We Are Currently Offering Telehealth

Breakthru Goes Pink!

Thanks for your generosity & support! 

Breakthru will be accepting donations for Breast Cancer Research until October 31.

METAvivor gives 100% of donations, funding research grants to help extend the lives of MBC patients with the goal of making MBC a chronic disease instead of a terminal one. Cracking the MBC code helps ALL stages of breast cancer patients as more than 90% of MBC patients were once early stage patients.

METAvivor appreciates your donation and honors your generosity by ensuring that 100% of your donation goes toward supporting grants for metastatic breast cancer research.  Click here to donate.

 

Fitness is BACK and we missed you!

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

Mask is a must!

  • Client’s will need to wear a mask at all times.  We want to prevent the spread of COVID-19.One of the biggest questions we have been receiving regarding the use of face masks while exercising is:
    • “Is it safe to perform cardiovascular exercises while wearing a face mask?”
  • While our team understands that it is not necessarily comfortable, it is important due to the heavy breathing during cardio to keep all of those around you safe.
  • If you begin to feel short of breath and/or dizzy, please take a short break to regroup. Please be extra sensitive if you have any cardiac and/or respiratory issues.
  • Our Doctors of Physical Therapy and Personal Trainers are here for you and available to help with monitoring.

Screening

  • Everyone who enters any of our facilities is being screened to reduce any risk.
  • Anyone with questionable findings during the screen will not be permitted to perform on-site physical activity that day. Better to play it safe!

Sanitization

  • We are asking our fitness members to wipe down any and all fitness equipment/machines that they’ve used/touched.
  • We are ensuring that all equipment and therapeutic areas are being disinfected after each use and between clients.
  • 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.

Capacity limitations

  • Per Gov. Phil Murphy, our current max capacity in the facility is 25 people at any given time. Therefore, we are asking that you limit your workout to one hour for the time being. We appreciate your patience while you wait.

Practice social distancing

  • Please remember to stay a safe distance (at least 6 feet) from other fitness enthusiasts. Let’s all be as safe as possible.

Locker rooms & drinking fountain

  • Please bring a water bottle with you! At this time, our drinking fountain and showers are currently marked “out of service” until further notice.

For any fitness related questions, please email Lisa at LWHITE@BREAKTHRUPT.COM

The Importance of Regular Wellness Checkups

August is National Wellness Month, the perfect time to focus on personal health and investing in yourself. All too often, busy and hectic schedules cause us to put our own health on the back burner until we end up with chronic aches and pains, stress and anxiety, poor sleep, or illness. When we finally do go to the doctor, the remedy for such issues can be expensive and time-consuming, causing even more stress.

On the other hand, scheduling regular wellness exams can help to ease the burdens these issues have on us, or even prevent them in the first place. Not only can doctors get an idea of how a person’s body is functioning with basic screenings and blood tests, but they can also help with stress, anxiety, or sleep issues. The earlier any problems are detected, the better the chances are that we can reduce or prevent chronic health conditions.

– General exam: At this exam, your practitioner will perform preventive care, review your health history, and perform any physical examination procedures necessary based on your gender, age, and information gathered in the clinical history. Lab or diagnostic tests may be ordered.

– Eye exam: You’ll be asked about your medical history and any vision problems you might be experiencing. Several different tests may be performed during the eye exam which are designed to check your vision and to examine the appearance and function of all parts of your eyes.

– Skin exam: Having your skin checked by a dermatologist is extremely important for the early detection of skin cancer. Ideally, a skin check should be performed each year. A dermatologist can also identify any other potentially problematic skin conditions.

– Dental exam: Regular dental exams are a critical part of preventive health care.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease as well as evaluate your risk of developing other oral problems. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures.

In addition to these traditional exams, it is a great idea to get a Physical Therapy Wellness Assessment. At Breakthru Physical Therapy, we believe that everyone should have their joints, muscles, and movement patterns assessed regularly to ensure continued physical health. That is why we have launched a campaign to promote a lifetime of pain free movement by offering wellness screens to members of our community!

During your assessment, one of our skilled therapists will:
– Take a complete musculoskeletal history and learn about your goals.
– Perform a movement screen and selected physical tests to see what is working well and what needs some help.
– Develop a plan to improve any areas of concern and help you achieve your goals.

Schedule yours today! Click Here!

NEW Offering: Breakthru Pilates

Get ready to LOOK and FEEL LONGER, LEANER, & STRONGER!

Private + Semi-Private Sessions Are Available

A Complimentary Functional Assessment Is Included With Each Functional Package


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!