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Spring Has Sprung!

April 16th, 2013

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring is upon us and we all know what that means!  Sports seasons are gearing up as well.  It’s time to get out there and do some golfing or play some baseball.  Maybe you’re into track or soccer.  Regardless it’s that time again and that also means the possibility of hurt shoulders or sprained ankles.

Sports are a great way to stay active but sometimes the occasional mishap happens and if it happens to you, you shouldn’t suffer in pain.  Instead call us here at DMC Rehab or drop by to schedule a visit.  Why DMC Rehab?

At DMC Rehab you don’t need a prescription to see a physical therapist because we’re a Direct Access provider.  We also accept all insurance plans and have three convenient locations for you.

So go enjoy the spring and sunshine and the opportunity to play your favorite sports but remember us if an injury happens.  We’ll get you back in the game in no time.

CEO of DMC Rehab to Collaborate with Business Edge Newspaper

March 19th, 2013

CEO of DMC Rehab to Collaborate with Business Edge Newspaper

DMC Rehab is pleased to announce that David M. Cunic, CEO and manager of DMC Athletics and Rehabilitation has been asked to write a health and wellness column for Business Edge Newspaper.   David is a graduate of the Delbarton School and also received both his Bachelors of Health Science and Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. He is  also a certified personal trainer, a licensed referee for the United States Soccer Federation and a member of numerous physical therapy and community service organizations.

Through education, clinic, and personal experience, David has designed his own philosophy of complete therapy. He has taken techniques which integrates the personal training and physical therapy regimen, in order to achieve a complete therapy where “you get the best of both worlds”.

Not only is this a great honor for David but it is also a great honor for DMC.  DMC has been rated #1 in physical therapy for the past 7 years and is also the only facility in North Jersey to have a testimonial page from other doctors themselves.

At DMC Athletics and Rehabilitation we have had the honor and privilege to personally take care of countless physicians and their loved ones. In the medical field, there is an old saying, “Go to the doctor where the doctors’ themselves go.” Local physicians have been thoroughly impressed with DMC’s expert care and attention to detail; they felt compelled to tell others of their success.

Business Edge Newspaper is a monthly publication produced by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.  To learn more about it and read past editions, please visit HERE. Please continue to check back starting next month for David’s health and wellness column!

And as always, if you are looking for or need physical therapy don’t hesitate to call us today!  All evaluations are free, we accept ALL insurance plans and we don’t require that you have a prescription.  We have THREE convenient locations to make it easier for you!

You’ve Made Your First Appointment, Now What?

February 5th, 2013

You’ve Made Your First Appointment, Now What?

Congratulations!  You’ve made your resolutions for 2013 and your sticking with them and you’ve even gone ahead and made your first appointment to visit us here at DMC Rehab.  So now what?  What should you expect when you come in for the first time?  We’re taking a look at some our most frequently asked questions below!

  • What happens during my first visit? During your first visit you can expect the following: 1) Arrive at your appointment with your paperwork completed (you can download it from our website – see the paperwork or forms link).  2) You will provide us with your prescription for physical therapy if you have been referred by your doctor.  3) We will copy your insurance card.  4) You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the therapist.

The therapist will discuss the following:

    1. Your medical history.
    2. Your current problems/complaints.
    3. Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem.
    4. How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations.
    5. Your goals with physical therapy.
    6. Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health.

The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation and then will formulate a list of problems you are having, and how to treat those problems. A plan is subsequently developed with the patient’s input. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy. This plan is created with input from you, your therapist, and your doctor.

  • Why is physical therapy a good choice? More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain. Whether it is a recent episode or chronic, an ABC News/Stanford study revealed that pain in America is a serious problem. However, many do not even know that physical therapists are well equipped to not only treat pain but also its source.

Physical therapists are experts at treating movement and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Pain often accompanies a movement disorder, and physical therapists can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.

  • What will I need to do after physical therapy? Some patients will need to continue with home exercises. Some may choose to continue with a gym exercise program. Others will complete their rehabilitation and return to normal daily activities. It is important that you communicate your goals to your therapist, so he/she can develop a custom program for you.

You’re now on your way to having your best year EVER!

Need a Little Motivation?

January 18th, 2013

Need a Little Motivation?

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. ~Doug Firebaugh

It’s eighteen days into the New Year – how are you doing at upholding your resolutions?  A lot of the time we start the year out with the best of intentions then life and circumstances get in the way and we get too easily defeated.  So how can you stay on track?

  • Tell others about your goals.  Telling family and friends what you want to accomplish can help keep you accountable.  It’s easy at times to give up on yourself but with others cheering you on, it’s much harder.
  • Set a date to have your goal accomplished.  Leaving your resolution open ended (i.e. “I’ll go to the gym more often this year!”) means that realistically you could just spend the last couple of months of the year acting on your resolution.  Whereas setting a time frame or date (i.e. “I’ll go to the gym 2x a week!”) means you will be more apt to accomplish just that.
  • Focus on the progress.  Take each step one at a time and be happy with your progress. The only way you’ll get to where you want to go is to complete every small step along the way, checking it off with pride as you accomplish each step.
  • Create your environment so that you will accomplish your goals. For example, set your gym bag next to the door, put fruits and veggies in the front of the fridge.

