Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.

At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life. Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical conditions such as asthma, and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.

At Bareknuckle we also use Dry Needling and IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization).

IASTM: Therapeutic method for diagnosing and treating disorders of the skeletal muscles and related connective tissue. The method employs a collection of various stainless steel tools of particular shape and size, which are used by practitioners to rub  patients’ muscles in order to detect and resolve adhesions in the muscles and tendons. Practitioners must be licensed by the IASTM corporation  in order to use the technique.
Dry needling (Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling) Dry needling is sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS). Acupuncture is a broad category of needling practices with solid filiform needles.  Chinese style tendinomuscular acupuncture tends to use the lower gauge needles necessary for puncturing contraction knots with a high degree of precision. On the other hand, lighter styles of acupuncture, such as Japanese style, and many American styles, may tend towards very shallow insertions of higher gauge needles. Most acupuncture styles, especially those with lighter techniques, require a detailed knowledge, not only of western anatomy, but also of the channel networks and connections. Thus, while some forms of acupuncture are not at all the same as dry needling, the term dry needling can refer quite specifically to what is now called Myofascial Acupuncture, Tendinomuscular Acupuncture, or some version of Sports Acupuncture. “Dry needling is a neurophysiological evidence-based treatment technique that requires effective manual assessment of the neuromuscular system. Physical therapists are well trained to utilize dry needling in conjunction with manual physical therapy interventions. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor end plates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.” (Jain, Piyush (2015). Manual of Dry Needling Techniques)


Our program will incorporate preventative measures in order to avoid injuries during sport performance. However, the inevitable will occur and athletes do get injured. The post-injured athlete will be screened for a deeper understanding of the cause of injury.

For example, a screening may include functional and manual test to find any imbalance within the body. Next, a proper exercise prescription will be designed to correct the injury prone imbalanced. Under the care of our trainers, the athlete will progress and eventually return to sports participation as fast and as SAFELY as possible.

Xcel:Sports Related Training

This is a program somewhat different then our Kinesiology Assessments, however it is still under the supervision of Panayiotis Stavrou. The emphasis for Xcel is sports-related training; we want to enhance the athlete’s performance through strength and conditioning, and rehabilitation if necessary.

What is special about this training is that we make it sports-specific. If your sport is futball, basketball, volleyball, track and field, tennis, swim, dance, and even bodybuilding–we tailor your training program specific to your functional needs.

Strength & Conditioning

The main objective of our program is to help athletes of all ages and sport to gain speed, power, body control, and explosiveness through proper strength and conditioning, while simultaneously preventing serious injury from sports participation.

An increasing number of athletes are experiencing severe injuries due to things such as muscular imbalances, improper body position while landing, incorrect neuromuscular firing patterns and proprioception deficits to just name a few.

Based on the latest scientific research, we intend to help athletes, professional or amateur, or even the general public who desire to a live a better, more active lifestyle.

Main Goals for Strength and Conditioning

  • Improve athlete’s general performance
  • Help reduce the risk of injury during sports activity
  • Increase athletic capacity
  • Improve function performance and power
  • Increase: speed, power, body control, and explosiveness


Kinesiology is the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement. It is an integrative discipline that focuses on the various components and processes of human movement related to physical activity and sport, incorporating the areas of human anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, and bio-mechanics.

It deals with how the body functions and moves. A kinesiological approach applies scientific based medical principles to analyze human performance and function in all populations and settings.

Here at the studio, we provide a Kinesiology Assessment which takes it a step further than a private personal training session. During the assessment, an evaluation of movement, performance, posture, muscle strength and muscle length will take place in all areas of the body. Afterward, an analysis of the information gathered will result in a plan designed to rehabilitate or prevent any recurring disorders–this is what we call an exercise prescription.