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

PRI Impingement & Instability

This was a mind-altering weekend that was spent learning from one of the best in the business! 💥💥

Thank you so much to Mike Cantrell  (@mikecantrellprc) & to the Postural Restoration Institute for continuing to advance, elevate & separate our practice from the rest of the pack! 🙌👍 … & to TJ Martino (@the.performance.therapist)for being my co-pilot for the weekend.

Looking forward to using & integrating this material ASAP with all Total-PT patients! 👊😎#movehealchange

Single limb stance and asymmetry

Our bodies are amazing 🙌 at compensating for the smallest of deviations. When they do, they will not send you an email to let you know that the correction is taking place. —-😤

Those compensation patterns eventually add up to undue tension and torque . Eventually that leads to your body contacting you with a message … that message is pain. How you answer your body back matters💥 #movehealchange

reposition retrain restore

Clients come to us all the time saying that they’ve been told that they’re ‘out of alignment.’  They’re constantly going back for adjustments & that they work really well – for a while! But they always ‘go out,’ & have to regularly go back to be readjusted!

Adjustments (or REPOSITIONS) are great. If they don’t stay in alignment then that’s not great! 👎What that treatment approach has is a POOR STICKINESS FACTOR! What’s their long term strategy❓ To keep going back❓ Over & over?❓Don’t you think that’s a bit silly⁉️

What YOU WANT . . . Dare we say what YOU NEED is a HIGH STICKINESS FACTOR‼️ What if we not only REPOSITION, but also RETRAIN⁉️Then you can RESTORE your ability to ‘_____.’💥

Now you DON’T need us. You need YOU! Oh . . . .you already own YOU & it’s FREE!🙌 Now that’s a great ROI!💰 #movehealchange

PDA Soccer player with grade 2 ankle sprain

Best of luck to @jakefish33 of PDA Soccer Acadamy as he heads to Rome to compete in the Roma Trials coming up this week 🇮🇹!

Here’s to playing a small part in making your childhood dream come true!

Fingers are crossed! Shout out to @the.performance.therapist for bringing in a few pearls of wisdom along the way🙏 this past weekend. Excited to have Total-PT working together with the #pdasoccer community here at @topcornerbridgewater 💥

#movehealchange

standing posture and low back pain

#Patterns. #Habits. 🍅. Tomahto. We look @ patterns & try to figure out WHY our clients come in ’stuck’ in certain patterns/habits. Sometimes they come in saying that they don’t know how to not do what you see here!🆘
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patterns of stance✅
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patterns of movement✅
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Some are optimal, but some need a bit of refinement. This ⬆️ pattern is the most common❗️Anterior pelvic tilt &/or forward shift of the hips. Compensatory anterior rib flare. Forward head posture. That’s just a super short list of the sagittal plane. What’s the ripple effect on the shoulders, neck, knee, ankle, foot, etc…?😲☢️
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You can tell someone to just ‘stand up straight’ or to ‘suck in their bellybutton,’ or to ‘put some weight through your heels.’ But that would not be very optimal now would it? I think that would be very 1999!#movehealchange