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I am often asked about the use of alternative medicine and treatment methods for soft tissue injuries.   Patients may struggle to get back to their normal daily activities or sports in a short period of time after an injury.   Several medications, herbal supplements, and treatment methods out there claim to increase the healing rate of your body, including low level laser therapy.  Today, we will discuss LLLT more in depth.

Low level laser was approved by the FDA in 2002.  It is an application of non-thermal light to an injured area in order to stimulate changes at the cellular level.  The absorption of light energy by the tissue is thought to improve muscle and bone repair, reduce pain, and decrease inflammation.  It does this without heating up the tissue.

Because of its mechanism, LLLT may have the best effect on chronic pain and soft tissue injuries such as rotator cuff tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or long term muscle pain (trigger points).  Treatment should last 5-10 minutes and has minimal side effects.  Laser may not be indicated for all patients such as those that are pregnant or going through active cancer treatments.

The research on the use of laser for treatment of injury is still inconclusive, which is why it is not covered by most health insurances. While alternative treatment methods may claim to heal injuries in a fast and efficient time period, the best results tend to be when they are included in a comprehensive treatment plan put together by your physical therapist.

Call us today if you are experiencing chronic pain from a particular injury because we can help.  We have two offices conveniently located in Pelham (914-738-1748) and White Plains, NY (914-610-3881).

Kevin Trexler, DPT

Sunday September 16th was a great showing for some of our local runners at the Philadelphia Half Marathon including Maria Lauretani who shattered here previous PR with a 1:21:19 and who won her age group.

Other excellent performances by current or past Symmetry patients included:

Sarah Cumming of New York, NY 1:19:00

Sharon Lemburger of Stamford, CT 1:19:59

Sharon Callahan of Tarrytown, NY 1:42:24

Christina Liddy of Pelham Manor, NY 2:28:57

Congrats to everyone who ran!

Symmetry Standouts in the Philly 1/2 Marathon

By Chris Lauretani, PT, MS, CSCS, CKTP, TGI CGFI


It’s impossible to miss the vibrant colors of Kinesio Tape that plastered athletes in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.  Kinesio Tape, invented more that 30 years ago, has since taken the sports world by storm.   So next time you line up at a race next to someone wearing it, you will know what it’s all about.

What does it do and how does it work?

Kinesio Tape was developed to help injured muscles recover faster and work less during exertion.  Depending on the direction and amount of tension, certain taping techniques can increase circulation, support muscle function or “strap” and secure misaligned joint mechanics.  Between the circulatory system, muscles, deep fascia, and skin, all these structures are sandwiched on top of each other and by applying a force to one, will ultimately influence those layers below it.

What do the colors mean?

There are several companies that now manufacture the tape in various colors and designs. I prefer the Kinesio Tape brand and in my experience, red, blue and tan tape all work the same; however I’ve found that the black tape lasts longer during races and endurance type activities.

Does it really work and if so, where can I get it?

Many of the athletes that use Kinesio Tape swear by it although there is little professional research proving the effectiveness of the tape. Some believe it to be a placebo effect, while others truly believe it works.  Although many brands have moved towards developing more products for the general public, it was originally designed to be used by healthcare providers. People can be taught to tape for certain injuries, but if the taping is not done correctly or if it begins to peel off, then it becomes useless.  You should always look for the CKTP (Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner) designation.  These sports medicine clinicians have spent numerous hours learning the proper taping techniques and have successfully passed a board exam.

Chris Lauretani, PT, MS, CSCS, CKTP is the founder of Symmetry Physical Therapy in Westchester County, New York. As a New York and Connecticut licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, he serves as a sports medicine consultant to numerous professional organizations and running clubs.


MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – The Coastal Plain League announced today the participants for this year’s Home Run Derby to take place on July 22, and Marlins first baseman Sal Annunziata has been chosen to compete.
Annunziata is second in the league with six home runs and 29 RBIs. Since July 2, the freshman from Seton Hall University has cracked four home runs, including two on July 6 against the Fayetteville SwampDogs in game one of a doubleheader. In that game, the Bronx, NY native hit a three-run home run in the third inning, then hit a walk-off three-run home run in the seventh inning to propel the Marlins to a 7-4 victory. This spring Annunziata hit three home runs in 51 games for the Pirates.


PELHAM, N.Y. – Michael Labriola did what most athletes have undoubtedly done at some point in their careers. He found himself in a pressure situation and imagined the worst-case scenario.

Labriola stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning in the New York District 20 Little League championship game Monday night. New Rochelle Pacific led Pelham, 9-8, with one out at Tocci Field.

When Labriola got to the plate, he had a negative thought but pushed it out of his mind.

“I was very nervous. I thought I was going to get into a double play,” Labriola said. “But I just had confidence and I got the hit.”

Labriola roped a line drive into the outfield and two runs scored to give the Pelham Little League 11-under team the 10-8 win and the district championship in the Williamsport Tournament. Pelham will now move onto the sectional tournament, which begins next week.

Another doubt crept into Labriola’s mind after the ball hit the bat.

“I thought he was going to catch it,” Labriola said. “But it ended up being a two-run single.”

Catcher Kevin Coleman had nothing but faith in his teammate.

“I thought he was going to get the hit the whole way,” Coleman said. “That’s all you have to think of, the positive stuff, not negative.”

Labriola, who also came in as a closer in Monday’s game, received some good-natured ribbing from his teammates as they celebrated after the game, as they jokingly told him that “pitchers can’t hit.”

Pelham lost in the district championship last year but got the job done in 2012. First baseman Nicholas Milanese had six simple words after the long two-year journey to the district title that ended with a seesaw battle against New Rochelle.

“Feels good,” Milanese said. “Feels better than losing.”

Coleman said he is looking forward to the sectional tournament and had utmost confidence in himself and his teammates.

“It’s going to be tough,” Coleman said. “But if we play our best, nobody can beat us.”

Run SMART client Maria Lauretani finished 2nd female overall at the New York Giants Run Of Champions 5k. Maria was just four seconds off the winner, Lauren Carter, in 18:38. [Full Results]

Maria works with Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak and runs for the New York Athletic Club.