Updated: Oct 18, 2020
I stole this quote from another Physical Therapist that I had the most interesting chat with recently.
It is indeed time to lift the focus that therapy is for "broken" people. There are now a large amount of people and athletes that see a physical therapist on a regular basis purely to get better.
NOT better from an injury or illness, but better in terms of optimal fitness and performance.
So by better think improvement and as the old saying goes there is ALWAYS room for improvement!
I’m going to use my personal practice to highlight this. As a physical therapist most clients that come to see me are in fact injured or in pain. I work with them to get them out of pain. This process often involves manual therapy, education of what is going on with the client and how they can fix it and possibly a home exercise programme.
Once clients are out of pain they typically don’t feel the need to see a therapist any more and discontinue their exercises.
It is important to remember that just because the pain has gone, doesn’t mean the problem has gone. The pain was a symptom of the problem, not the problem.
Ideally to stop the pain ever returning the patient should be stronger and moving more optimally than before the pain started. Now I wholeheartedly agree that before pain, how on earth are you meant to know there was or was ever going to be a problem.
And so I finally get to my point, that we need to be moving effiently and optimally to prevent these issues ever becoming pain.
A lot of my clients come to me for therapy and once out of pain choose to continue training with me. Whether they are lifestyle clients or athletes, I teach them about their bodies as we progress through the treatments, I also encorporate a lot of exercise and movement into sessions.
So start to view therapy as training and training as therapy. Don’t just go through the motions, learn as you go, use the mindbody connection and realize that not only does movement heal but movement prevents!