Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute 
Sports Medicine
January 2015
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Michael Moy
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Michael C. Moy, LAc

Acupuncture Health Center
Licensed Acupuncturist
Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor 

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and Achieve Physical Therapists help keep dancers safe with Pre-Pointe Evaluations in December.


Youth ballet dancers received extensive range of motion, mobility, and strength evaluations before progressing in their technique training. Way to keep those dancers safe, Center for Dance!!

Intent Strength and Multi-sport Training Center had Achieve stop by to show some tips on being flexible in the New Year! 
Sports Medicine, owner, Gina Pongetti shared some tips on the Science of Flexibility and how it can help with injury prevention, posture, and pesky aches and pains! Congratulates on keeping your athletes in top shape, INTENT!

Want to give your club a shout out for going above and beyond?  Let us know!
Did you know???
Facts about Dancers

Incorrect turn-out, lack of flexibility and lack of strength can all lead to injury in dance. The good news--all of that is preventable! Continuous work on flexibility, technique, and strength can help to ensure that you stay healthy and can continue to dance! 

Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute Sports Medicine focuses on educating our patients, coaches, and parents on issues that we see all too often. We are a concierge medical team, connecting you with all professionals who you may need to help.  If you're unsure of the next step to take for nutrition information, sports performance, or any other issue pertaining to you or your athlete, feel free to contact ANY of our clinics! We work with many other doctors, specialists, and leaders in their field of practice and would be happy to set you up with appointments if needed. 

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Coming soon, we will have an 'Achieve around the world item' that we will pass out to our past and present patients.

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             The Power of the Plie
      Abbey K. Wills, PT, DPT, ART
 Happy 2015 to all!

         For many athletes, January marks the beginning of race season, pre-season training, and working towards all the goals and resolutions we all have made. This is especially true for young dancers; January marks the beginning of competition season. This means rehearsals, costume fittings, master classes, and many performances. Dancing on multiple surfaces in many different settings can be very demanding on the body. The same goes for other athletes as well. Many sports are transitioning from outdoor training to indoor training. So, how can we take some positive steps to maintain good health during the New Year? 

The answer can be found in technique. 

Plie (plee-AY) as defined by the American Ballet Theater (ABT) dictionary: A bending of the knee or knees. This is an exercise to render the joints and muscles soft and pliable and the tendons, flexible and elastic. Plie is also used to develop a strong sense of balance. 

The concept of plie is not only applicable for dancers but can also play an important role in many other sports and activities. Knowing how to identify abnormal alignment and learning to correct abnormal postures can ensure improved sports performance and decrease risk of injury. 

Having a good, well-balanced plie (or squat) is key here.

Read 'The Power of the Plie' in its entirety, here


Abbey Wills is a Doctoral PT and one of Achieve's Performing Arts Medicine Physical Therapist. Abbey has an extensive competitive dance and musical theater background including minoring in Dance at Ithaca College. She has been privileged to work with many Broadway in Chicago tours including "Book of Mormon", "Motown the Musical", "Amazing Grace", and many more. Click here to read Abbey's entire bio. 

Abbey is available for scheduling out of our

Achieve WebsiteAthlete Spotlight: 
                   Alexa Tolitano                           Western Michigan University
Dance Major 

Our January athlete of the month is collegiate dancer, Alexa Tolitano. Alexa attended the Center for Dance in Westmont prior to starting her collegiate career. We were able to sit down with Alexa and ask her a few questions about injury recovery, time-management, and future goals. Click here to read our entire interview with Alexa. 

Q: As a dance major in college, how do you balance dance, school, and find time for extra activities? Do you have any advice for others thinking of following the same path? 

"Being a dance major can be very difficult with technique classes, dance theory classes, general education classes, auditions, rehearsals, and extra activities, so being able to be manage my time is most important. The first thing I learned in college (while having a very full schedule) was how to manage my time. I had to prioritize and know how much my mind and body could handle..." Read more.

Q: How has injury affected your passion for dance? Was there a time when you almost lost your passion? 

"I have been dealing with my back injury for about 4 or 5 years and there have definitely been moments when I was second guessing dance. When coming to college with my back injury,  I was having doubts about whether I made the right decision on becoming a dance major, especially because of the pain and health risks. It wasn't until I had gone to Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute that I started to see improvement and notice relief..." Read more.

                                Q: Tell us about your future career aspirations. Are you going to continue dancing? 

"After graduating from Western Michigan University and getting my BA in Dance and minor in event planning, I am planning to move to California to pursue commercial work. My dream is to work on music videos, award shows, and become a back up dancer for famous artists. I would also love to travel with a professional touring company or possibly dance in Cirque De Soleil shows..." Read more. 

To read our entire interview, click here
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            Michael C. Moy, LAc 

Acupuncture Health Center
Licensed Acupuncturist 
Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor

Michael Moy is the owner of Acupuncture Health Center in Willowbrook, IL, just down the street from our Burr Ridge Sports Medicine Clinic. We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about how acupuncture can work for you.  Read our full interview, here. 

Q: What is acupuncture? 

"Acupuncture is defined as a technique of inserting thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body to control pain and other symptoms. It is a type of complementary and alternative medicine.When acupoints are stimulated, they promote natural healing and improve the function of your body systems.  Not only is acupuncture a natural medicine, it a safe, effective, non-addictive form of treatment for a wide range of medical conditions..." Read more. 

Q: How can acupuncture help a patient be successful in physical therapy? 

"The effect of acupuncture in reducing inflammation (swelling), increasing range of motion and decreasing joint and muscle pain are proven in many clinical studies. When acupuncture is used together with physical therapy, it will reinforce the effect of physical therapy and improve the results of exercise recommended by physical therapists."

Q: How is The Acupuncture Health Center different from other acupuncture practices? 

"The Acupuncture Health Center of Willowbrook specializes in the treatment of severe acute or chronic pain, neurological conditions, fertility and more. Dr. Michael Moy was trained in China Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, one of the best schools of Chinese medicine in the world. His approach is truly holistic in nature. We focus on treating each patient on a physical, mental and spiritual level..." Read more .

If you have additional question for Michael Moy you can visit his website, or call his office (630)455-1528
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In a recent Wall Street Journal online article By Kevin Clark , Clark introduces readers to, what some NFL teams are calling, 'Feel-good Fridays".  He mentions that the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles have both adopted this new, somewhat unusal, practice schedule. Now, although they didn't make it to this weekend's, Superbowl, both teams had a great run (Packers 13-5 and Eagles 10-6).


'Feel-good Fridays' include massage, Graston Technique � and an off day from practice. Wouldn't it be nice to end your work week like that?! Traditionally, NFL teams have contact practices on Friday (2 days before a game) and light practices on Saturday (the day before a game).  According to players, utilizing Friday as a rest and 'Feel-good' day seems to work--The Packers clenched NFC North and the Eagles finished 2nd in the NFC East. 


As many of the NFL players are discovering, letting your body heal is essential for top performance. As with anything in life, a balance is necessary between work and rest, or play and recovery. So why use techniques like Graston Technique a couple days before game day?....


Read our full IN THE NEWS review, here


Ask any Achieve Sports Medicine staff member if you have any questions about how Graston Technique � can benefit you.

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