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Keep Young Athletes on Track With PT

By Be Fit PT & Pilates | July 14, 2021

High school sports are much more than just a game or a match. They are the pride of our community, an annual tradition and help bring people together.  With sports camps and more structured activities, young athletes today are increasingly likely to play their chosen sport year-round. But more time on the field brings a…

3 things to know about hip flexors

By Be Fit PT & Pilates | July 12, 2021

The hip flexors are a group of muscles located on the front top of your thigh in the pelvic area, and allow you to flex your hips and bend your knees to your hips. The hip flexor muscles play an important role in your ability to move around and stabilize yourself. Here are 3 things…

Keep Running Injuries at Bay

By Be Fit PT & Pilates | June 24, 2021

The weather is nicer every day, which may lead you to take your workout to the road. Now whether you are an avid runner or just out for a casual jog, everyone is at risk for the same common injuries if they aren’t careful. One of the most common injuries is the frustrating and painful…

What is mobility and why is it important?

By Be Fit PT & Pilates | June 24, 2021

Mobility is one of the most important aspects of physical activity. It is important to focus on your mobility as a key to maintaining overall health, regardless of your fitness level and goals. Mobility — the ability to move or walk freely and easily — is critical for functioning well and living independently. If you…

Relieve sciatica pain with physical therapy

By Be Fit PT & Pilates | May 25, 2021

There is no one cause for back pain. Sciatica, which is also known as sciatic neuralgia, is a condition that causes pain in the low back, down the back of the leg and into the foot. Many people experience the pain of sciatica, but never achieve a long-term solution. An untreated sciatic condition can continue…

The benefits of stretching and why it feels so good

By Be Fit PT & Pilates | April 25, 2021

Without realizing it, many of us start our day by stretching before we even get out of bed. Involuntary stretching of your muscles is called pandiculation. It’s a behavior seen in most types of animals to relieve muscle tension. Few activities feel better after a period of inactivity than stretching. Stretching reduces your risk of…

Overcoming shoulder impingement

By Be Fit PT & Pilates | April 22, 2021

A sharp, sudden pain in your shoulder when you lift your arm overhead or backward can indicate shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement is a common cause of shoulder pain, and commonly associated with swimmers and baseball players, but previous shoulder injuries and aging are also risk factors. In most cases, shoulder impingement is caused by overuse.…

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How Pilates Can Help Battle Allergies and Illness

By Be Fit PT & Pilates | April 21, 2021

Research suggests that homeopathic methods can help lessen allergic symptoms such as inflammation. Consider a natural approach if allergy medicines leave you experiencing side effects like drowsiness, fatigue, headache. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you may feel like you’ve tried everything to relieve your symptoms. Pilates can help reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and strengthen…

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…