Month: January 2018

  • Many people traditionally use physical therapy for recovery from a surgical procedure, rehabilitation following an injury or to improve function when they are diagnosed with a disease.  There is a trend toward prevention in other areas of healthcare and it make sense to include physical therapy.  Why shouldn’t prevention also be addressed in keeping us from injuring ourselves in the first place, and potentially keeping us from activities that we enjoy.  The following list provides some reason that you may choose to invest in your health and see a physical therapist for preventative measures. 

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    ​1. Prevent Injuries
    There is more emphasis being placed on physical activity across all generations and we are remaining active in older age.   This is a great transition for our culture and remaining active has many benefits. However, recreational sports and even endurance exercise can be potentially dangerous.  People are more prone to degenerative injuries and injuries related to overuse.A physical therapist at Premier Physical Therapy can evaluate your body to identify areas where you are vulnerable to injury. They will consider a variety of factors like function, muscle strength, range of motion, flexibility, laxity in joints and body mechanics. Using this information, they can recommend a plan to prevent injury and improve mobility during fitness activities, as well as general activities of daily living.


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    2. Ease Your Mind
    The saying that “knowledge is power” is true in that knowing that your body is less prone to injury allows you to be less afraid of movement and participation in activities.
    For example, knowing that your shoulder is no longer a point of tension will allow you to go throughout your workouts with less fear and skepticism. This freedom is valuable in pursuing a balanced workout strategy while giving you more options for what you are capable of doing, without reinjuring yourself.  Our bodies are made to move, and being able to move without pain or without risk of injury occasionally requires guidance to ensure that you are moving correctly.  Sometimes it is as simple as giving you permission to move again that empowers you to get active again.

    ​3. Learn Helpful, New Exercises
    ​In addition to evaluating potential areas of weakness, lack of appropriate range of motion and asymmetry, much of a physical therapy session is spent performing guided exercises to enhance your body’s mobility and control.  Attending Premier Physical Therapy will help you to learn these exercises and improve the mind-body connection to allow you to move with better control and stability. Even after physical therapy sessions, the knowledge you gain will allow you to continue on your own at home or in a community gym setting, which will help maintain your ability to stay active and assist with encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

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    4. Save Money and Time
    It’s no secret that healthcare can be expensive. Physical therapists are the musculoskeletal experts and can determine the source of our patient’s difficulty with a high degree of confidence. Our clinical decisions can guide us in the progression of your program without the need for expensive interventions or testing, unless we deem it necessary based on a thorough examination.Premier Physical Therapy is an excellent resource for you.  Our staff can assist in examining your movements and functional mobility allowing us to see the areas that require more strength, more mobility of the joints, and improve movement patterns to you to be less prone to injury that can lead to costly and lengthy recovery. ​Seeing one of our physical therapists first, could replace a visit to the doctor and/or expensive surgeries or procedures.


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    5. Improve Athletic Performance
    Whether you aspire to play sports in college or just like participating in a pickup game once a week, you’re an athlete in my book.  Is your body getting what it needs to move most effectively and perform at your best?  The therapists at Premier Physical Therapy have the power to keep you moving, safely and efficiently to ensure the best performance you can while reducing the risk of injury, no matter what your favorite activities are. We will come up with a comprehensive program that focuses on your limitations in movement, control and weaknesses to assist in enhancing your abilities allowing you to reach the next level.

    ​With the right techniques, physical therapy will make a welcome addition to anyone’s life. It will help you to prevent injuries, improve mobility and lead to a more physically active lifestyle. Contact us for more information about how physical therapy can play a role in your life at any of our 3 convenient locations.
  • We have been a proud member of APTA for past 18 years

  • Premier Physical Therapy uses theories and practices from the John F. Barnes training.