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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Ask an Upper Manhattan Physical Therapist: Best Techniques for Managing Knee Pain

Healthy knees make it possible to do basic activities without any pain or discomfort. If you struggle with stiff joints while using stairs or walking, consider implementing expert-approved techniques for managing knee pain. The professionals at Park North Physical Therapy in Morningside Heights and Harlem share their preferred methods for reducing knee pain in this helpful guide. 

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Chronic Muscle Inflammation: Causes and Solutions for Morningside Heights Residents

Do you wake up with pain or struggle through daily activities due to discomfort? Chronic muscle inflammation, or myositis, could be the culprit. Park North Therapy in Morningside Heights offers professional physical therapy to address and manage the symptoms of this condition effectively. Our expert physical therapists are equipped to help you understand your symptoms and guide you through targeted treatments to improve your quality of life.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

8 Pickleball Injuries Prevention Tips for Harlem Residents

Pickleball, a sport combining elements from badminton, tennis, and ping-pong, is gaining popularity, especially among older adults, for its fun and health benefits. Despite its appeal, there's a risk of injury, with common issues including tennis elbow, sprained ankles, and lower back pain. Park North Physical Therapy in Harlem offers tips for preventing such injuries, emphasizing the importance of proper warm-up, technique, and physical therapy. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in enhancing balance, coordination, and strength, reducing the likelihood of injury while enjoying pickleball.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Park North Patient Feature: Q&A with Ironman World Champion Qualifier & Wheelchair Athlete, Minda Dentler 

Minda Dentler is an Ironman World Champion Qualifier and Wheelchair athlete, who was also a former patient at Park North Physical Therapy in Harlem. Minda describes how the skills she learned in PT helped her train and recover from injury. In addition to her athletic career, Minda is also a TEDX speaker and children's book author. Check out our interview with her to learn more about her incredible life experience.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Why Is Pediatric Physical Therapy Important?

Park North Physical Therapy in Morningside Heights, New York, offers specialized pediatric physical therapy to support children's developmental and injury recovery needs. Recognizing the rapid growth and change in children's bodies, their licensed physical therapists provide customized care to address developmental delays, rehabilitate injuries, and assist children with disabilities, ensuring a fun, play-based therapy environment to promote effective healing and development.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Physical Therapy’s Role in Managing Work-Related Injuries

Park North Physical Therapy in Harlem, NY, provides expert physical therapy to treat all types of injuries, particularly focusing on managing work-related injuries. Their licensed physical therapists customize treatments to address pain management, improve functionality, prevent future injuries, and support patients' return to work, emphasizing the significance of physical therapy in enhancing mobility and quality of life for those affected by workplace accidents.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

What You Should Never Tell Your Physical Therapist in Morningside Heights

At Park North Physical Therapy in Morningside Heights, the key to successful physical therapy is open and honest communication with your therapist. Patients are advised not to downplay their symptoms, lie about their homework completion, rush their sessions, pretend to understand exercises they don't, or cancel appointments due to pain without discussing it. The therapists emphasize the importance of transparency to adjust treatment plans effectively and ensure patients' progress and comfort. Contacting Park North Physical Therapy for any concerns or questions is encouraged to provide the best care possible.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Can Physical Therapists Prescribe Medication in Harlem?

In Harlem, New York, physical therapists, including those at Park North Physical Therapy, do not prescribe medication as part of their treatment approach. Instead, they focus on holistic rehabilitation methods, assessing whole-body health and guiding patients through exercises and therapies for self-sufficient healing. Under New York law, physical therapists are prohibited from possessing or administering prescription medications, with the only exception being the use of medicinal ions for specific treatments. The goal of physical therapy is to offer pain relief and injury healing through non-invasive methods like manual therapy, exercise programs, NEUBIE therapy, and low-level laser therapy, aiming to reduce dependency on medication for chronic pain and improve the quality of life.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Park North Physical Therapy Partners with Harlem Figure Skating Organization for Upcoming ‘Soul on Ice’ Event

Park North Physical Therapy proudly announces our continued collaboration with Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH), a vital youth development organization that has been uplifting the Harlem community since 1997. This partnership is rooted in our shared commitment to empowering young girls, especially girls of color, by providing educational and leadership opportunities alongside the art of figure skating.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Meet Your Park North Physical Therapist: Pape Diagne

Pape has a specific interest in treating a variety of orthopedic injuries via functional training of the body as a whole along with implementation of hands-on manual techniques to alleviate symptoms & improve overall functional performance. With a holistic outlook on life, Pape’s mission at Park North Harlem is to reduce the emotional and physical anguish that comes with injury or illness to help patients get back to living at their fullest capacity!

