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With the NYC Marathon only two months away, many local runners seek ways to improve their performance and safeguard their bodies. At Park North Physical Therapy in Harlem and Morningside Heights, we're not only focused on holistic training techniques but also on the advanced methods to assess and improve your gait using specialized technology like Digitsole. Our therapists have developed a list of cross-training exercises for runners to improve your athletic performance. Let us guide you through more productive running workouts in and out of the season.
Ever thought of your meal plate as a secret weapon to supercharge your rehabilitation in physical therapy? While mobility, strength and muscle release are essential components of recovery, many people overlook the powerful benefits of nutrition.Dive in with us as we uncover the relationship between what you eat and how it can accelerate your body’s recovery time. To help you make more informed nutritional decisions that will compliment your physical therapy treatment plan, our team at Park North Physical Therapy has put together a short guide.
From office seats to work-from-home, studies show we may sit up to eight hours a day while awake. Our bodies have developed for movement, so constant sitting and lack of exercise can often lead to chronic back pain.To address chronic lower back pain, we have to define the cause and build solutions from there. For example, you can reduce your low back pain by developing your deep core with targeted exercises.
Joint replacements can be life-changing procedures. They offer relief from chronic pain and help you get back to your favorite activities, like walking around Central Park or biking the Brooklyn Bridge.However, preparing for joint replacement surgery can be intimidating, especially during the recovery process. At Park North Physical Therapy, we’ve helped hundreds of patients with hip, knee, shoulder and other partial or total joint replacements. To encourage an efficient rehab process, we’re helping you prepare for surgery with everything you need to know about pre-operative physical therapy.
After surgery, the most critical phase of your recovery journey begins. In order to regain full range of motion and strength, physical therapy is essential for joint replacements. A comprehensive post-operative PT care plan includes mobilization, strengthening of the surrounding muscles and tissues around your joint and pain management. We know that undergoing surgery can be an overwhelming process, so we’re breaking down the most frequently asked questions we get from our patients about joint replacement care to help you feel more at ease.
Summer vacations may be known for fried festival food, cold dairy treats and lazy days spent by the pool, but that doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation from your self-care practices. Actually, your vacation can be an excellent time to break away from office life and be used as an opportunity to incorporate even more movement into your day. In order to stay healthier this summer, your friends at Park North Physical Therapy put together this guide to help you maintain an active lifestyle while still enjoying your getaway. Check out our Physical Therapy tips for staying active on vacation without sacrificing your trip.
Discover effective techniques to strengthen your ankles and prevent ankle sprains with Park North Physical Therapy. Learn why ankle injuries are common among athletes and how you can improve your ankle stability through balance training and conditioning exercises.
Muscular dysfunction can wreak havoc on your body causing pain, weakness and stiffness. If left unaddressed, they can interfere with your daily activities and even lead to chronic conditions. In this blog post, we'll explore warning signs and causes of muscular imbalances, as well as tactical ways to fix and prevent them. Ultimately, these solutions will help you restore balance, alleviate discomfort and improve your overall well-being.
While it can’t prevent all sport-related injuries, physical therapy can help you take a proactive (rather than reactive) approach to training, plus it helps you recover faster, build resilience and even prevent certain injuries from occurring in the first place. Let’s explore the power of physical therapy for athletes and focus specifically on injury prevention through prehabilitation (prehab).
At Park North, we’ve helped hundreds of patients regain their mobility and independence. Our most recent inspiring recovery journey was George Hirsch, one of the most iconic movers of New York City and certainly a hometown hero at Park North Physical Therapy.
Neurokinetics and physical therapy may be considered distinct areas of practice, but they overlap in their shared focus on the rehabilitation and improvement of human movement and function. This blog explores how neurokinetics is revolutionizing physical therapy by providing a deeper understanding of the neural control of movement, ultimately leading to more effective, personalized treatment plans.
Learn about the shared commitment to help others reach their full potential that aligned Park North Physical Therapy with Figure Skating in Harlem. In honor of Black History Month and alongside our mission to give back to the community, our Park North clinics donated $10 for every new patient we had the pleasure of meeting and treating in February and March to help FSH promote youth empowerment and racial equality in our community!
If you’re planning ahead for a fun, healthy (and injury-free) summer, physical therapy is a great way to prepare for a lively season of sports and recreational activities. We share the benefits of starting a physical therapy program ahead of the summer season in this post.
