Physical Therapy in Lincoln Square

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MOTION PT Group is a network of clinics offering physical therapy in Lincoln Square, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Here, we have one mission. To improve your mobility, help you feel better, and improve your quality of life.

With clinics throughout New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts, our goal is to get you back to daily living with less pain and lasting results. Our team of licensed therapists develop personalized treatments and follow evidence-based practices that lead to the best possible results. Many of our therapists have advanced degrees, board certifications, and are trained in innovative techniques.

Whether it’s physical therapy, hand therapy, or sports medicine… we’ll help you feel better, so you can get back to what moves you.

In The News

MOTION named Official Physical Therapy Partner for Major League Rugby’s newest member

MOTION PT Group, a leading provider of physical, occupational and speech therapy, and Rugby United New York (RUNY) announced MOTION as a multi-year team sponsor and “Official Physical Therapy Partner” for RUNY, the newest member of Major League Rugby (MLR).

The partnership represents the first major sports sponsorship for MOTION in the U.S. and includes providing personalized physical therapy for RUNY players throughout their first three MLR seasons.

“It’s an honor to woPhysical Therapy in Port Chester, New Yorkrk with Rugby United New York, one of the most promising new franchises in American sports,” said MOTION PT Group Chief Clinical Director Michael Fox. “It’s an exciting step parlaying our vast experience working with rugby in New York and with Men’s Eagles, the U.S. Men’s National Rugby Team.”

Fox worked with Xavier High School’s rugby team with fellow alumnus and RUNY head coach Mike Tolkin. Tolkin went on to serve as head coach of the New York Athletic Club’s Rugby Super League and the U.S. Men’s National Rugby Team, bringing Fox with him and solidifying their partnership.

“Coach Tolkin and I have been working together for almost 30 years,” Fox said. “The opportunity to now work with him and Major League Rugby in our own backyard is a real honor for our MOTION team.”

“I am ecstatic to take on the role of head physical therapist for RUNY and develop a support team of therapists to assist with coverage,” said MOTION Director of Sports Medicine Services Ethan Burger. “RUNY embodies New York and unity, and we will put forth our best efforts to keep the lads in one piece!”

MOTION therapists will provide onsite services to the RUNY players at all games and practices as well as at their flagship MOTION Sports Medicine facility in midtown Manhattan.

“We are proud to welcome MOTION as the official physical therapy partner of the RUNY team,” said James English, GM for Rugby United New York. “MOTION is an ideal partner, offering us clinical expertise in rugby fitness and injury prevention as well as access to cutting-edge sports rehabilitation technology and equipment.”

RUNY players have access to MOTION’s groundbreaking sports rehabilitation technology such as TRAZER®, with interactive testing and training programs, and AlterG®, an Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ allowing players to move without pain or interference to natural gait mechanics.

RUNY’s season runs through June, with the first home game on March 15 at MCU Park in Coney Island.

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MOTION Renames New York Clinics Under
MOTION Sports Medicine Brand

NEW YORK — MOTION, Inc., a leading provider of physical, occupational and speech therapy services in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, is expanding the MOTION Sports Medicine brand in New York State. The company will adopt the MOTION Sports Medicine brand at all of its New York locations.

MOTION has been rapidly expanding in New York by acquiring high quality, founder-owned physical and occupational therapy practices and is now building a common brand that New Yorkers will recognize as a top provider of Physical and Occupational Therapy services.

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“We are thrilled to be expanding the MOTION brand in New York and bringing these high-quality clinics together under the MOTION Sports Medicine umbrella,” said MOTION CEO Edward R. Miersch. “We’re proud to be building such a strong family of physical, occupational, and speech therapy professionals in one of the fastest growing healthcare companies in the Northeast.”

MOTION is committed to helping patients save on healthcare costs and improving access to care. It is one of only a few companies to serve as an in-network provider for over 30 commercial insurance plans, Medicare, Medicaid, and EmblemHealth (GHI/HIP), which serves the City of New York employees.

Currently MOTION has over 30 locations in the State of New York, that will be called MOTION Sports Medicine.


Manhattan (Formerly)

  • STAR Physical & Occupational Therapy, 160 E. 56th, New York
  • Bradley & Monson Physical Therapy, 1841 Broadway, New York

Bronx (Formerly)

  • ProActive Physical & Hand Therapy, 2904 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx
  • Westchester Square Physical Therapy, 3202 Bainbridge Ave., Bronx
  • Westchester Square Physical Therapy, 1250 Waters Place, Bronx

Brooklyn (Formerly)

