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Foot problems can have a significant impact on the efficiency of our work and other regular activities. How our feet feel directly influences our daily quality of life, and when they are hurting, making the visit to your doctor for diagnosis and treatment can be a challenge. Thankfully, Dr. Gregory Cardinal of Podiatry in Motion has you covered. Offering house call podiatry services, Dr. Gregory can get diagnose and treat your foot problems in the comfort of your own home.
Dr. Cardinal started Podiatry In Motion four years ago after he came to realize how convenient and practical it is for his patients with foot problems to get diagnosed and treated at home, without the trouble of travelling or spending time in a waiting room while in pain and discomfort. He personally meets with his patients and gives them the quality and optimal treatment that they need.
This begins with a phone consultation with the patient for the general background of the foot condition, so he can determine the services needed will be a good fit for a house call, and to make his visit and the experience meaningful and effective. His services cover almost all conditions of the foot and ankle, from the common foot problems like heel pain, ingrown toenails and medical pedicures, to cases that need more specialized methods for treatments. This includes laser treatments using the HyperBlue Plus Laser, an FDA cleared device to treat conditions like toenail fungus and chronic foot pain. This painless procedure is fairly quick and has no recovery time. He also specializes in Pediatric Podiatry and Orthotics. His procedures are mostly non-invasive and strives to provide exactly what the patient needs. Dr. Cardinal emphasizes ‘’I pride myself as a more conservative podiatrist. Having surgery should be the last resort.”
Dr. Cardinal completed his three year residency at the Veteran's Affairs Maryland Healthcare System where he refined his skills in general podiatry, wound care and surgery. Practicing podiatry in military hospitals in Maryland and VA centers in West Virginia and DC exposed him to numerous foot conditions that nurtured his skill in developing effective foot care plans and treatment that would cater to his patients’ needs.
Dr. Cardinal graduated with a dual degree as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) with a Master of Science (MS) in Healthcare Administration and Management at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in North Chicago, IL. He served as Chief Resident during his third year of residency. Board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Dr. Cardinal has the experience, skill, and compassion to address your stubborn foot problems.
Providing house call podiatry services has allowed him to better understand the condition of his patients. ‘’I really spend time with my patients, I listen to them and try and get to the root of the problem. In a hospital or clinic setting, a doctor may get so busy with so many patients and can only spend a small amount of time listening to your problems. We strive for a thorough exam, an accurate diagnosis, and we take care of the problem as efficiently as possible, because we know that multiple visits can be expensive...our approach is not protocol-based,’’ he explained. He sees you for the visits and quality care that you truly need to get back to your daily activities and lifestyle. In addition to his house call podiatry service, Dr. Cardinal does volunteer work for under-served communities. His passion for his field is truly evident.
Podiatrist in Motion under Dr. Gregory Cardinal serves areas in Maryland around the beltway such as, Potomac, Silver Spring, Rockville,, Upper Marlboro and portions of southern MD. He also serves Virginia including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Springfield, and Washington DC. To learn more about Podiatrist in Motion, visit https://www.podiatristinmotion.com and watch Dr. Cardinal’s personal video introduction. You can also call 703-879-5155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Alleviating Pain When Little Else Helps - Heather Allen, MS, PT, CMTPT - Myofascial Release Specialist, Southern Maryland
Physical therapists play a vital role in the rehabilitation, restoration, and management of optimal physical function after an injury or disease, as well as promotion of a patient’s overall well-being. They are an integral part of the healthcare team. For Heather Allen, owner of Southern Maryland Myofascial Release, going beyond the fundamentals has become her passion. Her goal is to provide her patients with relief they often cannot find elsewhere, and to improve their function and quality of life.
A licensed Physical Therapist graduating with her Master’s in 2000, Heather has vast experience in her field, from working in hospitals, home health care, skilled nursing facilities, aquatic therapy, and outpatient orthopedics. She describes her experience as a rewarding adventure which has led to a passion for myofascial release therapy, which she was first introduced to by a colleague in 2007.
According to the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers And Seminars’ website (https://www.myofascialrelease.com/), the approach is a ‘’safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.’’ It is known for its several benefits including pain reduction and improved movement, flexibility, and muscle function. The Myofascial Release Approach® was developed by John F. Barnes PT, one of the most prominent people in the therapeutic field. Heather Allen has received advanced training in the Myofascial Release Approach, and it’s now one of the primary approaches she uses with her patients.
