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Tips on Choosing Your Next Physical Therapist

Richard Symister March 22, 2021

Tips on Choosing Your Next Physical Therapist     Think “value”, and not “insurance”. It’s not easy finding the right Physical Therapist. There are more than 650 physical therapy clinics in New York, and each one has its own level of talent, speciality, and quality of care.   THE COMPLAINT BOX I’m going into my [...]

Black Men and Our Balls: Pain Ain’t Normal, Fellas!

Richard Symister February 5, 2021

This is a serious, sensitive topic (no pun intended). Many men of color, especially Black men, do not like going to the doctor. Iatraphobia (fear of doctors)? Myths and misconceptions? Denial? Whatever the reason, we tend to neglect our health check-ins and check-ups and often perish from illnesses and diseases that could have been mitigated.  [...]

PEEING AT NIGHT AND FRACTURES: What’s the Link?

Richard Symister February 5, 2021

At night, are you awake and coordinated when you go to the bathroom to pee? Darkness, half asleep, furniture, rugs, thresholds, dogs —  plus the urgency to urinate?  Not a great combination. It’s a miracle we don’t have more accidents. Now imagine being elderly, already being vision and balance compromised. There is a strong correlation [...]

COVID & “Nurse’s Bladder” —- No Time to Pee!

Richard Symister February 5, 2021

Are you a teacher or a nurse? Then you know one of the major problems with your profession is having limited bathroom breaks.   Have you been off work for some time because of the pandemic? It’s nice being able to go to the bathroom when you feel like it, right? But what happens to you [...]

COVID & NUTRITION: Eating Healthy on a Budget

Richard Symister February 5, 2021

A lot of us are strapped for cash these days and being able to afford the same quality and quantity of food during this pandemic is often difficult. Here are a few key things to consider when stocking the fridge and cupboard during these trying financial times: Choose quality over quantity. Focus less on volume [...]

Clinical/Athletic Space Sharing Opportunity

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy September 22, 2020

  Dear Family,  As small business owners and independent contractors, most of us have taken a big financial hit due to recent world events. The pandemic might have slowed you down, disrupted your business goals, and may have upended how you do business altogether. But there is an opportunity within this chaos and disorder, with [...]

Deflated Ego

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy September 7, 2020

How deflated is your ego 🤔? Allow me to first clarify. I am not talking about a “bruised” 🤕 ego. I refer to ego in the psychological sense, not the colloquial sense. Did you know your ego craves sustenance and can run out of steam. The ego important to us, serving as our connection to [...]

Shame in the Batter’s Box

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy September 7, 2020

Shame in the Batter’s Box: My personal story of racism & sports performance anxiety   In a recent podcast with Dr. Maha Nasrallah-Babenko, www.sexualhealingdoc.com, I had the unique opportunity to discuss the relationship between the aversion to exercise and sex. The keyword that kept coming up? Shame! Let me put this into context as far [...]

Defining Fitness and the 4C’s

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy September 3, 2020

What Does Physical Fitness Mean to You and the 4 C’s of Physical Fitness   When trying to define physical fitness to my patients and clients, I came to a few conclusions: Communication and comprehension are both key components to the success of my client’s performance. But being bogged down with finding the absolute, perfect [...]

Stretching 4 Drummers: 4 Steps to a “Tight” Stretching Program

Richard Symister June 13, 2020

Stretching 4 Drummers 4 Steps to a “Tight” Stretching Program   All drummers want to protect their hands, arms or shoulders from injury. And we are all aware that stretching benefits our drumming bodies in one way or another, right? Some drummers stretch a lot. Some stretch a little. Unfortunately, some do not stretch at [...]

Breath Work & Drumming Part 3: Building Your Breath Work Chops

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy May 14, 2020

MovEvolution Drumming Therapy Breath Work & Drumming: Maintaining Your Tempo & Improving Control Part 3: Building Your Breath Work Chops So far, we’ve discussed: what defines dysfunctional breathing what detriments dysfunctional breathing poses to the drummer  how to screen yourself for proper breath work Want to correct poor breathing habits and build up your breath [...]

Breath Work & Drumming Part 2: What Kind of Breather Are You?

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy May 14, 2020

MovEvolution Drumming Therapy Breath Work & Drumming: Maintaining Your Tempo & Improving Control Part 2: What Kind of Breather Are You?   We started off our Tempo Breathing section talking about the benefits of proper breathing while drumming. But what is improper or dysfunctional breathing and what kind of breather are you? I have been [...]

Breath Work & Drumming Part I: Why Drummers Need to Breathe Properly for Improved Performance

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy May 14, 2020

MovEvolution Drumming Therapy Breath Work & Drumming: Maintaining Your Tempo & Improving Control   Part I: Why Drummers Need to Breathe Properly for Improved Performance Before you pick up your sticks, berimbau, clave or any percussion instrument, breathe. Breathing is indeed fundamental and paramount to your precision, agility and concentration. Has any instructor, coach or [...]

MovEvolution Drumming Therapy: Treating the Pain & Injury of the Modern Percussionist

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy April 26, 2020

MovEvolution Drumming Therapy: Treating the Pain & Injury of the Modern Percussionist   WHO IS MOVEVOLUTION? MoveEvolution is a New York-based Physical Therapy and Performance studio located in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. We are dedicated to treating the pain, injury, pre/post-surgical condition and movement dysfunction of the musician, dancer, performing artist, multi-sport enthusiast—folks [...]

My Drumming Evolution – From Playing Drums to Fixing Drummers

Richard Symister April 26, 2020

My Drumming Evolution – From Playing Drums to Fixing Drummers Here’s a little bit about my drumming history, my torrid “drum” love affair and how I could never truly leave. I met her at her about age 14. She was a  pearl blue, four-piece, Gretsch drum set. The high-hat cymbals were craptacular, like two aluminum [...]