Myofascial decompression or “cupping” has been becoming more and more popular in western medicine, particularly after the summer Olympics in 2016 where several athletes had visible cupping marks during their events. Cupping has its roots in Eastern medicine starting around 3000 B.C. Traditionally it was used for a variety of ailments including gastrointestinal issues, pain, respiratory problems, and gynaecological disorders. In Eastern traditions, cupping was utilized to improve the flow of Qi, or energy in the body. This concept was often practiced as “wet cupping” where the skin would be lacerated before application of the vacuum to allow blood with stagnant Qi to be released. Today, myofascial decompression it typically utilized as “dry cupping” where skin is left intact and no active bleeding is created.
Osteoarthritis is known as the degeneration of articular cartilage within a specific joint. In the runner’s world, the most common type of arthritis is of the knee due to the high amount of impact that running puts on the knee joint. Although osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative condition, there are many ways to preserve the cartilage you currently have while managing pain.Read more
With baseball season in “full swing” it is always a great time to remind coaches, athletes and parents that overuse injuries from this sport can be prevalent if prevention tactics are not addressed early in the season. One of the most devastating injuries to a young baseball player can be the Tommy John surgery. Tommy John surgery is a reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the elbow. A tendon from elsewhere in the body is used to repair a torn or ruptured UCL. It was first performed by Dr. Frank Jobe in 1974 on Tommy John, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. New York Mets’ own Matt Harvey experienced this injury and fought back hard to be named the National League Comeback Player of the Year, proving that there is life after Tommy John surgery (TJS). Though TJS is not necessarily a procedure an athlete wants to endure. (more…)Read more
Some of the most common injuries Fusion sees at the start of spring are due to the aggressive acceleration of training. We’re seeing a huge increase of hamstring, plantaris and hip flexor injuries this early spring season!
For our New York City-based clients, approaching a training discipline with ease seems counter to their work-hard, play-hard attitudes. But easing into training is an important part of prevention, and it offers insurance that athletes won’t be sidelined for weeks. (more…)Read more
Dr. Carolyn Mazur, founder of Fusion Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, discusses why having the right mindset and resiliency is important to performance and recovering from an injury. Fusion’s cutting-edge training and physical therapy techniques, combined with its supportive and team-focused approach, has helped build its reputation as the “go-to” sports performance and physical therapy place in New York City.
Over the last 20 years, I’ve seen clients who maintain a positive attitude often heal more quickly and reach their performance goals. There’s a growing body of scientific research to support the belief that fostering a positive mindset has its benefits, including enhancing performance and (more…)Read more
“I was in such good shape” or “If I got hurt, someone was always there to help me” or “I have no mojo to work out now that I’m not on a team.”
These are just some of the quotes we hear while rehabbing our athletes. Many were highly competitive college athletes (more…)Read more
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Chelsea Piers’ Partner in Form, Function and Recovery
By Rachel Zabonick | January 12, 2016
The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers has found a new partner in form, function and recovery. In November 2015, the 150,000-square-foot health club opened Fusion Physical Therapy & Sports Performance. The studio provides rehabilitation and relief to athletes experiencing a variety of ailments and injuries. (more…)Read more
Wait a minute.
That advice doesn’t sound in sync with your Jan 1 fitness game plan, now, does it?
Last year, losing weight and getting fit/healthy were in the Top 5 of New Year’s resolutions made by all Americans.* But unfortunately, a desire to see results yesterday often results in a prescription for physical therapy. (more…)Read more
Over the next 2-3 weeks, you will most likely drink more alcohol, consume more calories and exert less energy than you do all year.
You’re probably already protesting: “That’s not true! I drink a glass of water in between each spiked egg nog or pomegranite Cosmo!” or “I only ate 35 latkes and 10 chocolate covered Santas at that party last night“ or “I walked miles and miles Sunday trying to find The Perfect Something; that counts as aerobics, right?”
Trust us, it’s important for your body AND mind to keep a workout routine during this madcap season of impromptu get-togethers and planned feasts. (more…)Read more