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PT tip of the day: Proper lift technique for those holiday packages

By Be Fit | November 15, 2020

Prepare for the lift by drawing your navel to your spine to set your core. Stand with legs apart to increase your base of support, bend from the knees, keep back straight, keep the load close to your body, lift from the legs. Don’t twist from the spine, instead turn feet with the load. Don’t…

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Deep Core Breathing and Pain Relief

By Be Fit | October 1, 2020

The core muscles play a more active role in breathing than one might think, while the lungs play passive and equally important role. That’s why it pays to be aware of how we use our core muscles. One important payoff is pain relief. Add mindfulness to a natural process Deep breathing is, of course, deep…

Shoulder Stabilization is Essential to Neck Posture

By Be Fit | August 27, 2020

Shoulder blade stabilization is essential for neck posture and spine health during exercise and in everyday life. Do you ever feel tight in your upper shoulders? Do you have back pain during exercise? Continue reading. Shoulder rounding tends to follow incorrect neck posture. Conversely, stabilizing the scapulae by “straightening” the shoulders make correcting one’s neck…

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Causes of Sports Injuries

By Be Fit | July 29, 2020

A sports injury is any musculoskeletal condition caused during physical activity, sporting activity, aerobic activity, or exercise. A sports injury can be: muscle strain ligament sprain bone fracture tendon rupture Children, youth athletes, and college athletes are more likely to get a sports injury than older adults. Boys/men are more likely than girls/women to get…

Chronic Pain Caused by Daily Habits

By Be Fit | July 22, 2020

The way we move and live everyday can cause our chronic pain. If you’re a couch potato, you adopt a slouching posture. The phrase “text neck” followed the advent of mobile devices. Our bodies seem more suited to doing some things than others; think grasping a ball versus typing on a keyboard. Being mindfully aware…

Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain, and Physical Therapy

By Be Fit | July 10, 2020

IS IT PLANTAR FASCIITIS? The foot is a complicated body part with many bones, joints and hundreds of soft tissue. These many components represent many opportunities for injury and chronic pain. One of the most common foot injuries is plantar fasciitis and heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick tissue…

Fitness Moves For Summer

By Be Fit | June 23, 2020

Fitness moves for the upper arms 1. Triangle Push Up – A variation of the traditional push-up, the triangle push-up involves placing your thumbs and forefingers together with your hands directly underneath your chest, so someone looking at you head-on would see your head and elbows forming a triangle. If you’re new to push-ups, you…

Pilates and Total Knee Replacement

By Be Fit | June 6, 2020

Doing Pilates following total knee replacement has a number of benefits. These include improved function, strength and balance. Within a physical therapy framework, total knee patients get care tailored to their needs throughout the post-surgery phase. Medical professionals agree that moving ASAP after injury improves prognosis. This “early mobilization” principle applies to TKR patients as…

Massage Therapy Near Naperville

By Be Fit | May 29, 2020

We are offering massage therapy near Naperville for area residents. As an essential business in Downers Grove, we have been offering physical therapy and virtual Pilates classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, we are cautiously offering massage therapy again during the State of Illinois’s Phase 3 reopen. Here are the massage therapy precautions we are…

Preventing Neck Pain During Exercise

By Be Fit | May 29, 2020

If we are not careful, the wrong neck posture during exercise can lead to discomfort or injury. Key to preventing injury are maintaining a neutral spine and perfecting the head nod for curling exercises. Also, everyday inattention to posture can worsen cervical posture to the point of dysfunction. At that point, certain exercises become off…

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Five Pilates Exercises for Balance

By Be Fit | April 29, 2020

Balance exercises and exercises for balance are key parts of a fitness regimen. What’s the difference? Well, we haven’t found a distinction in the research literature. However, we use balance exercises in therapy to treat vestibular disorders or balance issues from other causes. These involve the use of unstable surfaces and other modalities. On the…

Virtual Therapy & Classes at Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates

By Be Fit | April 27, 2020

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 may take unprecedented changes to daily routines, but staying healthy through it all is still a priority. Some conditions will regress without the attention of a therapist. Sadly, we’ve seen it before in cases where people drop out of care. That’s one of a number of reasons this pandemic concerns…

Adjusting to Coronavirus to Meet Community Needs

By Be Fit | April 8, 2020

  We’re still open during the COVID-19 stay-home order. As Mary Lou Savino, president and owner of Be Fit, explains, we’re adjusting to the times by offering “PT” and Pilates in a way that is safer for the Downers Grove and the surrounding area. Namely, were offering video visits. And for those who do come…

Schedule your Private Pilates Lesson

By Be Fit | March 30, 2020

Be Fit Physical Therapy and Pilates offer Private Pilates lessons using the Pilates equipment (Cadillac, Reformer, Chair and Barrels).  A great way to get in shape for the summer! Call the schedule your one-on-one session.  Immediate openings available! 630-964-4008

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Coronavirus Safety Precautions at Be Fit

By Be Fit | March 17, 2020

For those who are deciding to venture out to their appointments during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, or maybe they’re on the fence, here are some precautions we’re taking inside the clinic: we’re cleaning we’re spreading visits out so that a minimal number of patients here at any given time we are keeping people 6…

What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

By Be Fit | February 27, 2020

 Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) is impaired and unstable movement of the pelvis resulting from loosening of ligaments in the small of the back. The sacral spine joins with the pelvis by way of stabilizing ligaments. When these ligaments become loose, gravity, everyday movements, bumps and bruises, and injury can lead to misalignment of the…

Improve Balance in Seniors With Pilates

By Be Fit | January 24, 2020

Pilates improves balance in seniors. It strengthens soft tissue of the lower extremities that normally decline with age. How Pilates improves balance musculature Pilates is a system of mainly bodyweight resistance exercises. These exercises can be done on an exercise mat or on special equipment that offers spring resistance. With its focus on controlled activation…

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

By Be Fit | January 11, 2020

What Is It? Vestibular therapy consists of the performance of an individualized group of exercises, designed to habituate excessive visual dependence or improve various balance strategies. Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy – VRT is an alternative form of treatment involving specific exercises designed to decrease dizziness, increase balance function, and increase general activity levels.  The exercise program…

What’s Wrong With Manual Therapy?

By Be Fit | December 27, 2019

We hear complaints from doctors that there’s such focus on exercise in physical therapy practice that manual therapy is often excluded. This is ironic given that Google returns 50,400,000 results from “manual therapy” searches. Plus, the results are positive, and large chains even advertise manual therapy. The reason for this is a mystique of sorts …

The Effect of Pilates on Diabetes

By Be Fit | November 26, 2019

Doctors recommend medication and physical activity to successfully manage blood glucose levels. It turns out that Pilates is an effective exercise for diabetes management. A study conducted in Iran reported on the participation of women with Type 2 diabetes. Those who did Pilates for eight weeks reported better general health, lower disease symptoms, less anxiety,…