  • Community Physical Therapy, 1818 Newkirk Ave., Brooklyn
  • Metro SportsMed Bensonhurst, 2281 82nd, Brooklyn
  • Metro SportsMed Boro Park, 4911 13th, Brooklyn
  • Metro SportsMed Brooklyn Heights, 27 Smith St., Brooklyn
  • Metro SportsMed Gravesend, 98 Ave. U, Brooklyn
  • Metro SportsMed Williamsburg, 44 Lee Ave., Brooklyn
  • MOTION Lefferts Gardens 710 Parkside Drive, 672 Parkside Drive, Brooklyn

Queens (Formerly)

  • Community Physical Therapy, 96-14 B Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills
  • Astoria Physical Therapy Associates, 27-17 Crescent St., Astoria
  • Queens Physical Therapy Associates, 69-40 108th, Forest Hills

Long Island (Formerly)

  • Complete Care Physical Therapy, 70 Maple Ave., Rockville Centre
  • Greco Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, 430-7 N. Country Rd., St. James
  • Franklin Square Physical Therapy, 72 Franklin Ave., Franklin Square
  • Suydam Physical Therapy, 2209 Merrick Rd., Merrick
  • MOTION Lawrence 235 Mill Street, Lawrence

Lower Hudson Valley (Formerly)

  • Rye Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye
  • Westchester Square Physical Therapy, 1915 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers
  • MOTION Airmont, 327 Route 59, Airmont
  • MOTION Dobbs Ferry, 88 Ashford Avenue, 128 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry
  • MOTION Monroe, 785 Route 17M, Monroe
  • MOTION New City, 350 South Main Street, New City
  • MOTION Orangeburg, 99 Dutch Hill, Orangeburg
  • MOTION Stony Point, 25 Liberty Square Mall, Route 9W, Stony Point
  • MOTION West Nyack, 2 Crosfield Avenue #422, West Nyack


MOTION is headquartered in New York City and was formed in June 2015. Today, MOTION is responsible for over 750 employees in 85 owned, managed and under LOI locations in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky. The company is a leading provider of comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy for patients of all ages.

Recent Blog Posts – Physical Therapy in Lincoln Square

5 Rotator Cuff Strengthening Injuries

physical therapy in Lincoln SquareDo you experience a popping sound or sensation around your shoulder every time you move your arm? Is your shoulder plagued with pain and weakness? If this is the case, you may be dealing with a rotator cuff injury. Fortunately, our team at MOTION is well versed in treating this injury and can get you back to being full strength. By scheduling sessions of physical therapy in Lincoln Square, you’ll be taught the exercises you need to make a full recovery.

Doorway Stretch
Stand in an open doorway and spread your arms out to your side.
Keeping your hands at shoulder height, grab the doorway on both sides.
Begin to lean forward, keeping your weight on your toes until you feel a stretch in your rotator cuffs.
Be sure to keep your back straight the entire time.
Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds before returning to normal.

Side-Lying External Rotations
Lie on the ground on the side opposite of your injured shoulder.
Keep your elbow at a 90-degree angle and place it on your side.
Rest your forearm across your abdomen.
Grab a dumbbell and hold it in the hand resting across your abdomen.
Keeping your elbow pinned to your side, begin to lift the dumbbell towards the ceiling.
Perform this motion for three sets of 10 repetitions three separate times a day.

Reverse Flys
Stand with your knees slightly bent and feet shoulder-width apart.
Keeping your back straight, slightly bend at the waist.
Hold a dumbbell in each hand.
Slowly extend your arms and raise them away from your body. Focus on trying to squeeze your shoulder blades together.
For the optimal results during your session of physical therapy in Lincoln Square, we recommend performing three sets of 10 repetitions.

Lawn Mower Pulls
Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart.
Place a resistance band under the foot that is opposite your injured arm.
Hold the other end of the band in the hand of your injured arm.
Keep the hand not holding the band firmly on your hip and bend over slightly at the waist.
Pull the band diagonally across your body as if you were starting a lawnmower.

Arm Reaches
Lie down flat on your back.
Extend both your arms and your legs while keeping your core muscles engaged.
Slowly lift the injured arm towards the ceiling.
Keep lifting until your shoulder blade is raised off of the ground.
Hold your arm in the air for five seconds before returning to a resting position.

Why Choose Physical Therapy In Lincoln Square For Treatment?

If you’ve recently injured your shoulder blade, you may be wondering what the best route for treatment is. At MOTION, our team highly recommends you consider undergoing physical therapy. Physical therapy is an activity-based form of treatment that aims to promote healing from within an affected area. Aside from the exercises we previously mentioned, a session of physical therapy may also include:

Heat and cold therapy.
Massage therapy.
Electronic stimulation.

The Benefits Of Physical Therapy

One of the main benefits of physical therapy is the range of injury it can be used to treat. Rotator cuff issues are just one of the many problems this therapy can help with. Additional benefits of physical therapy in Lincoln Square include:
Avoid the need for complication filled surgeries.
Increased flexibility and range of motion.
Reduced risk of reinjury.
Decreases the time needed to recover.

