COVID-19 UPDATE Jan 23, 2021

In Motion Physical Therapy is open normal hours and accepting new patients. It remains our top priority to provide the highest quality care. We are taking extra precautions to keep our patients and staff safe per state and local guidelines.

Our fitness center reopened in June. Hours: 7AM through 7PM, Monday through Friday. We will continue to monitor our occupancy and ask members to practice safe hygiene and social distancing per state and local guidelines.

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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 Strengthening Your Hip Muscles Advice on whether to talk to your doctor before you start an exercise program.

Using a Garmin or Fitbit in your exercise program

The name Marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in Battle in 490 BC. It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming “we have wοn”. There is much debate about the historical accuracy of this legend. Devices available to today’s runners could have resolved this controversy. If you have not yet acquired an activity monitor, the shelves are stocked with many options to fit almost any budget and style preference. Pedometers, heart rate monitors, activity trackers and GPS watches are the main categories out there today. The Garmin GPS watches and the Fitbit devices combine several of these functions. At the high end, the Garmin GPS watch actually tracks your route while you exercise and collects data like heart rate, altitude, calories burnt, VO2 estimation (and more) so you can optimize your training. The sleeker Fitbit is fitness device that uses an accelerometer, which is more accurate than a basic pedometer, and can be worn on your wrist or clipped inconspicuously to clothing while tracking things like: number of steps walked, flights of stairs climbed, and how deeply you sleep at night. Many activity monitors on the market are able to sync to your cell phone or computer. The data is then available to review. Garmin products use a central app called “Garmin Connect” which keeps track of all your data, shows your progress, assists with training programs and offers opportunities to connect with thousands of other athletes. The Fitbit is compatible with over 20 apps so the user can chose which interface fits their training and fitness goals best. Whether running marathons or strolling in the mall is your activity of choice, activity monitors certainly help us keep track of our movement throughout the day and help us stay accountable to reach our fitness goals. Wearing an activity monitor can help you stay on track with your fitness or training goals, and may be just the motivation needed to help you achieve success. In March 2015, the In Motion Run Clinic will cover these types of devices in its focus on technology. If you haven’t exercised for some time or you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. The Mayo Clinic offers advice on When to check with your doctor first.

2015 Run-Sport Clinic scheduled, March 14, 9AM to Noon

The upcoming 2015 Run-Sport Injury Prevention Clinic will focus on injury prevention, nutrition, and maximizing performance and has been updated to cover some of the new tools available for health and fitness.  Please see the  Run Sport Clinic website for all the details.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 9AM to Noon. This year’s event will focus on the use of technology in physical training. and how new devices – like those available from Garmin and Fitbit – can be integrated into your training routine. Past Run Clinic Events:. 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: Kristen Klingen, MPT discuss therapy for spine pain

Hi, my name is Kristen Klingen and I am a physical therapist here at in motion physical therapy and rehabilitation. Today I would like to discuss spine pain. It is reported that 90% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life. At In Motion we have an experienced staff that specializes in caring for patients with spine pain. Spine pain may be caused by a herniated disc, arthritis, work- related injury, a sports injury, a motor vehicle accident or post operative from a surgical procedure such as a spinal fusion. Our therapists who specialize in the McKenzie method to diagnose and treat mechanical pain of the spine asses your specific symptoms and design a treatment program to relieve your pain. Treatment may also include mechanical traction and specific exercises to strengthen the core muscles that stabilize the spine and prevent further pain. Through a thorough evaluation and the most up to date treatment physical therapy can help restore you to your previous level of function. Thank you for watching and if you have any questions or would like to schedule an evaluation please feel free to call.

Pro Sports Surgeon Dr. James Andrews wants young athletes to stay healthy by playing less

Dr. James Andrews – who has done numerous surgeries on professional athletes – helped start a prevention program with the sports-medicine society called the STOP program: Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention (in youth sports) Two interesting points from a recent article: 1. The first thing I would tell them is, their kid needs at least two months off each year to recover from a specific sport. Preferably, three to four months. Example: youth baseball. For at least two months, preferably three to four months, they don’t need to do any kind of overhead throwing, any kind of overhead sport, and let the body recover in order to avoid overuse situations. 2. And the people who get the players after the surgeries — they’re the ones who deserve the most credit. The physical therapy and rehab people.

If the (Running) Shoe Fits, Wear It: Biomechanical Foot Evaluation and Running Shoe Prescription

When running, many things will keep you healthy, logging miles and feeling good about your fitness routine. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet, staying well hydrated, getting plenty of sleep and adequate rest/muscle recovery should be integral factors in any type of fitness routine, Yet, perhaps the most important and often overlooked factor is the running shoe. Wearing the right shoe will help you prevent injuries and recover from those that you might have already sustained. A proper evaluation of your gait, foot type and running shoe recommendation from your physical therapist is something that can help keep you running with proper form and prevent injuries. There are three basic categories for running shoes and having your gait and your feet evaluated will help you figure out which type is right for you. Neutral or Cushioned: This type of shoe is for the runner who supinates, has a very high arch and pushes off from the outside of their foot. Supinators do not absorb ground reaction force and shock well, so they need a very cushioned shoe with midsole shock absorbing materials. Stability: This type of shoe is for the runner who mildly pronates, has a normal to low arch and pushes off from the middle to the inside of their foot. Mild pronators absorb ground reaction force adequately, but they need a bit more midfoot, sometimes forefoot control to prevent abnormal motion and biomechanics. Mild pronators need a shoe with moderate medial support with dual density midsole materials. Motion Control: This type of shoe is for the runner who overpronates, has little to no arch and pushes off from the inside of their foot/first toe. Overpronators do not need cushioning as they adapt to terrain and ground reaction force well, but need a tremendous amount of control to prevent abnormal motion at their foot and subsequent abnormal motion at their ankle, knee, hip and low back. Overpronators need a shoe with dense, thermoplastic reinforcement, little to no cushioning. Throughout the remainder of the summer and into the fall, keep this information in mind as you think about preventative measures and ways to stay healthy. Enjoy your leisurely runs and your road races and remember: if the RIGHT running shoe fits, wear it! Be well, Stay In Motion.

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,