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Suprise! Physical Therapy can’t fix you!

Just kidding… sort of. Physical therapy can definitely help you recover from an injury or surgery, but it’s important to understand that therapy is not a magic cure-all. It takes time, dedication, and hard work to see results.

Physical therapy can definitely help you recover from an injury or surgery, but it’s important to understand that therapy is not a magic cure-all. It takes time, dedication, and hard work to see results. But if you’re willing to put in the effort, therapy can definitely help you get back to your old self. So don’t be discouraged if therapy isn’t working miracles overnight.

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Reflecting on my Physical Therapy career in Boulder, CO, one conversation that stands out is the following...

I was mentoring 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.”

 I’m sure we’ve all tried the usual therapy methods- rest, ice, heat, you name it.

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 tension in the musculature, and the tension affects the ability to control or produce movement. 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 or "put the fire out", 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, and now the pain is back.”

Resourceful people will consult Dr. Google for the answer. The practitioner is always looking for “the Cure”.

One of the best “cures” is appropriate movement. We are designed to move. If you have tried to “fix” your issue with passive interventions such as massage, manipulation, and needling without an exercise program, you will find your issue returns time and again.

Suprise! Physical Therapy can’t fix you!

Therapy can’t fix you! Just kidding… sort of. Physical therapy can definitely help you recover from an injury or surgery, but it’s essential to understand that therapy is not a magic cure-all. It takes time, dedication, and hard work to see results. But if you’re willing to put in the effort, therapy can help you get back to your old self. So don’t be discouraged if therapy isn’t working miracles overnight. Just keep at it, and you’ll eventually start seeing progress.

When most people think of therapy, they picture a therapist’s office with a comfortable couch and a Kleenex box within arm’s reach. They imagine spending hours talking about their childhood or uncovering their deepest, darkest secrets.
Well, Physical therapy is movement-based and can happen anyplace at any time!

dns Remember that physical therapy is not always about delving into the past. Therapy can be an efficient tool for dealing with current issues and strengthening your muscles to prevent further injuries. To benefit from therapy, you need to be willing to put in the hard work required to make lasting changes in your life. While physical therapy can be beneficial, it is essential to understand that it is not a magic fix-all solution. Therapy can help you to learn new movement skills and gain insight into your problems, but it cannot magically “fix” you. 

NEUROMUSCULAR STRATEGIES PHYSICAL THERAPY
5353 Manhattan Cir, Suite 102 Boulder, CO 80303.

Phone: 720-352-0678

Fax: 720-441-0485

NEUROMUSCULAR STRATEGIES PHYSICAL THERAPY
5353 Manhattan Cir, Suite 102 Boulder, CO 80303.

Phone: 720-352-0678

Fax: 720-441-0485

How many of us, myself included have dealt with a cranky back or neck, knee, ankle, shoulder for a long time?

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Physical Therapist doing Anthropometric Measuring

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