Nutrition Testimonial – Joe Johnson

nutrition-testimonialI have been attending In Motion O.C. for Aquatic Physical Therapy for my back and hip problems. At 300 pounds with Type II Diabetes, hip pain, and several other health issues I finally realized I needed to lose weight. I was at a point in my life where I had to do something or I would be wheelchair bound.

During therapy Tyler, the PTA told me to talk to Melanie about nutrition. I signed up for nutritional health coaching with Melanie and she has saved my life. She has given me at least 10 more years of my health back. I have now lost 20 pounds and 6 inches in one and a half months. My hip pain and inflammation are much better and I can walk farther.

I will continue to follow the healthy eating program designed by Melanie so I can reach my goal of 60 pounds. It is a lifestyle change that I want to continue. I realized it’s not that I was eating too much food before, but that I was eating the wrong food. I am very thankful to Melanie for educating me on healthy eating.

– Joe Johnson


Shoulder Pain – What Are the Causes and Remedy

shoulder-pain-massageShoulder injuries can be a great detriment to everyday activities we do. We don’t know how much we take our shoulder for granted until we lose the ability to use it.  Taking care of your shoulder, like the rest of your body, is like taking care of your car. You have to change its oil, rotate its tires, wash it once in a while (especially if you live in Southern California where there is very little rain), change the battery, etc.  You have to take of it. Same with your body; treat your body like a temple, and it will return the favor.

In saying this, did you know that things like sitting can give you shoulder pain? You heard me right; SITTING. Everyone does it; especially all of you who have desk jobs. Commonly when people sit, their shoulders fall forward, their heads fall forward and over time, this can lead to shoulder pain. This can also lead into a dangerous cycle of injury.  You have shoulder pain, and you don’t want to use your shoulder because of the pain. Not using your shoulder can lead to more pain. Then you don’t want to use your shoulder even more. Get the drift? If not corrected, shoulder pain can lead to more serious issues that can take months to recover from.

Enter Physical Therapy. These sorts of injuries are Physical Therapist’s bread and butter. Physical Therapists will talk to you about your injuries, take measurements and develop a very specific Physical Therapy program just for you.  Physical Therapists will educate you on how to stretch and strengthen the right muscles to fix your shoulder as well as how to sit properly…yes, there is a way to sit properly. They will also give you exercises to do at home that you will perform outside of Physical Therapy. You may feel funky performing these stretches and exercises at first, but remember, treat your body like a temple (or a car) and over time your body will return the favor.



Preventing Knee PainKnee pain is nobody’s friend; it commonly tries to hangout with us even though we obviously don’t want it there. It can physically and emotionally drain us and make us think of how we are getting older and the pains that come along with it. Depressing right? How can we get it to go away? We can look up strategies on how to kindly send it packing but sometimes we need a little extra help to do this.

Your knees are one of the most important parts of your body to protect because they’re kind of a big deal in your daily activities. Walking, as an obvious example. Knee pain can come from all sorts of places and can commonly arise from many years of wearing out shoes, previous knee injuries, muscle tightness, walking funny and so on. You can take aspirin, use Icy-Hot or many of the other product that gives you TEMPORARY pain relief, but that doesn’t address the underlying issue.

Whenever you have knee pain that has been constant for a few days or weeks, do not try to be Rocky Balboa and fight through the pain. This pain could be a sign of a deeper issue. As tempting as it might be to just “live with it” you shouldn’t have to. As a matter of fact, not treating the pain tends to make the issue worse. You know the adage…things don’t usually fix themselves.

So, what should you do? Physical Therapy. PT can help you understand what’s going on and give you strategies on how to treat and decrease the knee pain you have. The whole point is to get you as close to pain-free as possible! You’ll be given the tools that physical therapists have spent many years learning and practicing that you can apply to reduce your knee pain. Depending on the extent of your pain, physical therapy can be fast, or it can take a little more time but the main take away here is that you will have LONG-TERM pain relief. No more Ben Gay, no more Icy-Hot or Aspirin. Your knees and your wallet will even buy you dinner!

So remember, take knee pain in stride and let physical therapy be your friend.

Depending on the extent of your pain, physical therapy can be fast, or it can take a little more time but the main take away here is that you will have LONG-TERM pain relief
If you take knee pain in strides and let physical therapy be your friend. You will have long-term pain relie


Hiking: A Step in the Right Direction

By Tyler Ray, PTA at In Motion O.C.

I like hiking because it is one of those activities that has both physical and mental benefits. Physically, hiking is a great cardiovascular workout as well as a muscular endurance workout. As with any workout, hiking releases endorphins; the feel good chemicals in the body. Mentally, hiking allows me to let my brain turn off from all the stresses of daily life and “center” myself. When I see the pure beauty of nature that surrounds me, it makes me realize that I don’t need to “sweat the small stuff” in life. So whenever I have stress I always try to force myself to do some sort of activity outdoors because I know I will come back feeling good and mentally refreshed.

