Local Motion Physical Therapy

Last year I spent five months in physical therapy being treated for IT Band Syndrome and numbness in my feet when I ran. It was a long and difficult healing process, but it was also a very educational one. I learned a lot from the therapist who worked with me and we kept in touch after my treatments ended. Meghan recently left UCSF to open her own practice with a friend - Local Motion Physical Therapy!

Local Motion Physical Therapy
Local Motion Physical Therapy

Last week they officially opened their doors and had an Open House on Friday. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend with RoadBunner, my fellow BARF (Bay Area Running Friend).

Drinks and kettle bells
Drinks and kettle bells

What I loved about working with Meghan is that she is also a marathon runner herself.

Local Motion Physical Therapy
Local Motion Physical Therapy

Over the years, she was the third physical therapist I worked with but the first one who was a runner. I can't begin to tell you how beneficial this was. She knew exactly what I was experiencing and could advise me on how to proceed with my training. All of the exercises and stretches she prescribed were focused on building strength and form for specifically for running. I placed all of my trust and confidence in her to have me healthy for race day, and she did not disappoint. {In fact, she treated me during my New York Marathon training cycle; a race she ran herself, and offered me many tips how to run the race itself. Too bad the race never happened...}

Local Motion Physical Therapy
Local Motion Physical Therapy

Having recently returned to regular Pilates practice, I found that a lot of the PT exercises she prescribed were basic Pilates movements. So I wasn't surprised to see a Pilates Reformer at her new clinic!

Pilates reformer
Pilates reformer

Another thing that I loved about working with Meghan was her openness to Eastern medicine practices. In fact, it was her suggestion that I try acupuncture treatments, something that I've found a lot of success with.

She also introduced me to the Chinese medicine practice of air cupping.

cups for cupping
cups for cupping

I had never even heard of this method of treatment before but had tremendous success with it.

The clinic is located in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

Local Motion Physical Therapy
Local Motion Physical Therapy
Local Motion Physical Therapy
Local Motion Physical Therapy

They are definitely experts in sports rehabilitation so if you are a Bay Area athlete seeking treatment for a sports injury, or prevention of one, I highly recommend LomoPT!