How do I thank a man who in four months transformed me from being barely mobile to moving freely and without pain?
I’ll start by extolling Dimitry Polyakov’s mind-blowing understanding of the musculoskeletal system and the rare, individual attention he gives his patients.
Dimitry is a miracle worker for those who are struggling to return to action after an injury or surgery. I know because I was recovering from both in June 2015, when I first came to Total Physical Therapy. That was about 10 weeks after knee-replacement surgery and four weeks after a subsequent patella-tendon tear — an injury I suffered during a rehab session at a physical-therapy chain whose factory approach is the polar opposite of Dimitry’s one-on-one care.
The results speak for themselves. Less than three months after I started working with Dimitry, I set off on an 11-day trip to Northern Europe, where I was able to walk 6-8 miles a day. I’m now back to cycling and daily rigorous workouts, and I’m about to return to the golf course. Most importantly, I’ve learned from Dimitry how to move safely and soundly in order to avoid future injury.
Throughout my rehab process, Dimitry is keenly aware that major injuries and surgery can lead to other pain and imbalances as the body compensates, and he uses his leading-edge muscle-assessment technique to quickly address minor setbacks.
Dimitry recognized at the outset that I had serious doubts about the future of my mobility, and he refused to let me cling to negative thoughts. Instead, he assured me repeatedly that I’d achieve my goals — and I’m forever grateful that he delivered on his promise.
Total-PT and Dimitry Polyakov has been the most comprehensive, knowledgeable and practical problem solver I have ever been to. I have multiple low back/pelvic problems and other issues that have been treated by: The Hospital for Special Surgery and other facilities in New York for interventions ranging from 10 steroidal injections, 50 Acupuncture sessions, YEARS of standard physical therapy, Rolfing sessions for years and oxycodone for pain management. NONE of these therapies were working, as they did not get to the actual source of what was wrong, but treated the symptoms and the pain.
Dimitry takes the time to evaluate your total problem and looks for the issue that is causing the pain or dysfunction. In my case, I have a complicated medical history, as well as multiple issues relating to dysfunctional movement patterns, old scar tissue, etc. that other therapists had not properly diagnosed. Prior surgeries had caused scar tissue and other internal conditions that made a diagnosis difficult for most practitioners. As case in point: in addition to low back pain, I have been plagued with planter fascitis. During the first session, Dimitry resolved a big toe issue that was preventing proper movement, allowing the toe to behave properly and thus, along with other fascia issues resolve the planter fascitis. I am now FREE of this condition after having this for 5 years. The best thing is that I did NOT go to Dimitry complaining of this condition, as I had accepted it as something that other podiatrists have simply made orthotics for in lieu of finding out WHY I have this condition. This was caught by Dimitry from his overall evaluation of hip and low back pain.
My pelvic pain was the most complicated and is extremely difficult for most people to get properly diagnosed and properly treated. After several sessions, I am now finding pain relief by following the protocol of exercises and releases twice a day. For the first time in 5 years, I see light at the end of this alopathic horror. I do the exercises and release routines twice a day and see results every day. In fact, I drive 60 miles to see Dimitry simply based on the results I am achieving. I strongly recommend Dimitry and Total-PT if you are serious about pain relief and need someone that has an amazing knowledge of anatomy & neurology.
After dealing with shoulder pain for more than six months and finding no relief from an orthopedic doctor, I contacted Dimitry at Total-PT. He responded to my late-night email first thing the next morning and quickly set me up for an appointment, working around my difficult schedule. In a single session, he diagnosed the problem and provided a solution that led to instant relief. But most importantly, through his holistic approach, he taught me why the problem arose in the first place, how it relates to other issues I’m experiencing, and what I need to do long term to prevent it from recurring. This empowering experience has changed my mindset from one of frustration and worry to excitement about the future! Thanks, Dimitry!
It is rare to find such a wonderful caring individual that can so graciously help an entire family! We are a full-time tennis family with three homeschoolers aged 14, 12 and 9. We have been fortunate to find Total Physical Therapy and especially Geoffrey Stankus!
