Rhonda Cowern, DPT, Physical Therapist
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Want to Try a New Activity? Have Movement Goals? Physical Therapy Can Help!

When big industries like financial services and pharmaceuticals want to update their business models, or launch a new commercial product, they often turn to the expertise of consultants. These experts have vast knowledge to help companies solve problems and achieve their goals. Did you know there’s an expert that can help you manage pain, reach your fitness goals, and prepare you for a new activity safely?

Meet the physical therapist (PT). Think of your PT as a movement consultant, trained to help you build the strength, endurance, and flexibility needed to attain your goals. A common misconception is that PTs are only trained to help clients improve their performance in the sports and leisure activities that in which they already participate. But that’s not the case! PTs can educate clients who are interested in pursuing activities that they’ve never tried before, too. Let’s say you’ve always been a casual runner but want to train to run a 5K road race. Where do you start?

Physical therapists have the right training and background to help you reach new goals. Here are three ways to maximize your rehab sessions:

  1. Know what you’re aiming for. Having a clear idea of your goals – before going to that first PT appointment—will ensure that you can communicate exactly what you’re looking to achieve. Take the time to jot down some ideas for the future as well as goals you’ve attained in the past so you can jumpstart the conversation with your PT.
  2. Listen to your limitations—and your PT. Of equal importance to communication, is taking the time to listen closely to the physical therapist’s expertise. We’re trained to assess your body’s signals and then use that information to identify potential injury risk and uncover weaknesses and limitations that could prevent you from reaching your goals.
  3. Be prepared to take it one step at a time. The PT will work with you to establish an appropriate timeline to achieving your goals. For example, it’s unlikely that you’ll be ready to keep up with your best friend and avid runner at the town 5K the following weekend. However, your PT can help modify your approach so you can still participate, even if you aren’t ready to run the entire distance.

These three steps allow Rhonda & Chloe at Moab Physical Therapy & Rehab to design a customized exercise program. We specialize in head-to-toe treatment from cervical radiculopathy, tennis elbow, wrist injuries, low back pain, knee/ankle injuries, vertigo, TMJ, and other problems that keep you from reaching the finish line. Please call today to start your own customized rehabilitation program

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