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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 [...]

Your Daily Rx: My Brain is Making My Back Hurt

Emily Shneiderman September 1, 2018

Patient Name: YOU   Problem (or Dx): Too much mental “static” and internal stress.   Your Daily Rx: Break Away from Technology   Client Education: Diaphragmatic breathing   In the New York hustle and bustle, it’s easy to separate ourselves from nature — animals, trees, the sun. And there’s a strong link between excessive, isolated computer use [...]

Your Daily Rx: What Type of Warm Up Is Best for Me?

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy September 1, 2018

Dynamic Warm–Up Movement Assessment™ (DWMA) Problem: Everyone says “Warm up before you exercise to avoid injuries like straining a muscle.” But what type of warm up should I be doing?” RX: Client Education: The Proper Warm-up Warmer tissues mean better  muscle performance and less chance of straining muscle. “Your warm-up gets blood into the muscles, [...]

Clinicians! Come & Get Exposed!

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy August 1, 2018

Greetings, everyone! We have good and bad news. Bad news first. We are closing down the Brooklyn Manual Therapist MeetUp Group. But wait! Allow me to explain how this fits into our good news. We will be collaborating with the Brooklyn Holistic Chamber of Commerce (BHCC) — the HCC’s NYC-Brooklyn Chapter! Why is this good [...]

30 Degrees Knee Flexion Rule — The Key to Better Quad/Hamstring Muscle Balance

Richard Assessing Knee Strength Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy July 1, 2018

  To get the best quadricep and hamstring co-contraction with our post-surgical ACL clients, we need get them comfortable, stable, and strong at 30 degrees knee flexion in the closed chain position (where the distal aspect of the extremity is fixed to an object that is stationary). Once our ACL clients have been cleared and [...]

Insidious Knee Pain

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy June 1, 2018

    Your knee looks fine. Your doctor and all diagnostics rule out any internal damage.  But your knee still doesn’t feel right during that run or after box jumps or cycling past that 10th mile. What gives?   Yes! Make sure a qualified PT or MD who loves knees performs a thorough evaluation of [...]

Active Recovery And Why We See Bikes on the Sidelines

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy May 29, 2018

  Dance. Rest. Pain. Repeat. Ever wonder why they keep stationary bikes on the sidelines of professional sports like basketball and football? To keep warmed-up, right? Correct. But also to keep that burning lactic acid from building up in muscles, to keep muscles from stiffening up, prepping the nervous system for “flight” or “fight” (or [...]

Selecting Your Right Dance Gear: Shoes

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy May 22, 2018

We asked a cobbler, former professional dancer and current “Chicago-style” Stepper, Hatshepsut Pakeman Symister, what she recommends when choosing the right shoes to get you through many nights of dancing without overloading or injuring your feet and knees. Schedule monthly shoe physicals. Rip out your old insole and replace it with a memory foam insole. [...]

Your Dance Warm-Up. Let’s get Specific!

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy May 8, 2018

    What is it: warm up? The key word here is warm. Simply put, you are trying to increase the temperature of your your tissues specifically, those your about to use). When you move faster and for a prolonged period time or increase your intensity,your heart pumps more blood to the working muscles, which, [...]

Prep2Step: A Dancer’s Guide To Bulletproofing Your Knees

Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy May 1, 2018

    Enjoy your dance with less pain. Avoid post-dance muscle soreness and achy joints. Learn the correct “dosage“ for warming up, stretching and cooling down. How many dancers out there are dancing with pain, expect to have knee pain during or after dance, or are relying on pain meds to “keep the edge off”? [...]