“My experience at Body Gears was fantastic! As a dancer, I have specific needs in addressing injuries, and their physical therapists were great! The hands-on nature of their treatments were very effective, as were the exercises they gave me. I highly recommend them!”
-Body Gears Patient
“I am a senior citizen who has broken an ankle 5 times. My last break was more painful and discouraging than the others. I have had a total of 5 rounds of physical therapy, the last with Ankit Patel at BodyGears. Ankit is not only the best physical therapist I have ever had (frankly, that would have been easy to accomplish), but he is the best therapist I could have asked for or imagined having. Working with Ankit resulted in me feeling significantly better than before my accident and being ready to jump back into my activities without the discouragement and trepidation I felt after my most recent break. I expected that therapy would improve the joints, soft tissues, and nerves in the ankle I broke, but in addition, my posture, movement, and overall alignment are greatly improved. I have never felt so physically strong and confident.” -Pamela
“My experience with Body Gears started in January 2017 when I injured my back doing weight lifting exercises. I was experiencing pain not only during exercising but as well while doing routine things such as standing, sitting, and walking. I worked with Esther Kim and was very satisfied with what she able to do to help me recover from the injury. I was impressed with how fast Esther was able to identify the root cause of my injury and come up with a treatment plan. She was very knowledgeable about body mechanics and muscle anatomy but most importantly was able to explain everything in a way that someone without a physical therapy background can understand and then apply. In addition, Esther was very supportive and compassionate which helped me stay relaxed and focused throughout the whole treatment process. Four months after beginning treatment I recovered from my injury and learned the proper tools and techniques to prevent a similar injury from reoccurring. The rest of the staff was also very nice and professional which made me feel relaxed and welcome every time I walked through the door. I would recommend Body Gears in St. Louis to anyone suffering from an injury and in need of a physical therapist.” -Samir
“I’m almost 81 years old so you can imagine, there a lot going on! Sciatica, spinal stenosis, small tear in the gluteus minimus, etc., etc. I have been coming to Body Gears for two weeks now and am so happy to be here! Everyone is very nice and very professional and knowledgeable. Dan has the hands of an angel… I am getting very good care and attention. This is an awesome place! -Ingrid
“We are so impressed with what she has done with him that my husband is now seeing her for back issues (opting to not have surgery). We are planning on having our entire family come to Body Gears to help us all get to our best working order. This place has changed our lives for the better. Thank you, Rebecca and Body Gears.” -The Krolik Family
“I have had physical therapy several times before in different places but have never had such thorough, careful, attention and therapy as I had at Body Gears. My therapist Brad studied my back muscles and worked on the ones that needed help. The therapy assistants were careful to help me do my exercises correctly and safely. Everyone gave clear instructions. Everyone was nice and friendly. I am feeling better and know now how to continue working with my back to prevent the pain and strengthen my back muscles. I would definitely go again if I need further therapy.” -Body Gears Patient
“As an avid runner-turned-cyclist and committed yoga teacher, I had little tolerance for the pain I was experiencing in my left hip. After years of trying alternative methods such as chiropractic, posture therapy, and corrective exercise, X-rays finally determined I needed a total hip replacement as the cartilage was completely gone. Kane Thompson helped me “pre-hab” my hip, glutes, and core to prepare it for surgery. I went in strong but was not prepared for the emotional component that follows major surgery. The entire team at Body Gears Oak Park was so supportive throughout my recovery. The manual therapy, accompanied by a challenging array of exercises was exactly what my body needed to get back in the saddle and on the yoga mat. Kane, Melissa and the entire crew of exercise technicians provided a detailed summary of exercises for me to do at home and at the gym. I have recommended Body Gears to many of my students in Oak Park and Chicago. The level of care is extraordinary. Thanks to this amazing team of professionals, I am back to all of my pre-surgery activities stronger than ever. THANK YOU!!! -Anne
“My neck and thoracic pain have diminished by 500% since I have been working with technician Chris Hagan. I did not think this was possible and am so grateful. My conditions of a pinched nerve and slipped disk will not go away but my despair has. I am able now, continuing my pt exercises, to go forward with my life as I have known and enjoyed it. -Mary Sue
