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Advance Physical Therapy and Fleet Feet Sports Wraps Up Winter Coat Collection for Area Children

Coats for kids

Dear Friends,

On October 19th we concluded our winter coat collection drive.   Together with Fleet Feet Sports we were able to collect 28 winter coats.   All of the donations went to the John Avery Boys and Girls Club of Durham; this organization provides a safe and warm place for kids to learn, grow and have fun.

Thank you to everyone who helped in donating and collecting winter coats for this effort. We all helped in giving the gift of warmth and health to local children this winter season!


Matthew Harwood, physical therapist at Advance Physical Therapy


Adolescent and Adult Scoliosis Advanced Treatment Certification

Susan Henning, Jean Masse, and Lisa Mangino have completed their advanced training in managing older adults with scoliosis.  These therapists have already completed intensive training and certification (C1) in managing Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) using Schroth based Methods, from the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS).

Susan Henning PT, PRC

Susan Henning PT, PRC

The  high level (C2) Schroth based certification program qualifies therapists to safely work with older adults with pain, after spinal surgery including hardware fixation, and also to manage group exercise training.

Jean Masse PT, DPT, PRC, OCS, ATC

Jean Masse PT, DPT, PRC, OCS, ATC

We have noticed a great need for specialized treatment in older adults with spinal pain, to address not only the asymmetry of scoliosis in a targeted way, but also to safely consider the effects of aging on the scoliotic spine, surgical fixation implications, curvature progressions, and activity modifications to help older adults better manage their pain and keep their functional mobility.

Lisa Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT

Lisa Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT

Give the Gift of Warmth for a Healthy Winter Season

John Avery B and G club 2Being cold takes the fun out of winter.  Last winter was especially cold and nasty for us in the greater triangle region.  Thinking about this may make you cringe and go searching for your winter jacket!   For some children in our community, last winter was endured without the warmth of a winter coat.  During a recent conversation with the coordinators of Durham’s John Avery Boys and Girls Club, Greg Greene and Arielle Williams told us;  winter is especially hard for some of their club’s children.  They tell us children show up to the center in the middle of winter with only a light jacket or a sweatshirt.  Please join Advance Physical Therapy and Fleet Feet Sports in collecting contributions of new and/or gently used coats for children at Durham’s John Avery Boys and Girl club, ( before this year’s wintery season knocks at our doorstep!    kid playing in snow

Here is how you can help.  Bring in your donation of new or gently used coats for girls and boys ages 6- 18 years to any of our three collection locations.   We will be collecting contributions from August 19th through October 15th.   Please tell your family, friends and neighbors to donate and make a difference for a child this winter!

You can drop off coats at any of these three locations or give us a call for more information at (919) 932-7266:


Advance Physical Therapy:   77 South Elliott St., Chapel Hill NC,

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Fleet Feet Sports in Carborro:  300 E. Main Street Unit C  Carrboro, NC 27510,

FF_horizFleet Feet Sports in Durham :  6807 Fayetteville Road Suite 105  Durham, NC 27713,

Come See What We Do

We would like to welcome our colleagues, friends, clients and patients to a free public lecture reviewing the history, background and general “nuts and bolts” of the powerful work we are doing to address curvature of the spine.

“The Influence of Position and Breath In the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis using Postural Restoration and Schroth Methodologies”.



The lecture will be given by Susan Henning PT, PRC, BSPTS Schroth certified.  We are passionate about treating curvature of the spine early and aggressively, and are eager to educate and inform as many practitioners, parents and patients who may notice or be affected by curvature of the spine – like scoliosis or kyphosis.  We hope to see you there.

Where: Advance Physical Therapy – Certified Postural Restoration Center

77 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919) 932-7266 (please call to register for attendance as seating is limited)

When: Thursday August 7th, 2014

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

light refreshments provided

Advance Physical Therapy Treatment Featured at International Scoliosis Society Meeting

Wow!  This has been an exciting week for Advance Physical Therapy and for a spotlight on our approach to conservative spine and scoliosis management.  Advance Physical Therapy’s co-owner Susan Henning PT, PRC is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of scoliosis management, was invited to present her work on the powerful combination of Schroth based scoliosis management with the Postural Restoration approach at an International Scoliosis Society meeting in Germany.  Here is what she writes of her experiences this week:

Susan Henning PT, PRC

Susan Henning PT, PRC

SOSORT, or, The International Congress on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment, is a scientific society dedicated to the promotion of non- surgical management of spinal deformities.  It brings together MDs, PhDs, orthotists and physical therapists.  This year, 30 countries were represented at the meeting!    I was privileged to attend this year’s conference  which was held in Wiesbaden, Germany, May 7-10. 

