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Join top-40 Physical Therapy Influencer, Doc Jen, and her Physical Therapy fiancé Dr. Dom, as they bring you the body tips and PT Pearls you need to help you understand your body, relieve your pains and restrictions, and answer your questions. Along with expert guests, the goal of The Optimal Body is to help you discover what optimal means in your own body.

The Optimal Body Jen Esquer & Dom Fraboni

    • Health & Fitness

Join top-40 Physical Therapy Influencer, Doc Jen, and her Physical Therapy fiancé Dr. Dom, as they bring you the body tips and PT Pearls you need to help you understand your body, relieve your pains and restrictions, and answer your questions. Along with expert guests, the goal of The Optimal Body is to help you discover what optimal means in your own body.

    42 | Neck and Upper Back Tension? Why You Could Be Having Overactive Upper Traps

    42 | Neck and Upper Back Tension? Why You Could Be Having Overactive Upper Traps

    Are your shoulders or neck constantly giving you trouble? Listen in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom dive into what the upper trapezius really is and why they’re so easily tensed.  If you feel stressed over work, kids, the news, or anything really, this podcast will empower you to self treat your tensed muscles and give you back the independence you deserve.  Tune in to gain an understanding of the foundations of the breath and how they increase your bodily awareness; all so you can live a more relaxed, tense free life.

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    What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

    03:40 – What the upper trap is, where it is, and what movement patterns it does

    07:39 – Why your upper trap might feel tense or pain

    10:48 – How to take tension out of the upper trap - Why bodily awareness is important

    12:25 – Simple exercise to feel the difference between tense and relaxed upper traps

    13:05 – Breathing techniques that will help relax, not only your upper traps, but your entire body

    16:14 – Why movement of the upper trap, especially if it's tense, is necessary

    17:13 – The 30 for 30 rule and its benefits

    18:43 – Dr. Dom explaining a quick breathing technique you can do anywhere

    To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/rkakSNxnpLw

    Items mentioned in this episode include:

    The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

    We Think You’ll Love:

    Jen’s Instagram
    Dom’s Instagram
    YouTube Channel

    Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

    To check out the rest of Doc Jen’s website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode42


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    • 20 min
    41 | Functional Foods with Naturopathic Student, Tyler Jean

    41 | Functional Foods with Naturopathic Student, Tyler Jean

    Ever think of food as medicine? If not, join Dr. Dom and Dr. Jen as they interview Tyler Jean – soon to be licensed Naturopathic doctor – as he explains how the best medication is in the grocery store.  If you feel like you need more information on a personal level with your diagnosis, tune in as Tyler explains why seeing a Naturopathic doctor might be the best option for you.  Feel bloated or gassy after consuming dairy products? Listen as Tyler dissects what really is happening within your body and explains the difference between intolerance and allergy.  This podcast is so you can understand where to start on your health journey today by adding the best nutritionally dense foods in your diet so that you can live your best, healthiest life.

    What You Will Learn in This Interview with Tyler Jean: @functional.foods

    01:50 – Why Tyler decided to study Naturopathic Medicine rather than getting his Doctor of Medicine

    05:47 – Tyler’s advice in starting your healthy journey

    10:07 – How to change the narrative on how we see each other in health settings

    14:15 – The truth behind how limited your doctor really is

    16:26 – When you should go to a Naturopathic doctor rather than your physician

    24:06 – Tyler’s definition of an anti-inflammatory food - Why your unique body may react differently than others

    28:52 – Tyler’s take on dairy for women - The various ways your body can react to different dairy products

    35:02 – How Tyler would approach dietary recommendations for his clients - Why nutritionally dense foods are needed to be added

    About Tyler Jean
    Tyler Jean is passionate about educating others on the importance of food as medicine while inspiring them to embrace healthier lifestyles. Currently in his fourth year of medical school, Tyler will soon be a licensed Naturopathic doctor and will use his practice to take a more integrative and preventative approach to healthcare. This is also the approach he currently uses through his platform, @functional.foods. There, he empowers his audience with recipes, educational info, brand recommendations, inspiration, and more.

    Items mentioned in this episode include:

    Tyler’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/functional.foods/?hl=en

    We Think You’ll Love:

    FREE QuaranTeam Challenge
    The Free 7 Day Mobility Challenge
    Jen’s Instagram
    Dom’s Instagram
    YouTube Channel

    Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

    To check out the rest of Doc Jen’s website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode41


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    • 45 min
    40 | IASTM - Do the hard tools clinicians use break up fascia? The truth about scraping.

    40 | IASTM - Do the hard tools clinicians use break up fascia? The truth about scraping.

    Want to understand why IASTM, or soft tissue work using a tool, feels so good and is SO common? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they explain some of the tools commonly used in IASTM and what they are really meant to do.  Listen in to be empowered with the right questions to ask your clinician so you can better understand what is happening within your body during massage or tissue work.  If you love hands on treatment from your clinician, great! This podcast will help you understand what you can add into your soft tissue work routine to achieve tissue recovery long term.  Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom wants you to have the power to incorporate what feels great to you in a healthy, sustainable, and up to date way.