As physical therapists, it’s part of the job description to leverage our hands and brains to come up with innovative solutions to help our patients achieve optimal health and function. Just like a painter, sculptor or musician, we use our hands to mold and manipulate to deliver an improved final product – in this case, a healthy, pain-free body for our patients. This post explains how physical therapy is a careful blend of art and science.
Active Release Technique is an innovative approach to soft tissue care that utilizes the therapist's hands to break down scar tissue, improve range of motion, reduce pain and restore proper function to affected areas. With its impressive results and growing popularity among athletes, it’s no surprise that ART is quickly becoming the go-to treatment option for patients across the country.
Want to see how low level laser therapy, a safe, effective treatment option for physical therapy, can improve your injuries and recovery? This blog explains how low-energy laser beams accelerate the healing process and provide the relief you've been looking for!
Physical therapy and occupational therapy are both forms of rehabilitation that help patients recover from injuries or illnesses and improve their overall health and quality of life. While both focus on helping patients regain their physical abilities and independence, there are important differences between the two fields. This post explores the distinct roles of physical therapy and occupational therapy and reviews examples of the types of conditions and patients that a PT and OT typically treat.
Everyone wants to get in shape as January approaches, but if you’re currently in pain or limited in your movement and functionality, you may be working twice as hard to reach your goals for a new YOU in the New Year. Don’t let pain or dysfunction slow you down or hold you back - address it FIRST so you can clear the obstacles standing in your way.
We’re so grateful for 2022 and for the opportunity to be your local physical therapy specialists for another year. Since 2008, Park North Physical Therapy was created to serve our community with sports orthopedics, hands-on care and the very latest in education and technology to match your unique wellness needs and goals.
A flexible spending account (FSA) gives you tax-free funds for medical expenses outside your annual insurance coverage. It’s essentially the “use it or lose it” version of insurance. While these accounts may be helpful for hidden costs throughout the year, they do expire when your plan resets.
In this season of gratitude, we’re thankful for our dedicated team of physical therapists who have chosen your health and wellness as their mission. When you’re in pain, suffering from an injury or struggling to move due to your age or condition, it matters who you surround yourself with. You need a helper. A compassionate carer with the expertise to identify the root cause of your issue, develop a personalized program of care and then work alongside you to improve your recovery and functionality as quickly and safely as possible.
Did you know that Park North Physical Therapy features one of the most innovative, effective e-stim machines currently available to target neurological conditions, remove pain and return movement and functionality in patients after just one use?
Every year, thousands of people experience strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease. These same people turn to physical therapy to help regain functionality and independence, but often, traditional PT isn’t enough to keep patients engaged with their programs. Neuro Rehab VR is a Fort Worth-based company offering groundbreaking new technology to make physical therapy more enjoyable and accessible. Their virtual reality programs boost a patient’s motivation and confidence through immersive therapy programs that allow for more effective treatment and faster recovery.
We all know that pilates is a form of body conditioning that targets diverse muscle groups to help build strength, stability, flexibility and coordination. But did you know that Joseph Pilates first developed the Pilates system in an internment camp during World War I as a physical rehabilitation method for his fellow inmates and injured soldiers?
Digitsole Pro technology is an FDA-approved Class II device that has been developed for healthcare providers to measure objective biomechanical data in order to assess and improve mobility disorders. Park North Physical Therapy is proud to be one of the first clinics to put this into practice for our patients!
With the status quo long left trailing in the rearview mirror, Park North Physical Therapy has ushered in a new era of state-of-the-art physical therapy technology and innovative patient care programs to our local community of Uptown Manhattan.
When I say weight training or strength training, what goes through your mind? Most of you will probably think of elaborate machines in the gym, weighted plates and dumbbells. If you aren't much of a 'gym' person, it can all be very overwhelming and intimidating.
As we all are learning more about telehealth and how to implement it, we also want to look to the future it holds for us. It opens up the possibilities to how we can take care and maintain our health. There is a strong potential and future for a hybrid treatment plan.
Most of us have hurt our backs at some point in our lives, as referenced in our previous post (see: acute low back pain). After the acute inflammatory stage is over (usually within 1-2 weeks), and most of the pain has subsided, the question is what is the next step?
How do you prepare yourself for Telehealth? Participating in a telehealth physical therapy session does not require as much to set up as it may seem. True, it’s not in a clinic that’s fitted out with all the equipment and machines that are commonly used, but there are many alternate ways to still receive effective treatment and perform exercises.