It is my nature to attend to the needs to others—critical, life changing, pain-freeing needs. This is why I became a Physical Therapist.
Being a PT allows me to interact fully with each and every individual who comes into my office. For each client, because my level of engagement with you is so high, not only am I able to guide you in a knowledgeable, professional and caring manner toward your recovery, but I also have the great pleasure of getting to know you on a personal level. Inspired by your progress, I get great satisfaction knowing my role has been instrumental in restoring your overall health and vitality.
Many of my clients begin their story describing how they used to be active, vibrant and pain-free prior to an injury or surgery...
...Indeed, the challenges facing a given client are many and varied. In each case, my goal is provide a nuturing environment that is not only healing but one that also makes your experience as engaging and as educational as possible. Positive thoughts and positive behavior breed positive outcomes. Added together, these ingredients allow you to overcome your obstacles and achieve your goals.
To get started, it is imperative that you are ready to dedicate yourself to an ongoing (and yes, sometimes painful) rehabilitation process. By understanding your level of commitment I am able to encourage and motivate you even further with a highly personalized daily regimen of tasks and goals. Working together this way we can foster development and facilitate the necessary recovery to decrease pain and prevent disease.
Manual Physical Therapy
Manual physical therapy is a specialized skilled form of movements delivered with the hands (as opposed to a device or machine) to put pressure on soft tissues and realign joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension and joint dysfunction. Physical Therapists can move joints and soft tissue using varying techniques and speeds. This type of passive movement can range from slow rhythmic movements, all the way to fast movements that may cause an audible pop.
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues by applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.
Every system of the body is affected by massage, either directly or indirectly. Massage movements relax and stretch muscles, reducing muscular tension and cramps while making muscles more flexible by reducing muscle tone. Improved circulation of blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Joint stiffness and pain can be reduced, and the improved flow of blood can help poor circulation. Massage also affects the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhances tissue healing.
In electrotherapy, electrical current passes from pads through the skin to provide nerve and muscle stimulation. It often provides immediate improvement as evidenced by reduced pain, diminished swelling, and improved mobility. Due to its waveform, the electrical current is able to penetrate deep within the tissues being treated. Patients usually feel only a pleasant, mild “pins and needles” tingling, and a gentle sensation of pressure.
Electrotherapy can be used to relieve pain following strain or sprain injuries, to relax spasms and reduce swelling and pain in many back and neck problems, as well as for such conditions as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder and knee injuries and persistent, post-surgical pain. Electrotherapy treatment may be used to help prevent or retard tissue atrophy when a limb is in a cast or immobilized, to help increase local blood circulation, or to help build strength in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Electrotherapy often reduces swelling and accelerates the healing process, and is useful in restoring normal freedom and range of motion in those who experience stiffness or limitation of movement.
Ultrasound utilizes high or low frequency sound waves that are transmitted through the skin and penetrate the muscles to cause deep tissue/muscle warming and vibration to promote tissue repair and deep penetrating massage without causing strain. Ultrasound helps in enhancing the metabolic activities of cells thus promoting tissue relaxation for treating muscle tightness and spasms, as well as vessel vasodilation and increased circulation to promote healing. The physical therapist can adjust the frequency on the machine to use waves that will decrease inflammation.
Conditions which ultrasound may be used for treatment include the following: Osteoarthritis, scar tissue adhesion, deep penetrating micro-tissue massage, impingement syndrome, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendonitis, joint inflammation, metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis, facet irritation.
The use of light at a specific wavelength helps improve the healing process of injured tissue. Photons of light carry energy, and this energy applied to injured tissues can help improve cellular processes and speed healing or decrease pain. Laser or light therapy can be used in the treatment of chronic pain, inflammation, or wound healing.
The treatment is painless, involving holding the light emitting wand directly over your injured body part, and usually lasts one to three minutes.
Hot and Cold Packs
Hot Packs are applied to an area that needs treatment to relax tight muscles and tissues (thereby decreasing pain caused by muscle tension or spasms), and to cause vasodilatation of the blood vessels which increases circulation to the area. Patients with muscle strains, spasms, or arthritis often benefit from treatment with moist hot packs.
Cold Packs are applied to areas of pain and inflammation to cause vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in the area, thereby decreasing the inflammation in the area and the pain and swelling caused by the inflammation.
Functional and Therapeutic Exercises
Functional exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports, while also emphasizing core stability. For example, a squat to bicep curl is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles used when you lift a laundry basket, laptop bag or young child from the floor. By training your muscles to work the way they do in everyday tasks, you prepare your body to perform well in a variety of common situations.