‘’While I was employed at another facility, I observed one of the other therapists incorporating a lot of myofascial work with her patients. After my colleague gave a talk on myofascial release, it transformed my life both personally and professionally and I immediately started taking as many classes as I could. I'm now an expert level myofascial release therapist with John F. Barnes’ training,’’ Heather relates.
Realizing how crucial and beneficial the approach is to her patients, Heather opened her private practice in 2011 so that she could maximize the benefit that Myofascial Release Therapy provides. ‘’I wanted to give my patients a lot more hands-on time, which is what the therapy is all about. I can pay more attention to them and give them the treatment that they really need,” she added. Even though Myofascial Release is the treatment she primarily utilizes in her private practice, she also incorporates the other skills and knowledge she has gained over the years, including her training in craniosacral therapy, trigger point dry-needling, and visceral manipulation.
In some of her traditional PT environments, she shares that often she had only about fifteen minutes to put her hands on her patient, but the fascial work itself actually takes a little bit more time. ‘’My first session with my clients is about two hours long. That gives me plenty of time for evaluation and usually about 45-50 minutes of treatment on the first day. I do initiate a home exercise program, so they can learn how to start caring for their own fascia in their own body,’’ she explains. Aside from treating her patients, she ensures that they are well-educated on self care, so that they feel empowered and able to take care of themselves and manage their own symptoms, without depending on someone else entirely for the healing process.
Her daily routine can be a maximum of seven patients a day, with most of her patients being individuals with longstanding chronic pain. She works with patients of any age, ranging from individuals in their 80’s to patients as young as 18 months.
When asked to describe a memorable patient who has had an inspiring success story, she shares, ‘’I do have one gentleman that was just so great to work with. He came to me with lifelong issues from polio as well as battles with two cancers. He’d had multiple surgeries and he could barely function… but with the therapy that we did together, his posture improved, he was able to walk and was down to just ambulating on a cane. He was also able to reduce his pain medication significantly.’’ Although every patient’s results can vary, every patient gives her a significant sense of fulfillment to be able to help them have an improved quality of life.
Her office is currently located at 90 Holiday Drive, Suite C Solomons MD but in March 2020, her new address will be 40266 Laurel Circle, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. She will be closer to home where she can treat her patients and spend more time with her children.
Heather also gets involved in the community by participating in events locally with their Chamber of Commerce and conducting classes at area health care facilities. She is committed to educating the public whenever she can, in addition to providing quality care to her patients.
To learn more about Heather Allen, make an appointment, or to find out how she can help you with your chronic pain, call 410-449-6682, visit her at https://journeyingintohealing.com, https://www.facebook.com/SoMDMyofascialRelease.HeatherAllen.MS.PT/, https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-allen-54679576
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Living Heart Doulas - Jessica Vogtman - Helping Moms Emotionally and Physically During and After Pregnancy
Giving birth to a child is a momentous life occasion that can be full of excitement, joy, fear, anxiety, laughter, and anticipation. The entire 9 month experience as well as the months after the arrival of the new family member can introduce new sources of unexpected stress, both positive and negative.
Jessica Vogtman, doula, owner and founder of Living Heart Doulas, serves as a skilled source of support to bridge this transition. According to the American Pregnancy Association, a doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula's purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.”
When Jessica was expecting her first child, she was fortunate enough to have her good friend Julie Grove as her doula, and she was amazed at the value she received. “It made my delivery so much easier, and then I thought, I want everyone to have this. I want to do this.” Jessica was so grateful to the expertise and support of her doula that she enrolled in the services again for her 2nd child and she started her formal training to become a professional doula.
Her work is making a difference and it shows. Nearly 100% of her business comes from referrals from midwives or past clients. She is generous with her expertise and is focusing 2020 toward creating a postpartum community support system for families in Carroll County. “After going home, many families feel under supported or underprepared, and the majority of complications in pregnancy occur postpartum,” Jessica explains. Creating a post-partum community doula service can help support the families that are struggling. She is hoping to pair this support service with a hospital- based doula program.
Jessica opened Living Heart Doulas in 2016. She recalls the many stories she heard from other moms whose experiences unfortunately involved fear, abuse, and lack of support. Jessica’s mission is to be the educational, emotional, and physical support that many expecting moms are hungry for but can’t seem to find in their immediate circle. It has been a rewarding journey.
