“I think it’s, too, just getting people used to what physical therapy means to us, and I think that’s a little bit different than what they’ve seen in the past, where, it’s their grandma had a hip replacement, and that’s what they think of physical therapy. So, we’re trying to just kind of change the mindset not only here but hopefully through our social networks and things like that of kind of what PTs are capable of doing and what our scope of practice is, essentially. And I’m sure that’s the same in the primary care world as far as looking at people as a whole and taking a much more in-depth look at them as a person and their activity levels and their training and their nutrition and all that kind of stuff. And hopefully we’re kind of that physical medicine side of things that helps bridges the gap for people.” - Matt Stevens, DPT
Matt and Ryan share the mindset that physical therapy plays an important role not just in rehab and recovery, but also in optimizing performance. Their approach focuses on one-on-one, individualized attention and includes both corrective exercises to address movement dysfunction and functional training to prevent reoccurring injuries. At their practice in Strongsville, OH, they work with a wide range of clients, from elite endurance and CrossFit Games athletes to weekend warriors.
Matt, Ryan and I had a great conversation about the implications of life stressors on training readiness, the need to sometimes lower the intensity, and how everything from manual therapy to mindset can build a hedge against sickness.
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