265 episodes

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 • 418 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.

    265 | What Is Manual Therapy and When Is It Beneficial with Dr. Erson Religioso

    265 | What Is Manual Therapy and When Is It Beneficial with Dr. Erson Religioso

    Does manual therapy fix you or put structures back into place? We have Dr. Erson to discuss the truths about manual therapy and how we can optimally use manual therapy to create long term change. Firstly, Dr. Erson discusses the difference between softer approaches and bruising to determine a successful treatment. Using the analogy of hip displacement before pelvic trauma in car crashes, Dr.Erson discusses what it means when you pelvis is “rotated,” and the physiology of what is happening during manual therapy. Then, he targets 3 ways to approach pain that goes and comes, as well as how effective self-performed soft tissue mobilizations are. Finally, he provides insight on whether asymmetries affect the body and whether strength training is helpful through pain. Finally, he touches base with tendon organisation and whether manual therapy facilitates the physiological healing process from an injury. Fact vs Fiction in manual therapy! Let’s dive in!

    What You Will Learn In This interview Interview with Dr. Erson Religioso:

    3:42 - What lead to manual therapy for Dr. Erson

    12:12 - Is bruising determine a successful manual therapy treatment?

    13:45 - Can you really put your pelvis/ hip back in place?

    15:41 - Why are we stuck on putting things back into place?

    21:19 - Does manual therapy actually put things back in place? Does arthritis = pain?

    23:57 - 3 things you need to consider if you have pain that flares up and goes

    26:14 - How effective is self soft-tissue work?

    31:09 - Should you strength train when you have pain?

    34:05 - To what degree does asymmetry affect the body?

    37:46 - Should you go to a manual therapist or a personal trainer to rehabilitate pain?

    41:10 - Can manual therapy help with the physiological healing process of different injuries?

    43:53 - Perception of stretch

    51:29 - Learn more with Dr. Erson

    Items Mentioned:


    Dr.Erson‘s Instagram 

    To learn more about Dr. Erson and view full show notes, please visit the full website here: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode265/

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    • 53 min
    264 | Why Does My Low Back Hurt When I Lay Flat on the Floor?

    264 | Why Does My Low Back Hurt When I Lay Flat on the Floor?

    Back pain when you lay down? DocJen & Dr. Dom have got you covered! Firstly, they dive into how pelvic positioning affects different biases within the body. Through pelvic tilt talk, they explore why you may not be fully relaxing and how pain is an output of protection. They provide insight into how you can lay down and promote safety within the body, while exploring different positions that re-gain pelvic tilt awareness! Let's dive in to learn more!

    What You Will Learn PT Pearl:

    01:09 - Potential causes

    02:09- Positions that could potentially lead to pain while lying: pelvic tilts

    04:59- Do you have the capacity to find relaxation in the body?

    08:06- Finding safer positions to promote relaxation

    09:29- Re-training pelvic awareness

    13:25- Is you back actually flat when you lie down?

    Watch Episode 264 on Youtube

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    https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode264/

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    • 15 min
    263 | A Better Way to Exercise through Chronic Pain with Dr. Shannon Ritchey

    263 | A Better Way to Exercise through Chronic Pain with Dr. Shannon Ritchey

    Has your chronic pain stopped your from exercising? Dr. Shannon Ritchey’s expertise lies making exercise accessible to those in pain. She briefly shares where her passion for physical therapy stemmed from and how muscles can be worked while requiring less demands from joints. Furthermore, she distinguishes the difference between soreness and pain, providing a breathing and grip tool to indicate signs of recovery. Then, she provides insight on what to do on rest days and how to promote recovery when stress relief comes from high intensity workouts. Finally, she discusses whether high intensity training is bad and what it means to load the muscle versus the joint! Tune in to learn how you can start your movement journey again!

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    What You Will Learn In This Interview with About Dr. Shannon Ritchey:

    4:05 - Where Dr. Shannon Ritchey started

    11:07 - Working out in a way that prevents pain

    15:12 - What it means to overtrain? Soreness vs pain?

    17:53 - Two tools to indicate degree of recovery

    22:55 - What to do on your rest days?

    26:35 - How to recovery if your stress relief comes from high intensity workouts

    32:14 - Intuitive movement

    36:20 - Is high intensity interval training bad?

    39:30 - Loading muscles vs joint

    Items Mentioned:


    Dr. Shannon Ritchey’s Instagram

    To learn more about Dr. Shannon and view full show notes, please visit the full website here: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode263/

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    • 45 min
    262 | Calf Strain or Pain During Activity? What Should You Do?

    262 | Calf Strain or Pain During Activity? What Should You Do?

    Diagnosed with a calf strain? DocJen & Dr. Dom dive into the anatomy of the calf and how it relates to knee and ankle function. Furthermore, they discuss the causes of different calf strains and the protective mechanisms of the muscle spindles. Furthermore, they explain who is at most risk, stages of calf strains, risk factors for calf strains, and how passive range of motion within tolerance is advisable within the first 48-72 hours of injury. Finally, they provide insight into muscle loss and heel lift, as well as the power of balance training and strength exercises on calf strain rehabilitation. Get those fibres in an optimally healing environment!

