Sandberg Physical Therapy

Sandberg Physical Therapy

Owner | Founder

Chicago, IL



Mind, Body and Soul

These must line up in order to achieve greatness. I integrate Physical, Complementary and Alternative Therapies to create an encompassing wellness approach to meet your individual needs.

Strengthen Your Relationship with Yourself

One of the most empowering things a physical therapist can do is to show and teach people to heal themselves. A body and mind know how to heal. I provide individualized direction in order for you to become a better version of yourself.



The Sandberg System optimizes, transforms and enhances your performance, movement and physical longevity, assuring you achieve and exceed your life goals. This unique system puts your body in the best position possible to enable you to achieve your life goals, no matter what specialty area or category you may fall within:

  • Athletes working to enhance their performance
  • Individuals who identify as a fitness and wellness enthusiast
  • People of all ages seeking pain relief and/or post-surgery recovery
  • High performers with goals to improve and increase mobility
  • Mothers navigating prenatal or postpartum changes
  • Anyone who wants to become a better version of themselves

Everyone is put together uniquely. With the Sandberg System you are treated with a detailed, individualized plan, and reassessed during each session. Together we will work together to achieve and exceed a potential you never knew existed within you.




What It Is: A technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia and connective tissue; restore or reduce impairments of body structure and function; promote and accelerate healing and recovery.

How It Is Done: Thin needles are inserted into the skin, directly in the affected muscles.

Results: In conjunction with other movement-based therapy, leads to improved activity, enhances movement, reduces inflammation, relaxes the muscles, reduces scar tissue, decreases pain and restores normal function.


What It Is: An advanced form of soft-tissue mobilization, which enables remodeling and regeneration of dysfunctional tissue, producing a healing response from the body to the affected area.

How It Is Done: Ergonomically-designed, non-invasive FDA-approved instruments are gently (or vigorously) rubbed over your skin.

Results: Enhances the healing process after trauma or surgery, provides pain relief, improves overall function and increases isometric muscle strength when combined with other movement-based therapy.


What It Is: A technique, where a vacuum is created in a cup, drawing the skin up into the cup and decompressing the layers of skin and fascia. This suctioning effect creates negative pressure, which loosens and lifts connective tissue, breaks up and drains stagnation in the circulatory and lymph systems, and creates a more even flow. It also allows for the fascia to stretch within multiple planes, which regular massage cannot accomplish.

How It Is Done: A cup is placed on the skin and then suctioned onto the skin with a multi-functional vacuum therapy machine.

Results: Helps to reduce pain, improves your range of motion, decreases inflammation, increases circulation and blood flow, promotes muscle healing, boosts the immune system, increases relaxation and enhances well being when used in conjunction with other therapies.


What it is: Manipulation of the deeper layers of muscle and soft tissues in the body.

How It Is Done: Direct pressure is used to relax the top layer of muscle in order to reach deeper layers of the muscle tissue.

Results: Improves mobility, muscle strength, range of motion, circulation and oxygen supply, relieves pain, reduces swelling and mobilizes scar tissue when used with other therapies.


What It Is: A technique that leverages an understanding of anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics to address and fix movement compensations and imbalances.

How It Is Done: Issues are identified, and an individualized exercise routine is created, incorporating correct body alignment to address compensatory mechanisms and total body movement.

Results: Improves quality of movement during workouts and everyday tasks, helps relieve pain, restores balance and enhances mobility, healing and performance.


What It Is: Specific postures which create tension in the myofascial chains of the body.

How It Is Done: Postures are held and specific muscles and fascial planes are tensioned, activating the mechanoreceptors and incorporating the nervous system, rather than just muscle flexibility.

Results: Reduces and prevents injuries, increases strength and mobility by creating space within a precise joint or a segment of the spine when combined with other therapies.




Owner | Founder

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Katy Sandberg has been a physical therapist and movement specialist practicing in outpatient orthopedic sports medicine since 2002 and independently since 2007. Treating both surgical and non-surgical diagnoses of athletes at all ages and levels, Dr. Katy believes every person has an individual body type, history, story, and life all their own, and thus individualizes sessions to her patients’ unique needs. She is passionately dedicated to her patients’ well-being, which emerged from her own athletic past and childhood dream of becoming an Olympic gymnast. 

By age 8 Dr. Katy was practicing her sport 30 hours per week but later sustained a serious, potentially career-ending injury at age 16. It was after her surgery and her own experience undergoing physical therapy that Dr. Katy discovered her calling and began her career path in sports medicine. After returning to gymnastics and going on to compete at a Division I level, she structured her education and later her career to ensuring other athletes’ dreams would never end without knowing the body’s true potential to recover and correct itself. Today, her transformative results and contributions and ongoing innovations to the field have built her an impressive and unparalleled reputation throughout the sports and athletic community.

The Sandberg System

Dr. Katy believes working with individuals is not a one-size-fits-all approach; it requires diving into a patient’s holistic history, covering all medical, physical, mental, and social aspects. Her sole purpose is to enrich the lives of others by helping each individual as best she can to live, practice, and compete at their highest capacity and ability. Her passionate dedication to treating amateur, competitive, and professional athletes means she’s constantly expanding her knowledge and expertise. Through continuing education courses and certifications, she is perfectly aligned to provide patients with the best practical and innovative solutions to get better and stay better. Believing the body can heal itself through the right understanding, direction, and discipline when paired with the best-individualized approach, Dr. Katy will work with you to determine how best for your body to excel.


Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science:
Doctor of Physical Therapy  (2002)
Masters of Physical Therapy (2001)

Ball State University:
Bachelor of Science-  Biology & Chemistry (1999)


Licensed Physical Therapist:
State of Illinois

Certified Dry Needling Specialist: 
American Dry Needling Institute

Certified Vacuum Cupping: 
American Dry Needling Institute

Certified Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization Practitioner:

Certified ELDOA Practitioner:

Bioenergetics Practitioner: 
New York Society for Bioenergetic Analysis

Certified Selective Functional Movement Analysis: 
*Soft Tissue Manipulation
*Corrective Exercises

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