovery.
About Our Physical Therapy Specializations & Credentials
- Vestibular rehabilitation through Amedisys-Balance for Life Program
- Mastery Certification in Manual Techniques (MCMT) including myofascial techniques
- Microcurrent Point Stimulation
- Certified Brain Injury Specialist
- Exercises Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine
- NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
About the Parr PT Method
My team and I are dedicated and enthusiastic physical therapists with years of experience effectively treating complex conditions, sports rehab & injury prevention. What sets us apart from most other PT clinics and personal trainers is the personal attention we give each patient or athlete. Our individual, hands-on manual therapy and myokinesthetic treatments use our 3-Systems Approach to holistic health care and exercise physiology.
Rather than a gloomy hospital setting, the Parr PT clinic provides you with a functional fitness gym. A safe yet challenging environment tailored specifically to your abilities. Our motto is always “Rebuild, Regain, Restore!”:
– Rebuild: Create building blocks necessary for fundamental movement patterns
– Regain: Build up the strength and stability required to perform day-to-day activities
– Restore: Optimal whole-body function for peak performance
Whether it’s Ehlers Danlos Syndrome or low back pain, we have a program for you. At the core of our physical therapy services is a thorough, whole-body system assessment that includes often overlooked gastrointestinal and vestibular systems.
Inspiration, Professional Background & Volunteer Work
It was my sister’s struggle with a chronic neurological condition (Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis) that inspired me to pursue a career in physical therapy. After years of work with experts in the field, I specialized in neurological disorders, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and various other complex disorders and have the respective certifications in neurological, vestibular, orthopedic, and nerve rehabilitation techniques.
My career began in San Antonio, Texas as a strength and conditioning coach where I trained high-school, collegiate, and professional athletes . After graduating from Texas State University with a Bachelors in Athletic Training in 2006, I began working as an exercise physiologist for cardiac and metabolic conditions. I attended the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston and graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2009. The next 8 years consisted of working at the Houston medical center on many of the most traumatic injuries and rarest disorders worldwide.
Additionally, I’m currently one of only a few certified PT’s in the state of Texas for Myokinesthetics (MYK) and also one of a few rehabilitation clinicians nationwide who currently specializes in the treatment of EDS and Dysautonomia. In addition to speaking at the 2014 EDNF Conference (now the “EDS Society“) regarding our highly successful “Whole Body Training” methodology, I’ve also given lectures for the occupational graduate program in Austin on vestibular rehabilitation.
When I’m not with patients and enjoying Austin and the occasional international trip with my wonderful wife Kimberly, I volunteer at the animal shelter and paddle board down Town Lake (a.k.a. “Lady Bird Lake”) with our Chihuahua Nia.
6-Time American Ninja Warrior Veteran and Finalist
Many of you might also know me by my nickname “The Flying Squirrel” from the hit TV show “American Ninja Warrior” (ANW). The ANW obstacle course is considered the most difficult in the world, and I was honored to be able to compete in the following 6 seasons:
– Season 5: Denver
– Season 6: Dallas
– Season 7: Houston
– Season 8: Oklahoma City
– Season 9: San Antonio
– Season 10: Dallas
American Ninja Warrior originated in Japan with the name “Sasuske.” The competition was brought to the U.S. in 2009 and has since hosted many of the most elite athletes nationwide, including professional athletes from various disciplines: the NFL, Olympics, and even UFC fighters.
The experience with the ANW competitions was invaluable on many levels, and I hope to be back on the course again soon! During the years I competed, I utilized the experience of training elite athletes in addition to my own training in order to create highly effective physical therapy programs for people with complex conditions, high-performance athletes, and also weekend warriors.
As you may have also seen, I suffered a pretty severe “Ninjury.” While I was undergoing sports rehabilitation as a patient, I was able to create an injury recovery program through the implementation of obstacle-based exercises. This program also provides the mental conditioning necessary for optimal performance and quick recovery … even under the pressure of the cameras and cheering fans on a nationally televised stage.
In addition to the ANW courses, I’ve also competed in other obstacle-course events for over 10 years, including: Tough mudder and Spartan Beast as well as other obstacle events ranging from 5k to 13 miles. As you can imagine, training for obstacle course events is not only a matter of physical strength and endurance, but also coordination, balance, and sequencing. The more efficient you are with obstacles, the less energy you spend and the quicker you are. If you’re interested in running the gauntlet, I’ll be glad teach you the specific skills required to master each obstacle you face.