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19 Apr 2019

Get ready for gardening!

Get ready for gardening!

With spring around the corner, many people are beginning to think of planting their gardens. Between lifting heavy bags and spending prolonged periods of time in awkward positions, gardening actually puts tremendous stress on the human body.  So Brill Physical Therapy is here to offer some pointers!

  • Gardening should be treated like exercise. ... [ Read More ]

17 Apr 2019

What Does Your Low Back Pain Mean?

It is estimated that up to 84 percent of adults have low back pain at some time in their lives [1,2]. For many individuals, episodes of back pain are self-limited. Patients who continue to have back pain beyond the acute period (four weeks) have subacute back pain (lasting between 4 and 12 weeks) and may go on to develop chronic back pain (persists for ≥12 weeks... [ Read More ]

15 Feb 2019

The Core Program for Musicians

When people think of physically demanding jobs, they most commonly think of industries like construction, plumbing, or electrical.  However, professional musicians must endure tremendous amounts of physical strength in order to hone their craft. 

In particular, pianists and string musicians are susceptible to a wide variety of tendinitis, nervous, and postural disorders due to... [ Read More ]

29 Jan 2019

Rock Climbing Injury Prevention

Indoor rock climbing- perfect way to get a great body and brain workout, all while staying warm inside! With the increase of climbing gyms, we’ve seen an increase in climbers and wanted to cover ways to prevent injury!


We recently worked with Steep Rock Bouldering (https://www.srbnyc.com) to pre... [ Read More ]

26 Dec 2018

Infant positioning and physical therapy

Infant positioning and physical therapy


As new parents, we quickly figure out that our babies don’t come equipped with owner manuals.  So when we hear about the importance of tummy time for newborns and young infants, it can be overwhelming to understand what this actually entails.


The problems with infant positio... [ Read More ]

14 Nov 2018

Diastasis Recti: how do you know if you have it and what can you do about it?

Diastasis recti or abdominal separation occurs commonly amongst two-thirds of pregnant women and can also occur in men.


During pregnancy, your muscles and connective tissues expand due to an influx of estrogen and relaxin hormones. As the baby grows and your abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate the growth, some separation in the rectus abdominis (“six-pack&rdquo... [ Read More ]

12 Jun 2018

Everything you need to know about Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) aka Runner’s Knee

Patellofemoral pain syndrome or “runner’s knee” translates to kneecap pain.  It’s the most common overuse injury among runners, but it’s important to highlight that it can occur in athletes from nearly every sport and even in non-athletes who stress the knee in their daily activities as well.

The patella (kneecap) is a sesamoid bone located within the ... [ Read More ]

01 Jun 2018

The inflammatory process and how to use it to our benefit

Dealing with the inflammatory process, and using it to our benefit at Brill Physical Therapy


What is inflammation?

Inflammation in the most general form is actually the first stage of the body’s natural healing process. When injury occurs, the body releases chemicals that cause swelling to protect the area, and inflammation that brings cells to prom... [ Read More ]

16 May 2018

Run without injuries

The increased awareness of aerobic exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle has made running more popular than ever. It is an excellent form of exercise, recreation, and also a great community builder for people of all age groups, interests, ... [ Read More ]

08 Mar 2018

Protect Your Back When Shoveling

As another blizzard just hit New York, Brill Physical Therapy collected some useful tips to keep your back safe, while clearing the sidewalk, or your driveway.

First and foremost warm up is important, especially for muscles of your low back and hamstrings before going outside to shovel snow. The reason is that cold muscles are more prone to injury. One option is to start by placing a ho... [ Read More ]

13 Feb 2018

Enhance your ski performance while avoiding injuries with The Core Program

Skiing is a very popular recreational winter activity.  Participation is quickly growing, and with that, ski-related injuries are also increasing.  Skiing requires sustained contractions of large muscle groups, which can quickly fatigue.  That's why it's important to properly condition yourself before you head out on the slopes.  The main muscle groups to focus on are: Read More ]

08 Feb 2018

Congenital Muscular Torticollis

What is it?

Congenital Muscular Torticollis (CMT) is a term used for a situation in which an infant has a tightening in their neck muscles, primarily on one side. This will cause them to often have their head rotated and tilted to one side, and is most easily seen when your baby is lying in their crib or in their stroller.

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31 Jan 2018

Brill Physical Therapy Treats Pelvic Floor

Although it is hidden from view, your pelvic floor muscles can be consciously controlled and therefore trained, much like your arm, leg or abdominal muscles. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles will help to improve bladder and bowel control, and reduce the likelihood of accidentally leaking from your bladder or bowel. Brill Physical Therapy adds pelvic floor training with all our core stren... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

What Does A Hip Replacement Cost You?

As of July 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 332,000 hip replacements are performed each year.  Therefore, Brill Physical Therapy thought this NY Times article comparing costs of hip surgery may be of interest to many of you.

Check out this great article published in the New York Times on August 4th 2013.  Can you believe ... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Common Knee Surgery Does Very Little for Some, Study Suggests per NY Times December 25, 2013

Physical therapy is becoming more and more recognized nowadays.

Physical therapy can mobilize the knee for better alignment which often allows the meniscus to heal.