Contact Us

Rotator cuff injuries can be debilitating and difficult to deal with. Fortunately, our team at MOTION is here to help. We can provide you with the sessions of physical therapy in Lincoln Square to get you back to being pain-free. For more information on how we can help, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

Best Lower Body Stretches For Older Adults

Physical Therapy Lincoln SquareAs we continue to age, our body becomes less limber than it once was. While switching over to a more sedentary lifestyle can seem appealing, doing so can do more harm than good. It’s important to keep stretching as we get older to help stay healthy and pain-free. At MOTION, we can help with this. If you’ve recently suffered an injury related to being an inactive older adult, physical therapy in Lincoln Square could be the answer. To learn some beneficial stretches you may be taught during your sessions, continue reading.

Seated Lifts
Sit in a chair and grab both sides for support.
Slowly raise one hip off the chair and hold it in the air for at least 10 seconds.
Return to a sitting position before repeating this exercise on the other hip.
Make sure you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth while performing this.

Back Stretch
Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart.
Place your hands on your hips.
Slowly arch your spine backwards.
Hold this position for at least 10 seconds before straightening your back again.
Repeat this stretch three times for the optimal results.

Calf Stretches
Face a wall while standing up.
Place your palms against the wall.
Step forward with one foot while keeping your back leg straight with your heel on the floor.
Slowly lean your hip forwards towards the wall.
Hold this position for at least 20 seconds before returning to normal.
Repeat this stretch on the other leg.

Hip Rotation Stretch
Sit down in a chair.
Cross one ankle over your opposite knee.
Gently stretch down on your knee until you feel a stretch in your hip.
Hold this position for at least 10 seconds before switching to the other side.

Hamstring Stretch
Select a firm surface to sit on.
Extend one leg out onto the surface.
Reaching for your thigh, knee, or ankle, begin to bend forward.
Hold this position for at least 20 seconds before returning to the starting position.
Perform the same stretch on your opposite leg.

The Importance Of Stretching

While it may not seem like a big deal, remembering to stretch everyday could be the difference between aging gracefully and suffering from unfortunate injuries. People in older generations who live sedentary lifestyles are more likely to suffer injuries than those who are active. Even if moderate physical activity isn’t an option, light activities, such as stretching, will go a long way in preventing the need for physical therapy in Lincoln Square. Some benefits of sticking to a daily stretching routine includes:

Increased flexibility.
Improved range of motion.
Increased blood flow and to your muscles.
Assists wist postural problems.
Offers stress relief.

What Is Physical Therapy?

Unfortunately, even after performing stretches each day, an injury can still occur. When this happens, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at MOTION. We can offer the sessions of physical therapy in Lincoln Square that you need to help to get you back to full strength. Physical therapy is an activity based form of treatment that utilizes therapeutic stretches and exercises to promote healing from within an affected area. Choosing to undergo this treatment can help:

Regain strength.
Reduce the risk of re-injury.
Avoid the need for invasive surgery.

Contact Us For Physical Therapy in Lincoln Square

If you’re new to stretching, knowing which ones are most beneficial can be difficult at first. Fortunately, our team at MOTION can help with that. Our team is committed to keeping our patients active and moving. When you’re ready to get started with your stretching, or need to schedule an appointment for physical therapy in Lincoln Square, contact us today.

Cardio Exercises To Do At Home

Physical Therapy Lincoln SquarePerforming cardio exercises plays an important role in staying healthy. The best part about these types of workouts is that you don’t need to go to the gym to get them done. With no set date on when fitness facilities will reopen, this can be music to many avid exerciser’s ears. At MOTION, our goal is to keep you as healthy as possible. If you’d like to learn more about cardio exercises to do at home that won’t put you in need of physical therapy in Lincoln Square, continue reading.

Jump Rope
One of the easiest ways to get your heart pumping from the comfort of your own home is by using a jump rope. While many people associate jump ropes to schoolyard games, the truth is that many professional athletes use jump ropes to help them train. If this method is good enough for them, it is for you as well! The benefits of choosing this route include:
Jump ropes are inexpensive to purchase.
You can bring them anywhere.
It burns around 220 calories in 20 minutes.
Requires no special skills to complete.
All you need is a pair of shoes to participate in it.

Jumping Jacks
When you’re looking for cardio exercises that can help you avoid the need for physical therapy in Lincoln Square, jumping jacks should be at the top of your list. Much like with a jump rope, no special skills are required for jumping jacks. All you need is a sturdy pair of shoes and good heart health. The best part about jumping jacks may be the different variations of them you can utilize. Examples of these variations include:

Adding squats to your jumping jacks.
Stepping your feet out rather than jumping.
Holding a medicine ball during your exercise.

