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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 • 354 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.

    139 | Female Nutrition and Training from Puberty to Menopause with Dr. Stacy Sims

    139 | Female Nutrition and Training from Puberty to Menopause with Dr. Stacy Sims

    #womenarenotsmallmen Wondering how to optimize your nutrition & training as a female? Lost a period? Struggling to figure out nutrition and exercise around menopause? Dr. Stacy Sims dives deep into hormones, nutritional, and training considerations during the menstruating phase of life, perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause. Dr. Stacy explains Amenorrhea, nutritional considerations during and post-exercise, and how eating times affect hormones and recovery. Dr. Stacy deciphers nutrition and training considerations throughout the different phases of the menstrual cycle and her top recommendations to getting your period back. Finally, Dr. Stacy discusses the world of menopause and how hormonal changes affect physiological metrics like heart rate, sleep, lean muscle mass, bone density, and mood. In spite of these physiological metrics, Dr. Stacy addresses optimizing recovery before, during, and after menopause. Finally, she provides a brief scope into the current research she is undergoing with WHOOP.  Learn about nutrition and training from puberty to menopause.

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    What You Will Learn In This Interview with Dr. Stacy Sims

    5:10 – Dr. Stacy's Passion

    6:46 – Why may your menstrual period stop?

    8:39 – Why eating at the right time matters

    10:44 – What women should eat post-training?

    14:39 – Nutritional & training changes during the menstrual cycle

    18:40 – Recommendations to get your period back?

    26:30 – Why research from a clinical population is not transferable

    28:53 – Popular trends women should stay away from

    37:02 – Premenopause, perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause

    34:59 – Changed during Menopause

    35;55 – Perimenopause Training

    37:09 – Peri-menopause Nutrition

    38:28 – Your doctor’s guideline for post-menopause may not be correct

    40:33 – Training post-menopause

    43:45 – Dr. Stacy’s study on recovery with contraceptive pills

    49:04 – Learn more with Dr. Stacy

    About Dr. Stacy Sims
    Stacy T. Sims, Ph.D., is an applied researcher, innovator, and entrepreneur in human performance, specifically sex differences in training, nutrition, and environmental conditions. Prior to being launched into the industry, she served as an exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist at Stanford University. Her contributions to the international research environment and the sports nutrition industry have established a new niche in sports nutrition; and established her reputation as the expert in sex differences in training, nutrition, and health. She is a regularly featured speaker at professional and academic conferences and is a senior researcher.

    To learn more about Dr. Stacy and view full show notes, please visit the full website here: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode139/

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    • 50 min
    138 | Patellar Tracking: Is Your Kneecap Sliding Out of Alignment?

    138 | Patellar Tracking: Is Your Kneecap Sliding Out of Alignment?

    Is your pain caused by your misaligned kneecap? Wondering if it matters that your patella appears misaligned? Unsure if you have patella tracking? Let’s take a deep dive into patella (kneecap) tracking! Firstly, DocJen & Dr.Dom explains patellofemoral syndrome and how it may relate to patella tracking, providing insight into why physical therapists may focus on the appearance of structures as a guide to diagnosing. They discuss if taping or manual therapy actually puts the kneecap back into alignment, the extent to which the appearance of structure actually matters, and the anatomy and physiology surrounding the patella. They provide insight into how symptoms can rise with patella tracking, how to begin addressing your patella tracking, and how to focus on function over appearance. Finally, they address the VMO muscle and explain how it integrates with the rehabilitation of patella tracking-related issues. Let’s tune in!

    We also mention the GeniusMobility Supplement (affiliate link) in this episode. In this Genius x DocJen collaboration, the supplement contains all-natural ingredients with superfoods known to have joint supportive, stress balancing, and anti-inflammatory effects based on scientific research. With one scoop containing the recommended daily dose of Ashwagandha, Nuclear Eggshell Membrane, Antioxidant-Rich Fruits, Vitamin D & K2, and Curcumin, you will be on your way to replenished and optimally functioning joints! Dose your joints with the nutrients it needs to soothe pain and move with ease.

    What You Will Learn In This PT Pearl:

    2:29 – What is Patellofemoral Syndrome (Check out Episode 10 to learn more)

    3:14 – Why physical therapists look at the structure of the body

    5:29 – Does tape fix patella tracking

    9:08 – How the patella tracks

    9:47 – Does DocJen have pain with her patellar tracking

    10:52 – To what degree do biomechanics and structural form matter?

    12:07 – What about patella tracking would be causing you pain?

    15:42 – Is it bad if the kneecap is not tracking perfectly

    17:38 – Changes to feel something different at the knee

    18:00 – What is the VMO muscle & should you train it for patella tracking?

    21:02 – Is taping pulling your kneecap back in space?

    23:43 – What do manual techniques help with

    25:21 – What you need to do to optimize your rehabilitation journey

    27:18 – How to start addressing your patella-tracking

    30:28 – How The Optimal Body Membership can help!

