7 Cutting-Edge Physical Therapy & Recovery Techniques You Can Use To Heal Your Body Fast.

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Dr. John Rusin has a lot of alphabet letters after his name.

He is, after all, Dr. John Rusin, PT, DPT, CSCS, ART, FMS1-2, YBT, SFMA, FDN.

So when it comes to the best and the worst of physical therapy modalities, and the most cutting-edge physical therapy and recovery techniques you can use to heal your body fast, John is a wealth of knowledge.

This guy has more than a decade of elite-level training experience and advanced degrees in both exercise science and physical therapy, and his job is to develop performance, regeneration, and aesthetics programs for some of the world's best power athletes, NFL and MLB athletes, gold-medal Olympians, competitive powerlifters, and bodybuilders. In addition to his sports-performance physical-therapy practice in Madison, Wisconsin, he's also the owner of John Rusin Fitness Systems, an online fitness platform geared toward synergizing the best of high-performance training and intelligently designed physiotherapy/regeneration programming to athletes and clients across the world.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why John says he's not a “run-of-the-mill” physical therapist…[11:10]

-The important difference between acupuncture and functional dry needling for healing an injury fast…[15:20]

-Whether Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) – also known as “scraping” – works…[22:45]

-How you can retrain your pelvis and bowel function using something called Pelvic Floor Postural Reeducation…[29:55]

-If “cupping” really works, and why Dr. Rusin thinks it is much like the infamous pump from the Austin Power's movie…[38:50]

-Dr. Rusin's opinions on blood flow restriction training, also known as Kaatsu…[44:55]

-How Dr. Rusin created the 12-week training program called “FHTP”…[51:20]

-How you can use elastic bands to get what is called “Rhythmic and Reactionary Dynamic Stability, Strength and Stabilization”…[53:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this show:

Dr. Rusin's Functional Hypertrophy Training Program (coupon code: “BG25” gets you $25 off of his FHT program)

This T-Nation article: The Absolute Best and Worst Therapy Methods

Chinese method of Gua sha rock scraping

The Edge tool that Dr. Rusin uses

Kaatsu occlusion training bands

Rogue Fitness bandbell bars

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Rusin or me? Leave your thoughts below and one of us will reply!

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6 thoughts on “7 Cutting-Edge Physical Therapy & Recovery Techniques You Can Use To Heal Your Body Fast.

  1. Christine A Moran,MS,PT,CHT says:


    I have access to Lactoferrin in a capsule form through Nikken. The originator, created the capsule from New Zealand cows. He has documented through his research to be highly effective in creating a “good area for bacteria growth in the GI track”. It is certainly easier than obtaining camel’s milk. I can send you more research info , if you wish. Dr. N created the research design for toxic shock syndrome as well as the bacteria infections in the third world nations.

    Let me know if you are interested.

    C Moran

  2. Linda says:

    I am a recently retired physiotherapist and have used functional dry needling since 1989 (in South Africa). I am living in Ontario, Canada and we use a cupping method which is a cross between cupping an ART. It is incredibly effective for helping release tight tissues (ITB, tennis elbow) and does not leave any bruising.

    Check out APTEI on YouTube and you will see the technique.

    Thank you for your show. It is always stimulating

  3. Susan says:

    Yes…this! Such a wonderful podcast. I am a big fan of soft tissue work and when my PT introduced dry needling and scraping, it was a game changer for me (tight calves create big issues for me). Thank you so much to both of you for your time!

  4. John says:

    I have this recurring problem where my quads will cramp very early races in obstacle and trail running races. Doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it ruins my race. Most recently it happened at mile 1 of the Spartan Beast at Killington. Could Dry Needling possibly work for me?


  5. Just wanted to say, been ages since I heard the podcast, from months of rigorous uni study, sandwich artistry at subway, traffic controlling, an undefeated footy season, and all the other stuff that gets in the way.

    Finally had time to cook up a low carb pizza and tune in to this episode. Thanks heaps, was great to hear!

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