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Joint pain, impaired balance, slowed reflexes. All accepted signs of an aging movement system – but do we have to accept this gradual loss of function as we enter our golden years? What if there were simple steps you could take in your 20s, 30s and 40s to ensure years of effortless, pain-free movement?
Join Finish Line Physical Therapy as we welcome Podiatrist & Human Movement Specialist Dr. Emily Splichal for an evening exploring the science behind barefoot training and how this often overlooked area of health and fitness is actually the secret to youthful movement.
WHAT: An evening with Dr. Emily Splichal introducing her newest book, Barefoot Strong: Unlock the Secrets to Movement Longevity
WHEN: Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Finish Line Physical Therapy (119 W. 23rd St. #304; punch in 2711 to access the building)
RSVP – Registration is FREE! We will have books available for purchase.
About Barefoot Strong
As one of the fastest growing areas within medicine, the anti-aging business is now a $122 billion dollar industry with researchers dedicating their careers to finding the fountain of youth. Whether it be copper peptides or acai supplements, most of the anti-aging industry focuses on superficial aspects of eternal youth and vitality.
For the first time ever, it is time to apply the latest research to a new area of anti-aging medicine known as movement longevity. Join Podiatrist & Human Movement Specialist Dr Emily Splichal as she explores the science behind barefoot training and how this often overlooked area of health and fitness is actually the secret to youthful movement.
As an internationally-renowned educator on barefoot training, Dr. Emily has traveled the world exploring the concept of movement efficiency from the ground up. Through barefoot science, fascial fitness and neuromuscular conditioning, Dr Emily will show you how to survive the unnatural conditions of today’s shod society and optimize your movement patterns.
From barefoot activation exercises, to vitamin supplements to protect your peripheral nerves, Barefoot Strong is your go-to guide to ensure years of efficient movement – one step at a time. Are you ready to unlock the secrets to anti-aging movement and become barefoot strong?
About the Author
Dr. Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist®, Barefoot Rehab Specialist® and BARE® Workout Certifications for health and wellness professionals. With over 13 years in the fitness industry, Dr. Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training. Dr. Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan, NY with a speciality in sports medicine, biomechanics and forefoot surgery. Dr. Splichal takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of full biomechanical assessments and movement screens. Dr. Splichal is actively involved in the correction of movement dysfunctions as it relates to sports injury and frequently performs manual therapy techniques including joint mobilization and trigger point release. Dr. Splichal is actively involved in barefoot training research and barefoot education as it relates to athletic performance, injury prevention and human movement dysfunction. Dr. Splichal has presented her research and barefoot education both nationally and internationally, with her barefoot programming in over 17 countries worldwide and translated to 8 languages. Due to her unique background Dr. Splichal is able to serve as a Consultant for some of the top fitness, footwear and orthotic companies including NIKE, Trigger Point Performance Therapy, Aetrex Worldwide, Crunch Fitness and Sols.
Join Finish Line Physical Therapy and the Gray Institute for 3DMAPS – 3D Movement Analysis & Performance System – the most innovative and comprehensive certification available that empowers you to analyze the entire three-dimensional Chain Reaction® function of the human body, as well as equips you with a powerful, ongoing performance system.
- What: 3D Movement Analysis & Performance System Course via the Gray Institute
- When: Friday, August 14, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Where: Finish Line Physical Therapy, 119 W. 23rd St. #304, New York, NY 10011
- Who: 3DMAPS is designed and created for all professionals in the Movement Industry, no matter the background nor the specialty. 3DMAPS is ideal for Analysis, Rehabilitation, Training and Prevention. Therefore, content applies (but is not limited) to Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Personal Trainers, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Physicians, Chiropractors, Athletic Trainers, Osteopaths, Occupational Therapists, Coaches and anyone else working in the field of Human Movement.
- Cost: $595 (special pricing for GIFT Fellows)
- Contact: Michael Conlon, PT, FAFS
Register via GrayInstitute.com. Registration opens in April.
** BONUS: Stay for the weekend and join us for the Functional Soft Tissue Transformation for the Upper Extremity Course on August 15-16! More Info
3DMAPS is the most innovative way to effectively analyze the function of the entire body in an efficient, revealing and evidence-based manner. This certification equips you, the movement professional, with the content, competence and confidence to meet the needs, wants, and goals of all of your patients and clients. Unlike any other movement screen, 3DMAPS allows you to efficiently analyze the three-dimensional movements and abilities of all individuals in all of human function. 3DMAPS boils down all of human movement (the three-dimensional interaction of joints, muscles, and proprioceptors) into 6 Vital Transformational Zones, adapts these movements within Mobility Analysis Movements (assessing range of motion) and Stability Analysis Movements (assessing control of motion), and empowers you to then prioritize the best and most logical progressions in serving your patients and clients better.
When Michael Conlon asked the Finish Line staff back in August who was interested in joining him for a Ragnar Relay… in February… in FLORIDA… 11 hands shot up rather quickly. It’s no secret that ours is a pretty active staff, but spending more than 24 hours straight in a van with your coworkers while running from Miami to Key West? That’s bringing new meaning to “team bonding.” But we did it.