When asked what one thing is that she would have changed if she were to start over from day one, Jessica shares she would have sought out more mentorship from other doulas, but now, she has significant momentum behind her and a busy practice based in Carroll County, MD. She tailors her services to the specific needs and personalities of each client and family. Her calm, easy-going but professional demeanor is the perfect fit for any mom looking for guidance and support both during and after pregnancy.
Her initial consultations typically include an in person or phone consultation, where she assesses how the family unit is functioning as a whole with the new baby, and to see where the gaps and needs for support are. Postpartum support shifts are typically scheduled in four hour blocks. Some of the many areas she can assist with include but are not limited to: providing guidance with infant and breastfeeding, providing support with household duties and errands, accompanying mom to visits to the pediatrician, referring a mother or family for therapy or to a lactation specialist, facilitating confident parenting, and ensuring and assisting with optimal parent child bonding and healing.
To find out if a doula is right for you and your family, contact Jessica today at http://www.livingheartdoula.com/ on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/livingheartdoula/ or by phone at (443) 538-4276.
Nearly every woman who has a baby has the goal of getting back in shape and getting rid of that stubborn “mommy pooch.” What many women (and men) don’t know is that there is a medical condition that could be preventing you from ever being free of that stubborn belly bulge, no matter how well you watch what you eat or how consistently you exercise. That something else is called diastasis recti, or abnormal abdominal separation.
Enter the remarkable power of the Tupler Technique, a specialized training system designed to treat individuals with persistent abdominal bulging resulting from diastasis recti. Kristin Malmquist, long time physical therapist and founder of Restore Your Belly, LLC is Maryland’s only trained practitioner of the Tupler Technique as of the date of this article. Starting her business in April of 2019, her mission is to help moms feel attractive, confident, and strong again, by helping them heal their diastasis recti. Her program involves a combination of wearing a splint, performing specific exercises which focus on the transverse abdominis muscle, and learning how to move properly to protect the overstretched abdominal connective tissue. “What many individuals don’t realize is that the exercises they are doing at the gym or at home to flatten their belly, such as crunches, sit ups, and planks, may actually be making their condition worse,” Kristin explains. When training with Kristin, clients can expect to see nice progress in 6 weeks, and some in as little as 3 weeks. The initial training program is 18 weeks, followed by a maintenance routine that must be followed in order to keep the reduction in abdominal girth achieved during the program.
How did Kristin come into this training approach? She herself developed diastasis recti after having her 2nd child. After dabbling a bit into the technique, she experienced positive results and was very pleased. Afterwards, she resumed her normal exercise routine, some of which included planks, crunches, and bicycle exercises for abdominal strengthening and toning. In a short time, Kristin’s symptoms returned. “I had a moderate case….about 4 finger-widths of separation.” At that point, Kristin went in full steam, got trained in the Tupler Technique, and followed the program religiously for herself for about 4 months. Now she follows a maintenance program.
After achieving and maintaining remarkable results for herself, she wanted to spread the word and help other individuals who could be suffering with the condition.
What does her process entail? Typically it starts with a phone consultation followed by 3 in-person training sessions spread out over a 6 week period. Her clients receive hands on training by her, exclusive access to program videos so that clients can perform the exercises correctly at home and throughout the day, and a special splint to wear in order to support the progress.
Who can benefit from the Tupler Technique with Kristin Malmquist? Anyone with diastasis recti. What Kristin really wants to share is that it is never too late to achieve belly reduction with diastasis recti, even if your children are now grown adults. “One of my best clients was a lady that says she felt like she had it for 14 years before working with me.” Kristin is also able to help men with belly bulge resulting from this little known condition. Her clients come from the Baltimore, MD area as well as York, PA, Silver Spring, and Rockville, MD.
If you’re looking for a fresh start to your new year and you live in the Eldersburg and Sykesville area of Maryland, Shaddock MMA Fitness should be at the top of your list to check out. Shaddock MMA Fitness opened its doors in 2008 and is owned and operated by John Shaddock. Remember when your parents asked you, what do you want to do when you grow up? John, had a similar experience as well, except his parents asked him, “John, what are you going to do with your life? You can’t just play for a living.” In fact, play is what John really is able to do for a living, which for him, is practicing and teaching martial arts and fitness for a living while helping others transform their health, confidence and physical skill set.