    What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

    00:39 – Why it's empowering to ask questions to your clinician

    02:35 – What IASTM, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, means and tool examples

    06:49 – Popular sayings associated with IASTM which might not necessarily be true and why

    07:25 – What the terms tendon repair and fibroblast really mean in relation to IASTM

    12:24 – What soft tissue work really does

    15:15 – Why understanding why your body has tension is a step closer to a long term solution

    18:28 – Why IASTM needs to be coupled with movement

    19:20 – What the goal of IASTM is and what does not achieve that goal

    To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/kaGXux-W3Gg

    Research Citations:
    Gehlsen, G. M., Ganion, L. R., & Helfst, R. (1999). Fibroblast responses to variation in soft tissue mobilization pressure. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 31(4), 531-535. doi:10.1097/00005768-199904000-00006

    Hussey, M. J., Boron-Magulick, A. E., Mcleod, T. C., & Bacon, C. E. (2018). The Comparison of Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Self-Stretch Measures to Increase Shoulder Range of Motion in Overhead Athletes: A Critically Appraised Topic. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 27(4), 385-389. doi:10.1123/jsr.2016-0213

    Ikeda, N., Otsuka, S., Kawanishi, Y., & Kawakami, Y. (2020). Effects of Instrument-assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization on Musculoskeletal Properties—Corrigendum. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 52(2), 524. doi:10.1249/mss.0000000000002230

    Seffrin, C. B., Cattano, N. M., Reed, M. A., & Gardiner-Shires, A. M. (2019). Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: A Systematic Review and Effect-Size Analysis. Journal of Athletic Training, 54(7), 808-821. doi:10.4085/1062-6050-481-17

    We Think You’ll Love:

    FREE QuaranTeam Challenge
    The Free 7 Day Mobility Challenge
    Jen’s Instagram
    Dom’s Instagram
    YouTube Channel

    Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

    To check out the rest of Doc Jen’s website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode40


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    • 22 min
    39 | What Does Building From The Foundation Truly Mean? Chat with MMA Professional Coach and Therapist, Dr. Jason Park

    39 | What Does Building From The Foundation Truly Mean? Chat with MMA Professional Coach and Therapist, Dr. Jason Park

    Struggling with advanced or complex movement patterns? Don’t really understand what the “basics” are? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they interview Dr. Jason Park – Doctor of physical therapy as well as strength and conditioning, boxing, and muay thai coach for top UFC and BOFR athletes – about what it means to bring it back to the basics.  Dr. Park explains how important it is, even for the top athletes he trains, to slow down and repeatedly revisit basic movement patterns in order to progress the body.  Listen how he explains what these basic movement patterns are and how you can prepare your body for simple tasks you do in your daily life; whether it is running after a toddler or moving furniture, the basics apply to everyone! So don't miss out on Dr. Park’s insight on how you can explore and understand all the amazing movement patterns your body is capable of.

    What You Will Learn in This Interview with Dr. Jason Park: @teamcoolheart

    01:38 – Dr. Park’s credentials and coaching background

    02:26 – How Dr. Park approaches training elite athletes - The power of repeating basic movements

    04:50 – Basic foundational movement patterns that Dr. Jason believes everyone needs

    07:43 – How Dr. Park recommends transitioning from foundational to sport specific movements

    09:34 – Dr. Park’s personal experience with bringing it back to the basics - How they can help you in your daily life

    16:09 – Examples from Dr. Park’s life illustrating the importance of the basics before complex movements - Repercussions if the fundamentals are ignored

    17:24 – How Dr. Park approaches injury and the basics with the athletes he works with - Dr. Park’s analogy of his athletes being like rappers

    20:38 – Why the philosophy of human movement is the same despite the diversity of movement practices available

    22:46 – Inspirational quotes Dr. Park found pivotal in his career - Why slowing down is important

    25:25 – Why Dr. Park recommends taking your body to its individual “deep end” of movement

    27:48 – The main things Dr. Park works on with both of his clients and athletes

    About Dr. Jason Park
    Dr. Jason Park, PT, DPT, SCS, is a Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Performance Specialist, and a Board-Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy. Jason also happens to be a Striking Coach for top UFC & Bellator athletes, including MMA Legend Anderson Silva and top featherweight Brian Ortega.

    Jason has a 18 year history training in Muay Thai & Boxing and been training athletes in their Strength & Conditioning for over 12 years. He looks at the body as a whole and oversees how to tap into his client’s athletic potential by developing their movement quality and biomechanics as a strong foundation. He combines the art of being a good “mover” with being strong and powerful to maximize the athletic development with his clients. His client base spans all major sports including MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MLB, NBA, and NHL athletes.

