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"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

“The service that I received at Body Gears while treating my back pain was excellent. Thank you, Body Gears for all the hard work that you do.”-BG patient ‪#‎bodygears‬ ‪#‎testimonytuesday‬ ‪#‎naturalenergy‬

“Thank you for the comfortable atmosphere and EXCELLENT treatment. The staff at Body Gears is professional and knowledgeable. Keep up the good work, guys!”-BG patient ‪#‎bodygears‬ ‪#‎testimonytuesday‬‪#‎naturalenergy‬

“I visited Body Gears because I was experiencing extreme lower back pain. They were professional, organized and friendly. I am now pain free! I highly recommend Body Gears.” -BG patient ‪#‎bodygears‬ ‪#‎testimonytuesday‬‪#‎naturalenergy‬

“Body Gears exemplifies how physical therapy should be practiced. They are kind and incredibly knowledgeable. They combined massage, external manipulation and exercises to ease pelvic floor pain after childbirth.”-BG patient ‪#‎bodygears‬ ‪#‎testimonytuesday‬ ‪#‎naturalenergy‬

“Body Gears does a fantastic job at identifying problems and finding solutions to make everything better. I highly recommend their services, especially if you’re older and have had persistent pain with no relief.”-BG Patient ‪#‎bodygears‬ ‪#‎testimonytuesday‬ ‪#‎naturalenergy‬

“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!”-BG Patient ‪#‎bodygears‬‪#‎testimonytuesday‬ ‪#‎dancers‬

“These guys are awesome. The physical therapists are nothing but knowledgeable and personable. The rest of the office staff was friendly, easy to talk to and always there to help. I came in on crutches barely able to sit up on my own from a back injury and I walked out of there 3 months later being able to go to the gym. I liked the philosophy they had of not treating patients but tuning athletes. I would recommend this place to anyone young or old, an athlete looking to improve your performance or anyone with a sore anything!”-BG Patient ‪#‎bodygears‬ ‪#‎testimonytuesday‬‪#‎physicaltherapy‬ ‪#‎backpain‬ ‪#‎athlete‬ ‪#‎performance‬

“Best PT treatment I have ever received! The physical therapists are incredibly knowledgeable and masterful at what they do. They get right to the source of whatever is causing discomfort and treat the whole body, rather than an isolated area. I will continue to see them every time I am in Chicago and highly recommend their services to highly trained athletes and to those recovering from injury – and to everyone else in between.”-BG Patient ‪#‎bodygears‬ ‪#‎testimonytuesday‬ ‪#‎physicaltherapy‬ ‪#‎painfree‬‪#‎recovery‬

“Body Gears is the most effective, knowledgeable and professional physical therapy practice. They deliver solid one-on-one attention without the distraction of juggling multiple patients. I was impressed with the physical therapists and their breadth of knowledge. In addition, you can tell they all truly care and have a bedside manner that helps you get through tough times. They work not only on the source of the pain/problem, but they also address all related areas for whole body healing. The therapists are very motivating; they have great energy and focus. They will change your life.”-BG Patient ‪#‎bodygears‬ ‪#‎testimonytuesday‬ ‪#‎healing‬ ‪#‎painfree‬ ‪#‎service‬

“It’s incredible how much better I feel.” - Jude Nosek

Eight years ago, a bicycle accident sidelined Nosek, leaving him in pain and with a limited range of motion. He went head-on into a tree at about 15 miles an hour. Though he had a helmet on, he had very serious injuries and considers himself lucky to still be alive.

Nosek wound up with two compression-fractured vertebrae in his neck, a severe concussion, and a herniated disk which swelled up and was impinging one of the nerves running down his left arm, causing it to become immobile for three or four months.

About a year later, Jude had regained about 70 percent of his normal ability and body function, but had continual headaches, neck pain, and pain in his left arm. He was fairly fit prior to the accident, competing in several triathlons, running frequently and biking 70 to 80 miles a week.

Over the course of the next seven years he tried to find some pain relief from the continual neck stiffness. He couldn’t turn his head from left to right, at least not quickly, so crossing the street, riding a bicycle, or driving a car it was very difficult to scan from left to right quickly.

“If I ever had my head turned to the side and swallowed, I would get these shooting pains down both sides of my neck,” said Nosek. “I still, until very recently, was getting that.”

He was treated for the disk herniation, which was the initial big problem, with steroid injections to reduce the swelling of the disk, his head was immobilized for a period of time, and he had a sling for his arm – all during the first four months, which he can’t really recall due to the concussion.

Nosek’s wife is a pediatric physical therapist, though she didn’t work on him. He went to a sports facility for rehab, which helped him regain his arm function, but they were not able to help him with the headaches and the stiffness and the soreness in his neck, which was constant; nobody was able to help him with his neck and the turning and swallowing at all.

