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Inside and outside the clinic, we strive to EXCEL at everything we do.

JONATHAN CRAWFORD, PT, DPT

AN INTRODUCTION TO IASTM

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) can be a beneficial manual therapy treatment in physical therapy. IASTM refers to the use of a dense, non-irritating material, such as stainless steel or jade, to apply a force to soft tissue structure such as muscle or tendons for the purpose of achieving a musculoskeletal and/or neurological change. 

In the Penalty Box with a Physical Therapist

Hockey players are at risk for injuries caused by high-speed collisions with other players, rink boards, goal posts, hockey sticks, flying pucks, and falls onto the ice. These injuries are common amongst players of all ages and skill levels, from youth to adult and recreational to professional.

Om About Yoga

People practice yoga for many different reasons like health and wellness, specific conditions such as a musculoskeletal injury, or because a health care provider recommended it. Learn what science has to say about yoga and low back pain, arthritis, and general wellness.

Health, Fitness & Injury Prevention in the Police Department

While physical fitness and nutrition are important for everyone, they are especially important for those who protect and serve. The demands placed on an officer’s body are unique. Often, he or she could be spending long periods of time sitting or standing, with little opportunity for positional changes. These long periods of relative inactivity can be interrupted by short, intense bouts of exertion.

Excelling Outside the Clinic: Running for a Purpose, Part 2

Since its inception in 1995, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s running program, Fred’s Team, has raised over $78 million towards vital cancer research. This year a familiar name from the EXCEL family and local team will be running for the Fred’s Team charity at the New York City Marathon. Tina Gibble, daughter of EXCEL Co-Founder and President Matt Gibble, will be running in her first marathon in honor of her uncle and grandfather.

Excelling Outside the Clinic: Running for a Purpose, Part 1

When Matthew Larson succumbed to his cancer in 2007 at the age of seven, his family founded The Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors – also known as IronMatt – to spread awareness and to provide resources to children and their families as they battle brain tumors. Over the last 10 years, the foundation has provided financial assistance and emotional support to dozens of families in their time of need.

The Truth About Posture

You’ve heard it a thousand times, if not from your mother, then from co-workers and even friends: “don’t slouch.” The truth is there no such thing as perfect posture and it remains a highly debated topic. Even physical therapists can’t agree on what constitutes good sitting posture. Most physical therapists address posture in their management of spine-related pain.

Direct Access: What Is It? Why Is It Relevant?

The term “direct access” has been thrown around quite a bit in regards to insurance and healthcare, but a large portion of the general public still do not know what direct access is or the many benefits it holds.

Hamstrung?

There is a reason the word hamstring has been colloquialized as a verb. Any injury to your hamstrings can cause serious pain, and be severely disabling as they are used every single day when you’re walking.

Concussion: What You Need to Know

In sport, one of the most common injuries that a young athlete may endure is a concussion. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur in sports and recreational activities annually.

Pain: More than Just Tissue Damage

Pain has long been defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Everyone has experienced pain at some point, but it is often a difficult concept to define.

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