Personal Training As Preventative Health

So from what I understand, physical therapy is entering the realm of preventative health, doing its best to market itself as a profession that can help you out before you injure yourself; however, a conversation I had today with another personal trainer makes me want to discuss personal training as another form of preventative health.

But first, we must understand the differences between personal trainers and physical therapists. Personal trainers do not treat injuries while physical therapists do. They can also help with aesthetics in a way that physical therapists do not. Even so, oftentimes I get the impression the general public thinks personal trainers are only around to help with weight loss and eating better and building muscle.

That’s not true, and that’s not what I specialize in. I specialize in helping out those with orthopedic issues. Keep in mind I do not treat them because I do not diagnose and do not do assessments in an attempt to diagnose. Much of my knowledge comes from continuing education and the myriad of observation hours I had to do in order to understand that these types of orthopedic conditions work best with these exercises. For example, someone with bulging discs will do well with press-ups. However, you wouldn’t want to give someone with compressed discs press-ups.

I like working with these individuals because obviously I want to be a physical therapist, but also because they’re all unique and you can’t get away with doing the same exercises with every one. Not every person with arthritis is going to have trouble with their knees. Not every person with SI pain is going to be limited in the types of exercises they can do. Some clients with arthritis in their knees are getting special treatments and can do squats while others absolutely will not squat, even if you offered them all the money in the world.

Personal trainers are more than just weight-loss experts or aesthetics people. We can prevent people from getting injured so that physical therapists are not tasked with the burden of having to heal a knee messed up because of a poorly educated trainer or poorly educated individual. Personal trainers can help with muscle imbalances so that way you’re not raking your lawn one day and you develop tennis elbow because of weak/tight muscles.

Really, we can just prevent you from getting hurt to begin with and keep you from entirely breaking down in old age.

Pilot Post: A Change in Purpose

I have decided to start this blog from scratch because it was going in a direction I wasn’t satisfied with. I still want to have a little bit of a lifestyle element to it, but I think it is going to primarily be physical therapy because my life is going to be largely defined by this thing I want to be my passion. There is much I want to contribute to the field, and even being a personal trainer has made me realize that the field is in great need of improvement in regards to how it markets itself. More on that in another post.

This blog will absolutely evolve with me. It’s going to start out offering guidance to pre-PT students. Once I start PT school, the life of being a student will dominate. And then one day soon, being a physical therapist will take over. Regardless, I aim to help out as many pre-PT students as I can get into a program all for no charge.

And why am I doing that?

There are a few programs out there that will charge you over a thousand dollars for information you can find yourself if you do a little digging. So why not consolidate all of that information into my own blog? It shouldn’t have to cost you money to figure out how to get into PT school when it’s already going to cost you enough to get in due to application fees, background check fees, deposit fees, and anything else that costs money to get your foot in that school.

It’s frankly silly to charge for information that is already out there since you only need the desire to find it, which you should innately have if physical therapy school is your true calling. So I will be working on a tab that will include services I can offer you, and all you need to do is email me and ask if I’m able to help at the time, and I’ll let you know. I don’t know how popular such services could potentially become, which is why I’m not yet putting a limit on them. But also keep in mind my inbox will be open for any and all questions related with getting into PT school, so if you can think of something that isn’t listed in what I provide, I’ll more than likely help you with it as long as I’m able.

In any case, keep an eye out very soon on a blog post about studying for the GRE, primarily the verbal section although I will also do my best to offer decent advice on the quantitative.