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Helping Young Athletes in Upper Manhattan Get Back in the Game With Physical Therapy

At Park North Physical Therapy, we're passionate about helping young athletes reach their full potential. Yet, the pressure to perform can lead to pushing through pain, risking lasting injuries. Dr. Sam Morjaria, owner of Park North Physical therapy in Harlem and Morningside Heights, explains the unique challenges young athletes face and how we guide them on the path to recovery.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

How To Change Habits and Achieve Your New Year Resolutions

Many people set New Year's resolutions to improve their mental and physical health. Do you have any changes you’d like to make? Learn how to change habits with the following tips from the Park North Physical Therapy team in Upper Manhattan.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Drive Away Common Golf Injuries with the Power of Targeted Physical Therapy

Spending time on the golf course or at the driving range can be a great way to improve your health and well-being. However, suffering from common golf injuries can keep you away from the green and limit your movement. Learn how physical therapy exercises can alleviate pain caused by common types of injuries for golfers. At Park North Physical Therapy in Upper Manhattan, we help avid golfers hit the green with confidence. Visit us if you want to strengthen your golf game and have a speedy recovery. 

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Discover Pain-Free Living With These Exercises for Bursitis in the Hip

Do you experience frequent pain due to hip bursitis? This common condition impacts those with inflamed bursae or fluid-filled sacs in the hip. Bursitis tends to cause muscle aches or stiffness which can keep you from doing what you love. Even standing or sleeping is much more difficult because of the inflammation. Here are 6 helpful tips to reduce your hip pain.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Sweet Dreams, Not Shoulder Pains, Relieving Night Time Shoulder Discomfort with Park North Physical Therapy in NYC

At Park North Physical Therapy, we believe that restorative sleep is not a luxury but a cornerstone of your health. If shoulder pain is keeping you from the peaceful slumber you deserve, it's time to address it head-on. Let's explore how physical therapy can be your ally in overcoming shoulder pain caused by sleeping and help you greet each morning refreshed and pain-free.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

8 Active Recovery Strategies You Should Try After the NYC Marathon

With the NYC Marathon scheduled for Sunday, November 5th, the excitement and preparation are reaching their peak. But equally important to your race strategy is your recovery plan. Proper post-marathon recovery is crucial in avoiding injuries and ensuring quick healing. Park North Physical Therapy is dedicated to aiding your recovery with some insightful tips and techniques, specially tailored for the aftermath of the demanding race. 

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Meet Your Park North Physical Therapist: Samuel Lu

Meet one of our Park North Physical Therapists, Samuel Lu.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Park North Physical Therapy Case Study: Elizabeth’s Journey Recovering from a SLAP Tear

At Park North Physical Therapy in New York City, we believe that rehabilitation can often prevent surgical intervention. To highlight the power of PT, we’re showcasing one of our clients as a case study. Elizabeth's journey showcases how our therapists can help people manage pain and, in many instances, prevent surgery.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

The Runner’s Guide To Effective Cross-Training and Improved Performance

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. 

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

The Role of Nutrition in Physical Therapy Treatment

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Relieving Chronic Lower Back Pain Through Deep Core Strengthening

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

How to Properly Warm-Up for Your Workout from a Physical Therapist Perspective

Warming up before exercise can prevent injury, boost performance and mentally prepare you for your workout. We are breaking down some essential warm-up tips for tp make the most out of your next workout.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery with Physical Therapy

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Recovering From Joint Replacement Surgery, Physical Therapists Answer Your Most Commonly Asked Questions

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.

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Park North Team

Park North Physical Therapy Marries Traditional Hands-On Therapy with Cutting-Edge Technology

We interviewed Park North's owner, Dr. Sam Morjaria, about his perspective on modern-day physical therapy and how it's changed over the course of 25 years.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Improving Your Odds For Injury Recovery and Athletic Performance By Getting Better Sleep

Learn more about how sleep affects your recovery in physical therapy and your overall athletic recovery. Plus, a few tips from Samuel Lu about how to get better sleep.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Stay Healthy on Vacation this Summer

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Overcome Tech-Induced Back Pain by Improving Your Posture and Spine Health

Say goodbye to tech-induced back pain and poor posture with physical therapy technology that unlocks the power of core strength for a pain-free back. Schedule a spinal assessment in Harlem or Morningside Heights, NYC.

