October 1, 2013 by inspiritpt
So, who is YOUR physical or occupational therapist? I sincerely hope it is a member of the staff here at Inspirit Therapy. We would love to be your therapist for all of your needs—whether it is for something more recent (like a sprained ankle or a sore shoulder) or something that’s been going on for a long time (Headaches, back pain, or incontinence) we are here to help you. We can also work with you on issues that aren’t painful—we can improve muscles that seem weak or uncoordinated, increase motion in your neck or hips, and advise you on fitness and wellness issues. Maybe you’re ready to start at the gym and get in shape but want to know what exercises you can use to make sure you don’t injure yourself, or you want to progress that routine you’ve been doing for “forever”—we can help with those things.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association:
Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.
Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Occupational therapists are defined very similarly by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Often the two disciplines work together offering a very comprehensive wellness solution.