Crazy glue, duct tape and…running?

Today’s post is the next piece of the running pie after previously discussing why strength training is so crucial to a runner’s routine. What is stabilization training you ask? It’s the glue and duct tape which maintains good posture and uses energy efficiently while we run. If you are unstable while running, you ask your … Read More

Oh, You Have Insurance…. Great, Right?

As Office Administrator for SPARK, I get the Insurance question a LOT.  After listening in on a conversation between Dr. Joseph P. Caruso from Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, LLC out of Allentown, NJ and Dr. Carlos Berio on the barriers of running of a cash-based clinic, I wanted to share my thoughts on the subject. … Read More

What do I do? The answers that EVERY Rehab, Fitness, and Exercise Pro is dancing around

So THIS is the year that you’re going to get things in gear. Got it. Well it could be as simple as picking up that old sport you enjoyed once upon a time or dusting off that bike in the basement. Unfortunately, while this should start with some fact finding for most of us, this … Read More

So You Want to be a Runner…Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of how to begin your path to a lifelong running career. We are going to continue with the two remaining components to a safe and effective running program: duration and intensity.            3: Duration      This refers to how long you run, whether it’s measured in time or distance. Either … Read More

So You Want to be a Runner…

  “I want to start running, but I’m not sure where to begin?” I get this question frequently at work (as a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist) and from friends/family wanting advice on how they should start running. Some have never run in their life while others used to run back in … Read More

My feet are banged up! Client Question: Which orthotics should I use?

As far as orthotic devices go, there are so many options that it’s hard to tell any client anything definitive. There are brand choices as well as stiffness and specific movement protection differences. It can make this process a confusing one for sure. What we must be most aware of is that orthotic devices really shouldn’t be used … Read More

A patient-friendly way to explain how the ‘painful part’ isn’t always the problem. A Movement Econ analogy

So we are continually asked, “Hey, so how is what we’re doing for my hips and my ankles going to help me? My knee is what’s bothering me.” Or, “When I went to PT before, they gave me a hot pack and used this sound machine to decrease my pain. Then they just gave me … Read More

Getting in the Driver’s Seat of Your Own Health: Who Should Ride Shotgun and Who You Should Kick to the Curb

YOU need to be looking out for number one. Integrity in the sales and education of the public in health, preventative medicine and pain is becoming completely extinct. There are a few brave souls out there still trying to fight the good fight. The few of us will never have as loud a voice as the people pushing the … Read More

Insults abound but do credible and effective solutions follow?

There is a new wave of facebook page and blog site out there. Without mentioning all of them here, they include such presences as “Awkward Gym Moments“, etc. This page and the ones like it highlight the failings of normal folks who are trying to get involved in exercise but very clearly do not have … Read More

Run for Life: Part 3

Welcome back for the conclusion of Run for Life!   Injury #3: Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) There can be many different causes for knee pain, but one of the biggest culprits is overall faulty mechanics. In the vast majority of cases we find a significant lack of hip and trunk strength and stability as well … Read More