No matter what you’ve decided to accomplish this year, you can do just that, realistically.  And we at DMC are here to help you realize your goals.  Right now you can get TEN (10) personal training sessions for just $423.00! So what are you waiting for?  Call us today!

New Year, New You, With Help From DMC!

December 28th, 2012

New Year, New You, With Help From DMC!

The New Year is almost upon us!  Are you ready for 2013?  Here at DMC Athletics and Rehabilitation we are very much looking forward to a New Year and we are excited to start off the year off strong. We wanted to take a moment to provide you with a quick tip to starting off 2013 in the best way possible.

We suggest if you’re planning on making changes in your exercise and/or eating habits, wait till the New Year to set your plan into motion to make those goals become a reality. The holidays often throw off diets and healthy habits, but start 2013 off the way you want to- healthy. Set realistic goals and resolutions for the New Year with a plan of action in place will help you achieve your dreams!

We also wanted to thank you for a wonderful year by hosting a 2013 special! We are currently offering 10 personal training sessions for only $423! Give us a call to book today – 973-984-0400

So from us to you, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in 2013!

~The DMC Team

Holiday Stress Relief

December 17th, 2012

The holidays are almost upon us and we all know how stressful the holidays can sometimes be regardless of how much we love family and friends and good cheer and good food.  With what often feels like not enough time, a smorgasbord of people and a smorgasbord of food it’s no surprise that the edges might start to fray a little.  Read on for some stress relieving tips for the holiday season!

  • Move! Stay active – even if you can’t fit in your regular workout routine, make sure you’re getting activity in regularly.  Take a quick walk, take the stairs, do some brief yoga, anything will help keep you relaxed and stress free.
  • Change your ideas about gift-giving.  Make gift-giving as easy as possible. That may mean giving fewer gifts, doing all your shopping online, paying the local mall group a few dollars to wrap your packages for you, or perhaps making modest online donations to the favorite causes of friends and family. Consider instead that the real gift you give is of your time – this is the gift that creates memories, the gift that lasts for a lifetime.
  • Say “no”.  Sometimes it’s inevitable – you have to say no.  Even if no isn’t normally in your vocabulary, seriously consider if you can take on another thing or if you have time for that project and if you just can’t do it, say so.  Sometimes “no” isn’t a negative.
  • Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget.
  • Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
  • If you do start to feel stressed or even depressed, take steps – acknowledge your feelings, reach out for help if it’s needed and take a breather.  Sometimes stress and sadness hit the best of us so take the time you need to handle what you’re feeling so you’ll once again be able to enjoy yourself!
  • Keep up with your regular appointments (doctor, dentist, physical therapy, etc.).  Staying on track will keep you on the healthy side of things!

Give us a call today to set up your next few appointments!

Calm in a Crisis

December 17th, 2012

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Hurricane Sandy hit us and hard.  We sincerely hope that each and every one of you is now safe and sound and with power and if you lost a home or loved ones, our hearts go out to you.  It’s not unimaginable to call Sandy a crisis and when crisis hits, sometimes we panic.  Here’s some info on how to stay calm during and right after a crisis and as you may be still recovering from the blow that was Sandy, please take note and remember that you are not alone!

  • Devise a plan of action for during and after a crisis before crisis hits.  Whether it be storm or fire or anything in between, plan exactly what you will do in the case of that event and make sure everyone living in your house is aware of this plan and its details.  Also plan what you will do after the crisis in a worst case scenario – are there places you can go and people you can rely on?
  • Keep your mind on task, don’t be stalled by “ifs” or “buts”.  As important as this is during crisis, it’s equally important for the aftermath.  Don’t let your mind wander to “but if I’d had one more of X…” or “What if we’d done this?” thoughts.  Instead focus on what you can be doing NOW to help yourself and others, one task at a time, one day at a time.
  • Divvy up responsibilities.  You don’t have to take on all responsibilities yourself.  Whether it’s clean-up, getting back to life stuff or anything else, divvy up what needs to be done between family members, roommates, etc.
  • Give yourself positive affirmations.  During a serious crisis, it’s ok to remind yourself that you are brave and are handling the situation as best you can. It just might help you get through it all and getting through the crisis is the most important thing of all.
  • Focus on solutions instead of what went wrong.  This ties in to keeping your mind on task but sometimes we forget to focus on what we can do to help our situation and instead get caught up in all the things that have gone wrong.  Focus on how you can solve the things that have gone wrong and try your best not to worry about how things got there in the first place.
  • Find perspective.  When something goes wrong, your emotions can easily take control. Your fears often get compounded in your head and the worst-case scenarios start to play out in your head. Try to avoid that by finding perspective.  Sometimes what has happened to you is the worst possible thing that could happen in your world and sometimes it only feels like it.

