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Barbara Belicia, OTR/L is the owner and CEO of WholePerson Therapeutics, LLC, a physical health optimization studio focused on improving health, even in the absence of illness. Barbara is a veteran of the U.S. Army, who served during the Gulf War, OIF and OEF conflict. After her honorable discharge in 2006, Barbara moved to Connecticut and made it her home and business residence.

WholePerson Therapeutics LLC, located at 1000 Bridgeport Avenue, Suite 306, was formed to provide “functionally necessary” physical health therapy services for individuals experiencing physical health challenges, and businesses seeking a cost effective physical health option; unlike the “medical necessity” guidelines insurance companies require your condition to meet before your physical health services are covered.

WholePerson Therapeutics “functionally necessary” approach provides you the option to receive holistic treatment for managing pain, discomfort, mental stress, weight management, nutrient intake and more. As physical health slowly declines, symptoms of pain and discomfort impact your function, resulting need for services that are defined as “functionally necessary.”

WholePerson Therapeutics prides itself in offering the most comprehensive physical health services that range from skilled care to functional care


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In March 2022 Montel Williams hosted Wholeperson Therapeutics LLC on “The Balancing Act.” A long running TV show on the Lifetime Channel. The show delivers experts with sensible solutions to modern-day problems, and has been syndicated for the Local TV in the New York city region, and Wholeperson Therapeutics was featured in a “Better Health Segment”.

For so many of us, quality of life is connected to physical wellness, independence, and mobility. And yet, a recent study indicates that 20 percent of adults report experiencing chronic pain, with a significant portion of people feeling that their life and work activities are limited.

On this segment of The Balancing Act,  Wholeperson Therapeutics showed how Barbara,  occupational therapist, owner of Wholeperson Therapeutics and U.S.  Army Veteran returned from her service abroad with a calling—inspired to support her community with the therapeutic services she recognizes as being able to change lives.

Here Wholeperson Therapeutics feature on YouTube

Here to learn about “The Balancing Act” local show

About Occupational Therapy and Therapists

Definition of Occupation:

Occupations are various kinds of life activities in which individuals, groups, or populations engage, including activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, rest and sleep, education, work, play, leisure, and social participation (AOTA, 2022).

What do Occupational Therapist Do

Keeping it simple, occupational therapists help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Unlike other professions, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being.

The therapeutic approach is customized based on many factors, to include the individuals:

  • Stage in life, such as adult, senior, elderly, etc.
  • Physical abilities and capacities
  • Cognitive status
  • Individual’s personal goal
  • Environmental factors
  • Work, play or leisure activity demands
  • Medical status and/or physical dysfunction
  • Medical diagnoses
  • And more…

Difference between Occupational Therapy's Physical Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

Our treatment practices are holistic and our protocols are customized to each person’s limitations while performing a specific activity. We are the experts in task analysis and our job is to identify the component of function contributing to a person’s difficulty performing an activity at work, home, or recreation. We strive to repair, restore, compensate or adapt how that activity is completed, allowing the client to be independent and pain free when participating in those activities. We are Occupational therapists trained to utilize many protocols, treatment approaches and interventions that are evidence and scientifically based to treat the symptom of a person’s limitation when participating in activities. Our training not only includes Pain Rehabilitation , but extends to chronic disease management, environmental modifications, stroke rehabilitation, neuro re-education and more…

For more information about Occupational Therapist Role in Pain Rehabilitation:

Core Health

Isotonix Nutraceuticals

WholePerson Therapeutics is committed to the entire recovery process. Nutrition plays a huge part in the healing process as nutrients balance your body’s insufficiency in order to facilitate safe and proficient function during any physical program.

WholePerson included nutrients as part of their services based on evidence suggesting the US population is deficient in nutrients.

By combining our Isotonix form of nutraceutical supplements with your physical health program we can optimize your physical health to expedited improvement in your physical health.

Learn more about our isotonix.

What is pain?

