Pilates with a Physical Therapist will Help You Get Better Faster

Pilates is a type of exercise designed to enhance strength, flexibility, balance, posture, and coordination. It is suitable for a wide range of people regardless of age, experience or condition. At Functionize Health & Physical Therapy, we offer one-on-one Pilates with a Physical Therapist that’s also a Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor. Some clients solely use Pilates as their preferred exercise method but for most, Pilates is used in addition to other Physical Therapy treatments. When Pilates is instructed by a Physical Therapist, it is called Clinical Pilates. When it is instructed by a fitness professional that is also a Pilates…

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Habit Stacking-The Art of Creating Habits That Stick

In my last blog we discussed the concept of “training in the in-between,” living with intention and reframing our mindset about fitness, health, and longevity to unlock untapped potential. By making premeditated decisions related to warm-up, recovery, and using small opportunities to manage or prevent symptoms, we might be able to live into a richer life. Turning potential energy into kinetic energy, if you can recall your old physics classes. If not, check out this horrible polka song explaining potential-vs-kinetic energy, you’ll be sure to never forget it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl4g7T5gw1M … Just kidding, seriously don’t click the hyperlink. The song is…

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Considerations for Returning to CrossFit After Pregnancy

Guest blog By Dr. Carrie Pagliano DPT, OCS, WCS Have you ever had the feeling someone is hiding something from you? It’s happened to me several times now, so I know it’s not a fluke. You see, I’m a pelvic health physical therapist — yep, the kind that helps you when you have abdominal separation after pregnancy, when you experience pain during sex, and when you have urinary or bowel incontinence. Patients confide in me, sharing things they wouldn’t tell their closest family and friends, so you can imagine my confusion when I realized some patients were hiding something from me. I can…

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Just 8 Minutes of Exercise a Day….that’s all it takes to Prevent Pain and Stay Strong!

You know exercise is important to your health. It helps you feel better physically, gives you energy, and helps you deal with the stress of your busy life. But what do you do when life gets too busy to take an exercise class, go for a run, or get to the gym? It’s easy to start skipping exercise when life gets busy, but that leads to less energy, and aches and pains cropping up. This makes you feel like exercising even less and leads to a downward spiral. That means that finding time to exercise when life is busy is…

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Incontinence Is Not A Laughing Matter

The problem: Urinary leakage (incontinence) affects 1 in 3 women across their lifespan. Check out this video: CrossFit – Do You Pee During Workouts? Wherever you are right now, look around at your colleagues/family/friends/etc. Someone has incontinence, has had incontinence in the past, or will have incontinence in the future. Incontinence is not a typical conversation between mother and daughter, friends at brunch, or even between physician and patient; however, this issue is very common and should not be considered “taboo” during daily discussion. Often incontinence can be preventable. Just to be clear…while incontinence is common (and should be discussed…

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Your Smart Phone Could Be Rapidly Aging Your Spine

Chances are that you probably haven’t given much thought to how your neck and back are faring in the era of the smart phone, but studies show that you most certainly should. It’s practically a reflex these days to pull out our smart phones when we’re standing in line, sitting at the airport or riding the subway. And while it’s great that we rarely need to venture beyond our pockets for entertainment, our bodies are beginning to retaliate—and mourn the pre-texting days. So, what exactly are these contemporary conveniences doing to our bodies? A surgeon-led study that published in Surgical…

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Trigger Point Dry Needling: Is it right for me?

Is Trigger Point Dry Needling Right for Me? We often get the question… “What is dry needling and is it right for me?” If you haven’t experienced dry needling done to yourself, by now you probably know of someone who has. Dry needling has become so commonplace in physical therapy practice, that many clients feel they aren’t getting the most out of their therapy if it’s not part of their treatment. The question always arises though: “What exactly is Trigger Point Dry Needling?” We are here to explain and hopefully provide some answers to these frequently asked questions. What is…

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Rethinking Your Routine: How to Unlock Untapped Functional Potential

In dealing with individuals learning to rehab and cope with injuries, I tend to encounter a number of clients who have bewilderment about how they got injured to begin with, especially when there was not a clear or memorable mechanism of injury. “I was perfectly fine and then just woke up with my hip hurting.” Or “I workout every day and am really active, I don’t see how I could be weak enough to get injured.” These scenarios are reality for most active people. Injuries and pain are an unfortunate part of life and sometimes we break down and require…

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Orange Theory Fitness During Pregnancy

I started my Orange Theory Fitness (OTF) journey in June of 2017. For those of you that are curious about OTF I will list the description below. Orangetheory Fitness uses the science of Heart Rate Based Treadmill Interval Training, the efficiency of Indoor Rowing for increased power and the proven concept of Weight Training Blocks to create the fitness level and body you have always desired. Workout and Weight Loss plateaus are a thing of the past….really! The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By using our heart rate straps and…

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Functionize: The Student’s Perspective

My name is Ava, and I’m known as “The Intern” at Functionize. When I started planning for college, I hadn’t yet considered a career in physical therapy. My plan was to get a degree in musical theatre and make my Broadway debut by the time I was 21. Unfortunately, I suffered two consecutive ballet-related knee injuries just before audition season, and my dreams of Broadway fame were dashed. On the bright side, I was immersed in a totally different field—physical therapy! I worked for almost a year with two therapists who were extremely invested in my progress, and I loved…

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