Monday, July 3, 2017

Patient Spotlight: Lisa Koza

Patient Spotlight: Lisa Koza
AIDS LifeCycle | Ride to End AIDS Event

Lisa is a Revolutions in Fitness client and also a very active cyclist who recently participated in the AIDS/LifeCycle|Ride to End AIDS Event this past month. Read on as Lisa tells all about her success & experience at the ALC Ride and how Revolutions in Fitness assisted in her preparation!

1) Tell us about your experience with Revolutions in Fitness?
My experience with Revolutions in Fitness has been life changing. It has caused a shift in my thinking about physical therapy and the importance of having the right professionals focused on ensuring my body can achieve its optimal performance on and off my bike.  And, there were immediate results! When I showed up at Revolutions in Fitness in May I had been training for the Aids LifeCycle (ALC) ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles since February. The week before I came into Revolutions in Fitness I was doing a bike ride around Lake Tahoe which is 72 miles around and at mile 52 my left knee was not going to go any further. I was so worried because I was sure that I no longer had any chance to do the ALC ride that was only two weeks away. Needless to say, my experience with Revolutions in Fitness was nothing short of miraculous because not only did I participate in the ALC, I completed all 545 miles!

2)What do you feel that you got out of your Physical Therapy & Bike Fit experience with Revolutions in Fitness?
The most significant thing I got from working with the Revolutions in Fitness team is empowerment!  I suddenly had the knowledge and skills needed to shift my body into healing and optimal performance. I was amazed to see how seemingly small changes in my bike fit had profound effects on my body and I noticed immediate results when riding.

3) You recently just participated in the ALC Ride. Tell us a little bit about your success and experience? Did you feel your experience with Revolutions in Fitness helped you prepare for it? if so, how? 
Imagine you were an avid cyclist. Then you became a mom to two amazing boys Japhy Ryder (9) and Beckett (10) and you stopped riding your bike for 12 years. That was my story. Then imagine that you text a friend asking "Do you still ride your bike?"  and their reply "Yes, as a matter of fact the training rides for ALC start tomorrow morning at 9:00 am, you should do it!" I signed up for the ALC ride that evening which is 545 miles that takes 7 days to complete. The next morning I showed up for my first training ride 18.8 miles. The first week of June I completed my first ALC ride. I know that would not have been possible without Revolutions in Fitness. When I couldn't complete the bike ride around Lake Tahoe I was convinced I was not doing ALC. Working with Curtis was such a powerful experience physically and mentally. When he was checking the fit of my bike and small changes caused huge shifts in how I felt in the bike seat I was hopeful that working together I might be able to actually do the ALC ride. It was so important for me to be able to understand what my body had created it could fix. Learning techniques to keep my muscles strong and stretched was critical. And having the understanding and knowledge kept my mind from going into the negative space that I "couldn't do it". I want to share one of the most profound moments on the ride for me. It was Day One. I was still nervous that my knee would be in too much pain to ride every mile that day (82 miles). I could hear Curtis' voice telling me to listen to my body no matter what and get off the bike if I needed to be off the bike. I had even decided that the bus that would take me to camp that day was the "party bus" so I wouldn't be depressed about getting on the bus. At lunch time (40 miles) I was seriously worried and feeling my knee. I realized that there were Physical Therapists at the lunch stop!! I was immediately hopeful. I was able to apply the techniques and stretches that Revolutions in Fitness taught me. I used the foam rollers that were available and I met with one of the therapists. The therapist helped me with additional stretches and taped my knee. I was able to complete the day. What I realized that day was that I had been empowered and supported by physical therapy!! I knew my body was supported and would do what ever my mind decided. The foam roller became my best friend at lunch and in the evening at camp and enabled me to support my body to complete 545 miles of serious hills and long days in the seat. In case anyone is wondering, yes, I signed up to do the ride next year. I would love for you to join me!

4) As someone who lives a very active lifestyle, how important would you say it is to manage your aches and pains, injuries, and so on with the help of a PT clinic?
I would say it is crucial to manage your aches and pains and/or injuries with the help of a PT clinic. I would also say don't wait until you have aches and pains.  Be proactive. What I have learned through this experience is that a PT clinic can help you with a routine for proper recovery techniques after your activities, helping you avoid aches and pains. And, if you are a cyclist, please be sure to have Revolutions in Fitness do a bike fitting for you!

5) Would you recommend Revolutions in Fitness to others looking for PT or Bike Fit services?
I am so grateful for Revolutions in Fitness and the team that made it possible for me to complete the ALC. I am pretty sure there isn't a person that knows me that hasn't heard about my transformative experience with PT, the amazing team at Revolutions In Fitness and the importance of having your bike fit by the best professionals! I am pretty confident that many of my team mates will be visiting Revolutions in Fitness as they prepare for ALC 2018. So yes, I will continue to sing the praises for PT, proper bike fit and recommend Revolutions in Fitness to everyone!  

Want to hear other patient perspectives? Discover more amazing testimonials like Lisa's HERE!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Swimming Biomechanics - Staying Healthy & Going Faster Workshop

Video captured at SVTC meeting
 Jen and Curtis presented at the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club's last meeting. Here is the Power Point with Audio 
 presentation for you to review. 

Watch 4 exercises taught here
These are for mobility and strength.

Contact us at 650-260-4743 or to book an appointment.

Revolutions in fitness YouTube channel where you can find more sport specific exercises and videos

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Physio and Bike Fit 

That's right - a fit with the very best in the business could be just a few clicks away.

