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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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Today is a mix of happy and sad feelings as we say goodbye to Sarah with her move to Indianapolis! It was a pleasure working with and learning from her as she is a amazing person and physical therapist! She will definitely be missed! Good luck and see you soon Sarah! #bodygearsfamily #goodbyefornow #seeyousoon #wewillmissyou

At Body Gears we work closely with Doulas and are very grateful for their knowledge, experience, and help with our patients. We wanted to give a shout out to all the wonderful and hardworking Doulas out there for World Doula Week! Check out the World Doula Week Facebook page and learn more about the great benefits of Doulas! #worlddoulaweek #doulas #baby #babies #mom #mothers #doulasbenefiteveryone

#TestimonyTuesday Body Gears is by far the best place for PT in the city. I have previously been to several other places and I find the therapists and exercise techs at Body Gears much better at detecting the source(s) of my biomechanical problem and the proper technique for my exercises. I am convinced that some of the exercises I was previously given actually worsened my knee problem. Since going to Body Gears the last 5 months, I have significantly improved the strength of my core, hamstrings, and glutes allowing me to function better in daily life. I still have a long way to go, but I can walk more and take stairs more frequently and have far less pain. Both Tolga and Kathleen spend lots of time with patients and thoroughly investigate the many potential sources of the physical problem. They've changed my life. The techs are also amazingly well-trained; they can make minor adjustments to form and have a huge impact on the effectiveness of my exercise. Definitely worth trying before going anywhere else. #exercise #kneepain #strength #corestregnth #hamstrings #glutes #dailylife #functional #lesspain #lifechanging #bodygears #physicaltherapy #physicaltherapist #PT #DPT #ChoosePT #PTtransforms #transformationtuesday

#FamilyFridays One of our Oak Park Administrators and her beautiful baby girl Clarissa! We are excited to have Annette back at the clinic and so happy for her and her family!! #family #momanddaughter #mom #daughter #baby #babies #babygirl #3monthsold #workfamily #bodygearsfamily

Thank you Live Grit for having us! Dr. Erica Burhop, PT, DPT spoke at the LiveGrit "Health Before Performance" series on the topic of Male and Female pelvic floor and how it relates to cycling. Questions she answered were: What is the pelvic floor? What is the "core"? How does the pelvic floor contribute to athletic performance and core stability? Can a healthy pelvic floor help prevent injury and pain? How does all of this relate to cycling? #health #performance #pelvicfloor #cycling #triathlons

Collaboration is key! Our physical therapists went to FFC West Loop to further educate their coaches on the importance of connecting the core and pelvic floor together. Thank you to all the coaches that joined and we look forward to more of these collaborations! #FFC #personaltrainers #BodyGears #physicaltherapy

Physical Therapists and Fitness Professionals Teaming Up for Great Results!!! In order to get the best results for our patients, it's important to team up with great fitness professionals that can support their lasting changes! Team work and collaboration is what it's all about! This benefits our patients to allow them to stay active in the gym or with their fitness instructors so they can reach their fitness goals, too. #goals #teamwork #fitness #physicaltherapy #bodygears #results

What is the pelvic floor? What is the "core"? Come join as at Live Grit and learn the answer to this question and many more! We look forward to seeing everyone!!

The Health and Wellness Series!

Looking to boost your performance and help prevent injury? Dr. Erica Burhop, PT, DPT from Body Gears Physical Therapy will be coming to Live Grit on March 15th to speak about the connections between your cycling performance and the pelvic floor. The talk will cover: - What is the pelvic floor? What is the "core"? - How does the pelvic floor contribute to athletic performance and core stability? - Can a healthy pelvic floor help prevent injury and pain? - How does all of this relate to cycling?

March 15, 2017 - March 16, 2017