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Join top-40 Physical Therapy Influencer, Doc Jen, and her Physical Therapy fiancé Dr. Dom, as they bring you the body tips and PT Pearls you need to help you understand your body, relieve your pains and restrictions, and answer your questions. Along with expert guests, the goal of The Optimal Body is to help you discover what optimal means in your own body.
 
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Having a hard time with recovery? Listen to trainer Max Artsis as he dives into his experience with training athletes and high level performers; what it has taught him about individual movement patterns and recovery times. Max advises how people, like you, can enhance their bodies and explore them to their full potential with simple daily habits; e…
 
Have you ever been told you have a “stuck” or “unstable” SI joint? Struggling with SI pain? Tune in as Dr. Dom and Doc Jen explain what an SI joint, or a Sacroiliac joint, is and what it really means to have SI pain. They explain the research behind SI pain and the most beneficial ways, in their expert opinions, experiences, and current research, t…
 
Resistant to sharing your vulnerabilities? Then don’t miss out on this groundbreaking interview with Beau Whitman – cancer survivor, coach, and high level athlete – as he opens up about his injury and cancer journey. Tune in as Beau dives into his athletic background and major injuries as an athlete; touching on how his mindset helped him cope with…
 
Embarrassed by your bunions? Join us as we explain what might be the root cause of your bunions and how common it really is. Listen as we explain the importance of “checking up the chain” for underlying causes and why each diagnosis is individual. Tune in as we dive into the taboos behind treatments and studies of bunions and why going to a physica…
 
Confused what self-love really means? Why is everyone talking about it? Join us as Sierra Nielsen –personal trainer, nutritionist, and transformation coach –gives us wisdom on what self-love is all about and her journey with it. Tune in as she explains what it's like to go through traumatic life events, even with a lack of support around, and how t…
 
Ever feel like your body is trying to tell you something? Listen as Doc Jen dives into her own movement journeys as a gymnast and her experiences with pain and injury. Tune in as she explains what it was like being injured as a gymnast and how those injuries have impacted her body through today. She also demonstrates from her own body why structure…
 
Wish you could be vulnerable with people about your traumatic past? Join us as we interview Chase Chewning – Army Veteran, podcast host, and certified coach – as he explains his own traumatic story and how he has gained the courage to speak about it; his advice on how you can too. Listen as he dives into his life in the Army, enrolling at 17 years …
 
Join us as Dr. Dom dives into his personal journey with injuries as an athlete. Listen as he explains that, although a physical therapist, he still has functional limitations within his own body. He explains what type of injuries he has ran into, what he did in the past for them, and how he treats them now. Listen as we dive in to male pelvic floor…
 
Feel like you’ve tried everything, from working out to eating healthy, and still have little to no results? Listen to the interview with Julia Glanz – registered dietician, strength and conditioning coach, speed and agility coach, and former D1 athlete for soccer – as she enlightens us on what might be the true cause. Tune in as Julia explains how …
 
What does it really mean to have a leg length discrepancy? Why do we feel better after getting our pelvis adjusted? Does it stay in place after it is adjusted? When did it fall out of place in the first place? How do I know this initiated my pain? How do I know if it will last? Adjusting the pelvis is one of the most commonalities we see amongst cl…
 
Join us as Dr. Scott Lynn, Jen's very own Biomechanics PhD professor from California State University, Fullerton, breaks down the research of biomechanics and brings us back to the individual in movement. With his background working in professional sports like baseball and golf, over 20 years of publishing and reviewing research articles and journa…
 
Want to learn how to activate your glutes and grow that booty? Been told you’re more “quad dominant”? Feel more quads, low back or hamstrings when you workout? Tune in as we explain how to truly activate your glutes and breakdown what those terms mean. Listen as we explain the biggest mechanical leaks when deadlifting and how to improve your form. …
 
Listen in as Lara Heimann, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Yoga educator, explains how brain mapping has changed her yoga practice. She outlines her LYT method, her experience with teaching yoga instructors, and how bringing it back to the basics can strengthen your practice. Tune in as she explains why functional movement, mobility, and core integr…
 
Have a history with shin splints? Like to run, hike, or just have a real passion for walking the dog, but can’t go on with these favorite hobbies of yours because of that pain in your shins? Listen as we explain what shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is and how you can combat it. We explain the differences between shin splints and oth…
 
Experience pain on a daily basis? Don’t understand the differences between chronic and acute pain? Join us as we dive into these terms and what it really means to have pain. We also explain how your beliefs about the pain you experience can change the way your body receives it. Listen as we break down methods for you to ease the pain within your ow…
 
Do you have pain on the bottom of your feet? Been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis? Join us as we talk about the Dos and Don’ts for Plantar Fasciitis and how long you should expect for the pain to subside. We also explain what Plantar Fasciopathy is and who may be at risk. Later, we talk to Jill Miller, founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and empr…
 
How much water are you drinking? How often do you bounce? Join us as we talk about the Lymphatic system and how you can help regulate the fluids within your body. We cover some nodule locations and neuro-lymphatic points to help you quickly activate and regulate that lymphatic system. We also explore dry brushing and how it positively affects our s…
 
How long has it been since you’ve rolled, crawled, or squatted?! In this episode, we explain neuromuscular re-education and why these movement patterns are important. Dead Bugs? Bridges? What are these? Join us as we explain these exercises and how they will benefit your everyday life. Then, we interview Dr. Jennifer Hutton, aka Dr. JPop, a pediatr…
 
Wrist pain during push-ups and planks? They shouldn't be. In this episode, we'll break down the common wrist diagnoses and help guide you into what you can start doing to hopefully help relieve some of those symptoms! Then, we get into an insightful interview with our friend, Amanda Rocchio, more commonly known as MeowMeix on Instagram. After recov…
 
