Physical therapists (PTs) aren’t just for people that are injured or have had surgery. Physical therapists can also help healthy people improve their fitness and seeing a PT has many benefits.
When you work with a physical therapist to improve your fitness, you’ll get an assessment of your strength, range of motion, posture and movement patterns. This allows your physical therapist to design a program just for you, gives them a baseline to compare things to in the future should you start having pain or suffer an injury and shows your PT any issues that increase your risk for injury. Your PT can then design a program to not only help you reach specific benchmarks in your fitness goals but to help reduce your risk of injury as well.
Other professionals may be able to help with your fitness routine, but the fitness industry is not well regulated. Some certifications just require an online course and paying a fee. There are no licenses or other requirements to use many titles. Becoming a physical therapist requires at least a bachelor’s degree and most PTs practicing today have a doctorate. Every PT has passed a national board exam and maintains a state license. That guarantees you that every physical therapist is a verified expert in human movement, so you know a PT will give you high-quality, unbiased advice. As a medical provider, a physical therapist doesn’t have a vested interest as to what type of fitness regimen you choose. They are committed to helping you reach your goals through a planned, customized program that can also reduce your risk for injury.
Is the warmer weather begging you to get outside more but you don’t currently have a fitness routine? Consider scheduling a consultation with a physical therapist to discuss your medical history and your fitness goals.
Source: American Physical Therapy Association