Personal Training

Aerial Glutes: Could they be the Culprit of your Back, Knee, or Ankle Pain? Part 1

Do you have Back Pain? Knee Pain? Ankle Pain? : Let’s Have an Open Discussion about those Aerial Glutes. A lot of patients come to our clinic complaining of knee/ankle/back issues and are surprised when we start examining the hip muscles. Remember that catchy children’s song “the hip bone’s connected to the ankle bone?” Well, … 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

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 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

What a SPARK Client Has To Say….

I realize how often I’ve referred Dr. Carlos Berio and SPARK Physiotherapy to friends and neighbors. These are people, for the most part, who’ve noticed that I’ve regained my mobility and got fit. They want how I look and feel. They’re intrigued when I describe how your personalized PT and fitness sessions got me walking without pain, … Read More

10 Week Progress Note

Distance running is a big mental game. By far that is the biggest lesson that I seem to learn and relearn throughout this experience. When I started training for this half marathon, I was determined to check each box that made up the training schedule Ivy designed for me. Through talking with Ivy, I have … Read More

The PT Minute: What is the biggest misconception about Physical Therapists/Therapy from your PERSONAL patient experiences?

This week’s PT Minute question: “What is the biggest misconception about Physical Therapists/Therapy from your PERSONAL patient experiences?” Dr. Carlos J Berio – “Physical therapy is where you go when you’re hurt”. While this a great place to work from as a profession, it really undermines the many skills and knowledge the an experienced physical therapist possesses. … Read More

Week 3 Progress Report: Everything’s Connected

If you haven’t heard, Ivy and I are training to run a half marathon in November and throughout that process Ivy is going to share how she designed my training program. Intermittently I wanted to provide some insight from my perspective as a relative novice in distance training.  For my first three weeks the biggest … Read More

The Debriefing IFOMPT 2016:

Once every four years a collection of some of the most well renowned minds in the field of physical therapy come together for The International Federation of Manual Physical Therapy (IFOMPT) Conference. This go around the conference was in Glasgow, Scotland.  As with all conferences, there were a TON of takeaways. Some from an interpersonal perspective, … Read More

Tough Mudder 2016

We are officially Tough Mudder Legionnaires, a.k.a LEGIT. This June, all of the staff at SPARK (plus some additional friends) completed a ten mile team event including 21 obstacles that tested our strength, speed, power, and teamwork. There was plenty of mud, water (some of it ice cold – literally), sweat, scrapes, and sunburn. The … Read More