The first week of February, a crew of 12 of us flew down to Miami for the Ragnar Season Opener: a beautifully warm, flat and scenic run from Miami through the Keys to the finish line in Key West. 26 hours, 3 minutes and a handful of seconds later, Team “Miles High Club” ran through the finish chute — and finished eighth in the mixed open division and 15th overall out of over 500 teams!
We asked the staff what they thought of the race, the overall experience, each of their individual legs plus what they learned about their coworkers. Click on each link to read what everyone had to say:
What was your favorite part of the race?
The general consensus: we all loved the start and the feeling of being part of a team. And we didn’t get tired of each other after 26 hours in a van!
What was your favorite part of the overall trip?
We were lucky enough to have an extra day in Key West to sit by the pool, enjoy some beverages and other shenanigans. No surprise here: this group likes to party!
What is one thing you learned about your coworkers?
Pretty much, we all like each other. And: what happens in Key West stays in Key West…
Breaking Down 196 Miles
In case you aren’t familiar, here’s how this relay works: there are 12 of us on a team and two 15-passenger vans. We split in half — six people go in Van 1, the other six in Van 2. Each person is assigned a runner number and ultimately runs 3 different legs (of varying distances) of the 196-mile journey. So runners 1-6 in Van 1 run their legs, then runners 7-12 in Van 2 takes over, and so on.
Van 1 was Michael Conlon, Caroline Varriale, Cat Nadeau, Sammy Jacobsen, Sara Hunninghake and Kiersten Jacobsen. (How did Michael get so lucky to be with all the ladies?)
Van 2 was Tim Carlson, Brynn Fessette, Caitlin Alexander, Jess Gianattasio, Jason Lakritz and Andy Fenack.
If you’re like us, you’ve taken all kinds of different supplements for performance, recovery and overall health benefits. Supplements are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that you may not be getting from your diet alone, and we definitely recommend patients utilize supplements.
But how do you know which supplements are best for your performance, recovery and overall health? How do you know which brand is right for you? Do you know if the supplements at retails stores work–or even contain the ingredients listed on the label?
In some shocking news, the New York State attorney general’s office recently accused several well-known national retailers of vitamin supplements of selling products that were fraudulent and in many cases contaminated with unlisted ingredients (click here for the New York Times article). The retailers included Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC — pretty big names!
These retailers sell supplements that we’ve all most likely taken at some point, which is a scary thought.
News like this is exactly why we’ve done some serious research on supplements to ensure our patients are taking pharmaceutical grade, clinically proven supplements that provide the health benefits they promise. It’s why we’ve sought out a partner that our patients can trust.
Through that research, we’ve partnered with Previnex! Previnex makes supplements that you can flat out trust to be safe, effective and labeled properly. We’ve looked around and believe that Previnex makes the best supplements available, founded on science, data and quality. From sourcing the finest ingredients to following stringent pharmaceutical-grade manufacturing protocols that ensure product integrity, they do it right (which means that you get and notice tangible benefits).
They are passionate about prevention, performance and recovery–and making great products–and we’re excited to continue to offer these products to you! We’ve felt the health and performance benefits ourselves firsthand, which is another reason why we recommend them so highly.
To order or to learn more, visit finishlinept.previnex.com and use code “finishline” to save 10% at checkout!
Register today for the Functional Soft Tissue Transformation for the Upper Extremity continuing education course. This seminar is open to PT, PTA, OT, OTA, Athletic Trainers, Exercise Physiologists, Personal Trainers and Coaches.
- When: Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16, 2015
- Where: Finish Line Physical Therapy, 119 W. 23rd St. #304, New York, NY 10011
- Cost: $695 for the two-day course
- Course Instructor: Lenny Parracino CMT, FAFS
- Contact: Michael Conlon, PT, FAFS
Register now by completing the online registration form. You will not be officially registered until we’ve received your payment. Mail checks to: Finish Line Physical Therapy, 119 W. 23rd St. #304, New York, NY 10011. Call the office at (212) 486-8573 to process credit cards.
Register early as space is limited to 20 participants, and this course is expected to fill up.
** BONUS: Come in a day early and join us for the 3D MAPS (Movement Analysis & Performance System) Course on Friday, August 14! More Info
If you are coming from out of town, there are many hotels within a short walking distance from the Finish Line PT office:
- The Inn on 23rd, 131 West 23rd Street
- Hampton Inn Manhattan-Chelsea, 108 West 24th Street
- Four Points by Sheraton, 160 West 25th Street
- Hilton New York Fashion District, 152 West 26th Street
This innovative, dynamic two-day Live Function course sponsored by the Gray Institute will provide essential principles, strategies, and techniques of Applied Functional Science specifically addressing the upper extremity. During the course, participants will learn a principle-based approach to creating strategies for assessment and testing, prevention, training and rehabilitation to facilitate improved functional thresholds.
