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After a few years of trying other kinds of PT and all kinds of body therapies, my back has finally improved with the help of Dimitry. After just a handful of appointments, which were spread out so I could do the exercises and get stronger in between, I have seen so much progress. It does take work and discipline to do it, but for anyone who has tried everything and really wants to work on themselves, this approach may be the answer. I am grateful. It is worth the investment.

neck pain hip feet

3 weeks of severe/persistent R neck pain for this amazing phenom … resolved in 1 session & 3 days of 📚. We utilized just 2 movement patterns 😲 using the hips/pelvis & breathing … & taught her how to reset her pelvis•hip•ribcage position + gave her tips on how to appropriately recruit abdominal tension during inhalation🎈& exhalation 💨 .

Interesting how you can resolve neck pain & restore full ROM by looking @ the pelvis/hips + position.  … It’s called INTEGRATION!💥

Bonus points for changing her movement strategy w/regard to her shoulder girdle & neck even though we didn’t give her any work to do with her neck or shoulders. (1st pic)‼️

Double bonus points for her now having a normal arch (B) instead of a raised/high arch (B). (2nd pic) #movehealchange 🙌

posture breathing stability

What do we do when we have a sick day and can’t go to camp? PRI breathing of course! 💨

Breathing patterns are habits that are created early on in life. They’re based on how we breathe when we’re in static positions (standing/sitting) as well as when we’re in dynamic patterns (🏃‍,🏊‍, etc.)  ————————————————
It’s never too early to expose your kids to proper breathing strategies (just make it fun so they don’t think you’re a dork ) to create a stable rib-cage & pelvis so they have the appropriate strategies/habits of ideal abdominal bracing for a ’stacked’ upper & lower trunk. Especially if their posture is poor (swayback &/or rounded shoulders &/or forward head) & they’re not complaining of anything . . . YET!☝️😬

tmj and low back pain

Interesting case: working with a client yesterday who c/o low back pain. Had a feeling that his neck was involved. As I was working on his neck I noticed his jaw was shifted over to his ⬅️ (top pic.)

Maybe that’s not supposed to be over there? Maybe it’s involved as a player in his lower back pain? Maybe I should work on it?

NKT testing showed a functional integration relationship between his R jaw muscles (they deviate jaw to the opposite/L side) & his abdominals/core.

A bit of work on his R TMJ coupled with some breath work + abdominal bracing & 💥 Big time reduction in his lower back pain‼️ But wait ☝️. . . there was also a special bonus – his jaw reset itself to a more symmetrical locale 😮(bottom pic!) 🥳😬✊ #movehealchange

Posture and alignment

I’ll say this, if you’re living within his treatment area in NJ and are living “in pain” or “off-center” in any way, you really should go see Dimitry Polyakov at Total Physical Therapy.

Here is my story:
We go to the same pool and the kids/parents are all buddies. One day Dimitry came over to me and said, “I’ve been watching you all day and you’ve been standing on your right foot all day.” Then we chatted about life, weight loss, awful posture, and such…. then I became cognizant of it while I was only standing on my right foot. I eventually reached out to Dimitry and made an appointment. He immediately noted that my rib cage was higher and off to the left side of my body and that my right leg was “longer” than my left leg. 3-4 sessions later, my chest was almost level and straight and my legs were basically the same length. I did put in the work and seriously did all assigned exercises as assigned. I’m taller (standing up taller), I don’t have chest pain, and every so often I breath deep down into my flanks (i.e. love handles). For those of you who think you cannot break a sweat doing nothing but deep breathing exercises in various positions, you might be wrong…

Total Physical Therapy

When was the last time your #physicaltherapist hugged it out with you during or after your session for a job well done 👍 ?

We’re in it with you every step of the way here at Total Physical Therapy! Our Summit, New Jersey as well as our office in Bernardsville & Bridgewater all offer hugs after every session . . . if earner of course 🙂 #gratitude

concierge physical therapy

I first came to Dimitry with lower back pain that I could not figure out. As a personal trainer struggling with my own pain was frustrating to say the least. As everyone else has mentioned, Dimitry is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the human body and is an exceptional communicator, but he is also extremely kind and generous with his time.

He has helped me understand the body in a way no one else in the field has and has given me the tools to manage my pain. He has also made me a better trainer and through his helping me I have been better able to help others. All around it has been a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend him to anyone.

low back pain

Dimitry is incredibly knowledgeable and helped me understand the whole picture of how the different problems with my body relate to & cause one another. This was the first time someone has been able to give me the ability to comprehend how it all works and the realistic belief that I can get better.

He doesn’t try to treat just one problem from one type of angle like many specialists and doctors do; he gives you a comprehensive explanation and strategy to resolve the interconnected issues at hand. He’s very approachable and reassuring, and I never felt like an anomaly or like there was no hope. 10/10 would  be recommended!!!

hamstring strain

Another sweet before & after from a lacrosse player who doesn’t remember ever being able to touch her toes.

➖ Low back pain to NO pain 💥

➖  stretching never got her anywhere, but several treatments that included NO STRETCHING 😲 worked wonders for her 👍

➖ now she just has to repeat what we did in the clinic and she should be golden! ✅ #movehealchange

soccer injury

I am so happy and thankful to share that we watched him have a brilliant game this past Saturday. The first since you have been working with him. Coach Sam was amazed at his performance as well. Dom feels different as a result of his ‘Dimitry workouts’ and he says he definitely feels a change in his body. Feeling truly grateful and blessed for your work with our guy.