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Physical Therapy for Post Concussion Syndrome

Many parents don’t realize that physical therapy is an option for their child’s post-concussion treatment. However, physical therapy can offer a number of benefits during the recovery process. Post-concussion rehab with begin with a thorough evaluation of cognitive, physical, and neurological function enabling the physical therapist to develop an individualized plan for each child based on the findings. The plan of care will follow a 5 stage protocol that is based on symptom provocation during exercise in each stage. The child will progress through each stage as symptoms allow. Exercises will be specific to each child, but will include postural strengthening, aerobic training, full body strengthening as well as agility, plyometric, and balance training. These exercises will help improve balance, hand eye coordination, reaction speed, speed of cognitive processing, and will promote improved brain function post-concussion in order to enable return to school, social, and sporting activities. If you think your child would benefit from an post-concussion evaluation, or have questions, please contact In Motion Physical therapy for further information.

New for March 2016 Run Clinic: “Ask the Doctor”

New for 2016 Run Clinic is Ask the Doctor: In Motion is pleased to announce that Dr. John M. Vasudevan from Penn Medicine will be available to answer questions on a variety of topics pertaining to running and musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Vasudevan specializes in Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.

2016 Run-Sport Clinic scheduled, March 5, 9AM to Noon

The upcoming 2016 Run-Sport Injury Prevention Clinic will focus on injury prevention, nutrition, maximizing performance and has been updated for 2016. Please see the Run Sport Clinic website for all the details. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9AM to Noon. If you’ve never visited In Motion, our free running clinics are a great way to experience our expertise, personal care, and dedication to your health.  Come visit us this March and optimize both your body and your gear for running.  We’ll analyze each part of your stride and make recommendations based on our team’s advanced training, certifications, and experience.  From first-time runner to the marathoner, we’re the source for your very best run. Past Run Clinic Events: The 2015 Run-Sport Injury Prevention Clinic was updated to focus on injury prevention, nutrition, and maximizing performance — with emphasis on fitbit and similar devices. The 2014 Run-Sport Injury Prevention Clinic was updated to focus on tendon and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. The 2013 Run-Sport Injury Prevention Clinic by In Motion Physical Therapy was designed to give both the novice and professional runner/athlete valuable information about lower extremity biomechanical issues that can maximize performance and help prevent injury. In Motion is the gold standard for outpatient physical therapy in Chester County. Family owned and serving Chester County residents for over 13 years we have focused on personal, one-on-one professional care that makes us proud to say “the patient comes first”. To learn more: Overview of In Motion Physical therapy Services available at In Motion Physical Therapy In Motion Fitness Center In Motion Patient testimonials  

Video: Jason Dandrea, MPT, discusses vestibular rehabilitation

Hi my name is Jason Dandrea, physical therapist at In Motion physical therapy in Downingtown PA. Today I would like to talk to you about vestibular rehabilitation. The vestibular system is located within the inner ear and is responsible for a number of different functions including balance and orienting our body with our environment. The vestibular system along with our vision and the information we receive from our sensory system send information to our brain to keep us functioning properly. There are many reasons why the vestibular system can malfunction, when it does it often leads to dizziness, vertigo, vision problems and trouble walking. Physical Therapists are trained to evaluate and treat the vestibular system. If you are having any problems associated with the vestibular system and would like to set up an evaluation please give us a call.

Ankle Pain Treatment

Today I would like to discuss common sources and treatment of ankle pain. Here at In Motion, we treat a wide range of ankle injuries from the more common injuries, such as ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis, to more complex injuries, such as post surgical ankle fractures or ligament reconstruction. Common treatments of ankle pain include strengthening of the hip and ankle as well as balance training to improve stability. We are also trained in manual therapy techniques at the ankle in order to improve range of motion. With a comprehensive treatment program, we can help you return to the activities that are most important to you. Thank you for reading and if you have any questions or would like to schedule an evaluation with a physical therapist, please give us a call.

Video: Kristen Klingen MPT on pediatric physical therapy

Hi my name Kristen Klingen, physical therapist here at In Motion Physical Therapy. I help to take care of the smallest clients we have, those ranging anywhere from 3 weeks old to a couple years of age.   Our pediatric physical therapy treats children with a variety of different issues. One of the things we might see them for is called torticollis or plagiocephaly. Torticollis is when there is a shortening of the muscle in the neck called the sternocleidomastoid that results in the child having and tendency to tilt there head to one side and difficulty turning the head to the other side. We work with the children and the parents and teach them how to turn and stretch their head and neck with therapeutic play activities both in the clinic and at home. We also work on developmental skills and how the progress the children through rolling, sitting, and eventually crawling and walking as needed. We have several therapists that treat children and if you have any questions or would like to schedule an evaluation please feel free to call.  Thank you.

Video: Kristy Harper DPT, OCS: importance of lower extremity alignment evaluation

Hello, my name is Kristy Harper, physical therapist and clinical manager here at In Motion Physical Therapy and fitness center in Downingtown, PA. I want to talk to you today about a biomechanical foot analysis and the foot and ankle. The foot and ankle are integral in interfacing our body with the ground helping us impact and absorb force, to help us with propulsion, and to adapt to terrain changes. If there is a problem with the foot and ankle or with gait, it can lead to problems with your low back, hip, knee or your foot and ankle. Physical therapists are musculoskeletal and biomechanical foot analysis experts. Here at in motion we can help you with your needs and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call. Thank you!

Video Welcome to In Motion by Brock Harper

Brock Harper MPT, CHT , one of the directors of In Motion Physical Therapy discusses the specialty certifications of the In Motion staff including his hand therapist certification.

Run Clinic 2015 Reference Material

The popularity of running and participation in sports across all ages has increased over the past few decades. While there are many health benefits to running and sports, injuries do occur. These injuries occur in active individuals of all ages and participation levels. There is a lot of information available, however only with expert assessment, is it possible to find the correct information for you. Out of this desire to prevent and treat injuries has evolved the Run & Sports Injury Prevention Clinic. The Run & Sports Injury Prevention Clinic is designed to give both the novice and professional runner and athlete valuable information about lower extremity biomechanical issues that can minimize injury while maximizing performance. We have made available some of the information that has been shared with participants of the Run & Sports Injury Prevention Clinic. Please select the information you would like to view and feel free to download. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a physical therapy evaluation please contact us at 610-518-9100. Running: Training, Fitness, and Staying Motivated  Peter Crooke Training Packet Run clinic core strengthening: Core strength in vital to any physical activity even running.  This handout includes common core strengthening exercises that are good for the novice and advanced runner.  Running Clinic Core Strengthening Flexibility is vital to preventing injuries and maximizing performance. This handout included common stretches for preventing injury in the runner and active individual.  Running Clinic Stretches  Hip strength is an often overlooked component to preventing injury in runners and active individuals.  This handout includes common strengthening exercises for the runner and active individual.   Running Clinic Hip Strengthening Stresses of altered lower extremity bio-mechanics Some additional scanned hand-outs you may find useful Arches and Shoe Types PEP Program Training apps WIPP-Poster (thanks to sportsmetrics.org) Strengthening Your Hip Muscles Advice on whether to talk to your doctor before you start an exercise program.

In Motion Physical Therapy serves patients in these Chester County, PA towns: Caln, Chester Springs, Coatesville, Downingtown, Eagle, East Bradford, Embreeville, Exton, Frazer, Glenmoore, Honey Brook, Lionville, Lyndell, Malvern, Marchwood, Marshallton, Newlin, Parkesburg, Pocopson, Sadsburyville, Thorndale, Uwchlan, West Bradford, West Chester, West Whiteland,