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Getting to the Bottom of It: A Trip to Finish Line Physical Therapy

2012 March 14
by Jess

I’m bored with talking about my injuries so I’ll spare you the dramatic details of what’s been happening since I was side-lined from the New York City Marathon last year. What I want to share with you is about my trip to Finish Line Physical Therapy.

A few weeks ago I was tweeting about how much I loved my first experience on the Alter G at Equinox when Finish Line Physical Therapy reached out to say I was welcome to try out there’s.


Emailing with them led to signing up for a running gait analysis using the OptoJump technology. The OptoJump records you while running on a treadmill and then analyzes everything from your contact time on the ground and your flight time in the air on each foot to your stride angle. After the recording a Physical Therapist, Brynn went over all the numbers and explained what each one meant.

She even slowed it down to see if I was wearing the right shoes and if I was using my glutes properly (yes to one of those things and no to the other).

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Ironically enough, the Alter G was misbehaving so I wasn’t able to use it which was the whole reason I was there in the first place. I left however, knowing that it was the evaluation that I should have been the priority.

I left with a new diagnosis for my injury and scheduled an appointment for next week for a full evaluation that will hopefully confirm the diagnosis as well as figure out why I haven’t been able to do push-ups for the past three months without shoulder pain.

What I liked about Finish Line Physical Therapy is not only is it a beautiful sunny space, but most of the people who work there are athletes themselves. In fact two of them that I spoke with are running the New York City 1/2 Marathon this weekend.

Anyhow, I’m hoping this is my solution and I can finally rid myself of this nagging injury and train my brains out.

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  1. March 14, 2012

    Hooray for Finish Line PT! Love them :)

  2. March 14, 2012

    I met one of Finish Line PT’s Physical Therapists at a free JackRabbit session last year, where I was the only attendee – yay for one-on-one advice and consultation! While I didn’t need to go to PT (though this was the first time I asked about foot numbness, which continues, and I still think his answers were right on and I’m going to have to see a neurologist), I really enjoyed talking to him and meeting several of their staff at the JackRabbit running show. And I remember they had the AlterG Treadmill. Hope next week’s evaluation reveals answers for you!

  3. March 14, 2012

    finish line is the best!!! Glad that you’re finally getting some answers!

  4. March 15, 2012

    I hope you get the answers you need Jess and then onward & upward! :-)

  5. March 15, 2012

    Let me know how your experience is there. I am in so much pain these days when I run that I’ve decided I need to take a break for a month. I have been in tears over it! Perhaps this is where I need to go to get my running analyzed and figure out why my body is breaking down!

    • Jess permalink*
      March 17, 2012

      Oh, no! That’s not good! I’ll def keep everyone posted because I know it’s always great to have a pt to recommend.

  6. March 15, 2012

    Hope you get some answers! I <3 Finish Line so much. They helped my knee/hip issues really really quickly. I went to Danielle, but I've heard they're all great. (Danielle's probably about to or has already left on maternity leave!)

  7. March 20, 2012

    Great to hear that you are getting some answers. Onwards and upwards from here!

  8. March 21, 2012

    I would LOVE to try an Alter G treadmill…or have one placed in my apartment. Just saying. Maybe I should look into a consultation about my gait because clearly something isn’t going so right with my back. Fingers crossed they take my insurance?

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