Meet Dr. CJ DePalma

Dr. CJ DePalma is the owner of The Movement Dr., a cash-based physical therapy clinic in Pensacola, Florida. The Movement Dr. specializes in pain management and rehabilitation through a unique approach of education and movement, and has experience treating patients from chronic pain patients who struggle with daily activities to CrossFit Games Champions.

Dr. CJ DePalma, The Movement Dr.


Dr. CJ DePalma performing lateral raises with plates.

The Story

"The Movement Dr. began because while in school. I was unhappy with my clinical rotations and what I saw in traditional Outpatient Physical Therapy. The requirement to see multiple patients at a time while sitting in front of a computer screen doing notes made me feel like I was handcuffed into providing subpar care. There are plenty of great therapists that manage it well, but unfortunately I was not one of them.

I had a vision of a movement based approach to treat everyone and all pathologies, with an emphasis on patient independence, and education. I give the patient the information and tools they need to get better on their own. By doing so, we see each other less often and have quicker results.

You will never walk into my clinic and be told to stop activity. Here we modify everything so we can keep moving."

-Dr. CJ DePalma

The Approach

ReThink Your Rehab

I will listen to you, the patient, tell your story in its entirety. Your viewpoint and your history are as important, if not more, as the physical evaluation itself.

I have a different approach to treating pain and injuries; I focus on education first to create the right mindset, while utilizing movement as our intervention.

Society has been fed a lie that pain = injury. Pain has multiple factors, and biological reasons are only a small portion. Your mindset, your knowledge, what your physician has said, and what you have read on Google will all influence your pain.

During an evaluation at The Movement Dr., you will go through an education process, learning about pain and injury from an evidence-based approach.

Once we have tied together your story, the education process, and formed a plan, we will begin our movement-based approach to improving your pain.

By modifying movement and slowly integrating exercises back into your routine, we can slowly adapt you to the increased activity while subsequently reducing your pain.

After the initial evaluation you will have the tools and knowledge to manage your rehabilitation process while not in the clinic. This approach allows for you to retain your independence and need for constant care, which calls for less visits and a faster recovery.

Get in Touch

Contact CJ to discuss how he can help you with physical therapy or personal training!