    34:21 – Dr. Dom’s Takeaway

    To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtube.com/watch/

    For research and full show notes, visit the full website at: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode138/

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    • 36 min
    137 | The Science Behind Cupping with Dr. Chris Daprato

    137 | The Science Behind Cupping with Dr. Chris Daprato

    Is cupping worth the hype? Curious to learn about cupping? Dr. Chris Daprato walks us through the path of his journey to cupping and where his passion stemmed from. Soon after, he discusses his experience with cupping and why pairing movement with cupping changed the game for him. He deciphers the science behind cupping, addressing range of motion, blood circulation, and fascial lubrication. Then, Dr. Chris explains the term ‘fascial decompression,’ and how cupping can pull in fascial slings. Furthermore, he debunks myths around cup coloration, the ultimate goal of cupping, and his best tips on how to perform cupping on yourself. He provides insight on the self-starter cup kit and the difference between heat and non-heat cups. Tune in to learn all about the science and intention behind cupping.



    What You Will Learn In This Interview with Dr. Chris Daprato

    2:35  – What makes Dr. Chris passionate about cupping

    8:05 – Chris’s experience with cupping

    9:14 – Movement with cupping or not?

    10:52 – Science behind cupping

    14:07 – Cupping & range of motion

    16:57  – Does cupping release the fascia/ decompress the tissue?

    22:06  – What does pulling of the muscles do in the body?

    25:24  – Does the colour of your cup mark dictate the health of your tissue?

    29:13 –  Goal of cupping & how you know its effective

    33:08 – Can you cup on yourself and how do you know what movements to pair with cupping?

    36:52 – Heat Cups vs Non-heat Cups

    37:57 –  Find more about Chris or How to get your kit



    About Dr. Chris Daprato
    Dr. DaPrato currently holds an Associate Professor Faculty appointment at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine Mission Bay Campus, treating all spectrums of sports and orthopedics. He teaches in the DPT program in the areas of Advanced Exercise Prescription, Manual Therapy, Sports Medicine and also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Orthopedics. Prior to his current position, he was a Team Physical Therapist for the University of California Golden Bears treating Div. 1 NCAA and professional athletes in their sports medicine department, and a previous Clinic Director for Physiotherapy Associates in the Denver area. He is a strong proponent and educator for manual therapy in sports orthopedics and has specialized in HVLATs, Muscle Energy, and functional manual therapy. He received his BS in Human Physiology, his Masters in Physical Therapy from Long Beach, and his Doctorate from Temple University. His approach to patient care also encompasses advanced level strength and conditioning, and received his CSCS through the NSCA, and certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.



    Items Mentioned

    Cup Therapy Website

    What The Cup Podcast



    To learn more about Dr. Chris and view full show notes, please visit the full website here: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode137/

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    • 40 min
    136 | Massage Guns: What do they do?

    136 | Massage Guns: What do they do?

    Love to use a massage gun? Curious about the hyper around them? Tune in to learn all about what the massage gun is and the mechanism behind its function put simply. Debunking myths, DocJen & Dr. Dom explain the role massage guns play in manipulating the fascia, breaking down adhered tissue, and range of motion. They describe how the pressure feedback massage guns provide affects the fascia through hyaluronic acid and its benefits. They discuss the importance of getting to the root cause of your symptoms, whether or not massage guns should be used during a warm-up, an actual workout session, or one repetition, or an explosive training session. Finally, they discuss comprehending the type of tool you’re using and its intentions, speaking about their preferences with the Tune-Up Fitness Balls. Tune in to learn all about the massage gun.

    We also mention the GeniusMobility Supplement (affiliate link) in this episode. In this Genius x DocJen collaboration, the supplement contains all-natural ingredients with superfoods known to have joint supportive, stress balancing, and anti-inflammatory effects based on scientific research. With one scoop containing the recommended daily dose of Ashwagandha, Nuclear Eggshell Membrane, Antioxidant-Rich Fruits, Vitamin D & K2, and Curcumin, you will be on your way to replenished and optimally functioning joints! Dose your joints with the nutrients it needs to soothe pain and move with ease.

    What You Will Learn In This PT Pearl:

    1:52 – What is a massage gun?

    2:44 – How do massage guns actually work? The truth.

    5:15 – How is range of motion increased by massage guns?

    7:39– Pressure changes & fascia

    9:22 – Why getting to the root cause matters

    10:59 – Should massage guns be used as a warm-up?

    13:30  – Tune-Up fitness tools bs Massage Guns

    14:57  – Should massage guns be used for one-repetition maximum testing or explosive training?

    16:03  – Should massage guns be used during a workout?

