""Honey, I am going Poling." That was me after being introduced to Urban Poling by you, Jon. I had been dealing with issues of balance & not feeling as secure in walking, going up or down stairs, or movement in general.
With Urban Poling I had the motivation to start moving again. To get going.
Jon, you gave me brief, but thorough instructions for maximum benefit. That first year I walked 150 miles in total. I have walked primarily on side walks, but also hills, paths in the woods.The Poles have given me stability, impacted the strength of heart, lungs & straightened my posture. Finally, after falling....not using Poles, and damaging my rotator cuff, I am convinced the use of the Urban Poles has helped strengthen my shoulder.
Jon, you have done a good thing ---by assisting me to find balance, movement,& vitality. Thank you.
Jim B. from Urbandale
Dec 10, 2022
"Jon has helped 3 members of my family over the past 5 years. He is knowledgeable and always professional. My kids leave Optimum Performance each time with a clear understanding of the exercises and work they need to do to help them heal.
Jon is easy to talk to and always willing to explain things as much as we need.
I would not hesitate one second to recommend Optimum Performance."
Neil H. from Urbandale
Oct 28, 2022
"I have never been a fan of going to physical therapy, until now. Jon is like no other Physical therapist I’ve worked with. He takes the time to explain the exercises and why we do them. He treats the whole person with innovative and unique equipment. Jon’s enthusiasm and sense of humor also make PT fun! I actually looked forward to going to PT for the first time ever. I don’t normally write reviews, but Jon has certainly earned this one and my recommendation! "
Heather C. from Urbandale
Oct 14, 2022
"I am a big fan of OPPT! I am a Mayo Clinic trained physical therapist so I highly value physical therapy and great therapists. Jon is one of the best. He takes a comprehensive approach to analyze and treat the body as a whole, finding underlying conditions that often lead to body dysfunction. This is so much more effective than only treating symptoms of the current ache or pain.
Personally, Jon has been working with me to correct postural deficits, learn diaphragmatic breathing and improve total core/pelvic strength.
I am such a fan that I have had my sons and their friends see Jon to both treat and prevent injury in their sports. He has helped them with gait, posture and breathing analysis and modifications, Jon is also helping with orthotics and footwear selection.
Sport seasons are short and the boys want to function at their best with the lowest risk of injury. Jon is a key component to them performing at their best and staying healthy throughout the season.
A friend recommended Jon, and I’m so glad she did. I will continue to recommend his services to all looking for a quality PT and all of my acquaintances who tell me about their aches, pains and injuries."
Ann F. from Urbandale
Aug 30, 2022
"Our son has worked with Jon at Optimum Performance Physical Therapy on a couple different occasions to help him recover quickly and safely from triathlon and swimming injuries.
Most recently, our son did something to his shoulder during this year’s high school swim season…this took him out of the water for 5-6 weeks because he could not lift his arm in certain motions or swim his workouts without significant pain in his shoulder.
He was evaluated by a couple different orthopedic doctors, both of whom thought our son tore his labrum in his shoulder…a condition that often results in surgery to fix the problem, with several months plus of rehab after the surgery. Getting this news right at the start of swim season was devastating, to say the least.
We did a special MRI of the shoulder joint, and upon evaluating that, it was discovered that there was no tear of his labrum!! Great news, however, our son was still having tremendous pain with certain common movements of his arm, shoulder and even pushing down with his hand at times.
We opted to get a steroid shot into that inflamed area of the shoulder joint space and to start extensive physical therapy in order to try to get our son back in the water, as he REALLY wanted his high school swim season and was super frustrated and defeated by this setback.
Jon was our “go to” guy for these sessions of physical therapy. His hours worked best with our son’s hectic schedule and we trusted him from working with him for past injuries. Plus, you just can’t beat Jon’s professionalism, compassion and genuine interest he takes in you as a client, but more so, just as a person.
Jon was able to work 2-3 times a week on our son to try to get him back to functioning without pain and back to swimming. Jon simply went above and beyond by trying different things and exercises on him…he even loaned us a piece of strength training equipment to help get our son’s shoulder stronger.
I’m happy to report, with Jon’s help, our son was able to get back in the water for the later portion his high school swim season. He ended up having to switch gears physically (and mentally) to sprinting events instead of his usual distance events, because of not being able to swim longer distances due to shoulder and arm fatigue.
However, even with the event changes and mental changes that went on, our son ended up qualifying for State in all four of his events!! We didn’t know if he would be able to get back in the water this year when all these shoulder issues started happening, let alone make it to State.
Our son even ended up being part of a relay team for his school that broke a 22 year old school record!! So exciting!!
BIG THANKS to Jon at Optimum Performance for supporting him and not giving up on him in the process…and of course, for helping us avoid shoulder surgery, too!! We appreciate everything that was done and highly recommend Jon’s work and expertise. "
Sara B. from Urbandale
Mar 31, 2022
"I have been working with Jon for multiple weeks and am both comfortable and confident he does what is in the best interest of his patients. I give Jon my highest recommendation if you need PT work and his massage therapist (Allison) does a great job also! Steve Jacobs "
Steve J. from Urbandale
Mar 05, 2021
"After struggling with tendonitis and arthritis for quite some time, I gave up on doing any kind of strength training. I thought the only form of exercise for me with my chronic pain was walking. Iâ€™d been to several physical therapists in the past and was skeptical to try another due to mixed results. A friend recommended I try a personal trainer who was really good at working with people with limitations or injuries. That trainer, Tom Lowe, recommended me to Jon Schultz so that together they could devise a work out plan to strengthen my weak areas and protect me from further injury. Jon had worked with Tom and had seen Jonâ€™s unique skills and equipment. Jon had equipment Iâ€™d never used before: Redcord suspension system, Keiser Functional Trainer and Retrotreadmill.
Jonâ€™s holistic approach was unique to most physical therapists who just look at the joint that is hurting. He takes a whole body approach and also takes into account mind/spiritual factors that impact healing. He also helped me with my diaphragmatic breathing to help decrease stress and also stabilize my spine.
Jonâ€™s general positive outlook and wealth of knowledge on posture, exercise and pain-relieving techniques has benefited me tremendously. I have been able to continue working out, including strength training with minimal pain and now have renewed hope for improved health. I have reduced stress, much less pain and more confidence. God has created us to be the best version of ourselves, and Jon does an exceptional job helping his clients achieve this and reach their goals. I thank God for leading me to Jon and for Jonâ€™s patience and care as I slowly learned to trust him and experience amazing results."
Lisa N from Urbandale
Feb 23, 2021
Jon is a wise and caring physical therapist who views his patients holistically from a root-cause perspective. I appreciate his focus on urban poling for therapeutic movement and disease prevention. As a functional medicine physician, I recommend that my patients engage in long, slow distance exercise for 2-3 hours several times per month to improve their glycogen sensitivity while supporting core strength. Urban poling is one of the best forms of long slow
ow exercise I know of!
Dr. Julia Buchkina, Upstream Functional Medicine