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.

Get Started: Correctional Exercises and Diagnostics

FMS Functional Movement Screen YBT Y-Balance Test

Functional Movement Screen

Looking to improvement performance? Want to learn which exercises can help you movement better? Don’t treat the pain, find the source with FMS and YBT. Functional Movement Screen and Y Balance Tests are our state-of-art Movement Screening Systems.  They are like a X-Ray into all your muscle weaknesses. If there is in imbalance – we’ll find it and show you how to fix it.

MWOD Certification Review Movement & Mobility 101

MWOD Certification Review

The MWOD Certification Review by Paul on Movement & Mobility 101.  Kelly Starrett’s Movement & Mobility certification is my fifth certification in mobility.  Here’s my review of the certification, plus a list of new things I learned from the man himself, Kelly Starrett.

Book Mobility Sessions

If you are a mobility and movement coach, the MWOD Movement and Mobility Certification is a must have. Yes, it will take some work to finish, but it will help you become a better personal trainer.  You will be able to take care of your athletes better and keep them moving safely for years to come.

Personal Trainer for Seniors

Personal Trainer for Seniors

Personal Training for Seniors and Older Adults Program.  Everyday we work hard for the seniors in Alexandria VA to help them move better and live their life without limitations.  Whether your goals are combating arthritis through joint distraction to preventing bone loss through functional strength training, we are going to build an age-appropriate program for you.  We help clients improve aerobic capacity, increase engagement with neuromuscular activation, and build strength through compound movement patterns.

This articles highlights some of our older adult clients and includes their comments on what they had to say about their custom, one-on-one personal training programs.

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.

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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