"I BEGAN TO FEEL A HARMONY COME INTO MY BODY, AND THE PAIN BEGAN TO DECREASE"
"I WAS REALLY LOOKING FOR A NEW APPROACH TO DEALING WITH MY PAIN"
"ALWAYS A SAFE EXPERIENCE AT SOUTHWEST."
I’m a long-time massage therapist working in the area, and I’ve been so glad to know the folks at Southwest PT – both to help me out when my body’s feeling out of whack, and to send people to for the fabulous hands-on care they provide when I’m not available myself. I hear nothing but raves! Both Aracelli and Michael are warm and personable people and extremely talented practitioners that give their clients a level of focussed attention and support that’s hard to find in today’s physical therapy settings, which more often resemble assembly lines that healing centers. The “care” in the term “healthcare” is alive and thriving at Southwest PT.
“I came to Southwest Physical Therapy in extreme pain, and very skeptical. As a runner, I logged many miles on unforgiving pavement, and while training for, and completing the NYC Marathon I severely strained my lower back and hip.
At times, I could barely walk, and what was once an active lifestyle became a routine of pain-management. Over the course of two years I visited countless chiropractors, physical therapists, and orthopedists and endured endless treatment programs, tests, x-rays, and MRIs. Nothing helped. Disillusioned, I was convinced that I was doomed to lead a sedentary lifestyle, and would never run again.
My first visit to Southwest P.T filled me with a sense of hope and relief. The therapists spent quality one-on-one time getting to know me and understand my injury and goals. Focused and innovative treatments not only helped heal my back and hip injury, but also served to restore overall balance to my body. Chronic aches and pains that had nagged at me over the years began to dissipate with each treatment session, leaving me stronger and more flexible.
After only a month at Southwest, I was running two or three miles at a time: and, to my utter disbelief, completely pain-free. My therapists understood and encouraged my physical fitness goals, and encouraged me to realize them. I am thrilled to be in training again, for the NYC Marathon again, and plan to run stronger then ever. I could not be back on my feet, without the help of Southwest.”
– Marzena Fercz
I had a neck accident when I was 14 that has caused me chronic pain. I also recently found out I have tennis elbow (I don’t play tennis) and carpel tunnel syndrome as well as sciattica down both legs. I know it’s a lot. I have been in and out of traditional physical therapy since I had my first knee surgery at 18 (I’ve had 4 in total). I can unequivocally say that Southwest Physical Therapy is the first physical therapy practice that actually treats you as a WHOLE human. The therapy really works. I think I’m fairly intelligent and I have NEVER thought about how my torso is connected to my pelvis. These people REALLY know what they are doing and any one who is in any kind of pain should limp over – you’ll be running soon! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
– Andrea F.
“I came to Southwest PT with a condition called ‘acute exertional compartment syndrome’ of the shins, an injury caused by overexertion. The way it manifested itself was that during exercise (fast walking or running) the fascia didn’t expand with the pumped-up muscle, so it was pressing on nerves, starving the muscle of oxygen and nutrients, and causing a sharp pain that forced me to stop the activity. An orthopedic surgeon (a sports medicine expert) I consulted and the medical literature say the solution is surgery. Aracelli and Mike performed full-body Myofascial release on me. Following the third treatment I took out my shins for a test drive. Result: for the first time in 5 years I completed a run around Prospect Park without being stopped midway by acute pain.
Thank you, Aracelli and Mike, for the treatment and the pleasant atmosphere you create in the office. I’ll be baaaack.”
– J. Boms
I was 23 yrs old and babysitting a very mischievous child. One day, I lunged forward, swooped down and with one arm scooped the child up, preventing him from causing serious damage to the garden. However, it was not without consequences. I heard something shift in my back and I stood there, paralyzed in lunge position. The pain rushed in as I tried to straighten out my posture. From this point on, my back went out about once a year, maybe more. I would be bent over, in crippling pain, for days. Eventually, the pain would ease up and I could go back to functioning regularly.