On The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz talked about how he was unable to tolerate standing while performing surgery  because of his severe knee pain.  Ten days prior to his scheduled knee surgery for his meniscal tear,... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Brill Physical Therapy Self-Test

Check Your Balance

Balance is very important in everything you do. This self-test will help reveal the power and strength of the muscles in your lower extremities. Here is a quick test to see how good your balance is.

1)    Place a piece of paper on the floor as your mark.

2)    Stand on one foot and jump up and down 10 time... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Tips For Ski Season!

With ski season well under way, and the increased popularity of skiing drawing more and more skiers to the slopes, here is what you need to know to help decrease your risk of injury.

  1. Novice skiers are 33% more likely to be injured compared to intermediate or expert skiers; therefore taking a lesson is advised.
  1. Keep yourself conditioned during the off season... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Having Back Pain? Get Instant Relief

Check out this great article about back problems.


Everybody either has or will have back pain in their lifetime.

Peggy Brill has had recurring back pain since the age of 13 and ... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Instant Relief: Tension Headaches

According to WebMD, “Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults. They are commonly referred to as stress headaches.”

Here are some of the causes of tension headaches.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2563733... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Brill Physical Therapy Treats Pregnant Women with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Why am I having tingling and numbness in my hands during pregnancy?

These sensations are most likely caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Although you probably associate this condition with people whose jobs require repetitive hand movements (such as data processors, computer programmers, and assembly-line workers), it’s also more prevalent in pregnant women.

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09 Nov 2017

Take Care of Your Heart

“My Mother died of a heart attack at 64 years old. She had her workout clothes lying on her made-bed 50 feet away when she dropped dead brushing her teeth. And it can happen so suddenly. I treat EVERY muscle in the body except the most important – YOUR HEART so please tend to it lovingly! And know the signs and symptoms since women often experience heart attacks slightly different t... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Life In Balance

Life in Balance with Donnie Desanti

Donnie Desanti is a certified health coach. Over the years he has helped many people identify their concerns with their eating habits and helped them create diet plans to suit their schedule, budget, and personality. Donnie helps clients set and achieve their dietary goals.

“First, when I was diagnosed with ADHD at the early ... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

New Moms get well at Brill Physical Therapy!

Did you know that physical therapy can help out post-partum mothers?

What is pelvic rehab?

Pelvic rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy that can be very helpful for postpartum moms. Pregnancy and childbirth can damage the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue, causing all kinds of inconvenient and uncomfortable symptoms for women after they give birth.

Th... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Relief from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- Finally! The Perrin Technique arrives at Brill PT

World-renowned lecturer and researcher from Manchester, England, Dr. Raymond Perrin taught his Perrin Technique again at Brill Physical Therapy. Dr. Perrin has spent years breaking ground for patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Dr. Perrin passionately and kind-heartedly offers a cure for this daunting condition.

At Brill Physical Therapy, both Shelly Genova an... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

What Can Physical Therapy Do For Spinal Cord Injuries?

This article in the Wall Street Journal exhibits the power of physical therapy and the positive, life-changing, effect it can have on someone’s life.

A new study shows that people paralyzed by spinal cord injuries can regain some voluntary movement in their legs with a combination of electrical stimulation and intensive physical therapy.

Read this extraordinary story in th... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Life in Balance with Donnie Desanti at Brill Physical Therapy

“Scientific research shows that with simple diet and lifestyle changes, we could prevent many chronic health conditions.  A health coach is a supportive mentor to help you make those long term sustainable changes you may be contemplating but struggle to make happen on your own.”


Get a taste of what it’s like to have a health coach... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Proud Mommy Moment

Please see my lovely oldest Daughter in New York Magazine’s feature of “Street Style: UT Austin”

Madison/Maddie is a Junior at Austin University Texas and is an avid Photographer.  She has just sold her first piece! Congratulations Madison

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09 Nov 2017

Please join Brill Physical Therapy in our fight against Rare Cancers

JOIN THE BATTLE Fight rare cancers with us!

Brill Physical Therapy is asking you to join us in our support of our dear friend, colleague and personal trainer Stephen Smith. If any of you know Steve you know he lost his long time partner Fran Guiffre in February 2014 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

In Memory of Fran, Steve has joined Team WillpowerNYC and will be riding ... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Curious about shoulder pain and impingement?

Read this article written by Brill’s own Sarah Sittenreich

Why am I having shoulder pain when I reach above my head?

It may be a condition known as shoulder impingement. The shoulder joint is formed where the humerus meets the shoulder blade (the “ball” meeting the “socket”). There is a space where this connection is made, allowing ... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Alert! Stop sitting; it may just lengthen your life.

Sit Less, Live Longer?

We at Brill would like to reach out to all of our patients (especially those of you who sit and work at a desk for a living, which is… all of you?) to let you know about a very enlightening article that was printed in the New York Times on September 17 (by Gretchen Reynolds). It tells of a Swedish medical study that l... [ Read More ]

09 Nov 2017

Brill PT Helps Parkinson’s Patients

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic and progressive neurologic disorder, however, research has shown that early intervention with physical therapy can be helpful in slowing the progression of symptoms. While the exact cause is unknown, scientists believe that certain genetic and environmental factors lead to the damage of the dopami... [ Read More ]