When training for a 100 mile endurance race, calf and hip pain can bring you to a screeching hault. Just taking the hip and/or calf pain away and being able to walk or run pain free is not enough. Pain cannot come back at mile 26 or 56 or 86. Total Physical Therapy has to make sure that the body can withstand the most challenging pursuits without breaking down. That is why we go above and beyond in treating all complaints that present to our office.

It’s not enough for us to get you to be pain free and get you back to doing the things you love. What we strive for is to make sure that you know exactly what to do to not only prevent your injury from ever coming back, but also to make sure that you’re knowledgeable enough to be able to push the needle further and continue to get yourself ‘better.’

 

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Dimitry is by far the best PT I have ever seen. He is incredibly knowledgeable and is a great teacher in that he relays his knowledge to you in an understandable way. He treats the root cause of your injury and incorporates a full body approach for lasting improvement. He doesn’t just apply a band-aid or temporary relief as other PTs I have seen. Dimitry teaches you how your body can work for you and heal with the right exercises and movements.

I believe the knowledge and techniques I have learned from Dimitry will last a lifetime. It does take work and it is an investment but completely worth it. I will not go to any other PT than Dimitry ever again. I cannot thank him enough.

Hip Impingement

Physical Therapists are those that I know all too well. I have a laundry list of injuries stemming from years of abuse playing sports, but mostly from college football. I started having hip pain in 2015 and it began to cripple my daily activities with no hope in sight. I visited various PT’s with little to no success unless I wanted to continue their expensive online program for only $$$$$. Not happening.

Dimitry was my last resort before the knife and I can’t praise him enough. Dimitry is the best PT I’ve ever used simply because he listens. We discussed my concerns and developed a program that would put me back to the life I love inside and outside the gym. Don’t waste more time hoping for a fix and go see the last PT you’ll ever need. Thank you again Dimitry and I wish you all the success in the world. Cheers!

Total Physical Therapy Summit New Jersey

STOP STRETCHING YOUR HAMSTRINGS‼️ There’s a better way to get them to let go! Find out WHY they feel tight.☝️

This guy said he had tight hamstrings, BUT by the end of our 2nd session in 8 days, he was able to almost palm the floor for the first time in his life‼️

NO stretching was performed during PT or at home😮! Just TEACHING him how to create tension with his hamstrings, abs & glutes while working on inhalation & exhalation 💨 in a proper orientation so his pelvis & ribs could get into an ideal position.


Questions? Reach out to us & we can chat‼️ 💥

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L-before😞 R – AFTER!😃👍

lumbar spines are never meant to pucker🍋. Save that for your lips!💋 They’re definitely NOT meant to deviate to the ↗️RIGHT if there’s no clinical signs of scoliosis (look @ space b/w body and L/R arms in L pic!)

That’s a lower ⬇️R shoulder and higher ⬆️L shoulder.


That’s L cervical ⬅️side-bending & rotation.

When you hold your breath for everything, you tend to end up looking a bit like this! ☝️

Your respiratory diaphragm will torque that lumbar spine and pelvis into slight & subtle R lumbopelvic rotation over time … thus creating a relative long R leg and short L leg …. thus creating reflexive counter-rotation of your rib cage to the L

Where’s the pain? Don’t care (I do, BUT I don’t) I care about POSITION & TENSION‼️

Let’s change position! Let’s unwind & create tension in a better ORIENTATION‼️

Then let’s stabilize & MOVE PAIN FREE!💡

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Move well! Move often! Be active! 🙏

Being in Costa Rica with my family for the past week showed me what our kids can really do if there are no options other then being outside! 🏃‍🏃‍


But they are less likely to do it if you’re not there in the beginning. Lead by example. Show the next generation what you can do. 💪

& if there’s an obstacle that’s in the way preventing you from moving well & participating with your kids . . . DM us as we are always here to help 👍👊#movehealchange

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When Total Physical Therapy initially assesses our clients, we go through a very thorough biomechanical breakdown of all of their ‘hardware’ and ‘software.’ This means that we look at how their bodies move and how the neurology moves their bodies. What strategies do they implement in their movement organization?

There’s always going to be an optimal way to move from point A to point B. There needs to be proper organization of movement patterns that creates that transition. There’s also a proper position within these motions that creates optimum capacity for certain muscles to create force, torque and eventual movement.

Sometimes these positions, transitions and movements can become faulty. We love to re-program all of this so our clients can become pain free, learn how to correct these faulty patterns and prevent future problems from returning. That’s ‘our thing!’ Our Summit, New Jersey office as well as our Bernardsville and Bridgewater locations all implement this precise assessment and treatment strategy. #movehealchange

orthotics flat feet

Another pair of feet just earned their freedom!👏 Do you think you need orthotics❓

Here’s a question for ya! If you have neck or back pain do you think wearing a neck or back brace is a sustainable strategy? Will that neck/back brace fix your neck or back problem? So why is wearing orthotics OK for foot pain or shin pain or knee pain or hip pain or back pain⁉️

Maybe you’re not getting to the ‘WHY’ of the problem!👆

Now … we’re not saying that you should never wear orthotics. There are great reasons to use them on a short-term basis & sometimes on a long-term basis, but so many of our clients come in wearing them because someone told them they have flat feet – when they really have high arches & vise versa. It’s not, “you have pain somewhere below the waist & you have flat/arched feet so orthotics are the answer.” 😤There are so many sneakers/shoes that will support your feet properly if chosen wisely.

Maybe there’s a reason why your feet are too flat or too arched? Remember that your ankle is connected to your tibia & that’s connected to your  femur & that’s connected to your 🍖 – & it keeps going up & up (so it’s all connected folks!) #movehealchange

sneaker wear pattern

You can tell plenty from an old pair of 👟 ‼️

Wherever the feet go so do the legs and pelvis.

But sometimes the pelvis controls the legs & thus the feet have to adapt.

Chest & ribs usually counter that with an opposite rotation/motion.


Neck usually counters & adapts based on position of the thorax.

There goes the wind-up and torque.  That may lead to a few complaints! 😩

1️⃣ find where the torque is
2️⃣ unwind
3️⃣ stabilize
4️⃣ integrate

🔵 Release into the wild and watch it run! #movehealchange