7 years later, and my back was weaker, with years of abuse and neglect. One Sunday last August, my back went out again. It was just awful pain, and there was no way to alleviate it. And being in NYC, I couldn’t get anywhere without walking. And walking around the city like a crooked duck is extremely embarrassing. My shoulders were skewed, my butt sticking out, my hips out of alignment, not to mention the crippling pain. I called out sick to work, and upon my sister’s recommendation, called Southwest for an appt. They saw me that afternoon, and by the time I walked out I was much straighter. By the end of the week, I was walking normally again. They loosened up my tight hips and sides, which in turn put less pressure on my back. They taught me some invaluable stretches that ease my pain and I employ each day. But most importantly, they taught me that I do not need to live with back pain, and with a little work and self-care, I can be much happier.
Michael and Aracelli are extremely pleasant and cheerful. The office is calm and inviting, not at all clinical. I really get the sense that they care about my health and well-being. I have never had any kind of doctor or care-giver make me feel this way. Anyway, if you can let their trippy music transport you, and just trust the process, I’m confident you will find satisfying results.
– Molly S.
My experiences with Southwest have been great. The therapists do have a different approach than most– much more personal and customized. They took time to listen and work with me, not rushing me in and out. A great balance of regular PT and “alternative” approaches. Highly recommended!
In June of 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I underwent a double-mastectomy and lymphnode dissection. The physical and psychological impact of the surgery was tremendous. Strictly based on proximity, I walked into Southwest not realizing that they would become the cornerstone of my recovery. Myofascial release is a breakthrough technique and Aracelli is a master. In fact, my Oncologists at Sloan Memorial Kettering were so impressed with my range of motion after surgery they asked for the name of my therapist.
I’ve always experienced really painful cramping the week before and during my period. After my first session the cramps were almost gone. It was a miracle. It was interesting that when they worked on one part of my body I would feel it in another. When they worked on my abdomen I felt relief in my neck and upper back. I highly recommend both Michael and Aracelli. They are great therapists and caring, wonderful people!
Aracelli is a gifted and intuitive practitioner. I came to her with chronic pain stemming from a mild right hemiparesis and a complicated 2nd pregnancy. I feel like the healing process has begun. I recommend her highly.
I injured my knee playing tennis, it swelled up and was sore. After going to the doctor and six weeks of traditional physical therapy, I was not getting better. A friend told me about Aracelli and Michael, so I went thinking I would get more of the same as I got a Sports Med. I was so wrong. They are amazing physical therapist who take the time to really get to know you, listen to you and help you to heal. They give you the exercises needed to recover your health and strength. Healing is a process and I have learned with their help how to support my own health in an everyday way. The atmosphere is friendly yet professional. I thought I would never get back to my non-injured self, but I am on my way. Check them out and do the follow-up they suggest and you will be happy that you did.
– Gregory T.
I met Aracelli and Michael at a conference and felt so good about them, I made the trek from Philadelphia to Brooklyn to get a treatment. I was far from disappointed. The feeling in the office was immediately healing, calm and professional. Before even beginning the actual hands-on treatment, I got wonderful advice from them, both down-to-earth and empowering.
The Myofascial Release treatments I received were both transformative. Michael and Aracelli seemed to easily find a balance between directing the healing process and following my leads (often moving to an area I realized needed attention before I’d vocalized the need. After leaving the office, I felt grounded, light, and downright happy. I can’t recommend these therapists enough, generous, talented, and approaching the whole person. This is how I believe health care should be.
– Julia T.
