React Physical Therapy at Village Market

Anyone in need of postsurgical rehabilitation or help with a sports injury now has a convenient treatment option in the New Eastside. On January 9, React Physical Therapy opened its fourth Chicago location at the Village Market.

React’s Franco Calabrese

Franco Calabrese, PT, DPT, clinic manager, said he appreciates a number of aspects of the neighborhood, especially the “community atmosphere and proximity to parks and recreational areas.”

The business offers physical therapy, strength and conditioning training, massage therapy, and athletic training. Rather than focus on the site of an injury, React treats the whole body, using proprietary methods developed by founder David Reavy to remedy underlying imbalances that cause pain.

“If your body isn’t treated as a whole, you run the risk of having the same injury again, or worse,” says Calabrese.

What sets React apart is its one-on-one approach. “The first session lasts an hour, to establish a baseline. Subsequent sessions focus on hands-on treatment with a physical therapist,” Calabrese explains, adding, “You’re not just stuck in a corner doing exercises.”

Patients “run the gamut from high school athletes to people in their 80s,” he said. As the official NFL Combine Training Partner, React also counts professional athletes, including Bears’ running back Matt Forte and Bulls’ center Joakim Noah, among its patients.

A common misconception is that pain is a prerequisite for going to a physical therapist. Calabrese says, “anyone looking to get past mental blocks when training, improve performance, and meet goals” can benefit. React Physical Therapy: 312-929-3646; www.bereact.com; 333 E. Benton Place, Unit 108.

— Shanti Nagarkatti | Community Contributor

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