What is Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy began after WWII, when penicillin allowed most war veterans to live and recover from amputations without infection.  Called rehab nurses, we stretched and massaged, and taught the injured veterans how to walk again.  Over 65 years have passed since then, and the PT profession has simultaneously expanded and changed dramatically.  There are now many sections within Physical Therapy- from stroke rehab to sports rehab, from geriatric specialization to working with infants.

Physical Therapy is no longer just about coping with an injury: it can change your everyday quality of movement and improve your overall fitness. In addition, the science of the human body has improved, with new technologies being invented and medicine advocating a much more active approach to rehabilitation and renewal.

The process of Physical Therapy

As PTs, our aim is to heal acute symptoms while working with you to ensure the same injury doesn’t happen again and again by understanding why it happened. This is determined by examining your flexibility, strength, balance, ROM, and joint mobility, along with other measurements specific to your case.  Through these tests, we evaluate what combination of body limitations happens to be causing your particular injury. We then work with you to improve those limitations through both manual and active work.  We help you reach a deeper understanding of your condition and your body by explaining your condition and how your body moves.

How we work

Your first visit
Your first visit is a getting to know you visit. We talk in-depth about your history of exercise, how you got injured, what you can’t do now & what you’d like to do once you’re fully recovered.  We perform a thorough assessment of range of motion, flexibility and muscle testing.  In this visit, we can evaluate your running form, or watch you perform the painful activity to see what physical components and biomechanics may be causing your pain.  From this information, an exercise & treatment plan is created, specific to your needs and goals. Initial visits are 50 min-1 hour.


Follow-up visits
Your follow-up visits consist of 3 parts: exercise, stretching and manual joint mobility/stability work. Depending on your stage of healing and conditioning level, some components may be stressed more than others.  However, working with all three components is necessary for full healing.  In each follow-up visit, you are re-evaluated for improvements in ROM and strength, and your program is adjusted as necessary along the way.  Follow-up visits are performed with your Physical Therapist, who takes you through all exercises, stretches and manual work.  Follow-up visits last 50min-1 hour.

About the founder

Trish Skarulis Stallone graduated from Columbia University’s PT program in 2001 and has been an Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapist for over a decade. She has worked closely with the trainers in Chelsea Piers Bluestreak training facility, an aggressive speed and agility clinic, and has evaluated student athletes for ACL injury risk using Dartfish computer technology.  She has also worked with the NY Rangers MD, Andrew Feldman since 2003- first opening his bracing department, now being the orthotic specialist for his office.

After helping open & manage several clinics in gyms throughout NYC, she set up Evolve in 2010. While Trish has worked with several celebrities, her real passion is working with athletes of all skill levels.  She has treated soccer athletes, hockey, football and basketball players, olympic lifters as well as many runners, cyclists and tri-athletes.

In her downtime, Trish is a keen snowboarder, marathon and mid-distance runner. She has complete dozens of races and is currently training for a half marathon with several of her former patients, giving tips and encouragement along the way. She wrote about returning to sports post-injury in the book Running Running Running and is currently in the process of writing a book entitled Getting a Flat Belly after Childbirth.

Where we work

Evolve is located at Peak Performance Gym, a 10,000 square foot sun-drenched loft high above the streets of Manhattan. Recently chosen as one of the top 10 gyms in America by Men’s Health Magazine it’s frequented by celebrities from Anne Hathaway and Victoria Secret models to Olympic athletes. The facility is packed with the most innovative tools & equipment in the industry while maintaining a peaceful and serene environment, and offering high-end amenities such as private showers, steam/sauna, a juice bar and nutritional consulting.

Another plus is the ability to work in conjunction with the gym’s trainers when necessary. Should you want to reinitiate personal training or lifting post PT, sessions can be scheduled so that Trish is present, enabling the sharing of knowledge and information between disciplines, and the ability to monitor your form together, tweaking movement patterns to relieve stress on the shoulders, knees and low back. This means you’re able to receive a higher quality experience in both training and physical therapy and you can return to lifting using the correct muscles and mechanics in order to lift pain-free.