I believe this was the first introduction of Postural Restoration methodology to the scientific community focused on non- surgical treatment for Scoliosis.  My poster presented a case study of early detection of scoliosis in a 9 year old girl and successful treatment which eliminated the curvature using Postural Restoration methodology.  Postural Restoration concepts were briefly introduced. 

In Europe, there are a number of methodologies for scoliosis specific physical therapy treatment of curvatures of the spine.  The Schroth Method, first developed in Germany in the 1920’s by Katharina Schoth, serves as a foundation, as inspiration, for most of these.  Postural  Restoration and the Schroth method are powerfully complimentary. We use both techniques at Advance Physical Therapy.  Much research was showcased by MDs, PhD’s, orthotists and physical therapists demonstrating an increasing body of knowledge supporting implementation of early, non- surgical treatment for scoliosis.

The myths in the US that discredit or ignore established scoliosis specific physical therapy are now being overtaken by credible scientific recognition of the efficacy of these treatments, not to mention the advisability of early intervention.  We are increasingly hopeful that school screening programs will be revitalized, that pediatricians and spine surgeons will recommend early interventions to avoid curvature progression, and that the many youths and adolescents who develop curvature of the spine will have access to scoliosis specific rehabilitation programs when the curvature is still small – to minimize curve progression and to empower them to be proactive in achieving maximal postural alignment, and maximal quality of life. 

Also in the New York Times this week is a feature article on Schroth based scoliosis management.  The featured therapist, Beth Janssen is an internationally trained therapist whom we have been lucky enough to study under.  Here is the link to that article:

It is an exciting and hopeful time for conservative management of scoliosis with these long accepted and established spinal treatment approaches from Europe and the US finally making their way to the mainstream.  These approaches are a real alternative to the dreaded “wait and see” (until curvature progression is bad enough for surgery) approach so common with scoliosis management in the United States.

Please call us to speak with a trained therapist about your questions regarding our conservative approach to scoliosis management at: (919) 932-7266.

Jean crop

Jean Masse PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, PRC

New Chi Walking Class

ChiWalking logo

June ChiWalking workshop on the following dates & times:

DatesThursdays (June 5 & 12)

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm 

Welcome all! The workshop is a lot of fun. 

See below for more workshop details.

ChiWalking Workshop


Instructor: Beth Elderbeth


            Walk effortlessly and injury-free by learning how to walk biomechanically.  Attend the ChiWalking workshop I am offering.

            ChiWalking is the most exciting walking instruction available.  Walkers get injured because of being tense, walking upright, and leading with their legs.  ChiWalking has you moving from your core muscles, while relaxing the rest of your body. This, combined with engaging gravity, makes walking effortless and injury-free. This is the essence of ChiWalking – relax and let your body do what it was built to do, walk faster and easier and leave injuries behind.

            Since walking is such a basic, every day movement, when one’s walking form is improved, the benefits are far-reaching.


Workshop Information:

Open to all: all levels, any age, injured or not

Instructor: Beth Elder  (contact information:  (919) 949-6058

Dates: Thursdays (June 5 & 12)

Time:6:00pm – 7:30pm 

Registration no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, 5/29/14

Fee: $70 total for the 2 sessions (Payment due at time of registration)

Location:  Advance Physical Therapy, 77 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (between Whole Foods and Staples)

Private workshops and lessons are available by request.


Workshop Details:

In this workshop, you will learn the basic components of the ChiWalking technique. Since this workshop is a small group format, you will get lots of personal attention. The workshop will provide you with a rich learning experience packed with good information to help you walk effortlessly and injury-free for the rest of your life.