“I tried physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, probably three different physical therapists, three different chiropractors, four different massage therapists, and some of them I would have these little breakthroughs, but it would go from 70 percent well to maybe 75 percent well. I really couldn’t get to where I could turn my head well and swallow or without soreness and stiffness in my neck.”

Body Gears had a clinic in Oak Park, and his wife, who recently had surgery on her elbow had been having treatment at Body Gears and suggested he make an appointment (one of the PTs at his wife’s clinic recommended Body Gears to her).

He’s been going for four or five months now, twice a week for the first two months and then once a week. He sees Dr. Garrett Petry, PT, DPT, on a regular basis and Body Gears President April Oury, PT MS, IOC, CFMT, FAAOMPT has treated him on several occasions as well, in conjunction with Petry.

“People have various traumas just living daily life,” said Petry. “It may be anything ranging from bonking your head on a shelf, to slipping and falling on ice or running into a tree with a bike – Jude’s most recent injury. These traumas may cause soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and fascia) and joints to become either too loose or too tight, affecting body movement in a manner that must be corrected.”

Petry utilized Body Gears treatment approach of Functional Manual Therapy™ to do things like correlate soft tissue and joint restrictions from areas that might seemingly be unrelated, such as the sternum/ribs and fascia of the cranium with the way his neck was moving.

“They are scientifically, systematically peeling the onion of my problem,” said Nosek. “Between the head and brain and the rest of the body is the neck and I had all kinds of problems because of this accident and another accident, and there are just so many different levels of muscle and tissue and spinal issues. Garrett has literally gone through segment by segment on my neck, muscle group by muscle group, it felt like resetting them in a way.”

Petry looked at all of the different ways Nosek’s vertebrae should be able to move (front to back, side to side, and up and down) and followed a Functional Manual Therapy™ principle of exposing the areas that had never been treated by other practitioners, allowing for some of their greatest gains.

“I couldn’t have gotten to where I am without all of the help I received, but it is this technique way beyond any other technique that I’ve been through that has produced results that have been way beyond what I expected,” said Nosek.

They gave him simple exercises to do at home that were neither strenuous nor painful, working on his core persistently and consistently, using different muscle groups that he hadn’t been using because he was protecting or guarding them from the pain associated with those movements.

“There is nothing wrong with the muscles but you’re afraid to use them and just haven’t used them correctly in so long,” said Nosek, “so they are re-teaching my body how to work effectively again.”

“Traditionally, most manual physical therapy is performed in a relaxed position while lying on a table, which is great to start, but the patient’s problems are not always exposed while lying down,” said Petry. “We move. This approach looks at the immensely complex, interdependent system, which is our body, and puts the pieces together in ways that cannot be done lying down.”

Petry added that Body Gears pushes its therapists’ personal and professional understanding and experience, allowing for the development of some of the highest quality manual physical therapists with a unique skill set, able to fit the variety of people who come to them for help.

Today there is very little Nosek can’t do and he doesn’t wake up with the

“It’s incredible how much better I feel.” After a serious bicycle accident Jude Nosek’s injuries left him in constant pain, with restricted motion in his neck. After seven years spent exploring all manner of therapies, Nosek found Body Gears. “This technique way beyond any other technique that I’ve been through that has produced results that have been way beyond what I expected.”  ‪#‎bodygears‬‪#‎neck‬ ‪#‎testimonial‬ ‪#‎recovery‬ ‪#‎biking‬

“I've had to go to therapy for several reasons, but this was my best experience because of the customer service I received and the team’s determination to relieve my back pain. The physical therapists consulted with each other to make sure they covered all the bases. I would recommend Body Gears solely on their dedication to eradicating my pain! I almost love them more than my first born.”-Body Gears Patient‪#‎testimonytuesday‬ ‪#‎bodygears‬ ‪#‎customerservice‬ ‪#‎backpain‬ ‪#‎painfree‬‪#‎dedication‬

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We are at the Revitalize Expo and Conference in St. Charles, IL today. It's a great time collaborating with others it the PT profession about what is needed to thrive and succeed in the industry! #iptarevitalize #ipta #stability #ability #agility #vitality #mobility #bodygears #bodygearspt @QCenter

The Body Gears team had a blast today at the 5th annual Wheaton Fun Run In Color! It has been a beautiful day and a ton of fun joining the community for this great event! #funrun #colorrun #funrunincolor #wheaton #bodygears @WheatonParkDistrict