“I first had the pleasure of working with Dr. Kathleen Darley 2 years ago for a hip impingement injury. I have since been back to Body Gears for other injuries sustained from dancing. I have never considered going anywhere else because of the quality of care, attention, and education I have received at Body Gears. As a professional dancer, the therapists at Body Gears have made me stronger, than I have ever been, and I know that this strength has prevented other possible injuries. I am so impressed by Body Gears each visit. Every therapist I have worked with has been friendly, understanding, extremely knowledgeable and a wonderful teacher.” -Maura
“Body Gears was recommended to me by a fellow dancer after I had a radial head replacement. I’ve had really pale and stunted physical therapy experiences in the past – so I was really looking for a place that would take into consideration my whole body and person while rehabilitating my elbow/arm. Dan (and team) asked me questions, listened, and provided careful and thoughtful exercises and tests. I never felt like anyone was just winging it when I arrived for a session or if I had questions. EVERYONE at this office is part of a team. They all respect each other – and that kind of support spills over onto the patient. I can’t say enough good things about Body Gears. I will be back for any injury or help I need with alignment or other in the future. They took care of ME not just my injury.” -Megan
“I discovered Body Gears in my search for a Women’s Health Physical Therapist for my pre & postnatal clients. When I wasn’t seeing any improvement in my own postpartum recovery with another physical therapist, I started working with Body Gears. At 14 months postpartum, I received confirmation that I had between a Grade 1 and 2 cystocele (bladder prolapse). I felt a setback in my recovery, but with the help of Erica Burhop, I was able to see an improvement in my incontinence after just 4 sessions. This was the first time postpartum I felt success in my recovery! I learn something new with each session about my body. Body Gears empowers their patients to learn about the ‘why’ behind their symptoms, rather than just treating the symptoms. I recommend Body Gears to all of my clients when I am unable to address their issues within my scope of work as a personal trainer. It has been wonderful collaborating with them as a fitness professional as well.” -Suzanne
“Three generations of my family have had a great experience with Body Gears! My 11-year-old daughter had ongoing back pain that we had struggled to solve another way. Toshi was amazing with her both in terms of helping to solve the back pain but also in caring for a sometimes insecure 11-year-old. Months later I came in with achilles pain that has lingered for 15 years off and on. I am more confident about ongoing health than ever before because of the full body comprehensive way that Melissa attacked this problem. My mom came in from out of town and without even knowing of our Body Gears connection she looked up “Dry Needling” as she was experiencing debilitating back pain and needed quicker relief. She ended up at Body Gears too! I am grateful for the knowledgeable and personable staff…. At first, I was not sure about the long appointments that involved working with the exercise technician after working with Melissa (PT) but I grew to love how this ensured that I was doing my exercises correctly giving me a new hope for my biomechanics. Thanks!
“I came to Body Gears because my chiropractor saw the wonderful changes the folks here help achieve. When she alone couldn’t help me with bursitis in my left hip, I came to BG and Esther and am so glad I did. I also have my personal trainer utilizing Esther and Body Gears to help with her chronic back pain. I have been telling anyone with body pain issues about Body Gears because and the help they have given me and how it is personalized to my needs completely. I am so much better than I was but keep coming because of other issues that need attention.” -Body Gears Patient
“Five core surgeries over two decades left me facing high doses of medication and a potential sixth surgery to make my systems function in a healthy manner. I was avoiding exercise classes, travel, and eventually dreaded going to work “just in case.” My doctor referred me to the specialists at BG, and after two months of twice a week work and a dynamic, changing set of home exercises I think I can drop the medications and participate in the next 50 years of my life in a much more confident and vigorous manner. Now I don’t think taking a long walk is risky and I feel like I command my own body again. I learned so much about how and why everything works together and how to enhance that unconscious coordination. I also know where to go first for touch ups – and am very happy to avoid another surgery. Thanks! -Elizabeth
“I have suffered lower back pain for over 15 years and had given up on ever finding any physical therapist who could actually help me. I have lost count of how many I tried. Joanne Macza at Body Gears in St. Louis is the first therapist who actually listened and analyzed what the problems were — stenosis, scoliosis, degenerative arthritis and bulging disks — and came up with the appropriate manipulation and exercises. She helped me enormously. Although I no longer have to go in for regular treatment, I would not hesitate to return if I needed to. Of course, it is really a bonus that they accept insurance. I have recommended her to several friends and we all feel the same way about working with Body Gears. Thank you for opening a space in St. Louis! -Marcia