No matter what the crisis there are always ways to make it through, whether you want to go it alone or whether you choose to receive help from others.  Reach out if needed and never be afraid to ask for help.  Think and act wisely and focus on the tasks in front of you.  Take things one day at a time and eventually you’ll be back on your feet again.

Winter Workouts

November 14th, 2012

Winter Workouts

There’s a chill in the air that can mean only one thing – winter is just around the corner!  While we’ve still got a little time to go before the real cold hits, soon it’ll be freezing (and most likely snowy).  Add to the cold and the snow, the fact that it gets darker earlier and most people are tempted to just huddle up with a cup of hot cocoa on the sofa and become couch potatoes for the winter season (approximately 30% of people don’t exercise at all during the winter months).  We’re here to encourage you to NOT do that!  If you work hard the rest of the year to take care of yourself and your body, work hard to do so during the coldest season of all too!  It’s well worth the time and effort and hey, it can even be fun.


A regular walking or jogging program can benefit you by decreasing your blood pressure, resting heart rate, and cholesterol, while increasing your metabolic rate and ability to burn fat. Walking first thing in the morning, (as soon as you wake up) will burn more body fat. Since you have no carbs in your body, your body will attack stored fat for energy immediately, not having to burn carb resources first.  Wind, snow, and cold needn’t slow you down if you dress appropriately with layers to keep you warm and reflective clothing to keep you visible on dark days. Since cold temperatures make your body less flexible and more prone to injuries, do your walk first and stretch after you’re done. Wear shoes with deep traction to prevent slipping on wet or icy roads.

Ice Skating

There are plenty of places in New Jersey to go ice skating, whether it be indoors or right outside on the frozen lake by your house.  Not only is it fun but you can burn up to 500 calories an hour.   And don’t forget hockey!  Another fun way to get some exercise in without even realizing you’re doing it.


Love hiking?  Try snowshoeing!  While you’re out taking in the gorgeous winter landscape, you’re also getting an intense muscular and cardio workout.  You can also just hike in the snow if you’d prefer (just make sure you have proper insulated boots!).

There are plenty of other ways to have fun while staying healthy this winter:  skiing (whether it be downhill or cross country), snowboarding, and even sledding are excellent ways to workout, stay in shape, release stress and enjoy your winter!

DMC Lends A Helping Hand for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

October 22nd, 2012

DMC Lends A Helping Hand for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Giving back is a big part of our community here at DMC.  We’ve already mentioned a couple of upcoming events that we are helping to support but today we’d like to tell you about another cause we support that’s very important to us, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Here at DMC we have associated ourselves with St. Jude’s for many important reasons.  The most important reason is that we believe in empowering and helping others through health & wellness.  St. Jude’s supports these same values as well. We’ve been moved by the inspirational stories of the precious kids treated there. That’s why we’re participating in the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk on Saturday, November 17.

If you’re not familiar with St. Jude’s, here’s a bit about them:  The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.  Their vision is to be the world leader in advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children. This vision is pursued by providing outstanding patient care; by conducting basic, translational and clinical research designed to elucidate biological mechanisms, understand disease pathogenesis, improve diagnosis, enhance treatment outcome, prevent diseases and minimize adverse consequences of treatment; and by educating health care and scientific research professionals. Through these efforts they seek to cure and enhance the quality of life for an increasing proportion of children who come to them for treatment, and by expanding and sharing knowledge, to advance treatment of children with catastrophic diseases worldwide, while developing strategies to prevent catastrophic diseases in children.

Our goal is to raise a min. of $10,000 for this walk and to have a team of at least 30 people participate with us.  Please help us and support this great cause.

How your donations help:

  • Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
  • St. Jude speeds their research discoveries directly from their labs to the bedside of patients and to doctors and scientists everywhere.
  • One child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide.

If you’re interested in helping out, please visit the link to our team HERE.

DMC Proudly Supports…

October 9th, 2012

DMC Proudly Supports…

We here at DMC are notorious for participating in fundraising events that  help great organizations and we’d like to take a minute of your time to tell you about a couple of causes and people we are supporting right now.

First, we are sponsoring a runner, Jessica Pansini, who runs for the Colon  Cancer Challenge

Foundation. Jessica has been training relentlessly for the NYC marathon in  support of the fight for a cure for colorectal cancer. If anyone would like to  join forces with DMC and support Jessica’s cause please follow the link to  her support PAGE.

Second, DMC’s very own Maggie Christel is hosting a Zumbathon to help  raise money to support the Susan G. Komen’s Fight for a Cure for Breast  Cancer.

DMC is proud and honored to support both these great women in their causes and extends the invitation to others to rise up and join in on touching lives of those who need support!

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