When asked “what is a physical therapist?” my response is simple and straight-forward “we are the experts of the human movement system.” My experience is that many practitioners are good at addressing pain, but do not go further to restore functional and safe movement. Many, if not most, causes of pain are the result of dysfunction in the human movement system. Furthermore, when pain or dysfunction are on-board, the human body adapts and finds a way to compensate to complete the tasks asked of it. Over time this process can result in faulty movement patterns.
A vital part of getting you back to life and preventing pain and dysfunction in the future is through re-training natural movement patterns. These movements are broken into segments and progression does not occur until you can successfully perform your natural movement. At HCPT we use evidence-guided methods to accomplish this:
- Tactile cueing and guided movement: often the first step is the therapist physically guiding your body through the natural movement pattern, this transitions to you accomplishing the movement on your own
- Visual and verbal cueing: the human body is very good at watching movement and replicating. The methods we use for visual and verbal cueing includes watching the therapist perform the movement pattern, watching self in a mirror, and in some instances through video analysis and review