Fill out the entry form HERE to get started. From there you'll just need to share the giveaway with your friends (I know, I know. You want to hog this one, but trust us, everyone will love you for letting them know this awesome opportunity is up for grabs). Click the Facebook or Twitter logo at the bottom of this page to share, or simply click the share button under our Facebook post :)

Make sure to check out this short video to learn more about the Revolutions in Fitness team and how they can help YOU dial your fit and reach your full potential.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Physio Therapy isn't JUST for injuries anymore!
Modern cars are miracles of efficient engineering, integrating and balancing power, agility, and safety as they get us where we need to go. When they are running well, we take their functionality for granted - they are like extensions of ourselves, executing our desires about where to go and how fast. When they are not running well, we get unmistakable signals - the cloud of smoke out the tailpipe, that strange noise under the hood, loss of power. Ignoring the situation is going to lead to more trouble. Maybe the car just stops running altogether or perhaps we get rear-ended and the bumper is hanging off the back. The prudent thing to do at times like this is to take the car in to the mechanic and get it fixed.
Why else would you take your car to the mechanic? For routine, regular maintenance, of course, in order to minimize the risk of the more dramatic calamities mentioned above. Maybe a friendly warning light blinks on the dash, saying it's time to pay attention! Changing the oil, checking belts and tires, getting a wheel alignment, etc, all serve to keep the machine running smoothly. More efficiency equals less wear and tear, and more reliability down the road.
But maybe your taste in cars is more zoom-zoom than putt-putt. You have a performance machine, and you feel the need for speed. You are driven to get the most power, torque, or maneuverability that you can out of what you drive. Then you would want to consult a specialist for a racing tuneup, Whatever it takes to get to the finish line first, all in one piece... The bottom line is the most efficient machine wins, and survives to race again.
By this time, you've probably caught the metaphor. Our bodies are actually the miracle machines we drive around every day. And like a car, your body a) can break down, b) benefit from regular maintenance for optimal function and c) can be tuned up for enhanced performance. At Revolutions in Fitness, we can help in each situation.
When we're injured, something is broken, and we know it. There is pain. Every movement, every gesture can remind you that something isn't right, it hurts. And you may know the fear that comes with it, the fear that you may not find a way back to being whole again. If you're lucky, you know a good mechanic! Physiotherapists at RIF routinely help injured people understand their own path to healing - coordinating appropriate exercise, manual treatment, and lifestyle modifications into a plan to stimulate the best repair possible. We help you plot a course back to whatever functional goals you believe are possible.
But perhaps you're feeling good-ish? No current injuries, but you have some concerns. Perhaps some friendly warning signs have lit up, something feels off - or you know you're body is stressed and you've noticed signs of being less resilient. This may be the time to check yourself in to RIF for some maintenance, call it an Efficiency Checkup. RIF PTs are experts in assessing the state of your system in several ways. We check for  mechanical integrity - how well do your joints and tissues move, glide, slide, and absorb shock? We also assess your neuromuscular control ability - can you recruit and use the appropriate muscles with good strength and endurance for function? And finally, we look at Motor Control, or your overall technique or strategy for movement. In each area of assessment, we can help you celebrate what you do well - yay! - and identify and treat areas that may be lacking, thereby improving your functional efficiency and heading off potential problems.
And lastly, say you're feeling awesome, and you're taking on high-level athletic challenges. Using the same approach to functional movement described above, we can help you to tune up for maximum output, while minimizing risk of wear and tear, as you tear up the road (or the trail, or the course...).
We at Revolutions in Fitness believe that life is better when your body functions well. And proper functioning means moving efficiently. Whatever you are up to in life, whatever you use your body for, we can help you find a way to greater efficiency. Let us be your trusted neighborhood Body Mechanics!
Mark McMahon, DPT

Friday, March 25, 2016

Research Corner

The human body loves movement. We all have the innate capability to explore our bodies, strengthen, heal, and enjoy our livelihoods.
Dancing, as an adjunct to physical therapy, can help individuals with Parkinson’s improve in their gait, balance, and quality of life. In fact, Tango is shown to improve Parkinson’s motor signs, walking speed, and functional mobility. The "Dance for PD" program additionally improves sit-to-stand and endurance tests. “Differential Effects of Tango Versus Dance for PD in Parkinson Disease”
Mood, cognition, and quality life is also improved in folks with Parkinson’s who participate in dancing.
Jamie Wong, PT, DPT

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Research Corner - AB ALERT!!

So many people with back pain have been taught to artificially hold, grip, or tighten their abdominal muscles during exercise or daily movements, for the purpose of "stabilizing" the lumbar spine. New research shows why this approach not only doesn't work, but actually might reduce shock absorption, jeopardizing the spine and other joints like hips, knees and ankles:
Revolutions in Fitness physiotherapists, trained in the Functional Manual Therapy approach, train clients to achieve stability through appropriate movement strategies, not just by sheer strength. Core strength is important, but our approach to achieving a happy spine is to encourage an automatic, integrated, well-timed core response during functional movement patterns, so it becomes a way of life. Movement should be a joy, not a chore!

Mark McMahon, DPT, OMT, CFMT

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Running Injury Assessment

Every weekend, millions of Americans lace up their running shoes and hit the pavement. Running can be an excellent exercise. It has been shown to raise levels of good cholesterol, increase lung function, lower risk of stroke and fight depression, among many other health benefits. As with any physical activity, though, there is the chance for injury.

In this interactive guide, we explain the possible causes of 10 common running injuries and offer suggestions for how a physical therapist could treat them. Says Michael Conlon, PT, who specializes in working with athletes, "The treatment advice is generic in nature. For all of these injuries, athletes need at least thorough evaluation of hip and ankle joints and often extending up to the thoracic spine. The goal of PT evaluation is always to determine the root cause."