Why do our joints hurt?! What is tendonitis, tendonosis, and tendinopathy?! Doc Jen and Dr Dom dive into what the differences are between these and how to address them. After this we interview Natalie Jill, fat loss expert and author. Natalie opens up about her journey with chronic pain, her two back surgeries, a distal bicep repair and how being a…
 
Waking up feeling achy, stiff and sore? Thinking it may be your bed, mattress, pillows or sleeping position?? Tune into this episode as we guide you through the "optimal" sleeping positions and stick around for the interview with Adam Von Rothfelder, owner and CEO of Strong Coffee. To check out Strong Coffee and get your next quality latte, click h…
 
Experience pain at the side of your knee? Ever been told it's your IT Band and you should probably roll it out? Well, we'll break down what the IT Band is, why you might be getting pain, and what you can start doing today to relieve that pain! Then, we dive into an awesome interview with fitness expert, Danielle Pascente, as she walks us through he…
 
Bloated often? Unsure about what to do to help your gut or confused on what supplements and vitamins you should be taking?? We will break down the manual techniques you can start doing today to help reduce that bloat and we go into a very informative interview with guest Sara Cullen, CEO of GEM, the anti-vitamin. A healthy gut makes a healthy body.…
 
Do you ever experience moments of low back pain? To the point of spasm? Do you feel like you can't move sometimes? Maybe it locks up? Dr. Domenic and Dr. Jen will break down why low back spasms take place, what you can start doing about them, and then we get to chat with Dr. Yonnie Procter about her experience with low back pain, spasms, and so muc…
 
15% OFF VivoBarefoot Shoes with code “OPTIMAL15” at checkout: https://bit.ly/3cDHcAx Improve your feet = improve your body! Free your feet of the shoe prison they were previously living in. These are the only shoes Doc Jen & Dr. Dom wear daily when walking and working out. They have drastically improved the function of Doc Dom’s feet and allowed Do…
 
Meniscus injury worrying you? Learn what you can do to help prevent pain and bulletproof your knees! Plus, learn from guest, Dr. Michael Lau of The Prehab Guys as he chats through his own personal journey with battling back pain. What You Will Learn: PT Pearl: Meniscus Injury of the Knee 01:38 - What is the Meniscus? 07:55 - What causes Meniscal In…
 
What is Breathwork? Why is it suddenly a hot topic? What is the science behind it? And how does it actually relate to pain in the body? We'll break it all down for you in today's podcast, with special guest, and breath expert, Brian MacKenzie. Brian is offering ONE MONTH FREE of his PSEPro membership with code: OptimalPSE https://powerspeedenduranc…
 
Struggle with knee pain when doing stairs, squats, running or jumping? You’ll definitely want to tune into the PT Pearl on Patellofemoral Syndrome! After they are done sharing their words of wisdom, they dive right into an interview with personal trainer and movement expert, Venus Lau. 15% OFF VivoBarefoot Shoes with "OPTIMAL15" at checkout: https:…
 
Today, Jen and Dom bring you their PT Pearl on Scoliosis! After they are done sharing their words of wisdom, they dive right into their interview with fellow physical therapist, Dr. Stefi Cohen. Find the full show notes here: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode9/ WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: PT Pearl 8: Scoliosis 00:53 – Reviews 02:49 – What is Scoli…
 
Did you know a quick movement test can determine how long you'll live?! Try it out! Stay tuned to learn about how Dr. Stacie has overcome 10 orthopedic surgeries and how she believes treatment for physical therapy should be done! WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: PT Pearl 7: Functional Sit to Stand Test 03:54 – Sit to Stand Study and Results; Increasing Longevi…
 
Learn the truth about concussion management from someone who has been battling for over 9 years. Also, learn how you can fix your Anterior Pelvic Tilt! WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: PT Pearl 6: Is Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fixable? 00:54 – What is Anterior Pelvic Tilt and how does it feel? 03:06 – Dr. Dom’s experience with anterior pelvic tilt 04:10 – What is Lo…
 
Tingling and numbness, scoliosis, Darth Vader, Instagram fame and more! WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: PT Pearl: What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? 01:03 – How it might not just be Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and why 03:43 – What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? 04:42 – Different types of TOS and most common types 06:07 – Compensatory Patterns and why it’s important…
 
Have shoulder pain or ever experienced a disc herniation?? You'll definitely want to tune into the PT Pearl and the episode with MoveU today! 15% OFF VivoBarefoot Shoes with code "OPTIMAL" at checkout: https://bit.ly/3cDHcAx - Improve your feet = improve your body! The only shoes we ALL wear on this podcast episode! Free your feet from shoe prison …
 
Today, Doc Jen & Dr. Dom dive into your most requested PT Pearl on...Piriformis Syndrome!!! Along with this gem of a PT Pearl, they also welcome Vinh Pham a.k.a "Vinnie Rehab" to the show! WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: PT Pearl: Myths about Piriformis Syndrome Symptoms | Smash, stretch or Strengthen?! 01:21 – What is Piriformis Syndrome? 03:35 – Other muscl…
 
Today, Doc Jen and Dr. Dom bring you their PT Pearl on Disc Herniation! After they are done sharing their words of wisdom, they dive right into their first interview with fellow physical therapist, Dr. Kelly Starrett. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: How disc herniation happens and what you can do about it. How to teach your brain to respond to pain. Strategie…
 
Welcome to our quick intro episode. This will be a quick 20 minute episode where Doc Jen & Dr. Dom explain what the intent of the show is about and what you can expect from us moving forward. If you have a suggestion on what PT Pearls you want to learn about or what guests we should have on, feel free to email us at jen@docjenfit.com! WHAT YOU WILL…
 
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