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Private + Semi-Private Sessions are available

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What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise method designed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. The exercises consist of low impact strength, flexibility and endurance movements performed in a sequence of continuous movement.

The exercises are based on 6 primary principles including: centering, control, concentration, Flow or efficiency of movement, breath, and precision.

When performed consistently Pilates promotes:
– Inner physical awareness
– Improved postural alignment
– Increased flexibility, core strength, stabilization, and stamina
– Enhances coordination, balance, and agility
– Facilitates diaphragmatic breathing

Meet Our Pilates Instructor, Dr. Jill

In addition to being a Physical Therapist for over 25 years, Jill Koshak-Johnson has been a classically trained Certified Power Pilates Instructor for over a decade.

She began her Power Pilates training in Chicago where she earned her Beginner Mat Certification and began practice and mentorship on the reformer. She continued her training in New York where she earned her Intermediate and Advanced Mat Certifications and continued her apparatus mentorship on the reformer, tower, and spine corrector.

In addition, she has continued to enhance her knowledge and skill set by taking advanced training in special cases including Power Pilates for orthopedic rehab, athletes, runners, seniors, and post-partum clients.

Jill is excited to offer Private Mat Pilates sessions at Breakthru Physical Therapy + Fitness. With her experience she can offer personalized, challenging training programs for first time beginners to seasoned athletes.


Pilates Pricing

Private Training 

Duration  Sessions Purchased  Cost 
30 min 1x / month $45.00
30 min  4x / month $170.00
30 min  8x / month $320.00
30 min  12x /month $460

“Duet” Series Semi-Private 

Duration  Sessions Purchased  Cost 
30 min 1x / month $40.00
30 min 4x / month $150
30 min 8x / month $280
30 min 12x /month $400

 

*** To ensure the health and safety of our clients and team members, “Duet” Semi-Private Training is specifically available to close friends and/or family members that are on an equivalent Pilates level.  

Exclusively offered at our Marlton location: 525 Route 73 S Suite 303

We Are Committed To Your Health and Wellness

Dear Breakthru Family,

We hope you and all you love continue to remain healthy and safe. The past few weeks have marked a period of unprecedented, challenging times for all of us, as we, as a community, deal with dramatic lifestyle adjustments and new ways to go about our daily activities.

As part of our ongoing efforts to communicate with our patients during this critical time period, we wanted to share several updates since our last correspondence.

Per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order on March 21st, Physical Therapy remains an “essential service” permitted to remain open to serve our patients in need. The American Physical Therapy Association has taken the position of knowing that Physical Therapists play a crucial role in the health of our society and keeping people healthy; and thus have a special responsibility to maintain a normal work schedule while adopting recommended CDC guidelines.

During this time, our focus is on maximizing the health and safety of our patients by providing care through a number of different options while also adopting CDC-guided, best practice screening methods, exposure protection, sanitation and social distancing standards throughout our facilities.

On-Site Facility Care: We have established a core group of providers made up of our team’s Partners and Facility Managers who will remain on-site at several of our facilities.

  • Currently, our Medford Taunton Forge and Voorhees facilities remain open
  • Our Marlton facility is set to re-open on May 18th.
  • We are preparing to open our Mt. Laurel facility at its new location (Jersey Wahoos-see below) in the coming weeks.
  • Our Medford Fitness facility remains closed at this time and will re-open based on government mandates pertaining to gyms and fitness centers.
  • We will be reaching out by phone in the coming weeks to all active patients currently on hold to notify them of our reopening.

Telehealth:

  • We are fully operational in offering and serving our patients with Telehealth visits.
  • Recently Medicare passed a final ruling ensuring that all Telehealth visits for Physical Therapy would be covered for Medicare Beneficiaries.
  • If on-site care is not an option for you or a loved one, please call us to learn about receiving Telehealth physical therapy from the comfort of your own home.

Home PT: We are assessing the needs and demand for Home-based Physical Therapy Services. please fill out the survey below to help us assess your needs!

Breakthru has adopted best practice standards outlined below to ensure the utmost safety for our patients and our team members:

Screening

  • We are screening for COVID-related symptoms as well as risks of exposure on a daily basis
  • All Breakthru team members are screened at the start of shift. Should we assess any risk, the employee will be sent home.
  • All patients are screened prior to each clinic visit. Should we assess any risk, the patient’s appointment will be rescheduled.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • All staff are wearing masks at all times during work shift
  • Therapists are adding additional protective equipment with any direct patient contact
  • All patients (and escorts) are required to wear a mask while in the facility
  • If a patient does not have a mask or face covering, we are proving one.

Sanitization

  • We are ensuring that all equipment and therapeutic areas are being disinfected after each use and between patients.
  • All high touch surfaces, common areas, entry and exit doors are being disinfected at least once every hour.
  • We have enhanced our employee’s hand washing policy.
  • We have enhanced the frequency of our professional cleaning services which perform full-facility cleaning during off-hours.
  • We are encouraging all patients to bring their own water, as all community water fountain use will be temporarily off-limits.