“As a professional ballet dancer, I struggled for years to regain strength after a major knee surgery left me weakened and battling muscle imbalances, which led to multiple subsequent ankle injuries and chronic pain down the line. I saw multiple physical therapists and sought out many different types of bodywork (massage, trigger point dry needling) in an attempt to figure out how to heal my injuries and manage my pain, but nobody could give me the full picture to lead to my recovery. I met Kathleen at a dance class in Chicago while was recovering from yet another chronic ankle injury that had taken me away from dance for months. I was slowly trying to rehabilitate and build back my strength in ballet class, and Kathleen suggested that I come to BodyGears. She began to treat my ankle and immediately diagnosed other weak spots in my hips, core, neck, and back that were contributing to my problems. Through a combination of soft tissue work, joint mobilization, and exercises that were specific to the skills needed for a ballet dancer, she has helped get me back into performance shape. The approach of the therapists at BodyGears is much more so holistic and comprehensive than at any other physical therapy clinic I’ve ever been to. Every one of the therapists I’ve worked with here has an incredible depth of knowledge and an extremely high skill level. I’m so thrilled to have Kathleen’s expertise and guidance as I move forward in my professional dance career. Thank you, BodyGears!” -Elizabeth
“I came to Body Gears after years of debilitating pain and treatment with many other physical therapy providers. What caught my attention on the Body Gears website were the words “functional” and a phrase about thinking outside the norms. And, that they even show you basics like sleep positions.
I came to Body Gears with prayers that this place would finally be the one to put me on a path forward leading to a functional life, again.
I have found a methodology and people that incorporate the full person and not just spots on my body. We work on every aspect of learning how to breathe properly, again, to learning how to walk and move àgain. And my body is finally re-learning how to sit, walk, stand, bend, etc. I finally am finding the confidence to move more and move normally. My therapist, Bob, has made me believe that my quality of life has nowhere to go but back to true normal and functional. And, that daily debilitating pain will no longer be the 24/7 “normal.” Thank you for answering my prayers, Bob!” -Sylvia
“I have had pain for 6 months and have tried a variety of treatments from massage to chiro to other professional physical therapy. After seeing Dr. Kane Thompson once, he had ideas of what needed to be treated. Each time I see him I am closer to full recovery. Kane is extremely talented in listening and trying different approaches to see what works. He has made a huge impact my physical well being and I can not say enough about working with him as a professional.” -Lisa
“Was experiencing hip pain and stiffness in my back and hips that were starting to affect my everyday activities. Spent several months seeing Bob and Lindsey. Lindsey worked with me to strengthen my pelvic floor muscles and Bob addressed my hip and back issues. After my second visit with Bob, I was starting to feel better. I have seen Bob before for other issues, and he has always been able to help me. He is by far the best physical therapist I have ever seen. He listens, addresses my issues, and always makes me feel better! His knowledge of how the body works is amazing. Both therapists were very professional and determined to help me. Most of the times I was here for therapy Bo helped me with my exercises. He did an amazing job keeping multiple patients on track with their exercises. He was very patient and professional as well. I have had a very positive experience at Body Gears and would highly recommend them.”
“Pregnant with my second child, I’d been experiencing severe back and hip pain for a couple of months, and it was affecting everything I did: walking, sitting, standing, going up and down stairs, lying down to sleep. It was the kind of pain where when you’re in the middle of it, it’s hard to imagine ever not being in pain again. Within a couple of months of working with Elizabeth, I walked out of Body Gears virtually pain-free. From our first evaluation, Elizabeth looked and listened intently and was able to identify, at each session, all the places I was loose, tight, weak, or out of alignment. Her hands-on work was precise and astonishingly effective—I’d walk into an appointment limping and leave with barely a hitch in my step—and the exercises she gave me to do during our appointments and at home were equally successful. She and the whole Body Gears team were sensitive to the needs of my changing body and communicated clearly and enthusiastically. (Also: They’re a delight.) I’m so grateful to them for getting my body back on track, and am feeling more prepared for labor and childbirth than I ever would have without them.” -Jen
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