Dr. Howard Sichel

Bio

I graduated New York Chiropractic college in 1980 and began practicing in 1981. The initial thrust of my practice was the dance community so my techniques for treatment had to change to a more proactive, less rest orientated one.  I saw the need for a better active rehabilitation program and was introduced to Romana Kryshanowska from  the original classical Pilates studio. I immediately saw the stability that my patients received in their daily life and the need for less care from me after taking part in this program. There was a correction being made in their musculoskeletal system that gave them confidence and reduced the exacerbations they suffered from.  Classical Pilates, which was movement -based , took the fear out of their head and empowered them to live and move.

Soon after, I began referring all of my patients to the studio and then opened our own in association with the chiropractic office.  Then due to the demand for better teachers, I opened Power Pilates as an Education center that certified teachers in classical Pilates. It now could be taught system by system with an understanding of what was happening in the person’s body and give the teacher the tools necessary to communicate the brilliance of this work by knowing when to progress someone and when to pull back. We now have the largest education company in classical Pilates that spans 9,000 teachers in 9 different languages.  The goal is simple- Inspire the world to a healthier way of life through classical Pilates.  Movement heals you! Utilizing the teaching tools that are common to our Pilates program, we are introducing these tools to other curriculums as well under Apogee Wellness, teaching instructors the Art of Teaching, which includes communication and leadership  into all movement modalities.

Specialties:

Affiliation:

  • HFPN, NYU School of Physical Therapy, New York Chiropractic College

Location:

  • New York, NY

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Activity

  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy
    Dr. Howard Sichel answered:

    Can exercise help prevent depression?

    There is a long answer to this as well but know that definitely regular exercise can help with those that suffer with depression. The reasons are many, increased levels of serotonin, increased blood circulation, and perspiring, but more than anything is the control you feel for your own being. Taking...Read More
  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy
    Dr. Howard Sichel answered:

    What can I expect to get from the right exercise program?

    First, the right program means any program that excites you and inspires you to be consistent. There is no magic bullet program , although i beleive classical Pilates is a great startuing point. Find something that you enjoy working at and get going. The right program is a balanced one of stability,

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  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy
    Dr. Howard Sichel answered:

    What are the benefits of cardio exercise?

    CV exercise has so many benefits . First and foremost it is the best exercise for one of the most important muscsles in our body. Our Heart!!!! It helps keep us young and keeps us away from the Doctor. If you want to keep up with younger kids playing basketball or tennis then you better start doiong

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  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy
    Dr. Howard Sichel answered:

    Why is it important to know my body mass index?

    The focus on BMI is important but can turn into a negative setting tone in a person's overall quest for god health. There are many factors that will affect a person's BMI but overall it is thier age and their overall weight . It's interseting to note that most people can honestly look in the mirror...Read More
  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy
    Dr. Howard Sichel answered:

    What is chronic pain?

    chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out medical care. The solutions for dealing with chronic pain, many times, is in the hands of the individual . You have to be willing to make some lifestyle changes and become consistent in your workouts. That consistency in a balanced movement...Read More
  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy
    Dr. Howard Sichel answered:

    How can I get motivated to exercise?

    As a clinician in Chiropractic care , i have personally seen and treated individuals that at some point had to begin an exercise program to rid themselves of the chronic weakneeses that they suffer with. Some patients take longer than others to reach that point. At some point they have to  or they

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  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy
    Dr. Howard Sichel answered:

    Is it possible to be too fat to exercise?

    Anyone can benefit from regular exercise. No matter how heavy you are, you can stillparticip[ate in a proper exercise program. Proper , meaning a balanced program that will take into account yur special needs. This will also hold true for a thin person that has other issues. Being heavier than you...Read More
  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy

    What is cardiovascular (cardio) exercise?

    Cardiovascular exercise is any activity that increases your heart rate and respiratory rate for a sustained period of time. Many acticities could be included in the list of CV exercise. Most impiortant thing is to find something you enjoy. It doesn't even have to be just one thing. The idea of interval...Read More
  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy
    Dr. Howard Sichel answered:

    What is cardiovascular endurance?

    CV endurance consists of maintaining an increased heart and breathing rate for an extended period of time. This can be accomplished many ways. The activity i like to do that will accomplish all aspects of proper exercise inclding CV benefits is cross training where i am doin all different exercise...Read More
  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy
    Dr. Howard Sichel answered:

    How can I manage chronic pain?

    The majority of dollars spent in the US health care system is for the treatment of chronic pain. The majority of days taken from work are from the effects of chronic pain. This is an epidemic in this country and needs to be dealt with. The solution is simple. We have to empower people by getting

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  • Dr. Howard Sichel - New York, NY - Physical Therapy
    Dr. Howard Sichel answered:

    How much cardio exercise do I need for health benefits?

    You can look up all of the guidelines for how much CV exercise to do but my suggestion is to just start doing more than you are now and slowly increase it to 30 -45 minutes of exercise 4-5 x per week. Find something you enjoy doing and stick to it. Anything is better than nothing so get out there...Read More
  • Denise Miccoli, NASM Elite Trainer - Ramsey, NJ - Fitness
    Hi Dr. Sichel, nice to meet you!
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