Social Distancing

  • We are utilizing all of our facilities so that each patient is being provided their own treatment area to ensure patients remain > 6 feet apart.
  • We are asking that only patients enter our facility and are prohibiting visitors except for patients who are minors, elderly, handicapped, or have necessary conditions that warrant assistance.
  • We are staggering all staff schedules and spreading out the scheduling of all patients to ensure patients remain > 6 feet apart throughout their session.

Thank you for your continued trust! We are here for you and taking all measures to ensure a safe environment during your treatment and upon your return!

We look forward to continuing to serve you and will share additional updates as we progress forward. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 856-396-2250 if we can be of further assistance.

-Team Breakthru

Fitness, with a Side of Dysfunction?

This time of year, many people are focused on fitness so it’s worth taking a look at what fitness really means. The dictionary defines fit as “sound physically and mentally, healthy.” Using that definition, many “fitness” routines fall short of the goal. If you don’t enjoy running and dread every workout, you’re probably falling short of the “sound mentally” portion. Exercise should be enjoyable, reduce stress, and leave you feeling better, not worse.

NO PAIN NO GAIN?
Exercise should also leave you feeling better physically. If you can run a good time in a 5k, but have aches and pains for days after, you’re not “sound physically.” If you are increasing your PR in the squat rack, but your joint pain is increasing right along with it, you’re not “sound physically” either. Sure, some muscle soreness and fatigue after a hard workout is normal. But if you’re having pain that doesn’t go away, sore joints, or trouble moving after exercise, you’re probably developing movement dysfunction along with your fitness.

MOVEMENT DYSFUNCTION
Go back to the dictionary and you’ll find that dysfunction is “impaired or abnormal functioning.” So movement dysfunction is impaired or abnormal movement. When someone has a movement problem like a sore joint, limited range of motion, or strength loss, the brain finds a way to get the body to do what it wants. That usually means moving in a way that is less than optimal. For a while, it works. But eventually it leads to injury. As a concrete example, think of someone who has trouble bending one knee doing squats. When one knee bends further than the other, it will cause one side of the pelvis to drop lower than the other. Now that the pelvis isn’t level, the spine bends towards the high side to stay balanced. When that one side of the pelvis drops lower than the other one, it also usually rotates. Now the spine has to bend to the side and twist to keep you upright. This works for a while, but as weight gets added to the squat, and the repetitions add up so does the risk for a back injury.

PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE
Pain during workouts, or pain and soreness that don’t go away after can be warning signs of a movement dysfunction. If you’re experiencing any of these, your physical therapist is a movement expert who can help. PTs are trained to analyze movement, and figure out the root cause of problems. They can then design a program to treat the cause and correct the abnormal pattern. There is no need to wait until you’re injured to see your physical therapist. In fact, it’s preferable not to. Getting minor problems fixed early means fewer visits to the PT, less pain, and not having your workouts put on hold by injury.

Start Your Year With an Annual Movement Screen

Your car needs regular maintenance, so you probably have a mechanic. Your eyes and teeth are important, so you see your optometrist and dentist regularly. You get an annual physical from your family physician. You might even be getting ready to see your accountant to get your yearly income tax done. What about your physical therapist? Do you and your family have one? If not, you should. Your body is a lot like your car. It’s got multiple systems, all of which are complex, and all of which have to be working well for it to function. Physical therapists are experts in maintaining, diagnosing, and treating the movement system. Like the braking or ignition system in a car, most people only think of the movement system when it’s not working the way it should.

DON’T NEGLECT YOUR MOVEMENT SYSTEM
Similar to the systems in your car, problems with your movement system are much easier to deal with if they’re caught and treated early. This prevents small issues from becoming larger ones. For example, if you have a little bit of weakness, and balance that’s not quite up to par, improving those early could prevent a sprained ankle, or a fall and a broken wrist.
An annual movement screen from your physical therapist can find small issues that you may not have noticed with your strength, balance, flexibility, or coordination. Many of these minor issues can be fixed with a few exercises at home, or with just a few visits.

WHAT TO EXPECT
A screen of your movement system is quick and easy. Your annual visit may include:

● A history of your injuries, as well as a health history
● Assessment of your strength, balance, flexibility, etc.
● A review of your movement goals (do you want to run a marathon? Get on and off the floor easily playing with your grandkids?)
● A review and update of your exercise program

Your Physical Therapist Can Help You Keep Your Resolution

As one year comes to a close and another begins, people begin to set goals and make
resolutions. Losing weight, getting to the gym more often or getting into “better shape” are all
common. These all require increasing your amount of physical activity. More activity is great for
your health, energy levels, sleep, and mood. However, ramping up your activity level too quickly
after a holiday season of eating, drinking and being merry can lead to pain, injury and
disappointment if your body isn’t ready for it.

