Should You See a Physical Therapist Even If You’re Not Injured?
Some people use physical therapy as preventive care.
There's a good chance you’ve never thought about visiting a physical therapist unless you had to. Most people don’t have physical therapy on their list of yearly check-ups to schedule—some, myself included, have never even been to a physical therapist’s office and would have to do some digging on the internet to find one. Some physical therapists, though, actually have a roster of patients who come in when they’re not injured. Instead, they treat physical therapy as a form of preventive medicine.
Helping a client with balance issues
I recently learned this from Karen Joubert, D.P.T., a physical therapist in Beverly Hills, California, who told me that she has a lot of patients who come see her as part of their wellness regimen. “People come see us [after] surgery or sprained ankles or prehab before surgery, but the more interesting thing is that I have patients who are getting into their 30s and 40s and are realizing, ‘Wow, I want to live longer, maybe have a family. And I don’t want to have to be hunched over or have back surgery. How can I prevent that?’” Joubert says.
Joubert says that actors and models—like Jennifer Aniston and Cara Delevingne—come to her to work on their posture and overall body awareness. She also says she works with a lot of singers, helping them with diaphragmatic breathing. Non-celebs come to her for postural help too, and to learn what types of exercises they should do to keep their bodies safe during their exercise of choice.
Physical therapy is classically used to help diagnose and treat movement-related problems to improve physical function.
Physical therapists often work with people who are healing from an injury to help them restore proper movement patterns in the body and avoid future injury. They do this by teaching them how to do exercises that will strengthen important muscles, and work on improving mobility and alignment required for optimal physical function.
Everyone from an orthopedic surgeon to a cardiovascular surgeon may refer patients to a physical therapist, who will give them a full analysis and work with other health care providers to tailor exercises to their needs.
At Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy we can provide you with "Tune Up" physical therapy and address some of those nagging problems but not problems that cause you severe pain and disability but that you wonder why you have those issues.
Seeing a physical therapist when you feel perfectly fine can be beneficial for some people—especially those want to keep healthy and prevent injuries.
Call us today at Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy 512 261-0620