We spoke with John Shaddock of Shaddock MMA Fitness and learned more about his journey. John had been in the fitness industry for 30 years, opening and managing various fitness gyms up and down the east coast throughout Vermont, New York, North Carolina, and Maryland. His start in martial arts started at age 3. He excelled in competitive highschool wrestling, which led to a decorated career in boxing, where he won titles in the Diamond Belt Boxing Championships and was a finalist in the Vermont Golden Gloves. Over many years, he has studied several martial arts disciplines including Aikido, Gaijin Ryu jiujitsu, Brazilan jiujitsu, Shorin Ryu karate, and Jeet Kune Do. When John found himself too busy to fit in exercise at his place of work, he decided to refocus on his practice of martial arts.
He came upon a martial arts studio just 5 minutes from his home, and developed what would become a strong bond and re-connection with the art and his mentor, Master Lee Epperson. After a few years of dedicated training that re-ignited John’s passion, he decided to take over the studio when Master Lee decided to move away. It was almost a natural transition. It will be be twelve years in April 2020 and John now has a close knit growing community of adult and youth members that receive the benefit of physical fitness while learning self defense and boxing inspired cross training through innovative sessions that you won’t see elsewhere.
His classes start at either 9 or 9:30 Monday through Thursday for various classes, and then they start up in the evening for classes at 5:00, 5:45, 6:30, and 7:30 Mon through Thursday. He instructs children and adults, and you’ll be pleased to know his training is a mixture of pure martial arts training classes, to training sessions like Ironbox and Fitbox that blends martial arts and boxing with the challenge and surprise of different workout stations, ever changing training and boxing props, and his impressive line up of 20 hand picked uniquely designed punching bags.
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John’s desire to see people improve and grow has expanded into the comic book arena as well. As a result of past endeavors and project, he has been selected as a featured hero in an AntiBullying comic book called Warrior Island, he was at Comic Con promoting the comic book, and this year he will be at the Martial Arts Supershow, the largest gathering of martial arts studio owners, professionals, and instructors, in Las Vegas.
If you want extra customized training, John also provides personal training for select clients. He deserves your attention because unlike much of his competition, he is an actual competitive boxer and he competed 8 years as an amateur. His line up for each session frequently changes to keep members challenged and having fun. “My goal is to get everyone in the Eldersburg/Sykesville area fit one person at a time,” he shares. Be sure to check out his site at shaddockmma.com for success stories. He is located at 6345 South Carroll Park Drive Eldersburg Maryland 21784. 443-280-0812
Let’s admit it-workouts can be challenging. We all want to achieve our fitness goals and one way to do that is by exercising. No matter how challenging it is, you can only be successful if you stay motivated and if you are doing it correctly. Having a certified and qualified fitness trainer and instructors to guide you along the way can be your powerful weapon. They not only help you do workouts properly but support you in every way to keep you motivated physically and mentally, go beyond your capacity and improve your overall fitness health and wellness.
Rezults Fitness, owned and founded by Marcus Copeland in 2010, prides itself with highly qualified fitness trainers and instructors who dedicate their time and professional training to help you achieve your fitness goals. The lead instructor, the owner himself Marcus Copeland, is a Certified Fitness Trainer and also has certifications in sports nutrition, sports medicine, resistance program design, and women’s personal safety training. He used to work at his cousin’s martial arts school before he opened his own gym. With multiple certifications and an impressive skill set his gym was destined to thrive in its very own location.
As one of the leading fitness gyms in Prince George County, Rezults Fitness offers a wide range of fitness programs to cater to your fitness needs. They offer sports training; yoga classes; FreeStyle Fitness Bootcamp and group as well as personal training among other classes. They also offer a Butterfly Fitness program which is a combination of boxing and cardio fitness. Marcus and his team are on a mission of improving not only their client’s physical well-being but also help them have a “healthier state of mind’’.
According to Marcus, they have a positive relationship with their clients and their gym provides an environment where they treat each other like family. ‘’We are family-oriented and people are getting along, communicating well with each other.’’ They also promote not just their clients' fitness but also influence the wellness of the community by educating local school children, for example, on the importance of physical fitness and how to maintain it by making better health choices and lifestyle.
He is glad that having his own gym allows him to manage his time and be more flexible with his clients. ‘’I have the flexibility to meet my clients needs on their schedule. Sometimes, if I have clients that miss their session, they can come and meet me on a Sunday so I do make up classes for them. The flexibility combined with the family atmosphere has helped us retain a lot of clients’’, he said. He also believes that patience and consistency are key factors to his gym’s success because at first, like any businesses, it was difficult to bring people in but he kept on patiently waiting and until he had his first client and it took off from there.