Pain is an electrical signal your body sends to the brain, that makes you aware that an area of  your body needs attention. It can be a bad pain such as  such as a prick, tingle, sting, burn, ache, etc. It can also be a good pain such as that experienced with sex, orgasms.

Our Role in Chronic Pain

Wholeperson Therapeutics approach to solving this problem is to provide a holistic, non- invasive approach that brinks on maintaining wellness to prevent or reduce chronic pain symptoms and decline in physical function.  Most pharmaceuticals mask the healing of the condition or may temporarily relieve symptoms.  The body adjusts to the pharmaceuticals and require higher dosage resulting in reliance on medication with limitation participating in activities. And surgery is very invasive and may not have the outcome the client expects.  Our office provides holistic and non-invasive treatments such as, core health, pain, and physical rehabilitation for the reduction and/or management of chronic pain that leads to limitation in participating in activities of choice.

Why is knowing the type of pain important?

  1. Pain is a signal from the body to the brain notifying you attention is required somewhere on your body.
  2. The type of pain determines the type of attention or treatment required.
    • Treatment approaches includes: Hospitalization, pharmaceuticals, modalities such as electrical stimulation, and more…
  3. All healthcare providers who specialize in pain treatments use different treatment techniques.
    • Physicians – pharmaceutical treatment.
    • Physical therapist – use of exercise and other invasive techniques.
    • Chiropractors – adjust the bones to manage pain.
    • occupational therapist – use modalities, hands-on, holistic, state-of-the-art technology, and core health treatments.

Scientific evidence support the best treatment of chronic pain is the combination of healthcare providers and their different approaches to pain.

The Cost of Pain

The Cost of Chronic Pain

The Institute of Medicine Committee  found that the annual cost of pain was greater than the annual costs in 2010 dollars:

  • Heart disease ($309 billion),
  • Cancer ($243 billion),
  • Diabetes ($188 billion)
  • Nearly 30 percent higher than the combined cost of cancer and diabetes.

Many Suffer From Chronic Pain

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) analyzed the 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data and found:

  • Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care
    • It is linked to restrictions in mobility and daily activities
    • Dependence on opioids
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Poor perceived health or reduced quality of life
  • Population-based estimates the chronic pain among U.S. adults range from 11% to 40%
  • An estimated 20.4% (50.0 million) of U.S. adults had chronic pain , of which, 8.0% of (19.6 million) had high-impact chronic pain.
  • Overall, these findings indicate that more than 1 in 5 adults in America experiences chronic pain

Identify Your Type of Pain


  • Has a short duration
  • Last from minutes to about three months
  • Maybe related to:
    • Soft-tissue injury
    • Temporary illness
    • Subsides after the injury heals or the illness subsides


  • Last longer than acute pain
  • Can be constant or intermittent
    • Examples include arthritis, fibromyalgia, spine condition


  • Pain caused by damage to the nerves or other parts of the nervous system
    • Characteristics described as: Shooting, stabbing, burning, pins and needles
  • Can affect sensitivity to touch and can make someone have difficulty feeling hot or cold sensations
  • A common type of chronic pain
  • Can be intermittent and/or severe
  • Can make performing everyday tasks difficult
  • Can interfere with normal movement
  • Can lead to mobility issues


  • A type of pain caused by damage to body tissue.
    • It is described as: Sharp, achy, throbbing
  • Results from external injury such as:
    • Hitting your elbow
    • Stub your toe
    • Twist your ankle
    • Punch in the face
    • Fall and scrape up your knee
  • This type of pain is often experienced in the joints, muscles, skin, tendons, and bones
  • Can be both acute or chronic


  • Pain can occur when the spinal nerve gets compressed or inflamed.
  • It radiates from the back and hip into the leg(s) by way of the spine and spinal nerve root.
  • Pain described as a steady:
    • Tingling, numbing, muscle weakness
    • Sciatica because the pain is due to the sciatic nerve being affected.
    • Deep in the leg. Worse with walking, sitting, and some other activities