However, regardless of how wonderful hiking can be, and no matter what fitness level you are, we all need to prepare our bodies to take on nature. Whether on a day hike or on a weekend long trek you will likely have your fair share of experiences with gravel, tree roots, and maybe an occasional cliff or two, so it is crucial to understand the importance of becoming physically prepared for these obstacles. One wrong step can happen and BAM, you have an ankle injury, knee injury, or you’ve fallen 3,000 feet to an untimely death. ☺

Here are a few tips I’d like to share to ensure a successful hiking experience. But first, remember to start every hike with a warm-up and stretches. These two activities will prepare your muscles and joints for a successful day on the trails.

Take five minutes in the parking lot or at the trail-head to perform some light walking to get your body warmed up and to reduce stiffness even more.

2. Stretches:
After warm up, perform stretches to improve your flexibility and reduce your stiffness even more. Make sure to stretch your Calves, Hip Flexors and Hamstrings.

If you have any pain or injury, you should take care of that first. Or if you’re posture needs significant improvement, it would behoove you to address that first so that you are not making things worse on your hike. If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injuries or posture, email us at

If you want to get even more benefit out of hiking, general strengthening and cardio exercises will prepare you to enjoy this experience even more. These activities do not have to necessarily be very strenuous, but just enough to get the heart rate up and the muscles working. Strength training exercises should occur two to three times per week, that includes exercising the gluteals (ok, you’re butt), legs, arms, shoulders, chest and back. For cardio, focus on exercises that target muscles groups in the lower body since they are used the most when hiking. Stair stepping, cycling and running are great options to improve your endurance. If you would like our help in this area, scheduling a free consultation by emailing us at

Hiking burns lots of calories so it is very important to make sure that you consume proper foods prior to hiking. A diet rich in healthy fats, carbohydrates and proteins give you the fuel you need to get through the hike. Also, bring a small snack and a water bottle during your hike to keep your body fueled and to keep you hydrated. Adopting healthy eating habits and consistently staying hydrated will allow you to have more sustainable energy and keep you moving in the right direction. If you would like to schedule a free Nutrition Consultation, email us at

Discussion Topic
In addition to activities such as hiking, what other kind of activities do you do to reduce your stress and stay healthy?


In Motion O.C. Hires Director of Physical Therapy

Irvine, CA (PRWEB)

profile-victor-rusenescuIn Motion O.C. announced the hiring of Victor Rusenescu, PT, DPT as Director of Physical Therapy. Mr. Rusenescu has been a Doctor of Physical Therapy since 2007 when he graduated from Loma Linda University’s DPT Program. Much of his experience has been in outpatient orthopedics but he has also worked within the hospital setting allowing him to get a better understanding on how his patients progress out into the real world from acute care.

Victor writes: “Through my years in the industry I learned that everyone is very different. I take the approach of listening to my patients’ needs, and to start to develop goals that can be achieved through physical therapy. I enjoy teaching my patients about their pathologies and/or their diagnosis, giving them a better understanding to how the healing process will go while they are in physical therapy. I’m honored to be able to utilize my leadership gifts at Orange County’s finest clinic.”

In Motion O.C.’s Managing Director, Jeff Thomas, comments: “We are thrilled to obtain the services of such a strong Physical Therapist and leader, but most importantly, a man of such strong character, as Victor Rusenescu. Our current and future patients are in good hands under his leadership. Victor had many suitors after him, and we feel blessed that he chose us.”

In Motion O.C. is a state of the art physical therapy, aquatic therapy, and fitness center in Irvine, California. In Motion O.C. excels at providing patients with a first class experience in a calm and professional setting. All of the therapists at In Motion O.C. are Doctors of Physical Therapy and utilize the most up-to-date training, techniques and equipment.

For more information visit or call In Motion O.C. at 949-861-8600.


Shin Splints: What they are and How to Treat them

As the name suggests, shin splints are characterized by pain along the shin, often due to repetitive exercise like running or dancing. The shinbone or tibia is the large bone that runs along the front of the lower leg. The condition involves the bone, as well as surrounding muscles, tendons and tissue. Shin splints is actually a collective term for a grouping of conditions and proper diagnosis is essential to ensure treatment targets the specific problem.
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Rotator Cuff Injuries: What they are and How to Treat them

Shoulder pain can often be attributed to conditions affecting the rotator cuff, the group of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder joint and keep the shoulder and arm in proper alignment. Rotator cuff injuries generally come in two distinct categories; tendinitis, which involves inflammation of one or more of the shoulder tendons, and impingement, which occurs when the rotator cuff is pinched between the arm and shoulder bones.
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Relief for Back Pain

The Mayo Clinic predicts that most adults living in the United States will experience back pain at some point in their lives. On a global level, back pain is the number one reason for disability and missed work. The good news is there are options for treating back pain that can bring significant relief without surgery or extended recovery periods.
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Plantar Fasciitis: What it is and How to Treat it

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs from your toes to your heel on the bottom of your foot. This band can become inflamed and painful, often due to repetitive motions like walking or running. When that occurs, plantar fasciitis is the common diagnosis. The condition is frequently seen in runners, but can occur anytime the plantar fascia is overused. Women and individuals who are overweight are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis.
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Patellar Tendonitis: What it is and How to Treat it

Patellar tendonitis is a condition in which the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone becomes damaged, resulting in pain and reduced mobility. It is also referred to as “jumper’s knee,” because it is commonly associated with athletes that do a lot of jumping, such as basketball and volleyball players. However, the condition is also seen in other types of athletes as well as individuals that do not play any sport regularly.
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