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Sam Morjaria

Strong Ankles, Powerful Performance: How to Prevent Recurring Ankle Injuries with Physical Therapy

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Handbook to Healthier Movement: Warning Signs, Causes and Tips for Addressing Muscular Imbalance

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Physical Therapy for Athletes: How to Prevent Sport-Related Injuries and Boost Your Performance

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).

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Regaining Mobility with Physical Therapy: An Inspiring PT Success Story with George Hirsch

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. 

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Unraveling the Power of Neurokinetics: Enhancing Physical Therapy Outcomes

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Why Park North PT Partnered with Local Charity to Empower Community

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!

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Top 10 Benefits of Physical Therapy for Pain Relief and Mobility

This post shares 10 important ways that physical therapy helps you take the first steps to a pain-free lifestyle that keeps you mobile so you can enjoy the quality of life you deserve.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Start Training Now with Physical Therapy to Prepare for Summer Sports

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

The Art of Physical Therapy: Where Creativity Meets Science

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Active Release Technique Certified Therapists Now Available at Park North

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Treat Your Pain and Inflammation with Low Level Laser Therapy

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!

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Halima Akter, OTR/L

The Difference Between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

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.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Create a New You in the New Year without Pain or Dysfunction

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.

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Year-End Wrap Up: The Patient Perspective of Park North PT

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.

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Use Your Flexible Spending Account Before You Lose It This Year

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. 

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Giving Thanks for PTs Who Make Your Health Their Mission

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.

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Incredible Rehab Benefits of the NEUBIE Device for Physical Therapy

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?

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The Benefits of Merrithew Pilates Reformer Training and Stability Chair

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?

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Increase Athletic Performance and Reduce Running Injuries with Digitsole

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!

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Physical Therapy Technology Brings the Future of Patient Care to NYC

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.

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Samuel Lu

Telehealth is an integral part of healthcare

Telehealth is an integral part of healthcare, and it has become vital during times of social distancing.

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Samuel Lu

Finding motivation to stay in shape with closed gyms

Everyone has the same questions. How can I continue to be motivated to stay in shape and stay active with the gyms closed during this time? There are still many ways you can challenge yourself physically.

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Samuel Lu

Stretching to prevent injuries is a misconception

A common misconception that people have is that stretching is always necessary to prevent injury. People believe you should always be more flexible, and that the more flexible you are the lower the likelihood is of getting hurt.

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Sam Morjaria

Misguided perception: More weight means stronger

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.

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Samuel Lu

Stretching: Dynamic vs. Static

When you wake up first thing in the morning or before a workout after sitting at work all day, your muscles are stiff and cold, and to suddenly hold a stretch for a period of time can actually cause more harm than good.

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Samuel Lu

Changing a weakness to a strength doesn’t happen overnight

Despite having high-pressure jobs, families and/or a busy New York social calendar, they find the time to come in and we work together to achieve goals and improve quality of life.

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Samuel Lu

Respect, admire and attend to our physique

Self-confidence begins with a foundation of respect and needs constant attention and care to maintain and build one's unique self.

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Samuel Lu

How deep should you squat?

We’ve covered the benefits of squats. Now the next question many have is how deep should you be squatting?

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Samule Lu

The Benefits of Squats

There is a reason why squats are commonly called the king of exercises.

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Samuel Lu

Quad Strength

The quadriceps are one of the most important groups of muscles for having good healthy knees.

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Improving Your Ankle Mobility

Ankle mobility is very important for many functional activities. While ankle stability and strength are often addressed during ankle injuries, mobility plays a big role as well.

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Samuel Lu

The Potential of a Hybrid Treatment Plan

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.

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Samuel Lu

Rehabbing and Preventing Low Back Injuries

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?

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Samuel Lu

Acute Low Back Strain

Techniques used after pulling your back. “I pulled my back and can’t move” is a phrase many of us have said at some point in our lives. It happens. Lifting heavy boxes during a move, doing yard work, or cleaning your floor are common ways.

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Samuel Lu

Creating the Ideal Environment for Telehealth Physical Therapy

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.

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Samuel Lu

Telehealth

The opportunities that telehealth provides for physical therapy. Telehealth is an integral part of healthcare, and it has become vital during times of social distancing.

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Samuel Lu

Overstretching

Can you stretch too much? A common misconception that people have is that stretching is always necessary to prevent injury. People believe you should always be more flexible, and that the more flexible you are the lower the likelihood is of getting hurt.

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