Health & Nutrition, Life Journey

#Choose PT

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great first week of October, and are few steps closer to reaching your goals this month! To see what some of my goals are this month check out my last post New Month, New Goals.

As you all may (or may not) know I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. October is National Physical Therapy Month, and as a strong advocate for my profession I thought I would share why I choose the path to become a Physical Therapist!

I’ve always had a strong passion for helping others; physically, mentally, spiritually whatever it may be I am always there to lend an ear and a helping hand! Growing up as a competitive gymnast, I found a true love for the human body, and the incredible actions it can perform. So, I thought how can I combine these two passions into a career path?

BOOM! Physical Therapy!

After suffering an injury in gymnastics and experiencing physical therapy for the first time myself, I fell in love. It was in that very moment I realized this was the path for me!

As a physical therapist you do not only get to work with your patients improving their physical mobility, but you also can touch patients both mentally and spiritually bettering their quality of life.

If you ask me, this is the greatest reward life has to offer. Having the ability to help an individual who saw nothing but pain and disability reach goals they never thought possible, brings the BIGGEST SMILE to my face, and to your patients. Physical therapists have such an impact on individuals’ lives, and being able to be apart of that process is something I am extremely thankful for!

As a part of National Physical Therapy Month, the American Physical Therapy Association, APTA, is running a campaign; #ChoosePT.

Opioid use in America is continually rising, due to over prescription and misuse. APTA along with many other physical therapists are raising awareness of the benefits of choosing physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids in treatment of chronic pain.

Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and educating our patients, and by increasing physical activity we can decrease the risk of other potential chronic diseases. The power physical activity has on the body is transcendent compared to that of any medication!

“Pain is personal, but treating pain takes teamwork.”  ~APTA

When it comes to YOUR health, YOU have a choice! Choose more movement and better health! #ChoosePT

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