According the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), “Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.
Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.” (https://www.apta.org/AboutPTs/)
Physical therapist’s receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) which is a clinical doctorate. We go through 3-4 years of undergraduate, followed by 3 years of graduate school. During those 3 years of graduate school, we spend about 1500+ hours of time on clinical rotations treating patients under the mentorship of experienced PTs. While the educational foundation is laid in the classroom, it is really the clinical rotations that provide the true education, confidence, and experiences required to treat upon graduation. However, a degree alone does not make a good therapist. We are not all created equally…
Physical Therapy in My Words
There is a strong misconception among the public of what physical therapy truly is and what it does. A big part of the misconception is that physical therapy is not exercise. Unfortunately, this misconception is the physical therapists’ own fault. It has to do with our history, how we are marketed, suboptimal physical therapy, etc. However, it is completely inaccurate. There
is a newer wave of physical therapists out here with
different skills and a different mindset, with the ultimate goal of always helping our clients get better. Everything I do is to help you get better as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible. It is not just about addressing one issue but addressing all issues, because they are generally all related.
Sure physical therapists prescribe to one specific treatment techniques, such as a ton of manual work (mobilizations, manipulations, myofascial releasing, other soft tissue techniques) or heavy on modalities or movement based therapists – subscribing more to one thought or style.
Then there are those that combine many various schools of thought and treatment to provide what would work best for each specific individual. All can be appropriate for various reasons or for the right person, but I tend to prefer the ladder.
Taking the best parts of each school of thought, combining them to develop a more comprehensive knowledge base and skill set to best educate and help others. Along with physical therapy, this skill set also includes information from the nutrition, performance, fitness, and mental health worlds.
Physical therapists are experts on human movement, so it is my belief that this needs to
carry heavy weight in our practices and should be the primary background of a great physical therapist.
As a DPT (doctor of physical therapy), I study movement of the human body constantly. Whether I am working or not, it’s just what I do. I figure out how to improve upon the efficiency and control of the extremely complex machine, that are our bodies, to help make people move with ease in a high performance, efficient and pain-free manor.
My philosophy has always been to work with the body as a whole and not only treat the current injury or pain, but truly address the underlying issues that will help prevent injuries and pain in the future. Once you gain the knowledge of how to address these underlying issues, you will then be able to control pain yourself.
Pain, soreness, stiffness, injuries, etc. are inevitable, they can not be completely prevented. So having the knowledge to control these symptoms is invaluable.
Physical therapy is not only about treating an injury that has already occurred and then moving on. Or even treating the injury until it feels better and moving on. A very high percentage of people’s pain and symptoms return due to lack of compliance, lack of education on the injury and their body, and lack of proper progression.
The idea of this new thinking of PT is a continuum of ongoing care that you can keep coming to a physical therapist weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly to prevent pain and issues. The only way this is possible right now is through a cash based model. (Learn more about the Cash Based model) This is what Movement by Logan embodies.
As a DPT with a great emphasis and knowledge of the moving body, I am very qualified to help you coordinate and organize your fitness, training, and physical health. I am also able to refer you to the correct health care provider, strength and conditioning professionals, Eastern medicine professionals, etc.
Though reducing “pain and improving or restoring mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects” (APTA) is a huge part of physical therapy, Movement by Logan is about so much more. The goal is always to get you to a certain level of fitness and movement that best suites your interests.