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Private Pay Physical Therapy vs. Insurance Based Physical Therapy

physical therapy Jan 14, 2022

Private Pay vs. Insurance based physical therapy. What are the differences in treatment experience? Based on available research which one costs more. 



 Private pay or sometimes referred to as cash based physical therapy (PT) is a relatively new, but growing part of the physical therapy profession.  Private pay PT offers some distinct advantages for the person who is dealing with pain or functional limitation and is looking for a personalized treatment plan.  Direct Access laws allowing the client to go to PT first, before seeing their primary care doctor or specialist has made these services accessible for people who want hands on custom care.  


At the time of this writing, I have been doing cash based physical therapy for a little over 5 years. I want to discuss why I believe cash based PT is the future of orthopedic health care and pain management.  We will talk about why seeing a PT first may be able to reduce your overall...

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3 New Year's Resolutions Mistakes I've Made and What I've (Finally) Learned

Uncategorized Jan 03, 2022

Topic  #1: Lifestyle Hack

Thoughts on New Year's Resolutions.  

I have gone through many phases of New Year's Resolutions.   High School Phase.  "Resolutions are stupid".  College Phase.  "I'm crushing every day,  who needs a resolution."  First job phase.  "Who are all these new people taking up space in the gym?"  Dad life and business owner phase... "I have so many New Year's Resolutions".  This article is especially for the over busy crowd. 

The reality is that everyone meets the new year at a different place, with very different life experiences, and successes and failures with goals.  

For those that want it, the new year offers a time of year where most everyone is accepting of your willingness to make a change in lifestyle or attitude.  "Tis the season" as I like to say.  

As much as I want to share with you the best resolutions, and all the great plans I have for myself...

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What is tendinitis? How Do We Fix It?

Uncategorized Dec 31, 2021

What is tendinitis? How Do We Fix It? 


  •  What is a tendon? 
    •  A Tendon is the dense connective tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone.  If you have ever cooked chicken tenderloins.  It is that annoying white piece that you have to cut off each piece.  


  •  Qualities of a Tendon. 
    •  Dense connective tissue that is designed to transmit force and energy through the body. 


    •  Stiffer Tendons. 
      •  Transmit more force quickly / power. 
      •  Running, jumping, throwing, etc. 
      •  Tend to be shorter
      •  Potentially increase risk of muscle strains. 


    •  Less Stiff Tendon
      •  Lengthen easier, more pliable, but transmit less force
      •  Think Yoga
      •  Potentially less risk of muscle strain but also less capable of generating power. 


  •  Why do we get Tendon Pain?
    •  Microtrauma. 
      •  Prolonged damage to a tendon caused by some...
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PHYT For Function 12 Core Competencies for Pain Health and Aging.

Uncategorized Dec 22, 2021


PHYT For Function 12 Core Competencies. While none of these competencies are independent of another we believe progressive focus on each stage builds future success and progress towards goals of pain reduction, health, and aging.  


The 12 competencies. 

  1. Discipline
  2. Pain 
  3. Autonomic Nervous System
  4. Breath
  5. Posture
  6. Pelvic position
  7. Spine Position
  8. Transitional Freedom
  9. Extremity Expression
  10. Cardio and muscular endurance
  11. Strength and Power
  12. Sports and Skill 

1. Discipline

  • This is a never ending goal but without it nothing else really matters.  The best programming in the world is just pretty theory and words if you're not doing it. You must find a way within you to prioritize the things most important to you.   Consistency is going to beat great programming every time.  Great programming, that has a purpose, will help you find meaning and build consistency.  When it comes to exercise we know that exercisers tend to...
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What is Pain? How Do We Treat It?


What is pain?  How do we treat it? 

Increased Inflammation = Increased neurogenic excitation = Increased pain. 


What is pain? We talk about it all the time. Heck, I make a profession out of trying to fix it, yet it is amazing how relatively little we understand the mechanisms behind this universal phenomena.   I hope by providing some background knowledge of our current understanding of pain science it will help you recognize what information your pain is trying to tell you, so we can perhaps help resolve it. Getting out of pain is not a one size fits all equation. 