Chances are you have had a cast from a broken bone at one point in your life. Having kids sign it and picking the color you would wear helped ease the challenge of showering with a giant cast. Typically, a bone fracture needs anywhere between one to three months to heal in a cast before taken out based on Doctor’s recommendation, age, and severity of the injury. Not moving a leg or an arm that long will bring some weakness but how much? A comprehensive study looked at 48 active college men and women in 2000 and figured out that question. They found that after just three weeks of one leg immobilization, an average of 47% of strength was reduced! Then, the researchers took off the cast and let the subjects go about their normal routine for two weeks. Strength improved but not to the original pre-cast amount. Once mixed strength training was added the subjects improved strength on average of 46% after twelve weeks! Body Gears' skilled clinicians can get you back to where you want and should be after a broken bone. #bones #cast #injury #strength #brokenbones #weakness #muscleweakness #musclestrength #pain #movementexperts #thepowerofPT #strengthtraining #healing #injury #improvments #PT #DPT #physicaltherapy #physicaltherapist #BodyGears #investinyourself

Lets help reach the goal of 30,000 diapers! Doulas of Chicago, Chicagoland Doulas, and Chicago Birth & Baby are partnering in an effort to triple the results! All 6 of our Illinois Body Gears locations are accepting donations to help gather as many diapers as possible! Click the link for more information about No Child Wet Behind Chicago! To Register follow the link below: Let's help this great cause reach the goal! See everyone there!

Patellofemoral syndrome. Is it just the knee or do we need to look somewhere else? Patellofemoral syndrome is a very common problem in young athletes and older adults. Patellofemoral syndrome causes pain sometimes described as a dull ache in the front part of your knee. This pain is experienced with activities like squatting, jumping, or using the stairs. While traditional treatment has focused on the areas in and around the knee, there is evidence to support looking at more than just the knee when dealing with patellofemoral pain. Traditional treatments include addressing poor alignment of the patella as it slides along the end of the femur when the knee bends and straightens. It also focuses on strengthening of the quadriceps muscles that work to straighten your knee. While these treatments may have some effectiveness there may be other factors contributing to your knee pain. A 2014 randomized controlled trial, by De Marche Baldon et al, showed that patients who received treatment for hip muscle strengthening, along with lower leg and trunk movement control exercises showed more improvement than the traditional training group in measures such as pain, function and muscle strength. This show that not only the knee is important, but also your entire leg, hip, and trunk! Physical therapists at Body Gears are skilled in evaluating all aspects contributing to your knee pain. We look at the way you walk, sit, stand, and move throughout your day. We find exactly what is causing your pain and find the best solution for your life. #knee #kneepain #patellofemoralpain #quads #quadriceps #legmuslces #muscles #hip #move #movement #hipmovement #training #athletes #athletics #treatment #squat #squats #jumping #musclestrength #strengthening #sit #stand #musclestrength #PT #DPT #physicaltherapy #physicaltherapist #bodygears #investinyourself

Whiplash, clinically referred to as Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD), is the most common injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2014 there was 296,049 car crashes in just Illinois. Apart from the obvious muscular and skeletal stresses, a car crash has on one’s neck and head, there is a very real psychological component and recovery times are often prolonged. In fact, one study found that up to 50% of people who experience a WAD will never fully recover. Physical therapy at Body Gears is more than restoring range of motion and increasing strength. Our experienced clinicians take into account the psychological component of a WAD including stress and pain catastrophizing. We look at you as a whole person and not the injury you walked in with. This multiple treatment approach has proved to be an effective form of treatment for both recent and persistent neck pain resulting from WAD. #BodyGears #PhysicalTherapy #whiplash #WAD #movement #injury #injuries #stress #caraccident #neckpain #headache #physhological #recovery #wholebody #wholeperson #effectivetreatment #MVA #PT #DPT #movementexperts #physicaltherapy #physicaltherapist #bodygears #investinyourself

For Real Women by Real Women! Body Gears is excited to work with TASH Fitness on April 30th for their Women's Health, Wellness, and Fitness Expo. Meg Simonetti, PT, DPT, MSHA and Kate McKechnie, PT, DPT, CFMT, from our Winnetka Clinic, will be presenting to community members about how the pelvic floor relates to our joint health and exercise potential. We are so excited to work with Tash Fitness and engage with our community! See everyone there!

Does Physical Therapy Help Scoliosis? Scoliosis is an abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine that can cause serious pain and dysfunction in patients of all ages. This curvature can rotate ribs and twist the spine causing pressure on multiple vital organs, like the kidneys and lungs, severely affecting your life. Traditionally, treatment of scoliosis has used bracing and very little exercises to improve function. The Schroth Method is a series of exercises customized to a patient's unique scoliotic curve that has proved to be successful. According to one study (referenced at the bottom of the post), adding Scroth exercises in conjunction with traditional management of scoliosis resulted in a larger decrease in abnormal spinal curve compared to patients who were only given traditional treatment. Why is this important? Our very own Ankit Patel, MS, PT, SCHROTH at the Winnetka and Downtown clinics is certified in the Scroth method! If you, or anyone you know, has scoliosis come into BodyGears and start feeling better! Reference: #BodyGears #SCHROTH #spine #movement #scoliosis #treatment #ribs #lungs #posture #PT #DPT #movementexperts #physicaltherapy #physicaltherapist #investinyourself