Physical Therapy Demystified: Spinal Stenosis

Physical Therapy Demystified: Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis might sound like fun and games, but it definitely isn't something you want to sign up for. Spinal Stenosis is the compression of the spinal cord. The smooth line of the spine gradually narrows until the nerves and vertebrae are pinched, resulting in back pain, legs, arms, neck, and even hands. Where your body feels pain from your spinal compression depends on where in your body the compression is occurring. 

Walking Gait Analysis

Walking Gait Analysis

At our physical therapy clinics in New York City and Irvington, we talk a lot about the importance of gait and stride when running. We should also mention it's just as important to train your gait when walking in your day-to-day lives. This article from Brian Dorfman is a good one for quickly understanding the importance of gait analysis for everyone, athlete or not. 

Fitness Tip Tuesday

Fitness Tip Tuesday

You're crushing your goals like a champ. 

Morning runs around Central Park's loop are your playground and you're seriously contemplating signing up for The New York City Marathon. 

Here's one fitness tip that will help take your fitness prowess over the edge. One word: 

Nutrition. 

Physical Therapy Demystified: Fibromyalgia (FM)

Physical Therapy Demystified: Fibromyalgia (FM)

Fibromyalgia is a condition marked by severe physical discomfort and chronic pain. Most often individuals suffering from FM (fibromyalgia) pursue medication to relieve the pain. Combining prescription medication with physical therapy is a powerful way to combat the chronic and debilitating pain from fibromyalgia. 

Weekend Workout

Weekend Workout

The most important thing I've learned about nutrition is you need to deserve your carbs. 

- Charles Polliquin

This one is for those weekend warriors who are racking up hours in New York City board rooms or putting in serious time at home during the week. One of the big secrets to a long and happy life is to keep your body conditioned and moving well. Skipping workouts during the week might be necessary, but it does mean you need to pack them into your weekend. In short, you've got to earn that brunch every New Yorker loves so much. 

Physical Therapy Demystified: Lateral Epicondylitis/Tennis Elbow

Physical Therapy Demystified: Lateral Epicondylitis/Tennis Elbow

You may not have heard of lateral epicondylitis, but tennis elbow should be more familiar. Tennis elbow is a debilitating affliction causing the outer edge of the forearm pain. While this affliction might be associated with sports, it's also caused by repetitive and consistent strain. Actions as simple as opening a jar can be enough to trigger tennis elbow. Maybe you don't regularly take up a racket for a quick doubles match, but there is likely something else in your life leaving you susceptible to injury from repetitive strain. 

Patient Reviews

Patient Reviews

If you can't tell how much we love our physical therapy clinics (with those water views in Westchester and that city skyline in Manhattan!!!) then you're not reading closely enough. It's not just our prime New York locations or our cutting edge equipment that make our physical therapy clinics world class, it's our patients and physical therapists. You won't find anywhere else in the city that is as comfortable, as well equipped, or staffed with a wide array of talented therapists. 

Motivation Monday: 4 Exercises to Kick Your Week Off

Motivation Monday: 4 Exercises to Kick Your Week Off

You're busy. We get it.

A New York Minute doesn't mean you have more minutes in a day, it means you know the value of your time and you don't have any to waste on ineffective exercises. 

With that in mind, here are four moves featured at Men's Fitness Magazine that we love to get your weekly workout routine kicked off right. 

What is preventative physical therapy?

What is preventative physical therapy?

Physical therapy is well utilized to recover from injury or surgery, but one of the best uses of a physical therapist is in injury prevention. Looking at physical therapy as a source of preventative care will help individuals avoid injury, chronic pain conditions, and often even surgery. 

Movement Monday: Negative Pull Ups

Movement Monday: Negative Pull Ups

Looking to build strength by integrating pull ups into your routing....but you can't quite get your chin up to the bar?

No worries. Negatives in physical training are known for their massive effect on the body and this technique can also be applied to building strength to full pull-ups. 

Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain isn't uncommon. In fact, it's so pervasive that it's generally dismissed and not taken seriously.  That is, until manageable aches and pains become debilitating ones. LBP is a cause for concern, whether it's keeping your from work and play or not. 

