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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 [...]

Out of Pocket, But My Physical Therapist Changed My Life

Erika Cardona April 6, 2020

Out of Pocket, But My Physical Therapist Changed My Life   In the fall of 2015, I hired a personal trainer. Three years earlier, I became a vegan, worked out at my gym on the treadmill, elliptical rider, stationary bike and in Zumba class two or three times per week. I had gone from 213 [...]

Get the Most for Your Money: Your Guide to Paying Cash for Your Physical Therapy

Erika Cardona April 6, 2020

Get the Most for Your Money: Your Guide to Paying Cash for Your Physical Therapy By Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy   Effectiveness + Efficiency = Value MovEvolution Physical Therapy practice is built upon 3 goals—to decrease your pain, speed repair and growth, and help your body achieve its  highest levels of performance possible, [...]

“How I tore my ACL avoiding a two year old” Jason’s Story

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy January 9, 2020

How Did you Tear Your ACL? In Nov 2018. I was in the middle of a running long jump when a toddler ran into my way. To avoid plowing into a two year old, I twisted my landing right foot hard to the right upon making contact with blacktop. I immediately felt my right knee [...]

Getting Around NY City After ACL Surgery — Bianca’s Story

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy December 9, 2019

How did your newly repaired ACL affect the way you navigated through your house (stairs, commode, shower), Moving around independently was very tough at first. I thankfully have an elevator in my building and was able to work from home so I didn’t have to commute in to work (there was no way I could [...]

Not Knowing is the Worst Part of Any Injury — A Physical Therapist’s Perspective

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy November 12, 2019

Ever suffer an injury? Did you stay calm or catastrophize the situation? “Is it torn?” “Do I need surgery?” ‘Will I ever run again?”  Client education at MovEvolution Physical Therapy is paramount when alleviating our client’s injury angst. Take for instance our client, Bianca, coming to us with a new anterior cruciate ligament rupture, prepping [...]