When I showed up for my first appointment at Southwest Physical Therapy, I was in so much pain I could barely walk. I had a herniated disc with constant shooting pain down my leg from the sciatic nerve. I had already been to countless PT, chiropractor and doctor appointments in Manhattan where I felt like I was pretty much run through a factory. None of those visits helped with the pain. Southwest was an entirely different experience. I have never had this kind of care. Michael and Aracelli addressed the problem immediately, and gave me great advice on how to deal with chronic pain on both a physical and mental level. They are fantastic: I went from being in pain 24 hours a day for three months to living virtually pain free. Their techniques are a bit outside the box, but that’s exactly why it works. For me it was a leap of faith that absolutely paid off. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
After a lower back injury 2 years ago, my body began to spiral out of control. Running from Dr to Dr just exasperated the anxiety & pain. A Physical Therapist I know suggested I give SWPT a shot. It was an incredible experience that helped me heal. The muscle spasms & pain began to release & so did the anxiety & fear. They gave me the knowledge & tools to continue to be pain free. Aracelli & Michael are incredibly talented therapists. They focus on the entire body & the mind body connection. They have extensive knowledge of the muscles & the emotional connection to each of them. They are passionate about their work and sharing their knowledge. I am grateful to Aracelli & Michael. It was a great experience. I think everyone can benefit from Myofacial Release therapy at SWPT.
– Beth Ann
Southwest Physical Therapy is a wonderful place because of the people. Mike and Aracelli are caring, sweet and kind people who are excellent in their field. They are skilled and help you get on the road to recovery.
– Mary Borrero
I play soccer about 7 days a week. Sometimes, more than once a day. I play for a club team in Long Island, as well as for my school team. I hate missing practices or games. So I was extremely alarmed when I began having pain in my lower back. I would play through it, thinking I was just sore and it would pass. The pain worsened to the point where I began missing practices. My coach didn’t believe me but my parents expressed major concern. Eventually, it hurt so much to walk, it was all I could do to keep from crying.
Frantic, my mom forbade me to go to school. I purchased a heating pad, took Advil and lay flat on my back for 2 days. I saw a massage therapist and acupuncturist, both whom stocked me up with homeopathic herbs. I saw my regular doctor, whom, as wonderful as he is, shrugged his shoulders and suggested that I sit it out for 6 weeks. The alternative medications worked at first, but my pain gradually began to come back.
I had 2 really big games coming up. Desperately, my mom called Southwest Physical Therapy where Mike and Aracelli saw me immediately. I was given stretches and ball exercises to do and they were clear about what the problem was and how they were going to go about healing it. My mom asks me every day how my back pain feels on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 being the severest. Today, after my appointment, she was relieved when I said “1”.
– Elsa Hardy
“Unfortunately, over the years I’ve had my share of physical therapy. Some were better than others, but Aracelli & Mike at Southwest PT stand out from the crowd. They can put you through your paces like any PT, but they really shine when it comes to hands on work. They emphasize hands on, and I am a convert to this approach. I had gone to Hospital for Special Surgery for Physical Therapy on my shoulder previously, and though I experienced some improvement, I still had limited range of motion. I was ready to just accept it rather than consider surgery. However, the pain increased again, so I decided to try PT one more time, but picked someone close to home. The techniques Aracelli & Mike used were able to really open up my frozen shoulder. The pain is gone and I have better range each week. They are kind, approachable, talented people. Save a trip to the city, go Southwest!”
“I received treatment from Mike Boals and Aracelli Gonzalez of Southwest Physical Therapy for two weeks (three physical therapy sessions) for a sports injury which had been causing me daily pain for about two months, and which had caused me to miss a week of work. After the three one-hour sessions, and after following a few suggestions related to self-care of the injury, I was significantly improved to the point that I was able to stop taking pain relievers and to resume exercising. (I expected that I would have to return for one or two more treatment session, because the severity of the injury, but found that it was simply not necessary, as the injury had healed.)
Besides their obvious technical expertise as therapists, Mike and Aracelli made me feel very comfortable, mentally as well as physically, with their relaxed and friendly personal demeanors. They explained my injury and how it was affecting, or being affect by, different things (like certain movements) and they were always clear and made sure that I understood the injury, and how their treatment was helping. Mike and Aracelli made me feel like they were truly working with me to help me get better, and to help me get back to being able to play sports, [Karate] without pain or worry.”
