Body Gears: May Issue

Dr. Michaela ‘Micki’ Murzynski, PT, DPT, ATC, CWcHP

Staff Spotlight

Micki earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in AthleticTraining from the University of Charleston and was a D2 softball college athlete. Micki worked as a student athletic trainer during her undergraduate studies with Men’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Soccer, Baseball, and Football teams and continues to enjoy treating all types of athletes. She has experience in manual therapy and Functional Dry Needling as well as treating worker’s compensation injuries. Certifications & Training • Doctor of Physical Therapy • Licensed Physical Therapist by the State of Illinois • APTA/IPTA Member • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) • Certified Worker’s Compensation Healthcare Professional (CWcHP) • Functional Dry Needling, Level 1 Education: Duquesne University- Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2015 University of Charleston - Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, 2012

Q & A With Dr. Michaela ‘Micki’ Murzynski

Q: Why do you work for Body Gears? A: Body Gears invests in continued education and fosters a constant learning environment for their clinicians. I am challenged every day and know they truly care that I become the best clinician that I can be. I love the teamwork approach where everyone is lifting each other up and helping out. I also love how they have a commitment not only to their patients, but to the physical therapy community as well. Q: What certifications are you working towards? A: I am looking forward to the classes I will be taking through the Institute of Physical Art, the

Q: What sparked your interest in physical therapy? A: I have always been interested in anatomy and how the body works. Being an athlete my whole life, I had several injuries myself that landed me in physical therapy. What I discovered was a profession that combined my love for sports, body movements, anatomy, and working with people all in one and I knew it would be the right choice for me. I also love being able to help people achieve their goals through physical therapy and get back to doing activities that they were unable to do.

® creators of Functional ManualTherapy™. I also plan to work towards becoming an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. Q: How do you stay active?  A: I enjoy spin classes, weight lifting, riding my bike along the lake shore, walking through the city, and playing softball in rec leagues. Q: Describe your perfect Saturday. A: Get a workout in or do something active outdoors, then try out a new restaurant or something new in the city, whether it’s going to a concert, show, game, festival, or a museum.

Exercise of theMonth Pivot Prone Stretch at theWall

Wall Angels

Rest your back against a wall with a slight bend in the knees and keep the natural curve in your lower back. Also ensure the back of your head is touching the wall. Bring your arms up into a W-shape on the wall and attempt to get your elbows, wrists, and fingers to all touch the wall. If they don’t, fill the gaps with towels or even a pillow. Raise the arms up overhead and back down to your sides while trying to maintain full arm contact with the wall. If you’re unable to complete this exercise (or even get your head to touch the wall), request a Free Screening with one of our physical therapists to help you achieve a more efficient posture that sets your body up for success.

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