If you’re looking for a combination of strength and cardio training, burpees offer the perfect solution. It involves squatting, jumping your feet to a planking position, bringing your feet in, and jumping your feet into the air. This exercise can help tone your upper body while also acting as a cardio exercise. Just make sure you pace yourself, otherwise, you can suffer an injury that requires physical therapy in Lincoln Square, to correct.

Staircase Exercise
Almost everyone has staircases in their home. If you’re one of these people, why not turn this area into a workout? Gyms pay thousands of dollars to fill their facility with Stairmasters, which should point to the benefits using stairs to exercise can bring. To get the most out of your staircase exercise, we recommend the below:

Alternate between one or two laps on the steps and other cardio exercises like the ones previously mentioned.
Run or walk up the stairs as fast as you can and walk down slowly.

The Benefits Of Cardio Exercises

Although the urge to skip out on exercising during the pandemic may be great, doing so will be a disservice to your overall health. If you’re used to using free weights and other machines at the gym, our team at MOTION recommends you consider putting more of a focus on cardio exercises until facilities reopen. When you focus on cardio no, you’ll limit the chances of suffering an injury that needs physical therapy in Lincoln Square, once you return to lifting. Also, you’ll be able to reap the below benefits:

Lowers blood pressure.
It helps you lose weight.
Reduces chronic pain.
Aides in sleep.
Strengthens the immune system.

MOTION Physical Therapy in Lincoln Square

At MOTION, our team is experts in administering physical therapy in Lincoln Square. We’re also experts in all things exercise-related. If you’re looking to increase the amounts of cardio exercise you do at home, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us to learn more about how you can accomplish this, and what the benefits of doing so are.

How Do I Know If I Have Swimmer’s Shoulder?

swimmers shoulderHave you been dealing with pain around your shoulder joint? Does your joint feel unstable or weak? If this is the case, you may be dealing with a swimmer’s shoulder. At MOTION, our team has helped patients dealing with this before. We can provide you with the physical therapy in Lincoln Square, that you need to make a full recovery.

What Is Swimmer’s Shoulder?

Swimmer’s shoulder, or rotator cuff tendonitis, is not a life-threatening condition. However, dealing with it for a prolonged period can lead to a sharp decrease in quality of life. Swimmer’s shoulder is an overuse injury that affects the tendons in the rotator cuff. When these tendons become inflamed or irritated, it can cause pain and require physical therapy in Lincoln Square, to correct.

Symptoms To Watch For

Whether you’re an active person or someone who lives a rather sedentary lifestyle, your body can still suffer from aches and pains every so often. Not every feeling of discomfort dictates the need for physical therapy in Lincoln Square. However, recognizing when a serious issue is taking place will help prevent your body from sustaining long term damage. If you begin to display any of the below symptoms in your shoulder, we recommend reaching out to our team for help:

Pain and swelling.
Inability to raise or lower your arm without pain.
Experiencing a clicking sensation when raising your arm.
Loss of mobility and strength.
Waking up in the middle of the night due to pain.

Potential Complications

As we’ve previously stated, not seeking physical therapy in Lincoln Square, when you’re dealing with a swimmer’s shoulder can have serious complications. The longer you wait for treatment, the more serious the complications can become. Examples of what you put yourself at risk for when you let swimmer’s shoulder linger include:

Development of chronic pain.
Permanent lack of mobility.
Inability to perform motions that involve throwing or lifting.
Loss of strength.
Problems with sleeping due to constant pain and discomfort.
Difficulties keeping your arm held up to drive.

Prevention Methods

For any type of injury, the best form of treatment is always preventing it from happening in the first place. At MOTION, our team would be happy to help you accomplish this. While these methods will not work 100% of the time, they will go a long way in keeping the tendons in your shoulder protected from injuries. Some of the best methods of prevention include the below:

Take breaks when performing repetitive motions.
Focus on holding a good posture when you’re sitting, walking, and standing.
Try to sleep on your back.
Never try to push through shoulder pain.
Stretch out your shoulders numerous times a day.

What Is Physical Therapy In Lincoln Square?

Physical therapy is an activity-based treatment that aims to promote healing from within an affected area. Through the use of therapeutic stretches and strengthening exercises, you can see a vast improvement in your condition. One of the many benefits this form of treatment brings is the variety of injuries and conditions it can be used to treat. Swimmer’s shoulder is but one of these conditions, which makes our team the perfect choice to administer care. When you choose to work with us, you can expect to experience the below in your shoulder:

Reduction of swelling.
Elimination of pain.
Improvements with flexibility and range of motion.
Increases in strength.

MOTION Physical Therapy in Lincoln Square

At MOTION, we know how to spot a patient dealing with a swimmer’s shoulder. If you’re unsure if your shoulder pain will go away on its own, or if it is pointing to something more serious, we recommend you reach out to our team. We can help diagnose the issue and set you up with the appointments of physical therapy in Lincoln Square, you need to make a full recovery. For more information, contact our team today.