HAPPY FRIDAY! Look at this handsome devil! 😊Haven’t see him in almost 3 years since his last complaint of L knee pain. Still amazes me what can happen to posture in under 90min. 👏 when the proper intervention is given. This guy’s got homework to do☝️, but his right-sided knee pain is now absent after 1 session! 💥
Taking the time to assess properly & ask all the pertinent questions goes a long way in driving proper initial treatment. 🤓This means less treatment sessions. That means less 💰 wasted on treatments that don’t create lasting change! That is #efficiency!
Guess I’ll see him back in another 3 years or so!🙌

Remember this guy? After his 3rd session we now have this: 😮
**no neck pain & no head tilt ✅
**full cervical aROM ✅
**level scapula (B) ✅
**relaxed lower back ✅
**relaxed arm position ✅
What do you look like after YOUR 3rd session?☝️
What do you FEEL like after your 3rd session?
Best part of all of this is that he now KNOWS what to do to NOT have this happen again. Why? Because we’ve put in the TIME to learn & practice the exercises that he needs to maintain his posture!k

Runner with knee pain

I have been dealing with back problems for most of my adult life. After trying just about everything, including other physical therapists, I finally made the decision to have surgery on an extruded disk in December of 2016. Between the pain and lack of mobility before my surgery and the recovery after surgery, I was not able to work out for more than a year. I was recommended to Total Physical Therapy in Bernardsville and started working with Lauren Beasley Shanaphy.
Lauren was a breath of fresh air. Her approach was different than any other therapist I had previously worked with. She took the time to understand my history, what I had been through, my previous injuries and what my goals were for recovery. Lauren was especially interested in my knee surgery which was 30 years ago. Even though I came to her for rehabilitation on my back, she spent a lot of time working on my knee, my feet, neck, and shoulders.
She is interested in the functionality of my overall body. Lauren gave me a wide assortment of exercises designed to improve my movement and strength. She also spent a lot of time on breathing which includes blowing up a balloon.
The difference is amazing. She posts short videos of my exercises to a shared google page along with spreadsheets of those exercises geared towards strengthening different parts of my body. I then have the ability to review those videos when I am working out on my own. That gives me the confidence that I am doing them correctly and with the proper form.
Lauren is one of the most enthusiastic and positive people I have ever met. She inspires me to work hard to be the best I can be.
I recently texted her and called her “The Miracle Worker”.
I am now back to golfing after a year and half layoff. I am no longer standing on the sidelines watching my family enjoy themselves with different activities. I am participating right along with them.
Thank you Lauren for helping to give me my life back!

Borrowed from the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI,) this drill is fantastic in getting someone out of an anterior pelvic tilt – which can lead to back pain, hamstring strains and many other pathologies that look for an anteriorly tilted pelvis as a compensation strategy. Look for more posts to follow which show integration of this […]

Client w/major (R) knee pain. Think her (R) ankle has something to do with it? She also complains of constantly spraining it. Single limb stance testing shows reverse/supination strategy. Releasing the right medial ankle region followed up by right glute activation and left anterior oblique sling activation along with building neutral foot control in weight-bearing – knee feels like a boss! Don’t just treat the knee if the knee hurts!

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I’ve suffered from right knee instability and knee dislocations for 13 years. I have always assuming that feeling shaky on my legs and missing out on activities was something I was just going to have to “deal with” for the rest of my life. 

Feeling frustrated and experiencing a broad range of related aches and pains, I visited Dimitry looking for a magic answer. He worked with me one on one, explaining to me the anatomical root of my problems and showing me a few foolproof exercises I could do to keep my instability in line. To my own dismay however, I did not listen! I stopped doing my exercises and any strength training altogether. I believed I “didn’t have the time” and if I did, preferred to do cardio because it “felt better.” Big mistake.

4 years later, I dislocated my left knee (which I thought had no problems) severely, tearing my MPFL (medial patellofemoral ligament) completely. This resulted in an MPFL reconstruction surgery, a triple whammy of procedures that pulled me out of my senior year of college early and left me unable to walk for about 5 months. The recovery time for this surgery is projected at a year to 16months.
Enter Dimitry for the 2nd time. This time, you better believe I listened to what he told me! Dimitry worked with me from the early days of post-op until 7 months out of the surgery. In the early days, he helped me avoid discouragement and celebrate the “small wins,” even if it meant bending my legs a few degrees more. From there Dimitry gave me the highest caliber of individualized attention and education. Instead of telling me just to do exercises, he walked me through why those specific exercises were crucial given my unique makeup. Most importantly, Dimitry taught me how to do few vitally important exercises very, very well. He helped me create a program that was realistic yet impactful. 2-3 times a week for 45 minutes to an hour. No exceptions.

As Dimitry told me many times, it’s not rocket science. Do his program in proper form, with consistency, and you will become stronger and move better. The difference is Dimitry’s personalized, truly concierge approach in assessing his clients and enabling them to take ownership of their recovery.

8 months after my surgery, I feel stronger and more empowered than ever. I just moved to San Francisco and am climbing hills like it’s no problem. But I make doing my exercises (or in my family as we call “doing our Dimitry”) a priority every week.

Thank you, Dimitry