I was experiencing extreme pain in my upper right thigh. I went through the usual regimen of tests (ultrasound, X-rays, MRI’s, neurological and blood). All the tests came back negative. I was relieved that there was nothing seriously wrong, but the pain was still there, even the pain killers did nothing to alleviate it.
I was talking to a neighbor and he was shocked at how I was so bent over and could hardly walk. He recommended Aracelli and Michael at Southwest Physical Therapy which he had used with great success. Although I was skeptical I called and made an appointment. On the appointed day I was doubtful but secretly hopeful I would get some relief.
After a few Myofascial Release treatments I was able to move without extreme pain. The pain in my thigh disappeared and I began to feel pain in other parts of my body. Michael would say, “We got the pain on the run, there is no place left for it to hide.” I slowly continued to straighten up as the pain lessened. I was instructed to do certain exercises at home and started taking walks. At first I had a difficult time incorporating my exercise routine into my day as I had become very inactive with the pain.
Now I look forward to doing the exercises as the Myofascial Release treatments have taken away the pain.
Today is a special day as I was told not to use my cane. I am walking tall and pain free thanks to the patience and caring of Aracelli and Michael at Southwest Physical Therapy.
– Theresa Walsh
“Recently I was incapacitated by a severe back injury. I tried to cure it with my usual bag of tricks which included Yoga postures, hot baths, etc., but nothing worked, and I was getting worse instead of better. I searched online for a physical therapist in my neighborhood and was very fortunate indeed to come across the website for Southwest [Physical Therapy] Healing.
As soon as I spoke to Michael, I knew I had dialed the right number! This was my first experience with Myo-Fascial Release therapy and it was great! They also gave me a regimen of stretches and exercises that I could do at home, and I began to improve immediately. All of the therapies are conducted in a very friendly and supportive atmosphere which helped tremendously to alleviate my mental and emotional stress. These guys are the best!”
– Brian S.
The encouragement, support and enthusiasm of Aracelli and Michael helped me to build up my muscles, my strength and my sense of well being. I am feeling more fit and stronger then I have been in years ! Thank you so much.
– Joyce Kavanaugh
I’ve been a runner for 23 years (since 1985) and I have overcome my own share of injuries. This year, for the first time, I sustained a stress fracture in my left hip, as well as torn labrum (cartilage) as I trained for the Boston Marathon.
Before PT, I was on crutches for a month. Working with Aracelli and Michael, they were able to help me unwind the injury while I worked on strengthening the areas around it. Each week, we regrouped and they tailored that day’s PT to suit specifics of my progress. On top of that, I was impressed with Michael and Aracelli’s relentless pursuit of new information on MF release which enhances their practice.
The yellow ball was great for me to do my own Myofascial Release at home, so that I was making progress between my sessions. Aracelli and Michael understand that progress is something that YOU must participate in. It comes from you. That spirit makes the PT what it ought to be. Effective. I’m on my feet, up and running and aiming for Boston next year. Preventative PT with regular visits in the future is a likely part of my future training.
Thank you Aracelli and Michael. I’ll see you at the finish line.
– Tim Monti-Wohlpart
“Southwest Physical Therapy is the most effective and the least time consuming physical therapy I have ever experienced. Also, it is a great way to de-stress in a very pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. My thanks to Aracelli and Michael”
– Marie Colosimo
I have been to many centers that offer physical therapy, but they often do not include the most important aspect of healing – consistent human contact. Imagine someone spending an hour with you. They do not have other patients at the same time, they don’t run in and out of the treatment room, and they work with your body every minute of your time. You will get an education on how your body is connected and of how the relaxation of tight muscle fibers can lead to both the mitigation of pain and more fluid movements. On two occasions I have come to their office in severe pain, and I was unable to stand up straight. Getting off their table was a revelation; the pain was gone from my back, and my posture was normal. I could stand up straight. The experience for me is always calming and rejuvenating. The two therapists at Southwest Physical Therapy are lovely people. Thanks, guys!
– Art Baur