    To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtube.com/watch/

    For research and full show notes, visit the full website at: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode136/

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    • 18 min
    135 | Pain Explained with Dr. Kyle Paxton of IKN

    135 | Pain Explained with Dr. Kyle Paxton of IKN

    Is pain in the head? Finding pain flare up at random times? Curious about current perspectives on pain? "Pain is an experience and perception," says Dr. Kyle, co-founder of Integrated Kinetic Neurology. Dr. Kyle unpacks the truths around pain and deciphers the mechanisms behind how the pain experience is elicited. With an emphasis on survival and protection, Dr. Kyle discusses 2 reasons why revisiting pain may occur and how they may relate to stress, and the concept of the path of least resistance. Then, he provides his insights on the dichotomy between pain from the body versus pain from the brain. In doing so, he explains how pain perception may be molded by stress threshold and 2 ways to address it. Moreover, Dr. Kyle provides 2 ways to build resilience in the nervous system, speaking to the power of breathing and novel movements. He shares his go-to breathwork activity and why breathing may be your first line to saving your pain, through integrated understandings between neurology & and biochemistry, He briefly discusses hyperventilation, the importance of nasal breathing, the role neural tricks play in rehabbing chronicity, and how to create lasting change within the nervous system. Finally, he addresses the role tools can play in optimizing an individual's rehabilitation journey and the role touch plays in the brain's internal map of the body. Tune in to re-discover your knowledge around pain with Dr. Kyle.

    What You Will Learn In This Interview with Dr. Kyle Paxton

    3:21  – What is Integrated Kinetic Neurology?

    6:32 – What is Pain Science?

    10:10 – How to address revisiting pains?

    13:28 –Is your pain from your body or brain?

    20:18 – Types of breathwork to feel shifts in the body

    22:38  – Why breathing can save your pain

    27:38  – Is the hyper around neuro-tricks worth it?

    32:38  – Should we be using tools for pain?

    36:10  – Why touch may help you feel better

    41:25 – Learning more about Integrated Kinetic Neurology

    About Dr. Kyle Paxton
    Dr. Kyle earned both his bachelor's in exercise science and doctor of physical therapy degree up in western NY and now lives in Tampa, FL. He is the Co-Founder of Integrated Kinetic Neurology a continuing education company that focuses on educating providers on how neuroscience influences our movement and pain experience. Dr. Kyle also owns Performance Care Clinics which are physical therapy practices in the DC area and FL and Tampa Composition Testing.

    Items mentioned:
    Integrated Kinetic Neurology Website

    Integrated Kinetic Neurology Instagram

    To learn more about Dr. Karl and view full show notes, please visit the full website here: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode135/

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    • 43 min
    134 | Chronic Ankle Sprains

    134 | Chronic Ankle Sprains

    Feeling continual ankle instability? Constantly getting ankle injuries? Overall weak ankles? You're not alone. DocJen & Dr. Dom present the literature and statistics on the prevalence of chronic instability and preditors of chronic instability. Furthermore, they explain the anatomy of the ankle and the different types of ankle sprains that can occur. They dive into how grades are determined, symptoms and tests that indicate chronic ankle instability, and how mechanical and functional instability looks like with ankle instability. Finally, they provide a real-life perspective to how psychology can influence your movement patterns or rate of re-injury, as well as, provide you with the steps and tools to rehabilitate your or prevent chronic ankle sprains.  To learn how to re-pattern and re-coordinate your ankles to prevent spraining your ankle again, tune in!

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    What You Will Learn In This PT Pearl:

    3:11 – Types of Ankle sprains

    4:00 – Grading for Ankle Sprains

    4:28 – Prevalence & Etiology

    6:07 – Risk factors

    7:58 – How does it go from acute stag to chronic stage

    9:41 – Symptoms that indicate chronic ankle instability

    10:20 – Tests for Chronic Ankle Instability

    13:33 – Different types of instability

    15:30 – What to do if you are hypermobile

    15:52 – Steps to address your chronic instability

    17:29 – Psychological influence with chronic ankle sprains

    18:00  – The biggest focus of your rehabilitation journey

    To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtube.com/watch/

    For research and full show notes, visit the full website at: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode134/

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    • 23 min

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Thank you!!!

I just want to say thank you for the info you put out in your podcast. I have been dealing with an injury for over a year now, but since I’ve started listening you guys gave me a new perspective on how to approach it. I was someone searching for that diagnosis because I just wanted to figure out what was wrong, but you’ve taught me to stop waiting for that one thing and focus on what feels good for me. I’ve seen multiple PTs and chiropractors but listening to your podcast has helped me so much! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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Happy 100 episodes!

I discovered your podcast just a week ago after seeing a YouTube ad for your mobility program. What you said in that video resonated so much with me and has been exactly what I’ve been looking for. In researching the program and deciding if I should buy it I discovered your podcast. I’ve always considered myself fairly knowledgeable about my fitness, I guess the older I get and the more aches and pains I get the more I feel maybe I don’t know as much as I thought. I have so enjoyed and learned so much from your podcast during this past week. I appreciate you guys and what your doing. Honestly I really needed to find this podcast this week, it has so helped me and has literally made me cry with some of the realizations it’s given me. The ones on the mental side of it and the brain especially, and of course the mobility which I am so lacking in. THANK YOU

DPTRocks ,

Congrats on 100 episodes!

Jen & Dom provide quality physical therapy education to practicing clinicians, students and the general public. They break down complex musculoskeletal topics and put it into language that anyone can understand. As a clinician, Jen & Dom have given me countless tips for how I can educate my own patients and I couldn’t be more grateful! Definitely give them a listen!

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