Class Format: I will be guiding you through many exercises and drills designed to leave you with a clear sense of what the ChiWalking technique feels like in your body.  We will spend time alternating between demonstrations, fun exercises and technique drills…the nature of the workshop will be relaxed and fun.

The workshop will be held outside, so check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Please bring snacks and water, if needed.


Beth Elder

ChiRunning and ChiWalking Certified Instructor
NASM and ACE Certified Personal Trainer
PCC Pilates Certified Instructor
Functional Movement Systems Certified Instructor
TRX Certified Instructor
(919) 949-6058

Susan Henning PT, PRC to Present on Scoliosis at National Symposium



Our own Susan Henning PT, PRC has been doing groundbreaking work towards improving the lives of people with scoliosis.  Susan combines the Postural Restoration approach and Schroth based principles of spinal correction.  She has had dramatic clinical results and has been asked to share her unique approach with other experts and practitioners in the field of rehabilitation and posture.  She will be one of six expert speakers to present on the subject of “Gas and Gravity” and the strong influences these have on our posture.  We are incredibly fortunate, at Advance Physical Therapy, to have Susan as a mentor and peer.  Below is a description of the symposium.

6th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium: Gas & Gravity

Our 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration course brings together six highly regarded professionals to share their expertise on the subjects of pulmonary gas exchange and gravitational influences affecting human form and function.  This symposium will include interactive discussion on topics that reduce undesirable neuromuscular patterns of activity.   These topics will include how our body has adapted to or contends with the low ratio of carbon dioxide production to alveolar ventilation (hyperventilation) and the speed of falling towards the earth’s surface at an acceleration rate of 9.8 meters per second squared (Earth’s gravity).  Each speaker will reflect on the positive and negative influences of gas and gravity, compensatory strategies used to contend with improper gas ratios and anti-gravitational processes, and recommendations to improve pulmonary and ventilation gas ratios, as well as, centered anti-gravity function; based on their personal or professional experience or research

Specialized Vestibular Rehabilitation at Advance Physical Therapy

We are so pleased to welcome Shella J. LoBianco, MSPT to Advance Physical Therapy.  Shella joins us with a wealth of experience on balance and gait/walking disorders.  Here is a little more about her:

Shella J. LoBianco, MSPT – Physical Therapyshella



Shella received her MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994.  She has over 18 years experience in neurological and vestibular/balance therapy, treating patients with neurological impairments and multi-factorial gait disturbance. Shella’s clinical experience includes treating patients with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke in the acute setting including the surgical intensive care unit and also the inpatient and outpatient neuro rehab settings.  She has completed training in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) for adults with hemiplegia.  Shella holds a Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation (2001) and in Vestibular Function Test Interpretation (2007) both from Emory University’s Department of Rehabilitation.  She has 12 years experience in the evaluation and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders.  Shella is the previous owner of a successful private practice specializing in Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) in Florida and has served as Program Director and Rehab Director for Vestibular Programs in New York.  She has also served as consultant to various outpatient clinics around the country, assisting them in developing Vestibular Rehabilitation programs.

In addition, Shella is certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis and incorporates many of the principals and forms into her treatments for patients with vestibular and balance impairments. She believes that all aspects of the patient’s health and well-being must be incorporated into a treatment plan in order to improve that person’s quality of life.

Hi Runners – New ChiRunning Workshop


You are welcome to participate in the upcoming ChiRunning workshop.beth

Dates & times are:

Dates: Saturdays (May 10 & 31st) 

Time: 10:00 – 11:30

See below for more workshop details. 

Have fun running forever, Beth

ChiRunning Workshop

Instructor: Beth Elder


          Do you want to run as you were born to run – injury-free and effortlessly? Then come to the ChiRunning workshop I am offering.

            ChiRunning is the most exciting running instruction available.  Runners get injured because of being tense, running upright, and leading with their legs. ChiRunning accomplishes injury prevention and energy efficiency by teaching you how to run aligned, relax your body, use your core, and lean to allow gravity to pull you forward. This is the essence of ChiRunning – relax and let your body do what it was built to do, leave stress, strain, and injury behind.