This course is designed to give you practical, objective results that you can use immediately. It will include ample time on assessing and addressing function utilizing a simple-to-follow systemic formula, including live case studies. Attendees will spend hands-on time adding to their assessment skills both globally and locally (on the table, off the table) and learning a “melt-mold-move” continuum to apply to the identified functional dysfunction.
The course is designed to be 95% hands-on; learn-by-doing, therefore strengthening your practical day-to-day skill-set. Wear comfortable clothes to move and be moved. Because we’ll be focusing on the upper extremity, tank tops (or sports bras for women) are recommended.
The schedule for each day includes:
7:30-7:45 a.m.: Registration
8:00-10:00 a.m.: Unifying principles of human movement
10:00-11:00 a.m.: Assessment techniques
11:00 a.m.-Noon: Soft tissue techniques
Noon-1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break
1:00-5:00 p.m.: Soft tissue techniques
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Putting it all together: practical case study examples
About the Instructor
Lenny Parracino has spent over 25 years serving the health industry as an international lecturer and an Integrative Practitioner with a background in manual/soft-tissue, nutritional and movement therapy. Lenny has performed over 300 lectures/workshops and has written educational materials and consulted/lectured in the fitness/therapy industry and for various medical organizations around the world. Lenny has earned his degree in Health Science, is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science, holds a California certification/license to practice soft tissue therapy, and holds a certification in nutritional therapy. As a full-time clinician, he integrates an eclectic approach of functional therapy with Dr. Vince Guagliano and Dr. Carina Escudero at AIM Sports Medicine in Hermosa Beach, California.
In order to reach new limits of pace, distance and achievement, it’s important to balance the effort of training for endurance events with a recovery plan. Post-workout recovery enables your body to rebuild itself in response to all the stress you place on it during periods of hard effort.
Finish Line Physical Therapy has some great tools that will provide relief after long weeks of training, prepare you to be your best on race day and help you recover faster after you’ve crossed the finish line.
For most people, getting a massage falls into the “nice to have” category. It’s something you might do once or twice a year because mom gave you a gift certificate for your birthday. But when it comes to training for a distance event, consider thinking about soft tissue work as one tool in your toolbox when you look at your overall health and overall training plan.
Massage that emphasizes functional soft tissue therapy helps to release the soft tissue restrictions that often cause pain and inhibit movement. In tandem with regular stretching, foam rolling and mobility work, massage can promote better blood flow to help reverse the repetitive movements and daily stresses of training. Be nice to your body so it will be nice to you on race day!
Prepare your body for race-day by scheduling a massage 5-7 days before the race. Or help expedite your body’s recovery with a post-race massage 2-3 days after you cross the finish line. Call the office today to schedule an appointment with Sara Hunninghake, our staff LMT!
NormaTec Compression Sleeves
We may or may not have started calling these the “magic sleeves” around the office. The NormaTec compression sleeves are one of the best tools for increasing circulation, decreasing inflammation and speeding up recovery. Particularly beneficial after a long run, intense workout or a RACE, the sleeves use a unique massage pattern to provide dynamic compression to the limbs, thereby enhancing the movement of fluids. Even spending as little as 20 minutes can help an athlete recover faster than waiting for the body to recover on its own.
[Read more about the science behind NormaTec recovery.]
Finish Line PT patients are welcome to use the sleeves for free as part of their rehab. We welcome non-patients to use them for a nominal fee. Call the office today to schedule an appointment, and let the sleeves work their magic!
110% Play Harder
Finish Line PT is partnering with 110% Play Harder to provide quality products that help our patients reach their individual finish lines.
110% Play Harder creates products that allow you to transition from high performance to active recovery in one step. The combination of compression plus ice or heat therapy helps to speed recovery, enhance performance and decrease chance of injury. 110% zoned, gradient compression helps to reduce swelling and increase circulation while you’re working out. 110% compression plus ice/heat provides you with a mobile post-recovery tool that is both convenient and simple to use.
Gone are the days of trying to awkwardly wrap a bag of ice around your knee or use saran wrap to ice your ankle (plus, is it ever tight enough?). 110% products allow for targeted placement of reusable inserts that can be frozen or heated up in the microwave to prevent swelling and reduce inflammation.
To view the complete product line, check out the 110% online store. We’ve got samples of all their products in the office in case you want to check them out before ordering.
After running my 3rd marathon, I needed some serious help. I spoke to tons of people I knew from various running groups and on Twitter and they all said the same thing - go to Finish Line. Back there now proactively as I prepare for my next marathon after my hip and knee started bothering me. Feeling fantastic and more ready than ever. — Ben W.
Finish line is awesome. A few years back I started experiencing knee pain while running. They were super helpful identifying the issue (IT band tightness), and working with me with deep tissue massages, foam rollers, and strength building exercise to get me back up and running quickly. — Jonathan W.
I like the environment too; it feels more like a gym than the sterile environments I'm used to seeing at standard clinics. Everyone around the place is in a general good mood -- none of that grumpy New York customer service crap. They all seem to be athletes too. They worked with my insurance as well to get the price reasonable. — Vincent D.