Did you know seeing a physical therapist is not just for people that are injured or have had surgery. Physical therapists can also help healthy people reduce daily aches and pains that come throughout their days, along with assisting recreational athletes/weekend warriors to improve their overall function. By seeing a physical therapist yearly, it keeps you healthy and pain free so you can participate in all the activities you want without a case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
Physical therapists are movement specialists that have expert knowledge in assessing movement limitations and restrictions that could lead to an injury that leaves you on the couch with a back ache after doing your fall yard work; to missing out on time in the mountains with friends and family due to an injury, that could’ve of been prevented by a movement assessment.
Here are 5 reasons why you should consider seeing a physical therapist even though you’re not suffering from anything at this time.
You Want a Baseline
When you see a physical therapist to improve your overall function, you'll get an assessment of your strength, range of motion, posture and movement patterns. This not only helps your physical therapist design a customized program just for you, it gives them a baseline to compare things to in the future years.
You Want Expert Guidance
Sure, other professionals could help with your movement and fitness routine, but by seeing a physical therapist you get to spend time with an individual that has a doctorate in human movement. That guarantees you that every physical therapist is a verified expert in human movement. If you want to improve your overall function and decrease the risk of a possible injury seeing a physical therapist is a step in the right direction.
You Want to Prevent Injury
Physical therapists don't just work to heal injuries, they are also experts in preventing them. After a thorough assessment, a PT can help you design a program that will not only help you reach your goals, but that can address any issues that increase your risk for injury.
You Want Unbiased Advice
Yoga instructors will want you to do yoga. Personal trainers will want you to come to their gym. Pilates instructors will want you to do Pilates. Strength coaches will want you to strength train. A physical therapist doesn't have a bias or vested interest as to what type of fitness regimen you choose. They are only interested in helping you reach your goals.
You Have a History
If you have some kind of history that affects your ability to exercise, a PT is the best person to help you design a movement and fitness regimen. It doesn't matter if it's an old injury from athletics or work, back pain that comes up from time to time, COPD, arthritis or heart disease, a PT can help you safely work around it and meet your personal goals.
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