Physical Therapy & Correctional Exercises Alexandria VA

Physical Therapy is the study and practice of helping patients restore lost motor function after an injury.  Physical Therapy includes techniques like dry needling, scraping (e.g. Grastin), electrostimulation, and ultrasonics.   Correctional Exercises are special exercises designed to strengthen weakened muscle groups, mobilize tight joints, and improve balance.  This article highlights many of the correctional exercises and assessment techniques that both personal trainers and physical therapists use.

Physical therapists in the Alexandria (and other areas of the country) build their practice around the guidelines insurance companies provide them.  In most physical therapy centers, you’ll see a therapist for maybe 15 minutes and you’ll have a high school student (called a physical therapist tech) coach you through the exercises.  These therapy techs are not well paid or trained (average salaries are $10-$14/hr)  Fully licensed physical therapists cannot afford to see clients for the entire hour because of the pricing restrictions placed on them by insurance.  Moreover, insurance will only pay for a certain number of visits (typically 8-12 depending on the injury or surgery).  Primary goals of the physical therapist is to help a patient restore normal muscle and joint function particularly after a traumatic event (e.g. a broken wrist or a car accident.)  Old Town, Alexandria VA has a number of great physical therapists such as Valens Physical Therapy and Solutions Physical Therapy.

The chief goal of the physical therapist is to get you functional enough for everyday tasks: showering, cooking, driving to work, etc.  And while is important, some people want more.

In contrast, we don’t take insurance, and we have certified personal trainers work with you for the entire hour.  That is not to say that personal training is superior to physical therapy.  Rather, they are often synergistic treatments that work together.  Much like massage therapy and acupuncture can be used to help the body heal, physical therapy and personal training work together.

There are many different types of personal trainers.  You have your dance fitness type, your boot camp instructors, and of course your meat-head types.  Our niche is in corrective exercise and restoring proper functional movement patterns.  We excel in working with clients who have preexisting conditions.  Clients who work with us in conjunction with physical therapists to rebuild back all the strength and range of motion he or she may have lost due to an injury.

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Walking vs Running — Building safe biomechanics to run safely

Running versus Walking

How Good is your Running Pattern and Biomechanics?

When it comes to burning calories and improving muscle tone, running is better than walking.  Running creates a superior metabolic effect burns more calories per hour and per mile.  Running versus walking is more effective at building strength and generating EPOC (Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption).

But running safely requires careful attention to your biomechanics and running pattern. Is your form robust enough to run safely?

Join us as we examine some of the common running patterns that can result in injury.

Strengthen Core PostPartum – 3 Ab Exercises After Pregnancy

Building a solid core foundation post-baby

So your favorite fitness nerd has been reading up exercises to strengthen the core after delivering a baby. I’ve read through 4 of the hottest books (and maybe 10 articles), and I’ve boiled down the advice to these 3 exercises.

Included in the article is an informational video on how to perform these exercises, plus 4 common exercises to avoid.

IT Bands, Hip Thruster, and the Glutes

Home Hip Thruster

There are many causes of pain in your legs, but if you find you have pain in your quads that run down the outside of your legs, it may be your IT Bands.  Here’s how to test for the pain source, and some of the best ways to treat it.

IT Bands Defined
The Iliotibial Band (IT Band) is a thick fibrous tendon that extends along the outside of your leg from hip to knee.  This tendon is responsible for holding your quad and tibia stable when running or bending your leg.[i]

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