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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 [...]

ACL Rupture: My 1st Day at Physical Therapy — Bianca’s Story

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy October 21, 2019

Bianca, could you tell us a little bit about your first day at physical therapy? 1.Why did you choose MEPT? Finding a therapist that has treated this particular injury, had great reviews, took my insurance and was convenient to get to was really important to me. After researching various therapists in Brooklyn, I found MEPT [...]

“Why Did I Go Skiing?” Bianca’s Story

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy October 16, 2019

Bianca H. Age 27Moderately active pre-injury (workout 1-2 times per week)Never seriously injured Never did serious Physical Therapy I was at a company retreat in Killington, VT when I fell. I’m an intermediate skier, but lost my balance and tumbled for about 5 seconds after taking off. I went to shift my weight on top of [...]

How I Tore My ACL

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy October 2, 2019

I’ve been a physical therapist for over 20 years and whether it’s skiing, basketball, soccer. I hear similar ways of how my clients tore or ruptured their ACL. “I came down on my leg funny and I felt a ‘pop’.” “My foot was planted and I got hit on the outside of my knee.” “I [...]

ACL Injuries..Through Our Clients’ Eyes..

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy September 19, 2019

We love knees at MovEvolution Physical Therapy and have some really great outcomes. We thought what better way to reach out to other knee pain sufferers than to highlight our own knee clients. For the next few blogs, we are going to focus on a large part of our population — our anterior cruciate ligament [...]