How Alcohol Can Affect Your Body Composition

How Alcohol Can Affect Your Body Composition

If you begin a conversation about alcohol, you’re likely to get a chorus of varied opinions.

Your one friend swears that her daily glass of red wine will ward off cardiovascular disease, even if it’s at the expense of her six pack abs. Meanwhile, your gym buddy has a zero-alcohol policy in an effort to remain as lean as possible and avoid the dreaded “beer belly”.

Is it really possible to consume alcohol and still maintain a healthy body weight and composition?

The answer is somewhat complicated and likely depends on your ultimate goals.

Let’s delve a little deeper into the relationship between alcohol and body composition.

How Cirque Du Soleil Used Body Composition Analysis to Change Their Training Approach

How Cirque Du Soleil Used Body Composition Analysis to Change Their Training Approach

Cirque du Soleil is one of the most famous theater production companies in the world. The company began in 1984 with a small troupe of performersnear Quebec City and quickly became renowned for its striking mix of circus arts (without animals) and street performance. Now in its third decade, Cirque du Soleil has 19 shows that perform around the world. Each brings a blend of imaginative costumes, lighting, music, and of course, gravity-defying performers.

To ensure talented performers can withstand an incredible 476 shows per year on average, the Cirque du Soleil team needed a reliable way to incorporate body composition analysis to support performance.

Head of Performance Science for Cirque du Soleil’s, Bryan Burnstein researched several options and ultimately decided on tracking body composition analysis using InBody because he felt it delivered the most value to his artists and operational teams. See how InBody helped some of the world’s most talented actors, singers, and artists become more durable performers by optimizing their body composition.

Cirque du Soleil’s Quest to Become More Data Informed

 

Training Tools From the Anaheim Ducks

Training Tools From the Anaheim Ducks

We're always looking for the best tools in the health sphere to help you be the strongest, fittest, and healthiest version of yourselves. It's not a big shock, then, that a lot of our equipment is used to help pro athletes around the world do the same. 

Functional Movement and Physical Therapy

Functional Movement and Physical Therapy

"Functional" is a trendy word in all things health related of late and it's no surprise why, especially for busy and driven New Yorkers. Functional is the basis of optimization and when it comes to health this makes the difference between making and breaking your goals. If you haven't taken a look at how to make your life more functional, then now is the time and the best place to start is with your body and how you move day in and day out. 

Movement Monday: Stretching 101

Movement Monday: Stretching 101

Movement and mobility are an integral part of a full, healthy lifestyle. Consistent stretching is often overlooked in the pursuit of physical wellness, but one of the most important parts of training your body and avoiding injury are consistent mobility exercises. Here are three mobility exercises that can easily fit into any New Yorker's busy schedule. Integrate these regularly into your routine and reap the benefits of mobility in your life!

Physical Therapy Demystified: Scoliosis

Physical Therapy Demystified: Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a common ailment affecting about six to nine million people in the United States. Most people's first introduction to scoliosis is with a test in grade school where a nurse feels the length of the spine looking for curves. These tests are looking for unnatural curvature of the spine, generally known as "c" or "s" curves.

Physical Therapy Demystified: Acromioclavicular Joint Separation

Physical Therapy Demystified: Acromioclavicular Joint Separation

There's nowhere better than Sloane Stecker Physical Therapy in the Upper West Side to go for physical therapy for your damaged shoulder...unless it's Sloane Stecker Physical Therapy in Westchester. 

Acromioclavicular Joint Separation is a common shoulder injury, especially in most sports and other athletic activities. Most shoulder separation injuries are actually acromioclavicular joint separations. The AC joint connects the scapula to the collar bone. While an AC joint injury is rather common, it can still be easily confused with other shoulder joint injuries. 

Tackling Childhood Obesity: Help from InBody

Tackling Childhood Obesity: Help from InBody

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) has obesity.

There's a big difference among the options of being big boned, overweight, and being considered obese, but most Americans don't really know the defining differences. It can be hard to tell by looking, or even by standard measurements, if someone is teetering on the edge of being overweight into the realm of obesity. This is where InBody comes to the rescue.