People are starting to move out to the great outdoors once again to engage in sports, recreation, yard work, and even gardening. The fun of enjoying Mother Nature, however, can come with some new aches and pains that need attention.

“As people become more active in the nicer months, problems they’ve been avoiding start to flare up,” said Olivia Caruso, M.A., R.D. “Maybe it’s an achy knee, a twinge in the back, a sore shoulder or stiff neck. One thing’s for sure — you can’t ‘hope’ them away. We’re here to help!”

In New Jersey no prescription is needed for physical therapy, except for Medicare, so those looking to feel better thanks to a holistic-focused practice may simply make an appointment with Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, LLC.

One thing that sets this family-owned and operated business apart from similar offices is the combination of physical therapy (PT), Pilates reformer, and nutrition, modalities that work together for optimal wellness.

Dr. Joseph Caruso, MSPT, dPT, CMT, CSCS, leads the PT team. His focus is on the whole person, and he and all the staff spend the time that’s needed with patients to chart the best course of treatment.

“Pilates reformer is often recommended along with or after PT,” Olivia added. “We have an amazing instructor who uses the reformer to rehab patients and build strength. We have doctors of physical therapy on hand, so you know you’ll get all your questions answered and the correct reformer work. We’ve had great success, even with those who didn’t really enjoy a Pilates re-former-type class in the past.”

The staff at Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition strive to create healthy patients from the inside out. The third important piece is nutrition counseling, as good nutrition can help speed recovery. The dietitians are changing lives helping patients dodge a new diagnosis, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. They teach you how to understand and take control of your current medical needs and provide the support you need to make your weight loss journey a success. The goal is to help you omit the need for the medication so you can instead use your money on that vacation you deserve.

“Nutrition is such a foundation,” Olivia explained. “For example, post-surgery, it’s important you get enough protein, Vitamin C, and zinc to aid in healing and recovery. We invite you to come in for a consultation and let us show you the best course of treatment whether that’s PT, Pilates reformer, nutrition, or a combination.”

Sometimes, Joe and Olivia discover their patients may benefit from another service they offer just because they listen. Someone coming in for nutrition might complain of a knee issue that’s a barrier to physical activity — that person may benefit from PT. Or they find someone working with them on PT and Pilates reformer may benefit from being exposed to a registered dietitian — that person may be a good candidate for nutrition counseling.

This time of the year, many are seeking improved health and wellness so they can fully enjoy long summer days and fun summer nights — and that’s a great reason to visit Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition. Find out more at www.CarusoPTRD.com, or by calling 609-738-3143.

Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, LLC, 1278 Yardville-Allentown Road, Suite 3, Allentown. 609-738-3143. Fax: 609-738-3144. www.CarusoPTRD.com.

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