Power Plate Hamstring ROM for Runners


As part of our internship curricullum, we like to have our students write up a piece on a subject that interests them in the confines of their internship. James Armstrong, ASU student, wrote this piece about Whole Body Vibration via the Power Plate, a rehabilitation tool we’ve found very valuable at Rehab Plus.  Thanks to Jo Dibuz, University of Illinois-Chicago Physical Therapy Clinical Rotation Intern for the video demonstration.

The Power Plate is continuously producing positive outcomes for all types of people, whether an athlete training or a patient going through rehabilitation protocols. The Power Plate machine provides what is called whole-body vibration (WBV), which is designed to decrease muscle soreness, increase circulation, increase muscular power and strength and even promote better range of motion. The Power Plate accomplishes this by emitting vibrations throughout the body at different frequencies, rest intervals, and amplitudes in order to promote the body to recruit more muscle fibers, thus training more muscle fibers than traditional training. By offering the wide variety of settings, The Power Plate is able to offer the greatest performance outcomes to a wide variety of users. Rehab Plus recognizes The Power Plate as a top-tier rehabilitation and performance machine, and are able to offer these benefits to produce astounding outcomes.

Call today to schedule an evaluation for injury assessment, biomechanic analysis, or just to find out more cool stuff on the Power Plate (602) 954-7742.

First Session of Summer Camp Complete/Second Sessions Starts July 5th

The first half of our summer camp has been a lot of fun with a lot of coaching, learning, and production! We are completely full of participants as we wrap up the first session this week. Special thanks to Mike Walker for assisting us in the camp. Also special thanks to our guest speakers Rob Fredrickson, Rudy Carpenter, and Ryan Kealy. We also received great leadership from our senior member Luke Zuluaga. Luke has been working with us every summer since he was in middle school and he is now off to the Air Force Academy to play football, run track, and become an achieving cadet! Check out Luke’s tape HERE from the Arizona State High School Track and Field Championships. This tape went viral, made USA Today! Luke can run! This year we opened the camp up to some younger athletes and they really stayed focused and learned by watching and paying attention to detail. Looking forward to starting the second half of our camp next week!

Every athlete has improved dramatically and we are proud of all our ahtletes and the gains they have made.  If you have a son or daughter and are interested in seeing them improve athletically, please give us a call at (602) 954-7742 to register.  Click here for more information.

Motion is the Best Lotion

This is one of our favorite sayings at Rehab Plus.  In essence, the bulk of what we do in physical therapy is based on movement: be it restoration of range of motion after an injury, teaching/coaching/cueing correct movement patterns (be it walking, running, throwing, etc.), understanding balance and functional transfer of weight, we could go on an on.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of teaching MOVEMENT.  Be it a  neuro patient learning to walk again to a prospective NFL draft pick learning how to run the fastest 40 yard dash he is capable of, to everything in between, teaching proper MOVEMENT is one of our specialties.

The following piece is a little technical, but we found it pretty cool.  It’s about a boxer called “Chocalatito”(considered one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world) and his use of proper footwork and balance to maximize his boxing efficiency.  The piece is called “The Art of Moving”.  Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks to All Our Fall Interns

Much thanks to all of our fall interns.  They’ve done a great job! Javier, Arielle and Sam will be graduating from ASU and probably going to physical therapy school. Mariola will be heading back to Chicago to finish up the last part of her physical therapy program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. We’ll miss them all!

BMX Legend Eddy King Fights to Walk Again

On October 6, 2013, BMX legend, Eddy King suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury after falling off his bike.  On his 2 year anniversary of his accident, we wanted to give an update on Eddy’s amazing recovery and journey to walking without wheelchairs or canes.   Please watch the video.

With spinal cord injuries there is no definite recovery or outcome.  Eddy has proven that the body can and will heal.  Function can be regained through hard work and dedication.  As Eddy says “there is no blue print for recovery from a spinal cord injury”.

Eddy’s trainer, Chad Dunn, says “we have taken an athletic approach to Eddy’s rehabilitation, incorporating training movements, not single muscles.  We always say around here, ‘It’s not where you start, but where you finish’, and Eddy is a great testimomy to that”.

