Eff right on outta here with any of the following:
⟫ Fear mongering
I believe in durability, resilience, and biological self-organization
When I pivoted from a long career as a yoga teacher to become a physical therapist, a lot of people asked me if I was more concerned about safety with movement, posture, and exercise.
My response often came as a surprise. Nope, quite the opposite. I moved forward on a path of believing wholeheartedly in the durability, resilience, and biological self-organization of the human movement system. The more I learned about 𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 the less concerned I became with 𝐦𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐬.
Apart from identifying red flags and referring out if a more serious condition is suspected (this is important), I believe it’s the rehab professional’s job to instill confidence. To educate and empower in a way that helps a person live bigger, not smaller.
Whenever I see a patient for their first follow-up after the initial evaluation, I ask “how did you feel after your first visit?” I had three second visits with patients over the last couple weeks and they all said roughly the same thing. “𝐈 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫… 𝐦𝐚𝐲𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐩𝐬𝐲𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥, 𝐛𝐮𝐭…”
Yes. Yes it is. The brain is in every part of the body. And, broadly speaking, every part of the body is represented in the brain. And it’s all wrapped up in your life. So yeah. Confidence, education, affirmation, teaching self efficacy, empowerment, reassurance that you’re not broken, that it’s all workable… 𝐈𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬.
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