Reflecting on my Physical Therapy career in Boulder, CO one conversation that stands out is the following….
I was mentoring with a PT who works on people with a hands on Osteopathic approach and I stated “You really fix a lot of people,” he replied “I don’t fix anyone, I get the ball rolling in the right direction and then they can heal.”
How many of us, myself included have dealt with a cranky back or neck, knee, ankle, shoulder for a long time? Many folks search out an answer looking for someone to put their spine or neck, “back in”. Only to have it, “go out” in a matter of time. The cycle repeats. Pain creates inhibition in the musculature of and affects the ability to control motion. This is not unique to the spine, it happens throughout the body. The most common question from my patients is “how do I prevent this from happening again?”
Once we get the pain under control, I recommend a movement screen. Functional Movement Screen
The movement screens help to reflect a person’s mobility and stability patterns that are unique to the individual. Exercises are then tailored to the individual and the screen provides insight into how the hip and shoulders are integrating with the core.
The running joke amongst PTs is that patients “do their exercises 10 minutes before their appointment.” Or they say “Once the pain went away, I stopped doing my exercises, now the pain is back.” Resourceful people will consult Dr. Google for the answer. They practitioner hop, hoping to find “the cure”. One of the best “cures” is appropriate movement. We are designed to move.
My greatest success story is not one of returning an athlete to sport, rather one of a woman who wanted to stop having lower leg and knee pain. Her goals were modest at first, to stop having pain walking stadium and church steps. She started a walking program, worked on the functional exercises, small successes were built. Two years later she walked the Bolder Boulder, a 10k.
We live in our bodies 24-7, 365, that is 168 hours a week. One hour of day of exercise is just over 4% of the total hours in a week. Three and half hours is just 2% a week, 30 minutes a day. A little bit can go a long way, and it doesn’t have to be done all at once. If you continue to have that cranky body part, come on it and I’ll take a look at you.
In good health,