Technology in Physical Therapy and Sports Performance



The world is certainly a different place now than it was a year or two ago, much less ten years ago.  Technology has become an increasing part of our every day lives and some aspect of technology touches everything we encounter.  Keeping up with technology and implenting it into one’s business effectively is a challenge for all, Rehab Plus included.  Following is a pretty cool article we found about how the St. Louis Rams are embracing technology to more effectively teach and connect with a very young team made up mostly of “millenials”.




Here are just a couple of examples of how we’re using some elements of technology to deliver better care:


  1. Home Exercise Programs-  No need to draw stick figures of exercises, or hand out some “boiler plate” home exercise program.  In many cases, we have started to video patients performing selected home exercises, then text or email to them.  This way the patient gets visual “real time” feedback, the sets and reps are verbally spoken, the proper technique is “cued”, demonstrated, and corrected,  and all they have to do is go to their smart phone and it’s right in front of them.
  1. “Coaches Eye”- This is a great app that allows us to tape, then analyze mechanical efficiency (i.e gait correction, postural correction, etc.) and then text or email to the patient so they can study themselves.  For “visual” learners this is a great teaching tool.  And it’s a free download app.  We have used this app extensively with athletic performance as well as clinical physical therapy.
  1. Digital Correspondence-  As simple as it sounds, once we have patients in our system, the ability to text or email personally and privately with the patient can be a very time effective tool.

Grudge Match: Danny vs Ann



While we all try to work hard and service our patients to the best of our ability, we also try to have fun.  As such, our staff at Rehab Plus is always competing with each other in one way or the other.  Recently Dan Herrle threw down a challenge to our summer intern Ann Marie challenging her to a 400 Meter race.  Now while Dan played collegiate baseball, Ann Marie not only played division 1 college basketball, she also ran track, and her event was the 400m race.  Doesn’t sound like a good move on Dan’s part, but he assured us he would emerge victorious.




Ann Marie was very confident in her abilities and didn’t seem to fazed by Danny’s taunting





20150613_123542-11Renowned attorney Bob Itri even set the betting line at Ann minus 4 seconds.




Danny even had the lead for about 20 meters…that didn’t last long.









In front of a good crowd of Rehab Plus friends/patients/staff Ann smoked Danny by 5 seconds.


ATT_1434746372990_20150613_123642See Dan cramped up!!!






See all pre-race interview and full race video



Congragulations Ann! The next challenge awaits.


While we always have interns with us in the clinic (physical therapy students doing clinical rotations, undergrad exercise science students , and master’s level exercise physiology, biomechanics, and bio engineering students) this summer we have our first intern in entrepreneurship! A Brophy graduate, and currently enrolled at St. Louis University, T.J. Decker is an honor student in addition to being a varsity swimmer. We’ve known T.J. and his family for many years and are really excited to collaborate on this project with T.J. He is going to be doing some direct marketing work as well as giving his input into the social media and website content. We’ve encouraged T.J. to come up with some of his own creative concepts and to “think outside the box” when working with us. This will be a fun project! Welcome T.J.!

Young Athletes Begin Speed Camp this Week

FullSizeRender22Week 1 of our Annual Speed Camp with Warren Anderson is in the books.  We have a great crew of young athletes from Brophy Prep, St. Mary’s High School, Harvard University, Seton Catholic High School, Arcadia High School, Ingleside Middle School, and Madison Traditional among other schools around the valley.   Athletes, both boys and girls, ranging from 11 to 20 years old. These young athletes are experiencing a great opportunity to work with one of the best trainers in the world.  He’s worked with youth, college, and professional athletes for more than 30 years.  He teaches and instructs athletic development unlike any other trainer.  Simply put, in our opinion, no other trainer can do what he does, teaching the “why” we do a drill, teaching game smarts, teaching them to listen and learn, to get the drill right, pulling out the competitive drive of each athlete.

Our camp is open for new clients if you are interested in becoming a better athlete.  Our camp will run every Tuesday and Thursday this summer except the week of Fourth of July.  Please call us at (602) 954-7742 to sign up before the camp is full.