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How to Assess the Qualifications of a Pilates Teacher

A few weeks back, I shared my take on the Pilates copyright lawsuit that is being heard soon in federal court in New York. Parties on both sides of the lawsuit claim to want to protect Joseph Pilates’ work and legacy, albeit through different mechanisms.

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Out-of-Network vs. In-Network: A Physical Therapist’s Perspective

I am a physical therapist who works in a physical therapy clinic that doesn’t participate in any insurance plans. So what does that really mean? What happens when a physical therapist is out-of-network? Many insurance companies deter people from going outside of the insurance network because of the higher expense.

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A Tale of Two Physical Therapists

When I was in high school, I read the book A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I can’t help but compare that story to my journey as a physical therapist. When I looked over my old cliff notes in preparation for writing today’s blog, Dickens came right out the gate in his first paragraph with the theme of duality...

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Physical Therapy Didn’t Work For Me. What Went Wrong?

As a physical therapist for over 20 years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say, “I’ve tried PT but it didn’t work for me.” When I ask what they did, the typical response was something like, “I went for a few visits and they had me do exercises that I could just do at home.” Sometimes they would exclaim, “The PT was nice but she was on her phone (or computer) most of the time!”...

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Is Your Physical Therapist the Right Fit for You? 5 Questions You Should Be Asking.

There are now over 300,000 physical therapists (PTs) in the United States. If you’re looking for one in any major metropolitan area like Denver, CO, it might feel like most of them are located near you! With so many, it may be overwhelming when looking for the right fit for you. All physical therapists have similar backgrounds when it comes to the basics. We are all required to graduate from an accredited school, pass the national boards, and hold an active license in each state we practice in.

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The Real Reason Your PT is Having You Do 3 Sets of 10

When you’re in physical therapy school, the professors fill you with pride. “You’re a Doctor of Physical Therapy,” they said. They encourage continuing education and research so you can deliver the most innovative, evidence-based care possible. “Never tell your patients to do 3 sets of 10,” they instructed. A physical therapist should appropriately dose each exercise to maximize strength gains and minimize recovery time.

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Getting Out of the Physical Therapy Whirlwind

Over the years I have spoken with hundreds of physical therapists and practice owners from all over the country. I’ve noticed a common theme among them. They’re stuck in some sort of whirlwind with minimal time to grow their practice beyond themselves. Many of them expressed feeling burned out.

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Pioneering Cash Based PT: A Lesson for Growing Your Practice

The year was 1976. My parents decided to drive me, my sister, and our dog from New York to start a new life in Arizona. When we finally got there, we opened our first pizza restaurant within a shopping mall. This was a new concept back then so we we felt like pioneers.

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8 Tips for Optimal Healing

Mother Nature has her own timeframe for when you’re going to heal. You can, however, get out of Mother Nature’s way and set your body up for optimal healing by providing the right conditions. Having helped thousands of patients over the past decade heal from a variety of injuries, traumas and surgeries, I have distilled the top 8 ways to facilitate the healing process...

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Understanding Pain and How A Skilled PT Can Help.

Why are you seeking PT? Are you rehabbing post-op (after surgery), recovering from an injury, or looking for guidance and training for athletics? While these are all popular and valid reasons for seeking out a qualified physical therapist, one of the main reasons people come to physical therapy is due to pain.

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