It all started when…
I saw a need for a quality hands on approach to Physical Therapy when I was hearing that respected medical professionals were handing out advice to simply avoid aggravating actions. Personally, I know I never wanted to hear "just don't do that anymore" when I has having pain with certain exercises. The idea that you shouldn't perform something just because it hurts boggles my mind because much of the exercises that we perform are readily seen in daily life. For example, when someone tells you not to squat, do they expect you not to sit down and then get up from a chair? The movement is essentially the same whether it is done for repeititons or simply in the comfort of your own home. Or how about do not lifting anything over your head? How will you reach that plate high up in the cupboard or put on a pullover shirt? Isn't it better to work on improving these motions in a controlled and progressive manner with someone who understands the mechanics of the way muscles and bones move together to produce an efficient, pain free motion? I think so!
Let me give you some background on myself. I got in to Physical Therapy for two reasons: the human body is an amazing piece of machinery and it requires lots of upkeep to move well and move often; and my father. My dad, Stewart, was diagnosed with Late Onset Tay Sachs, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the nerves that control skeletal muscles, shortly before I was born. I grew up watching him slowly lose his ability to move his body the way he wanted. It became a challenge to figure out how he could retain his independence despite his failing control of his musculoskeletal system. I welcomed the challenge and often found myself coming up with creative solutions to use as much of his remaining strength to his advantage. It really taught me perspective and appreciation of the human machine. I still have a healthy respect for the capability of the human body and live to help other people achieve it thru adversity, whether it is an injury or weakness.
Growing up as an Athlete myself, playing soccer, baseball, hockey, wresting, and lots of pick up basketball, I tend to draw on my own experiences to help others realize how they can move better and move well without pain. The funny thing is that I attended one session of PT when I was a teenager after separating my shoulder and hated it! It was so boring and monotonous. Looking back now, I realized that it was boring because I did not understand what we were trying to achieve using exercise and modalities like ultrasound and electrical stimulation. I use this experience to make sure that the patient is fully engaged and understanding of what we are doing and why we are doing it! I am truly a student of the body and am always fascinated with new evidence and techniques.
I look forward to working with you helping you to move your best!