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Join top-40 Physical Therapy Influencer, Doc Jen, and her Physical Therapy husband 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 Dr. Jen Fraboni & Dr. Dom Fraboni

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 470 Ratings

Join top-40 Physical Therapy Influencer, Doc Jen, and her Physical Therapy husband 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.

    344 | Mobility During the Trimesters of Pregnancy

    344 | Mobility During the Trimesters of Pregnancy

    In this episode, we delve into essential exercises and tips tailored to each trimester of pregnancy to support optimal mobility, stability, and overall well-being for expectant mothers. In the first trimester, we empower you with the hallmarks of mobility, as well as the importance of breathwork with pelvic floor awareness. In the second trimester, we address how you can work around the new sensations you are experiencing and what it means to focus on strength and stability as a signal of protection and resiliency to the brain. Finally, in the third trimester, we dive into intuition and relaxation, ensuring you move and modify movement throughout the trimester. Let's dive in!



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    What You Will Learn In This PT Pearl:

    5:05 - Tips For First Trimester & Top 5 Mobility Exercises

    9:00 - Symptoms During the Second Trimester 

    11:30 - Breathwork & Pelvic Floor Awareness

    15:08 - Top Stability Exercises For The Second Trimester

    20:20 - Two Additional Mobility Exercises To Consider For The Second Trimester

    22:10 - Third Trimester Exercise Considerations: Pelvic Floor Relaxation



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    • 29 min
    343 | Let us Re-Introduce Ourselves

    343 | Let us Re-Introduce Ourselves

    Welcome to our re-introduction. We're diving into where it all started, describing DocJen and Dr. Dom's paths to physical therapy and how they met! With fun facts, they expand beyond the initial dates and how their relationship flourished. Speaking into the impact of COVID, they hone in on how they navigated their business and how they paved the path towards creating their app - Jen Health. Let's dive in!

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    What You Will Learn in This Interview with ⁠DocJen & Dr. Dom:

    5:06 - How DocJen and Dr. Dom got into Physical Therapy.

    12:45 - Jen’s fun facts!

    16:40 - Dom’s fun facts!

    20:20 - How DocJen and Dr. Dom met.

    34:10 - Life beyond the dates.

    35:53 - COVID & The Business

    39:05 - The birth of The Optimal Body

    40:00 - Gaps in Social Media and Expanding the Business

    46:06 - Special offer into our App: Jen Health



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    • 48 min
    342 | Does Electrical Stimulation for Pain Help? A Look Into TENs Units

    342 | Does Electrical Stimulation for Pain Help? A Look Into TENs Units

    Have you tried TENs? DocJen and Dr. Dom dive into Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. They dive into how it affects the body to reduce pain in the short-term, potential contraindications, and critically analyze the research that has been done on TENs. Finally, they discuss its use during labour and how it can facilitate pain management temporarily. Let's dive into all things TENs!

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    What You Will Learn In This PT Pearl:

    02:00 - What are TENS and how does it affect our body/work?

    5:20 - Contradictions

    6:08 - How do TENs affect lower back pain?

    8:36 - A 2017 Study

    10:35 - A 2022 Study with back exercises

    11:11 - A 2010 Review

    14:15 - Limitations of the study

    16:11 - TENS & Labour?



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    • 17 min
    341 | The Power of Breathwork to Release Stress, Relieve Pain and Heal with Samantha Skelly

    341 | The Power of Breathwork to Release Stress, Relieve Pain and Heal with Samantha Skelly

    Struggling with anxiety? Feeling overwhelmed?  - What if something as simple as breathwork self-healed? A tool constantly overlooked, but within us, is our breath. Samantha dives into her story about breathwork and how her first experiences changed her mental and bodily state. In addition to diving into the science of how breathwork can be a primary determinant of the state your nervous system is in, Samantha provides you with solutions to integrate breathwork when you're busy or stressed, types of breath practices for different events in your life, the optimal frequency for breathwork, and what it means to truly pause. Finally, she dives into how you can begin teaching breathwork at an early age and the impact this has on the younger generation. Let's dive in!



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    What You Will Learn in This Interview with ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Samantha Skelly⁠⁠⁠⁠:

    3:33 - How did Sam become interested in breathwork

    11:04 What does it mean to shift the nervous system?

    15:00 - Busy or stressed? How to use our breath to self-heal?

    19:07 Are there different breath techniques for different life events?

    26:25 Frequency of breathwork to self-heal

    32:03 Here’s why you need to take 5 minutes of breathwork!

    36:56 How to utilise the concept of “pause.”

    39:55 How can a parent utilize breathwork with their children



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    • 44 min
    340 | Our Top Tips to Improve Wrist & Elbow Health & Reduce Pain

    340 | Our Top Tips to Improve Wrist & Elbow Health & Reduce Pain

    Tune into optimal health where DocJen and Dr Dom dive into all things wrist health! DocJen and Dr Dom dive into the potential causes of wrist pain, the role of the elbow in wrist health and the best exercises to help optimize that wrist-elbow complex, considering compensation, the nervous system, and the range of motion. By providing your solution with exercises, they discuss the relevance of mobility and strength to build awareness and resilience in the wrists! 

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    What You Will Learn In This PT Pearl:

    02:10 - Common diagnosis, symptoms and Anatomy of the wrist & elbow.

    04:25 - Potential causes of your pain & Dr. Dom’s mom’s elbow journey

    10:30 - Exercises to optimise your foot health.

    06:48 - Wrist pain during resistance training?

    09:20 - Nervous System Considerations.

    15:22 - Are you ignoring your wrist health?

    19:05 - Optimising elbow rotation health.



    Previous episodes you may be interested in:


    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Episode 19 - Wrist Discomfort⁠
    ⁠Episode 78 - Carpal Tunnel⁠
    ⁠Episode 118 - DeQuervain's Syndrome⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



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    • 22 min
    339 | Reshaping the Wellness Landscape to Improve Your Health with Dr Jonathan Leary

    339 | Reshaping the Wellness Landscape to Improve Your Health with Dr Jonathan Leary

    Here's a different date idea - What if you and your partner got together to optimize your physiology? Join us as we explore Dr. Jonathan's career and how he birthed the world's first social health club. We dive into the concept of integrative wellbeing and shed light on the Social Wellness Club. We confront the question of why healthy activities often carry a stigma, and what it means to challenge societal perceptions and explore the barriers preventing positive lifestyle choices. By ensuring accessibility for everyone, Dr Jonathan describes the strategies employed to make the Social Wellness Club approachable to a diverse audience and breaks down the idea of participating in seemingly "stressful" self-care experiences. We redefine food choices and re-evaluate the concept of self-care through remedy place.



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    What You Will Learn in This Interview with ⁠⁠Dr Jonathan Leary⁠:

    3:30 - Inspiration behind Dr. Jonathan’s Career

    15:00 - Where does the power come from when introducing an integrative wellness approach?

    18:39 - What is different about the social wellness club?

    21:36 - Why is doing healthy things stigmatised?

    24:55 - Social Wellness Club promise.

    27:20 - How do we make Social Wellness Club approachable to everyone?

    36:24 - Why take part in “stressful” self-care experiences?

    40:17 - Should we define our food choices?

    43:55 - The power of consciousness and body signals.

    45:52 - How had Remedy Place helped people?

    49:33 - Learn more about Remedy Place.



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    • 51 min

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