            A ChiRunning workshop participant wrote me the following:

Hey Beth – I had a great run during the Tobacco Rd half-marathon on Sunday.  I used the Chi Running techniques I learned in your classes and they were so helpful!  I am a slower paced runner, so realistically my goal was to finish in 2:20 and absolutely no later than 2:30.  I finished in 2:09:54!!  I’m thrilled with my results. And no knee and hip pain for the first time ever!! Not even after the run – shear JOY!! I had a blast.  I wanted to share with you my wonderful experience! Thank You!!  – Amy 

Join me for two sessions and learn to run for the rest of your life!

Workshop Information:

Open to all:  all levels, any age, injured or not

Instructor: Beth Elder  (contact information:  (919) 949-6058

Dates: Saturdays (May 10 & 31)


Registration: no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, 5/2/14

Fee: $70 total for the 2 sessions. Each session is 1 ½ hour long.

(Payment due at time of registration)

Location: Advance Physical Therapy, 77 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (between Whole Foods and Staples)


Private workshops and lessons are available by request.


Workshop Details:

In this workshop, you will learn the basic components of the ChiRunning technique. Since this workshop is a small group format, you will get lots of personal attention. The workshop will provide you with a rich learning experience packed with good information to help you run injury-free for the rest of your life.

Class Format: I will be guiding you through many exercises and drills designed to leave you with a clear sense of what the ChiRunning technique feels like in your body.  We will not be doing lots of running (contrary to what you might imagine), so no matter what condition you are in, have no fear.  We will spend time alternating between demonstrations, fun exercises and technique drills…the nature of the workshop will be relaxed and fun.

The workshop will be held outside, so check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

Please bring snacks and water, if needed.

Personal Training the Postural Restoration way with Beth Elder


Workout the Postural Restoration Way

Strength Training
Utilizing TRX, Gray Cook Bands, Free Weights, Physio Balls, and more!

Pilates Core Training

Cardiovascular Health and Flexibility

ChiRunning and ChiWalking

Learn to run and walk the way you were born to do, effortlessly and injury-free!




Beth graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991 and has since worked as a personal trainer at various health clubs in the area. Now at Advance PhysicalTherapy, Beth draws on her extensive experience to design personalized workouts which go beyond typical programs through introducing the principlesand concepts of Postural Restoration to the realm of strength training. This unique approach to personal training allows Beth’s clients to enjoy increased core power and physical strength while at the same time having the assurance that the integrity of their musculoskeletal alignment will be protected and enhanced along the way.

Beth believes in implementing training programs that reflect attention to the specific needs and wants of the client. “Listening to what the client says is the most important part of personal training. It is by listening attentively that I know how best to implement a workout routine that brings results.”

Beth encourages clients to empower their mind as well as their body to expedite results. “By developing confidence in one’s abilities, one gains the power to create one’s own reality. Through my training, clients will learn to experience the benefits of both a powerful body and a confident mind; after that, everything else comes naturally.”

Personal training with Beth will bring your fitness journey to a new level: a better understanding of exercise science, enhanced body awareness, increased physical strength, and personal confidence.


·NASM Certified Personal Trainer

·ACE Certified Personal Trainer

·PCC Level II Pilates Certified Instructor

      Pilates Method is a fast way to flatten your abs and strengthen your core.

·ChiRunning and ChiWalking Certified Instructor

·ChiRunning and ChiWalking workshops teach you how to run/walk as you were biomechanically born to do, injury-free and effortlessly. Beth offers both ChiRunning and ChiWalking workshops.

·Functional Movement Systems Certified Instructor

·TRX Instructor

·TRX exercise constantly involves the core, while improving functional strength, power,flexibility and balance.

·YBR Level II Yamuna Body Rolling Certified Instructor

      A technique regarded as the most efficient way to achieve improved flexibility

Personal Training Rates:

·     Single 1-hour session: $80

·     6 1-hour sessions: $75/session ($450 total)

·     12 1-hour sessions: $72/session ($864 total)

·     24 1-hour sessions: $70/session ($1680 total)

·     7-Session Package: $570 ($81.43/session)

   One of these seven sessions can include a joint training session with me as well as a Postural Restoration Certified Physical Therapist from Advance Physical Therapy.