The health and wellness industry has been receiving the attention and value it deserves over the last few decades. Whether we're talking about the hottest new workout, latest self-care trend, or coolest fitness gadget to add to our gym bag, the topic of health and wellness is on the forefront of everyone's minds. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that, as a physical therapist, I support an active lifestyle for myself and for my clients.
But why would you need to see a physical therapist if you're already going to the gym? People often assume that a physical therapist only treats those who underwent some sort of surgery or sustained an injury. That's simply not the case. Physical therapists are specially trained to help improve the quality of your life, regardless if you have a diagnosis or not. In fact, you don't even need a prescription to see a physical therapist.
If you are generally fit and active, but find inconsistency in your routine due to the demands of everyday life, you may find yourself asking one or more of the following questions. Why does my shoulder pop when I do overhead press exercises? When I do yoga exercises, why is it easier to balance on one side than the other? Why am I having trouble squatting as low as I once did before? Why does my low back feel a bit unstable whenever I bend forward to do bent-over rows? These are some of the many problems we, as physical therapists, can successfully resolve through personalized, one-on-one care.
To answer these questions we have to start at the beginning. From the time we are born to when we begin to walk, we all go through a neurodevelopmental sequence to develop basic movement patterns (rolling, crawling, kneeling, walking, etc.). As we grow up we begin to use more patterns than others in our daily routines. For instance, you may find that sitting has become a dominant position due to your job demands. Despite working out on a regular basis, you may begin to feel tighter in certain areas and less stable in other areas. Even though they're not inherently painful now, these muscle imbalances can develop and lead to altered mechanics and eventually increased risk of injury.
At Activcore, we will assess your movement patterns and apply the power of neuromuscular activation to help you develop a smarter, balanced body. This unique method gets to the underlying root cause of what's holding you back from performing at your very best. If you like TRX, you're going to love Redcord! Check it out here:
Seeking a physical therapist for answers is probably not the obvious solution. However, with our highly specialized skill set in orthopedics, functional movement, biomechanics, neuromuscular activation and exercise prescription, we can tailor an individualized plan of care to meet your specific needs, lifestyle and goals. Additionally, we partner with local personal trainers for a continuation of care model to optimize your strength and performance potential. This team approach can empower, motivate, and give you the knowledge to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle for many years to come.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alyssa Wagner is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) who specializes in sports injuries and orthopedic care with a specific passion for ACL prevention and non-operative management of ACL injuries. She works at Activcore in Denver, Colorado, located just a mile from the popular Cherry Creek Shopping District.
Alyssa’s background and education make her uniquely qualified to handle more complex sports injuries, chronic pain, and post-operative care. She holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University, as well as a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She also has advanced post-graduate training in Redcord Neuromuscular Activation (NEURAC) and application of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) to determine functional mobility and potential areas of weakness and dysfunction that may be leading to the underlying source of injuries. Alyssa is also Trigger Point Dry Needling Level II certified, and she is earning her credentials to become a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Alyssa treats people of all ages and genders, with a special interest in helping soccer players, snowboarders and runners safely return to their sport. As a former competitive athlete herself, she greatly understands the value of a healthy body as well as the discipline involved in keeping it that way. She also knows what it takes to overcome challenges when faced with an injury. [READ MORE]