Being a certified fitness trainer since 2007, Marcus also reaches out to other opportunities aside from fitness training. He does that by taking on very difficult and record-breaking challenges like competing for the Guinness Book of World records for most push-ups in an hour. “I went for it last year. The most push-ups recorded was 2,810. I did 2,825 but Guinness did not award me the title they said my arms weren’t locked out enough so I've been training to redo it again.’’
Marcus is glad about where he is now and how his gym is working out for him. The influence of social media and word of mouth from clients having a positive experience with them contributed to the gym’s growth. ‘’I have really good clients and lots of my clients have been here for a years.”
For him, loving what he does has a great impact on the atmosphere of his gym . ‘’I enjoy doing my classes and the other trainers also enjoy doing their classes and that's what its about. I'm happy to be a core part of this fitness community," he said.
To learn more about Marcus and his team, their exact location, programs offered, and contact information, you can visit Rezults Fitness website at http://rezultsfitnessonline.com. They are located at 9100 Edgeworth Dr, Unit A & B, Capitol Heights, MD 20743, (888) 323-9915
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As we age, we want to be as fit and healthy as possible to keep up with the demands of everyday life. When we feel young and move as if nothing is holding us back, we can continue with activities that we love and are passionate about. If you find an exercise or wellness program and discover that it really helped with your well-being, your passion for it can grow and even move you to let others know about it.
This is what Wallis Mason, owner, and director of Studio1 Pilates n Movement LLC, has personally experienced. Before she became a certified Pilates instructor, she owned a dance school that she founded in 1994. A year before that, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. Orthopedic specialists told her to abstain from aerobics activities, which meant she would need to stop studying classical ballet. Because of her passion and love for the art, she did not stop until years later, when she experienced chronic pain and back spasms. She went to physical therapists who helped with everything she needed to know to take care of herself. ‘ I had physical therapy six days a week, for six weeks, and the therapy went on for several years,'’ she said. She then sought the help of a physiotherapist who uses physical therapy and Pilates for rehabilitation, which changed everything for her. Pilates helped improve her condition and took away the pain she had been suffering. Her passion for it grew and it inspired her to teach it to others too.
In 1999 her Physiotherapist offered to develop a certification program for her. The Pilates Teacher Mat and Reformer Course, which later gained recognition and was approved as Physical Therapy Continuing Education, allowed Wallis to learn and teach the techniques. She worked in that practice from 1999 to 2002 until she opened her own practice. Studio1 Pilates n Movement, LLC was founded in March, 2002.
One of Wallis’ missions is for her studio to be recognized as the best Pilates studio for wellness. She applies her years of experience and training so she can address her students’ needs. Her studio offers a variety of wellness programs aside from Pilates itself including Reiki Energy Healing, and Craniosacral therapy- which may be helpful for various health problems like migraines, chronic fatigue, scoliosis, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and more.
She takes pride in the apparatus and devices that she uses, such as her medical grade Richway Amethyst & Tourmaline Mini Biomat. The special mat, which is FDA licensed, uses far infrared light and negative ions to help the body detoxify and eliminate acidic wastes. She also has Balanced Body Allegro Reformers- which she uses during Pilates sessions for movement retraining to help address alignment, posture and manage pain. The BioBelt consists of 8 semi-precious crystal gemstones which aid digestion and metabolism and her Amethyst Pillows assist with quantum healing. She wants her studio to be a place not just for exercise but also for a space for healing. ‘’So, someone might come in who wants exercise or they want a quiet place, or some come in with six joint replacements, with titanium rods in their backs or steel plates in their arm or their feet and they ask for help. So that's what I do. It's super cool.’’
For Wallis, Pilates is more than just exercise. It is a wellness process, a way of life, designed to help those who want to improve their posture, balance, and quality of life. It is movement retraining that helped her get out of the chronic pain and spasms that she had been suffering for years. Pilates allowed her to walk properly again, practice and teach classical ballet, rock climb, and be an active grandmother. Wallis teaches people what she learned and she is thankful for the experience and the training she has undergone from the professionals while receiving therapy. “If my spine weren't a mess, I wouldn't have had the insight nor the teaching of the professionals to bring me here.’’ Her studio is on a mission to help give people the feeling of a good and improved quality of life.
To learn more about her story, services, and location of Studio1 Pilates n Movement, or to book an appointment please visit their website at https://www.studio1pilates.com.
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