Movement as Medicine

I've decided to allot two 30-minute time slots to FREE assessments during my two days (one on Tuesdays/one on Thursdays) in my Garden City clinic.  So, if you or anyone you know has any nagging aches or pains that you'd like to have looked at, feel free to give me call.  You don't have to worry about seeing a doctor first or about dealing with your insurance.  Easy is the goal.

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Two Tips for T-Spine Mobility

Are you desk bound? Have low back pain? Having trouble with your shoulders? Please consider addressing your thoracic spine.

Why does thoracic spine mobility matter?  Our rib cages are attached to the t-spine.  Good mobility in our thoracic spines will help make breathing easier; it's important to maintain good t-spine mobility is to optimize healthy shoulder movement.

In this blog James Horn tells you how to do a quick test of your t-spine mobility and shows you two quick and easy exercises to help keep your thoracic spines healthy.

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When Can I Work Out Again?

Patients always want to know when they can return to their sport/activity/exercise routine.  I totally get that.  I would want a time table too.  But it's impossible to give definitive time lines.

One thing that I am always imparting on my patients is to take the long view.  A little bit of activity modification in the short term, while frustrating, will lead to long-term meaningful results. 

One must recognize that you can't just "push through the pain." Rather, modification is called for...

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Interview With Nutritionist Cristina Rivera

Over the years, patients have asked me questions about nutrition.  While I have some foundational knowledge regarding the topic, it is certainly not my forte.  Whenever I feel that I cannot directly help someone, I want to be able to refer them to the proper expert.  

This post features an interview with President of Nutrition In Motion PC, Cristina Rivera. She is a Registered Dietitian as well as a Board Certified Sports Nutritionist. Her clinical work at NYU Hospital of Joint Diseases, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as Bellevue Hospital has given her a diverse and skilled background in medical nutrition therapy.

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I Wonder What Happened to Tiffany?

There are many reasons why I love what I do for a living.  One of them is the perspective that I feel I've gained through working with my patients.

While working at the D.O.E., I also began working as an early intervention provider.   Services are generally delivered in the child's home.  Ninety percent of my cases were in either East Harlem or the Bronx.

 The first child with whom I worked was a little girl named Tiffany...

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A Fine Motor Mess?

Fine motor skills are precise movements of the hands, fingers, eyes, lips and mouth. Traditionally, physical therapists deal in the realm of gross motor skills, while occupational therapists deal with fine motor acquisition. Crossover exists between the two as both disciplines deal with human movement, which is sadly taking a hit with the progression of technology.

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Tools in the Toolbox and K.I.S.S.

Fancy bells and whistles often grab people's attention.  The more equipment in a gym or rehabilitation center the better, right?  The more letters credentialing a practitioner's academic achievement the better, right?  

I have come to understand that the most important tools therapists have in their toolboxes are their observation and listening skills, their ability to effectively educate folks, and their kindness in wanting to help people feel and function better.

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What Physical Therapy Is All About

Last year, I read somewhere (and I wish I could remember exactly where so that I can give proper credit) a simple definition of what physical therapy should be all about: "The restoration of thoughtless, painless movement."

I know there are much more elaborate and descriptive definitions of physical therapy, but to me, the above quote captures the essence of what I try to help my patients achieve every day.  I believe the most important aspect of my profession is empowering people to learn how to care for themselves through education.  I didn't always feel that way. 

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A Texting P.S.A.

An ounce of prevention is a wonderful thing.  I'm always encouraging folks to invest in their health now so that their body will give back to them in the future.  In this case, the preventative step that we're talking about is simply slipping your phone into your pocket as you walk or drive.  It can't be any easier than that.  There is nothing on that little screen that is more important than your and your neighbor's health.  It can wait.

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Quick Tip for Shoulder Rehabilitation

 Training the movements of the scapulothoracic joint is an integral part of shoulder rehabilitation.  What I find with most folks though is that they have a very difficult time learning how to isolate and control these movements.

This post includes a quick video in which I demonstrate how to use a common rehabilitative device, a foam roller, to help manually cue one of the important movements of the scapula, which is retraction.

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