We met Geoffrey through a desperate desire to help William, our eldest son with patellar tendonitis. William had been injured for six months and his inability to participate in a full-time tennis program was affecting his sense of self-esteem and physical development. We were introduced to Total-PT as an adjunct institution for Centercourt High-Performance Tennis Academy. The unique approach of muscle activation therapy accompanied by Geoffrey’s attentive service has healed our son. Now all three children are recipients of Geoffrey’s amazing talent and careful attention. Geoffrey’s capacity to identify with each of our children’s physical needs is extra ordinary. The results are quantifiable and the education he offers each child is priceless.
Total Physical Therapy is truly a progressive Center that strives to heal the body while educating the patient’s body awareness. It is an experience that should be shared and explored!
I cannot thank you enough for your commitment to my recovery from hip surgery and getting me back to one hundred percent. I feel your personal approach to treating patients is unmatched anywhere and has ultimately allowed me to progress quicker than I could have imagined – one month ahead of schedule! After 5 months of PT my hip is feeling the best it’s felt in two years and I am finally back to doing all the things I love to do in the gym: squatting, deadlifting, running and jumping- all pain free!
Total Physical Therapy & Lauren Beasley changed my life. I am enormously grateful. I came to TPT after “resting” a chronic hip injury for 14 months based on my doctor’s advice. The injury stagnated and would not resolve itself. From the initial phone consultation, Lauren Beasley of Total-PT was engaged, enthusiastic, and confident she could improve the situation and get me back to running and normal fitness activity. Having now successfully completed my physical therapy program, I am now back to my pre-injury activities and completely thrilled with the entire experience. There is no substitute for the personal, one-to-one approach Total-PT takes to it’s patients. The therapist is not circulating from one patient to another during your session. You are the sole focus for that hour. The exercises and techniques are tailored to you, how you are feeling that day/week, and what the right next progression is. Lauren Beasley was excellent at explaining the reasons for the therapy she recommended, how it relates to anatomy and biomechanics. She was also available and happy to chat or text between sessions if something came up. It is true personal service, and done with a great attitude. I would recommend Total Physical Therapy to anyone who is committed to resolving an injury through exercise and improving their strength, mobility and flexibility.
Thanks Lauren! Christian just called. He set a personal record tonight in the 400 meter at the NYC armory. He ran a 50.6 and got a silver medal. He was the only Seton Hall Prep runner to qualify for the Eastern States later this month. All this with no practice in the last three weeks! He thanked God first, and you second!
According to Time, the person of the year is selected because they have been influential and pushed the envelope in some way. For me, you are my “Person of My Year”! Because of your highly developed PT skills, I am back to hiking, working out, and I am finally pain-free, something that a year ago I did not believe would ever be possible. i also now understand the importance of strength, balance, and proper standing and sitting posture. More importantly, I understand how easy it all is once I understood everything. I have also now learned how to fix issues as they inevitably come up as I’m going through life . You certainly are the most influential person to me in 2013. As for the pushing the envelope, well, let’s just say that would be the deep tissue work 🙂 When I ask, “is this supposed to hurt?”, I now know to trust you as it always produces a positive outcome.
Additionally, you recommended excellent resources in a web developer and personal trainer. You do it all with a positive attitude and approach that makes you a pleasure to work with. Thank you!
Turned 50 this year and I decided to address some nagging aches and pains in my life: pain in both shoulders, minor lower back aches and pains, and neck stiffness. After ten minutes with Dimitry, I came to learn that all the issues were related. Dimitry explained to me that pain in the shoulder is dealt with by addressing fundamental body issues: posture, muscle tone, core strength, how I walk, how I sit, how I stand. After working with Dimitry for a single session, I became acutely aware of my body, my posture, and my gait. To my horror, I began to realize how much I hunch, how poor my posture is, how I lean forward and hunch my shoulders when I sit at my desk at work. Dimitry explained to me that we would re-train everything. After a three sessions, I feel renewed. My shoulders are much looser. The exercises that Dimitry has given me — in combination with his physical manipulation of the capsules in my shoulder — have begun to change my life. I feel so much possibility. So much freedom. Fix it once. Fix it right!
Very talented, knowledgeable, professional physical therapists who are passionate about helping their clients. They do a great job communicating with the client in a manner the client can actually understand! Follow up, attention to detail, and a personalized approach is top notch across the board. Consider yourself lucky to have found them!