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The Secret Key to Becoming a Better Aerialist

With the fall season upon us and performances coming up, we are seeing a spike in aerial related injuries. During my aerial classes, I interact with a lot of aerialists and a question that I usually ask is “Are you doing any kind of exercises outside of your aerial work?”  As Dr. Ivy Jordan wrote … Read More

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

SPAVING – What is it?

This new trend in health care spending is going to save medicine Ever purchase something you didn’t need right this instant because it was a great deal? Something you are sure you will use but maybe not right away. A great example is the guy that buys a snowblower on deep discount in June. This … Read More

Client Insights

SPARK Physiotherapy is NOT your grandfather’s physical therapy office!  I was surprised by SPARK Physiotherapy’s facility, or what I think of as the Shrine to Movement.  Dr. Berio and all of the staff are so energetic and kind at the same time!  It doesn’t seem like a medical office, but lots of excellent medical therapy … Read More

The PT Minute: “What is it like Working at SPARK?”

  This week’s PT Minute question: “What’s it like Working at SPARK?“ Dr. Carlos J Berio – “Pride isn’t strong enough a word to describe working at SPARK Physio. The appreciation that I have for my family who’ve supported us on our journey is immense. The amazing people that I get to treat on a daily … Read More

The PT Minute: “How will the new SPARK 2.0 space be a benefit to clients/patients?”

  This week’s PT Minute question: “How will the new SPARK 2.0 space be a benefit to clients/patients?“ Dr. Carlos J Berio –  “SPARK 2.0 will allow us to treat more of the competitive movers in our community in a way that places them right in the game. Our new space, new equipment and new team … Read More

The PT Minute – Why go “cash-based” Physical Therapy vs. “insurance-based” PT?

  This week’s PT Minute question: “Why go “cash-based” Physical Therapy vs. “insurance-based” PT?” Dr. Carlos J Berio –  “This is a question of ‘what you value most’. If one-on-one time with a physical therapist is important to you find a value-first cash practice or practitioner. If being eyeballed across a big room with some wimpy … Read More

The PT Minute – What is Direct Access?

  This week’s PT Minute question: “What is Direct Access?” Dr. Carlos J Berio –  “Gone are the days where you needed to get permission to see a physical therapist. If you hurt, find a PT! You’ll save yourself time, money and loads of grief.” Dr. Ivy Jordan –  “Direct access allows you to get the … Read More

The PT Minute: Why does a Combine Matter?

This week’s PT Minute question: “Why does a Combine matter?” Dr. Carlos J Berio – How can you get where you are going without knowing where you are right now? A sport specific combine is the benchmark for where all programming will be created and how it can be appropriately progressed for maximum performance benefits. Dr. Ivy … Read More

Half Marathon – Mission Accomplished!

Mission accomplished! I ran my second half marathon ever on and I did it without stopping. Sure, I may have choked on water at the rest stops I jogged through and felt like I was hobbling through the last three miles but I never stopped. I finished in just over two hours and two minutes … Read More