Your physical therapist is an expert in human movement, and can help you safely reach your
fitness goals. People think of PTs as the person to see after an injury, but a visit before you
change your activity level could prevent injury in the first place. An evaluation by your PT will
include assessment of your strength, range of motion, and functional movement patterns – think
jumping, running, squatting, carrying. Some PTs even like to use a standardized assessment,
such as the Functional Movement Screen.

Most common injuries from new fitness routines are caused by underlying weakness, range of
motion deficits, or compensatory movement patterns. Your PT will find these during your
assessment. They can then prescribe exercises or movements to address the issues found and
get you safely moving into the new year!

The other common way people get injured working towards their resolution is with over-training,
or doing too much too soon. Physical therapists are also experts in exercise prescription and
program design. Your PT can help you create a routine specific to your needs and goals that will
progress appropriately and keep you out of trouble.

So stop only thinking of your PT after you’re injured. In this case, it’s true that an ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure. Seeing your physical therapist before you start on your
resolution can keep you on track, injury free, and help you reach your goals for the new year!

Physical Therapists Diagnose Movement “Illnesses”

For people who are sick, going to the doctor and getting a diagnosis is common sense. But who do you see for diagnosis if you’ve got a movement “illness”? If your knee hurts when you go hiking, you can’t get on and off the floor to play with your kids, or you can’t lift things to do your job, who do you see?

Physical therapists are experts in human movement with doctoral level training and should be your first stop for movement issues. After a comprehensive evaluation, a PT will give you a movement diagnosis. Like a medical diagnosis, your movement diagnosis will describe what’s causing your difficulty with movement. Some examples would be difficulty standing from a chair secondary to decreased force production, scapular down rotation syndrome, or lower crossed syndrome. 

Human movement is complex and influenced by many factors, including the pulmonary,nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, integumentary and musculoskeletal systems. Because of the complexity of the movement system, getting the diagnosis right can be difficult. Physical therapists have extensive training and expertise in human movement and should be your go-to practitioner for movement issues. Getting an accurate diagnosis is important because it sets the road map for treatment. 

Once your movement “illness” is correctly diagnosed, your physical therapist can design the correct treatment plan for your issues. Before you know it, you’ll be back to work or play and moving as well as if not better than before!

 

About The Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association Founded in 1956, the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association champions the success of physical therapist-owned businesses. Our members are leaders and innovators in the health care system. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 85,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy nationwide. For more information, please visit www.ppsapta.org.

National Wellness Month

August is National Wellness month! Wellness encompasses more than just nutrition and exercise. It’s about total well-being, including mental health and stress management, sufficient sleep, ergonomics and postural awareness, keeping up to date on doctor and dental appointments, an self-care. It involves not only personal well-being, but also relationships and interactions with others, including family, friendships, and coworkers. If even just one of these areas is lacking, it can leave you feeling unbalanced and discontent with your life.

But there are many things you can do to achieve total wellness in your life! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Set mini-goals to help improve your diet, such as drinking more water or cutting back on sugar.
  • Develop a nighttime routine that you can stick to to help you wind down and get restful sleep.
  • Try to move as much as possible. If you can’t fit in a full workout, set a timer to get up and move around or stretch every 30 minutes.
  • Take 15-30 minutes to schedule your annual doctor appointments and dental visits. This is especially important if you are in any sort of pain!
  • Take time for yourself! Whether it’s coffee with a friend, reading a book, or catching up on your favorite show, doing something you love without any interruptions can help you feel balanced!
  • Keep a journal of your goals, thoughts, or what you are grateful for.
  • Practice spirituality, whatever that might mean for you.

Additionally, you can utilize your community to help you reach your wellness goals! Last January at Breakthru’s first annual fair, we hosted several local businesses that strive to help people achieve optimal wellness.

These include:

  • The Center, Life in Balance in Medford, where holistic practitioners offer balance, healing, and spiritual exploration. https://www.thecenterlifeinbalance.com/
  • FLOAT in Marlton, which offers relaxation through epsom salt float pools, saunas, and yoga/meditation. https://floatsnj.com/
  • Breakthru Massage Therapy, offering various massage techniques to relax, de-stress, and reduce pain at our Medford Taunton Forge location on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 856-396-2250 to book an appointment.

Take time this month to work on you! Think about what wellness looks like for you, then make a plan to bring it to life! Just a few small steps is all it takes to get yourself feeling your best and improve your overall well-being!

2019 Be Fearless Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 🎓
We would like to give a special round of applause to our “Be Fearless” Scholarship Winners — Cherokee Soccer Player, Lauren Gravlin and Lenape Cross Country Athlete, Zaven Kazandjian 👏🏼👏🏼

Breakthru’s scholarship is in remembrance of our friend, ETA Coach, Jason Kilderry. Jason lived life fearlessly and to the fullest every single day! We appreciate his dedication and the high standards he demonstrated within his coaching. Breakthru is hoping to continue to impact future clinicians to ensure Jason’s legacy lives on! ETA Coach Open Water Swims: Camp Ockanickon