Therapeutic Exercises involve planned physical movements, postures or activities intended to enable the patient to remediate or prevent impairments, enhance function, reduce risk and optimize overall health through increased flexibility, balance strength and endurance.
Hot and Cold Packs
Busy realtor and entrepreneur, Alicja came to my office looking to increase her overall range of motion and improve her circulation. Knowing exactly what to do, I provided Alicja with my signature massage which incorporates elements of sports, trigger point and Thai massage.
“I received a prompt response to my inquiry. Carlos was very personable and, at the same time, thoroughly understanding of my needs. He diligently followed up with a range of possibilities. It was great knowing I had someone like Carlos on my side. I would highly recommend him. He’s a highly skilled professional!”
Peter is enjoying life as a retired businessman who spends his winters in the Philippines. Peter came to me after knee surgery that required special attention to improve range of motion, stability and increase strength. We began his treatments in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, continuing them in my offices in greater NYC.
“I met Carlos prior to having knee surgery in the summer of 2012. I was pretty scared as my leg had blown up and I could barely walk. Carlos immediately put me at ease. After consulting with him I decided to go ahead with a meniscus operation on my knee. Unfortunately, my surgeon's post-surgery physical therapy recommendations were unhelpful and I blew my knee out a second time. I returned to Carlos who was able to isolate exactly what was going on and identify and correct imbalances and weaknesses. The progress was dramatic. After Carlos worked with me to correct underlying structural issues I am convinced I will be able to successfully avoid future injuries.”
“Dr. Carlos and Loyola PT is a rare find. I’ve been through the whole rehab thing more times than I’d like to admit, and have done my therapy at multiple locations. Loyola PT will remain my go-to place. Dr. Carlos is a very thorough and thoughtful practitioner. The treatment was not a “this hurts so let’s fix it” kind of thing. We went through past injuries, current injuries, the who’s, why’s and what’s of everything. Rehab itself was thoroughly painless. Each visit was fine-tuned to the immediate issues, with home care routines specifically built for me. Treatment was also geared to taking care of my whole body, not just my hurt ankle. As my ankle improved so did my knee and lower back. Would I recommend Loyola to a friend? Yes. Would I recommend Loyola to my sister? My mother? Yes and yes. Well worth the time and money. A personal thanks to Dr. Carlos.”
Not only is Alex an entrepreneur, he's also a spiritual healer, yoga instructor, and life coach. What CAN'T this man do when it comes to the wellness arena?
“I have done many other kinds of body work, including Deep Tissue Massage, Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Rolfing. I am also a certified Yoga teacher and have been practicing Yoga for 14 years. But, despite all this, I still had certain knots and misalignments in my body. Carlos discovered them right away and zoomed in on them. I am very grateful to have found Carlos and his work. He has taken the healing of my body to a whole new level.”
Anna Jane Davis
Williamsburg-based Anna Davis is a fashion writer and gentle soul. She came to me looking to decrease neck spasms and improve the stability of her lumbar spine.
“Due to a combination of bad habits and injuries, I had chronic neck pain for years. After 6 sessions of rehabilitative PT and therapeutic massage with Carlos, I have been pain-free for months. His kind, gentle presence makes the treatments feel very relaxing. Most importantly, Carlos is genuinely invested in his patients. His goal is not limited to curing the pain, but also preventing future injury and encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. He taught me ways to break bad habits and strengthen muscles; he even came to my apartment to observe how my desk and seating were affecting my posture. Oh, and the massages are wonderful, too!”
Doctor Father Joel Warden is a special individual, never at a loss for delivering spiritually uplifting messages. I am amazed and inspired by his dedication to the Holy Being and the work he does in St. Boniface Church in Downtown Brooklyn. We enjoy catching up and joking during his visits to my office.
”I have been seeing Carlos on and off for a year and a half. I initially sought him out because of chronic problems with my right shoulder. I had seen other physical therapists in the past but was put off by the limited choice of practitioners available under my insurance plan and the requirement of a 15-minute office visit. Since finding Carlos, the picture has changed. When, this past summer, I developed an acute problem with my lower back I knew that I had a good, established relationship with an excellent, caring practitioner who would be able to patiently help me through the problem. Like other reviewers here, I've been delighted to be able to get to know Carlos through repeated appointments and know that the sense of care and comfort (and true professional concern) he offers has a great bearing on my ongoing health and mobility.”