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Best Physical Therapy by North Valley Magazine

Best for Physical Therapy

We want to thank everyone that nominated and voted for our practice in North Valley Magazine’s “Best of” contest. Total Sports Therapy was awarded “Best Physical Therapy” by North Valley Magazine, 2 years running! We continue to strive to provide the best physical therapy to Cave Creek/Carefree, Moon Valley, North Phoenix and Glendale. Please contact anyone of our 4 locations for your physical therapy needs!

Do you want fitness success, what motivates you?

What Motivates You?

Brace yourself.  According to Rod K. Dishman, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Fitness Laboratory at the University of Georgia, nearly 50 percent of people who begin an exercise program drop out within the first 6 months.  The question is, “Why?”  What is it about sticking with a fitness routine that causes so many people abandon it?

The answer?  Motivation.  They don’t want health and fitness badly enough.  It is a simple fact of human psychology that if we want something badly enough, we’ll do everything we can to get it.

Your challenge is to find out what motivates you to get serious about fitness and stick with it.

Unlocking your motivation

Mike Fohner’s student found that money was the motivation she needed to push her out of her comfort zone and into a commitment that she previously hadn’t been interested in.

Bryan Reece found a different motivation.  Told by his doctors that he was minutes away from a heart attack, Bryan decided to fight back.  Even though he had not been in a gym in 30 years, he turned his life around and eventually became a finisher in the Arizona Ironman competition.  You can read his story in the book, You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon by Jacques Steinberg.

You do not have to be part of that 50 percent who quit.  You can stay committed and finish strong.  It is all about finding what motivates you personally.

Here are some possible motivators for you.

  1. Do it for your health. Consistent exercise and healthy eating are the two very best things you can do for your health. You will develop a strong, healthy heart, reduce your chances of many cancers, prevent diabetes, keep a sharp mind and resist dementia and avoid many of the common ailments that come with aging.  It is possible to age without decay, and the key to this is exercise and eating well.
  2. Do it to look better. Appearance isn’t everything, but most of us care how we look. A strong and healthy person just looks good.  And it isn’t all physical.  Your demeanor will change as you develop the confidence that comes from the discipline of fitness.  You will appear more energetic and confident because you will be more energetic and confident!
  3. Do it to relieve stress. Really!  It isn’t a cliché.  Exercising really does cause physical changes in your brain and nervous system that results in feelings of calmness and well-being.  In fact, you may get so hooked on the mental benefits of exercise that you will crave it!
  4. Do it to be strong. If you have never done focused weight training, then you literally have no idea of the total transformation that you will feel after just a few weeks.  There is nothing like bending over to pick something up that normally results in discomfort, strain and even pain, only to find out that it is a piece of cake!  And by getting strong now, you reduce your risk of age-related falls and fractures because you have the core strength and balance to keep yourself stable.

It is worth taking the time to discover the powerful motivators in your life.  Don’t worry about ‘bribing’ yourself:  do what it takes to get yourself moving.  Find out what makes sweating worth it.  Find out what you want more than that brownie. Your health is at stake; in fact, your very life is at stake. It’s time to transform yourself.


Total Sports Therapy Blood Drive

During these trying times, we all need to get together and help out those that need it most.  We are asking that if you can, to please donate blood.  If you have had COVID-19, your antibodies may help someone currently battling the disease!  If you weren't sure if you have already had COVID-19, you might be able to find out through the antibody testing performed by Vitalant.

Total Sports Therapy Cave Creek Location will be hosting a blood drive on November 8, 2020, 10am-2pm.  Our Glendale location will be hosting a blood drive on November 15, 2020, 10am-2pm.  These will be by appointment only so we are able to practice proper social distancing and help you get in and out as quickly as possible.  If you have donated in the past, you will be able to register your appointment through and enter our site code "TST" for donation for Cave Creek location and "TST-Glendale" for our Glendale location.  Please feel free to contact our office at 480-272-7140 to have one of our staff help you schedule your appointment if this is your first time, or if you are having problems through the website.  Fill out the form below if you would like one of our team to contact you to schedule!

Cave Creek Location Blood Drive

Blood Drive TST Cave Creek

Glendale Location Blood Drive

Glendale Blood Drive

Blood Drive Contact Form

Blood Drive Form
Which location would you like to schedule for blood donation?
Preferred Donation Time (We will contact you to confirm your appointment)

TST COVID Policy – Healthy Body/Healthy Mind

June 26th Update

We have been taking the health and safety of our patients and staff as a priority since the outbreak of COVID-19.  As an essential service provider it is important that we create an environment that is as clean and sanitary as if you were staying at home.  Maintaining a healthy body and mind is why we are here.

Here are the current steps we are taking to reduce the risk and keep your rehabilitation progressing:

  • All staff, patients, and patient family members are required to wear masks entering our office
      • Those who fall into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability, or are otherwise covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
      • Children under 6 years old.
      • People whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face covering
  • We take temperature of anyone coming into the office with a forehead thermometer
  • We provide hand sanitizer during treatment
  • We sanitize all surfaces before and during treatment
  • We provide social distancing seating in waiting areas (space is limited)

Please feel free to contact any of our 4 locations to learn more about how we can serve your needs.

Staying Healthy

Staying healthy during a pandemic

Staying Healthy

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Exercise to keep you mind and body healthy

Just a month ago we would have never thought that we would have our restaurants, gyms, and places considered “Non-essential” closed.  We would have thought nothing about going to places with others, shaking hands, giving hugs, and touching our faces.  It’s a different world.

These changes create confusion, stress, and fear.  These are unhealthy emotions,that can put a toll on your body.  This can leave you susceptible to illness.  The confusion that we are faced with is, “What can we do about it?”

As a medical provider, it is our duty to try to help our community, even during a time of pandemic, through education and service.  This is the main reason we remain open and available to our community.  Our job is to help you keep your body healthy, which can in turn help keep a healthier mind.

One of the foundations of physical therapy is to optimize the body’s own ability to heal itself.  This is done through exercise and keeping the body moving.  Exercise keeps the body strong and has a benefit of releasing endorphins that can help reduce stress and improve mood.

While our office has all the tools and equipment to provide an excellent exercise program, there are many exercises that can easily be done at home with guidance.   If you are dealing with pain or discomfort and can’t exercise at home, we have created a sanitized environment in our office for you to safely exercise under guidance.

Do you have questions about what you can do at home to exercise?  Fill out this form and one of our staff will contact you to go over different options and programs to keep you healthy.

Governor Ducey Executive Order

As a healthcare provider, we fall under this mandate and will remain open and continue to serve our patients.  We are following all of CDC’s recommended guidelines in order to provide a safe and sanitized environment for the treatment of our patients.