Every single profession you’ll find people who are exceptional, average, and below average. In the physical therapy world, it has been a double edge sword to be introduced to countless exceptional physical therapists who are providing a service that is not seen with most PTs. It has made the standard that I hold people in this profession, very high.
As a trainer of the post rehab population, I want nothing but the best for them. I care about my clients just as much as I care about my family. If my family had to see a physical therapist, I wouldn’t want them seeing a below average one.
I don’t like seeing my clients dependent on a PTs hands to put their body back together every 5 weeks for the last 2-5 years. It makes me sad seeing my clients scared of moving because of the maladaptive beliefs they developed from the PT’s lack of proper communication. It disappoints me that PTs haven’t educated my clients on how the amount of pain they’re experiencing doesn’t equal to amount of tissue damage.
When I voice my frustrations on this field, it gets confused with frustration and disrespect towards all PTs. Which is not the case. It’s frustration towards the PTs who don’t know how to communicate with people in pain, keep patients on a reoccurring schedule that last for YEARS, and those who scare patients from living because they believe they’re one sneeze away from blowing out a disc.
My frustration comes from witnessing the ones that I care about go through unnecessary suffering, and knowing there’s better treatment out there
To expect below average therapists to change what they’ve been doing their whole career is unrealistic. The chances are very low for a whole industry to change. But what CAN happen is the younger crowd going into this profession knowing and being influenced by exceptional PTs.
Which brings me to my Connection of the Week, Aline Thompson.
She’s one who meets my high standard and if you’re in the rehab and fitness industry, you’ll definitely want to start following her.
She recently put together a blog post filled with resources if you’re wanting to learn and understand Pain Science.
I’ve barely scratched the surface on this topic but it didn’t take long for me to acknowledged most professionals don’t know how to communicate with people in pain. I’m not just talking about physical therapists. I’m talking medical doctors, coaches, massage therapists, chiros, the list could go on and on.
Most our clients will experience pain as some point in their life, and the lack of this knowledge could seriously hurt them….in more ways than one.
If you’re interested in making the health, fitness, and rehab industry better, Aline’s guide is the perfect place to start 🙂
Until next time 🙂
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