    CYBER MONDAY SALE. THIS WEEK ONLY! Gain access to 11 specific plans with 2-3 phases on different pain points, as well as searchable quick tips and live webinars for the price of $119 for the year membership! This is the lowest it has ever been and subscribing now locks you in at $119 per year price point for life! GRAB THIS DEAL BEFORE ITS TOO LATE on Jen Health.

    What You Will Learn PT Pearl:

    3:20 - Who is at highest risk of a calf strain?

    5:00 - Anatomy of the calf strains

    10:10 - Who’s at most risk?

    14:14 - Stages of Calf Strain

    17:42 - Risk Factor for Calf Strains

    19:20 - What to do 24-72 hours after injury?

    21:47 - Should you get surgery?

    22:40 - How to prevent muscle loss through calf strains?

    25:19 - How heel lifts are perpetuating risk for calf strains

    26:00 - The power of balance training

    27:45 - Starting strengthening exercises

    29:47 - Warm up!

    Watch Episode 262 on Youtube

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    https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode262/

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    • 31 min
    261 | Improving Our Foot's Natural Ability with Podiatrist, Andy Bryant

    261 | Improving Our Foot's Natural Ability with Podiatrist, Andy Bryant

    Do you wear orthotics? Andy Bryant, podiatrist, shares his expertise on foot health and what it means to get the foot to move more naturally. As he shifted from principles of traditional podiatry to functional podiatry, he provides insight into the changes the has made to his advice and how chronic dependence on orthotics is leading to less function in the foot. Furthermore, he briefly describes his process of transitioning out of orthotics. He dives into the conventional shoes and how they affect posture and long- term foot structure. Could the conventional she be the cause of the increase prevalence in foot pathologies? Andy share is perspective, how the addresses bunions, the benefits of foot-ground contact on stability, and how to enhance foot function!

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    What You Will Learn In This Interview with About Andy Bryant:

    4:57 - From traditional to functional podiatrist- what would he not recommend now

    6:15 - Why can orthotics be detrimental long term?

    8:04 - how to transfer out of orthotics

    11:29 - how does a heel lift affect the structure of the foot-ankle complex?

    15:00 - How does the conventional shoe affect the structure of our body

    18:47 - How toe spread affects running performance?

    22:09 - What happens when you can’t move your toes?

    25:10 - Could the conventional shoe be linked to increased prevalence of foot pathologies?

    30:34 - Environmental influences on foot pathologies

    32:08 - Addressing bunions that run in the family

    38:19 - Regaining natural function progressively

    38:54 - Does everyone need to change their shoes?

    43:04 - How foot- ground contact affects balance?

    48:19 - Big toe & stability

    49:57 - Learn more with Andy

    Items Mentioned:


    Andy Bryant

    To learn more about Kute and view full show notes, please visit the full website here: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode260/

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    • 54 min
    260 | Spondylosis: What To Do For Your Aging Spine

    260 | Spondylosis: What To Do For Your Aging Spine

    Diagnosed with Spondylosis? DocJen & Dr. Dom provide the truth on the spondylosis diagnosis. Hint: it actually describes the natural aging process of the spine. Interestingly, they share a substantial amount of research suggesting the presence of spondylosis-like MRI presentations in individuals with no symptoms. Then, they dive into the importance of loading and what it means to load the spine with variety when it comes to spondylosis. Therefore, they turn to treat spondylosis as a hypersensitive condition, describing the contributing factors to pain. Finally, they provide insight into the 4 stages of addressing your symptoms!

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    What You Will Learn PT Pearl:

    0:59 - Natual-age-related degeneration

    6:02 - Research on spondylosis

    10:22 - What it means to change load?

    12:17 - Hypersensitivity

    13:56 - Do you need surgery?

    16:17 - Why do we get pain?

    17:38 - Step 1 of spondylosis rehabilitation

    23:02 - General mobility

    25:02 - Low load movement

    28:02 - Developing Resilience

    Watch Episode 260 on Youtube

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    https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode260/

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
418 Ratings

418 Ratings

AmyKristen ,

Empowering podcast full of info

Wow, what a wealth of knowledge! I look forward to learning more about my body and how to best take care of it with each episode. Such a joy to learn from these two doctors, thank you!

ahodges827 ,

Great podcast

I feel like I owe Jen and Dom everything. A herniated disc left me dealing with chronic pain for years with no end in sight. I tried everything and saw 3 different physical therapists with no improvement. Then I started listening to this podcast, as well as following Jen on Instagram and doing her Mobility Method course and the Optimal Body program, and everything changed. It turns out what I needed was the education to take my healing into my own hands, and that’s exactly what this podcast teaches. I haven’t found anything else offering this level of care. I’m now pain free and more active than ever. Highly recommend this podcast to anyone wanting to learn more about their body!

figornahd ,

Set yourself up for good health

The optimal body podcasts are short and sweet, no crazy long rants that lose their theme.
It’s like listening to friends chat and give you advice, but these friends are qualified and have studied the body. The tips are simple and doable. I also love that they bring in experts from different fields to complete the knowledge and get answers for themselves too.

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