    Jason seeks to find out what is your passion and helps guide you to find your inner athlete. He takes the lessons he has and continues to learn coaching in professional athletes to help you find your inner athlete.

    To see the episode’s full show notes and check out the rest of Doc Jen’s website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode39




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    • 33 min
    38 | From Achilles Tendinitis to Full Ruptures, Why Does it Happen and What Can You Start Doing About it Today?

    38 | From Achilles Tendinitis to Full Ruptures, Why Does it Happen and What Can You Start Doing About it Today?

    Want to get back to a sport you love but haven’t done it in awhile? Listen in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom take you through what Achilles Tendinitis is and things you can start doing today to help avoid it.  For all of the sports lovers out there, it's understandable that injuries can get in the way of playing the sport you love as often as you want.  This podcast is for those who want to be able to play their sports (recreationally or professionally) safely without pain or negative repercussions; which most commonly are found in the achilles for high intensity sports such as basketball or tennis.  Tune in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom dive into what steps and progressions are needed to safely play high intensity sports.  They will be reviewing what systemic inflammation means within the own body to help leave more room for you to play your game, at any age, by keeping it painless and fun.

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    What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

    00:51 – What an Achilles is and what it does - What Achilles Tendinitis means and feels like

    02:39 – Why Achilles Tendonitis happens - Why recovery and progressions are necessary

    05:53 – What a tendon is - What happens when tendons are not prepared for movement

    07:36 – How tendons gets stretched or torn - What the stretch shorten cycle is and why it's important

    12:02 – Why variety of movement and Vivo-barefoot shoes help avoid Tendonitis

    15:36 – What “line of fascia” means and why it's important to the Achilles and the entire body

    18:27 – How to check if your Achilles is ready for an explosive movement

    19:12 – How to progress your Achilles after it passes the mobility test - How to modify if too intense

    22:04 – What systemic inflammation means and how to be cognisant about it

    To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/eHc_HAbHH80

    Items mentioned in this episode include:

    The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

    Research Citations:
    Rabello, L., Akker-Scheek, I., Kuipers, I. F., Diercks, R. L., Brink, M. S., & Zwerver, J. (2020, May 28). Bilateral changes in tendon structure of patients diagnosed with unilateral insertional or midportion achilles tendinopathy of patellar tendinopathy. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30937472/

    We Think You’ll Love:

    FREE QuaranTeam Challenge
    The Free 7 Day Mobility Challenge
    Jen’s Instagram
    Dom’s Instagram
    YouTube Channel

    Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

    To see the episode’s full show notes and check out the rest of Doc Jen’s website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode38


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    • 24 min
    37 | From Coaching Olympians to Everyday Movers, What is The Common Theme with Max Artsis

    37 | From Coaching Olympians to Everyday Movers, What is The Common Theme with Max Artsis

    Having a hard time with recovery? Listen to trainer Max Artsis as he dives into his experience with training athletes and high level performers; what it has taught him about individual movement patterns and recovery times.  Max advises how people, like you, can enhance their bodies and explore them to their full potential with simple daily habits; enhancing power and speed abilities with a 99.9% difference from the general public.  Tune in as he reveals his favorite tools of recovery and simple tricks you can use to better your health in your everyday life.  Become inspired by his motivating words on how we can all live more movement based, sustainable lives.

    What You Will Learn in This Interview with Max Artsis: @maxartsis

    02:23 – How Max feels about his scope of practice and what is best for his athletes

    05:01 – What lead Max into the the field of training

    07:45 – How Max’s musical theater background influenced him as a coach

    08:29 – Why Max believes intrinsic goals for health are needed for a more sustainable life

    11:25 – Max’s experience with training high level performers, such as executives, elite athletes, etc.

    14:49 – Why each stress management technique fits differently for each individual

    16:06 – How Max implements and measures recovery time with his clients

    18:14 – Some of Max’s favorite recovery tools and focuses

    20:39 – Max’s advise for the general public to significantly enhance the efficiency of their bodies

    22:28 – Max’s advice to those who don’t know where to start in their speed and power enhancement journey

    24:37 – Max’s health journey and his mentality with human bodies and recovery

    About Max Artsis
    Max has been training for 10 years, 6 of which were spent at Nike World Headquarters where he was a Nike Master Trainer, and the North America Trainer Network Lead. He now trains elite athletes, olympians, and executives in Los Angeles, and is the Director of Sports Science and Education at Rokke Performance Therapy in Tigard, OR.

    Items mentioned in this episode include:

    Max's Website: https://www.artsisathletics.com

    Max’s Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-be-about-it-podcast/id1278654724

    To Train with Max: http://www.rokkesports.com/about

    We Think You’ll Love:

    FREE QuaranTeam Challenge
    The Free 7 Day Mobility Challenge
    Jen’s Instagram
    Dom’s Instagram
    YouTube Channel

    Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

    To see the episode’s full show notes and check out the rest of Doc Jen’s website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode37


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    • 33 min

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