Meet Dr. Natalia Sleziak

I wanted to introduce myself as the newest member of the SPARK team. My name is Natalia and I just moved into Old Town, Alexandria a little over a month ago. I originally hail from the Big Apple and was raised in “hipster”Brooklyn. Moving into Old Town with all of its colonial charm has been a … Read More

Four Categories of Words to Avoid in Ortho

Language has been examined a lot lately in the pain world including how explaining pain translate to patient outcomes. Patients want to know the cause of their pain which often provokes medical providers to use words and phrases that catastrophize, dramatize, over-simplify, and predict long-term outcomes. These four categories of words and phrases should be … Read More

Dead Lift 101

Prep and position: Stand with feet just outside of hips-width, but close enough so that your arms can hang comfortably along side of both knees when you bend over/forward. With feet in correct position, take bar with an overhand grip (thumbs wrap under the bar), or an over-under grip in which one hand grasps the … Read More

What are you doing to “Make Your Health Happen”?

Google?  Yelp?  Craigslist? Groupon? So many choices and options when it comes to finding providers for wellness and healthcare.  They all say they are reputable but we all know, “they” talk a lot!  Can you really trust a website or someone you don’t know to recommend a healthcare provider, gym or nutritionist? How can you … Read More

Pain is Info, Bro!

What are you looking for when you visit a health professional?  Most people would say they want to know why they hurt or what their diagnosis is.  What if I told you that these things aren’t that important? Some people would stop listening or say I’m not credible and I’m not sure that I would … Read More

Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again-Recovery from Races

The long runs, hill work outs, strength training sessions and science experiments of nutrition are winding down. You’ve barely enjoyed the post-race food and beverages when you’re already thinking “Ok let’s do this again!” However, how many runners plan their recovery like they do their training? Likely very few. Now that the fall race season … Read More

Training = Rehab? Really?

Training = Rehab. Rehab = Training is a concept that is the brainchild of friend and colleague, Dr. Charlie Weingroff. It’s a brilliant construct but the title may belie the true nature of Dr. Weingroff’s meaning. That is, Training = Rehab WHEN THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED BY A PHYSICAL THERAPIST! This is a pretty important … Read More

Heard about the Cornhole tournament, Free outdoor concert, and games thing in Alexandria on September 5th?? Oh, and there’s a Health & Fitness Festival on the same day, I think…

So you might have heard of our Health and Fitness Festival! Hopefully you were already going to attend! Why wouldn’t you? This will be the best collection of pros in one area in a long time! They’ll all be there with their shwag and ready to answer any question you have about the services they … Read More