Arthritis is a painful stiffening and inflammation of the joints. The long winter months in New York don't help with the chronic pain that can come with arthritic pain, but working with a knowledgeable physical therapist can.
Winter is upon us and so are the most common injuries of the season.
As the months turn colder and weather becomes more severe the chances of a winter-related injury increase. This might include injury from daily activity, like slipping on ice or strain from clearing snow off of cars or from pathways, or it might be from winter sports and other activities.
On average there are over 100,000 injuries a year from skiing alone with snowboarding adding another 80,000. Those lovely ice skating rinks popping up all over New York City, gracing Bryant Park and Central Park with their presence, they account for upwards of almost 50,000 winter injuries.
You've got a plan to get back-to-sport after your injury or recent surgery and you're not going to let the Holidays get in the way of your goals. You've got too much grit, you are a New Yorker after all.
There's no reason to let celebrations get in the way of your recovery or to let your good times slow down your hard work. Here's a fool-proof plan in just five easy steps to keep you on track over the Holiday season.
Migraines are no joke.
People who suffer from chronic headaches understand just how much a migraine can keep you from living your life.
Most people will experience a headache this year, but you'll know if it has advanced to a full-blown migraine attack because you'll be sensitive to both light and sound. Migraine sufferers will likely also experience nausea and appetite loss as well. All in all, a migraine is no joking matter.
When we get new equipment at Sloane Stecker it's always after exhaustive research and with an aim to round out our world class gym with a tool that will help our patients and clients achieve the goals they're working towards. You'll find machines developed by NASA engineers, the latest diagnostic equipment available, and tools used by pros around the world. Our latest addition to our Westchester office is a favorite, trusty tool in our New York City physical therapy clinic- the InBody.
If you're like, well, just about everyone else in New York City, then you're already counting down the days till you're free for your weekend workout followed by your favorite brunch.
World class training equipment is just one of the reasons to check out our New York City and Westchester physical therapy clinics, but boy oh boy, is it ever a good one!
While it is true that all you need to consider yourself a runner is the open road and the will to pound the pavement, it's equally true that the right machine can revolutionize your fitness goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"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 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!
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.
Health and fitness goals require a certain amount of knowledge to really be successful. Most of the time people focus purely on the knowledge required around diet, nutrition, and physical conditioning but put little attention on their personal body composition.
It's been a while since we've reviewed our insurance policy and since it isn't getting any simpler, now seems like a good time to have a refresher course on getting through your physical therapy without a big hassle from your insurance company. Getting through your insurance coverage plan can seem daunting, but there's light at the end of the tunnel and we're here to help you figure out the details.