In the most basic sense, pain is an emotional response to either a real or perceived threat to the body.  We are going to talk a lot about what triggers the threat response but first let's briefly address the emotional component.  

Your brain is constantly evaluating the degree of threat pain signals represent and how it should react.  To some...

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Is it worth buying a massage gun?

Is it worth buying a massage gun?  

In this blog post we discuss the benefits of using a percussion massager.  


There is a reason these massage gun and vibrating devices are so popular for people looking for pain relief.  They feel amazing, they are easy to use, and the results are quick.  In this article I want to talk about how percussion massage works and how it fits into our understanding of pain reduction and recovery.   This is part of the reason we use in a massage gun in almost all of our treatment sessions at PHYT For Function as we work to help you get to the root cause of your pain problem.  


1.         Pain Relief or interruption.  Pain is a signal to the brain to make it aware that something is threatening the system.  We have this modern day perception that pain is always bad.  It’s really not.  It is a...

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What is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)? Traditional and new theories of DOMS and treatment ideas.

We’ve all been there. You try a new exercise or someone talks you into a heavy workout and you wake up the next morning and can barely stand up because your legs are so sore.  For years I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what caused delayed onset muscle soreness, but some recent research may cause me to rethink how I think about and treat DOMS.  


In this article, I want to discuss what DOMS is and the differences between the traditional line of thinking compared to this more recent nerve based explanation.  Finally, we discuss how this information may potentially change the way we approach and treat DOMS.  


Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is the soreness that you get after a strenuous activity or exercise.  When we talk about DOMS, it is not the burn you get during the exercise but specifically that soreness that shows up 1-3 days after.  There are a couple of interesting things about workouts that make you...

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What Is Shoulder Impingement? Factors Related To Shoulder Impingement.



Shoulder impingement.

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Today I  want to talk a little about shoulder impingement what it is, ideas to help you fix shoulder impingement, what you should look for in a therapist to potentially help you with a shoulder impingement issue. So first off, what is shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement is a generic term to describe a catching or a pinch in the shoulder as you move your arm into certain positions. Some type of a structure inside of the shoulder is impinging on another and it creates pain. It tells us that something's getting caught in that sense, but it doesn't really explain why it's getting caught. And that's why I say it's a generic explanation of what's happening, it doesn't give you a reason that it's happening...

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What is Dry Needling?

What Is Dry Needling. 

By: Dr. Nick Sanders PT, DPT, CSCS, CIDN, NRT L1 

DRY NEEDLING: What is it?

Dry needling is the application of a single use, sterile, needle to treat soft tissue pain and dysfunction.  The need is solid, and very thin, unlike the needles you may used to in the doctors office.  It is called dry needling because there is nothing on the needle and there is no medication being injected through the needle.  The intention with dry needling treatment is to create a small lesion, or cut if you will, that your body, brain, and immune system must react to.  This stimulation to the system triggers a cascade of events including increased blood flow, activation of pain centers in the brain, and immune response that may be beneficial in treating some pain conditions. 

Dry Needling How Does it Work?

Dry needling works to trigger a response in your brain and immune system to reduce pain feedback and start the healing the process.  While...

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Welcome To PHYT For Function Beachwood. Performance Physical Therapy in Beachwood, Ohio.


Physical Therapy in Beachwood, Ohio. 

Dr. Jeremy Onion Physical Therapy and Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist welcomes you and takes you on a tour of our Physical Therapy Location in Beachwood. We are located inside InMotion with ATP Evolution


We are inside of InMotion ( 23905 Mercantile Rd. Beachwood, OH. click for google maps) you’ll want to look for their sign at the road.



Then we are in the back of the building on the gym side.  If you could please use the back parking lot and entrance when you pull in.  


When you arrive you are welcome to text from your car to let us know you are here (216-502-3246)

or there is check in station and  waiting area to your right when you enter the building. 


There is a temperature station to your left please check your temperature before each visit. 


 We do request that you wear a mask during your session. We will also be wearing a mask. 



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