The Joint Ventures' Blog

How Side Planks Can Help People with Scoliosis

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Have you ever been told you have scoliosis or knew you had it but was told that there is nothing you can do about it. Traditionally patients with degenerative or idiopathic (primary) scoliosis have been told they have to wear a brace for almost the entire day to reduce the curvature of their spine. If that does not work they may have been told that they may require surgery. In the last few years there has been more evidence that certain sustained yoga poses will help to reduce the curvature.  These routines are often lengthy and some individuals have a hard time to keep up with them. 

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Joint Ventures Running Performance Assessment

Monday, September 01, 2014

Autumn is right around the corner, and what’s a better way to enjoy the brisk weather and the foliage than a run along the Charles River?  Many runners begin or return to running in the fall after taking a break over the hot and humid summers here in Boston.

However, it’s always important to remember to start back up slowly, increase intensity at the proper intervals, and make sure you are doing the proper cross training to make sure you are strong enough for your running program.

Joint Ventures has helped prepare runners and develop a strong fitness base through their “Running Performance Evaluation” and “Running Clinics.”

These programs are a multidisciplinary approach to making sure you are physically ready to return to or begin running.  During the initial evaluation, a client will spend an hour with a physical therapist who will analyze their running form, posture, functional movements, strength, and flexibility.  The results of this exam will be used to develop an individualized program to help that individual increase his/her performance and promote safe running techniques.  

About a week and a half later, the client will return to Joint Ventures to consult with the physical therapist who developed his/her program.  Together they will analyze the program’s appropriateness and review the client’s progress with the program.   Along with doing  a program at home, the physical therapist may have the client start to work with a personal trainer, massage therapist or chiropractor, as determined at the initial evaluation.

The final follow up with the original physical therapist will take place six weeks after the initial evaluation, and will help the client and physical therapist determine if  his/her form and efficiency have improved by reevaluating the deficits found at the initial evaluation.

If you have any other questions about running or the Joint Ventures Running Performance Evaluation, please stop by our Brookline/Allston Physical Therapy location or contact Brent Butler at


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Boston Heart Walk

Friday, August 15, 2014

Have you ever wanted to work with a Personal Trainer? Is your fitness routine in need of an overhaul? Joint Ventures Personal Trainer, Adam Engelman, is walking in the Boston Heart Walk on September 6, 2014 and in exchange for $35 minimum contribution to his charity, you could receive a 60 minute one-on-one personal training session with Adam. 

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Beginner Marathon Tips

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Aren't you're feeling inspired having just watched the Boston Marathon?  Each year as the thousands go by, I get caught up in the courage, conviction, and dedication I see on the faces of all the runners.  A lot of our patients ran the marathon.  For some, it was their first marathon, while for others they're working to improve on a best time.  For all of us inspired cheerleaders, the thoughts of beginning to train for a first marathon are daunting.  There is an overload of information on this topic out there, but here are a few basic, but important tips! 

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Last Minute Marathon Tips

Monday, April 07, 2014

Ok runners, you’ve been putting in the miles, and the big day is only a few weeks away.  This year’s Boston Marathon is April 21st, and as race day approaches, there are some things you’ll want to think about that will make your marathon experience smooth and enjoyable.  

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Decrease Stress with an Alternative Exercise

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

If you have been in Boston for the winter, you will be hard pressed to find anyone who does not believe it was one of the harshest seasons in recent memory! The constant cold, snow, wind, and ice has led to increased stress and tension in our bodies that can literally weigh us down. With March deciding to "go out as a lion" this year, I know that I am more than ready to get back to enjoying outdoor activities this spring!   

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The Pilates Jumpboard

Monday, February 10, 2014

Since February is Heart Health Awareness Month, many of us are looking to add more cardio to our exercise routines, but you may be sick of the treadmill and exercise bike.  It’s time to get creative and look for other options to jump start your fitness in 2014.   

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Fighting the Steady State Cardio Blues

Monday, February 03, 2014

 “I need to get my cardio in, but I don’t want to go on the treadmill or the elliptical.”  Does this phrase sound familiar? I bet it does!  You want to increase your heart rate and improve your health, but the idea of hopping on the elliptical or treadmill is about as appealing as walking into oncoming traffic.  You are not the only one.    

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How to Initiate a Cardiovascular Routine

Friday, January 31, 2014

With a large percentage of Americans being overweight, it's clear that many of us are not following the most recent exercise guidelines which prescribe up to an hour of exercise each day. But before we talk about how much "cardio" you should do, you should know why it's so important.  

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Cold Weather Exercise 101

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

During the winter it’s hard to stay motivated and keep up with your workouts.  It’s easy to put exercise on hold, but continuing your workout routine during the cold-weather months is important for your heart health.  Continuing your exercise routine in cold weather has many benefits.  Outdoor exercise is a great way to cure the "winter blues.”  Exercise increases your energy levels, which tend to be lower during cold and gloomy weather, and it boosts your immune system, which is important to fight off those winter colds.  

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