PTs are the BEST Movement Specialists!
In a city plum full of movement enthusiasts, be aware that not all trainers, personal trainers, strength coaches or physiotherapists are licensed to treat your aches, pains or movement dysfunctions. Many times people only seek PTs if something "hurts", well guess what? What if something is "stiff", "loose" or you walk with a limp and are unsure why.....you can see your favorite PTs to help you move BETTER!
Please don’t fall victim to your “trainer” telling you to “just roll it out” if something is tight or painful. Sometimes for short, temporary pains this is helpful. But anything that persists, you should probably get it checked out as to WHY that is happening.
In a day and age where so much is accessible via the internet, many of these “trainers” just look up a technique on YouTube and implement it with their clients. They figure, this is harmless and will help my clients continue to utilize my services. Please know that there is a scope of practice for every profession. If your trainer massages you or “releases” something or does anything other than gentle stretching, it’s probably out of their scope of practice unless they are certified/licensed training to do so. Again, be informed and if there is any question, ask it!
So movement specialists are not just for rehabbing a post-surgical injury or getting car accident victims to feel better, physical therapy is evolving and it’s fantastic! Don’t get caught in the old school chain of command of seeing a medical doctor or an orthopedic surgeon if it’s an overuse injury. Often these doctors are stuck in the day and age of insurance programs dictating your care and how many visits you need. They also discount the very most important part of physical therapy…..EXERCISE and changing how you move! Anyone can manage local inflammation but it takes a trained eye who has the time to figure out “why and where is it coming from”.
(Sorry for all the " ", sometimes we get carried away, haha!)