In my entrance interview for Physical Therapy school in 1985, I stated that I felt that physical therapy should be accessible to anyone who wanted it. I didn’t understand why someone would need to wait for dysfunction or illness to take advantage of the services of a professional who possesses skills in assessing and teaching healthy movement. Now that I have been a Physical Therapist for more than 20 years, I can say I have finally found my niche in fitness and wellness by incorporating Pilates into my Physical Therapy Services. My physical therapy skills are the main reason for my success.
The profession of Physical Therapy is being called upon to address the demand for Physical Therapy Health Services beyond its historical roots as one of the “allied health professions.” With fewer than half of individuals between the ages of 12 and 21 years being active, and 40% of individuals 45 years or older unable to meet the minimum guidelines for physical activity, Physical Therapists have a social responsibility as well as business opportunity in meeting the needs of public health.
Physical Therapists are uniquely qualified to offer services to people with physical dysfunction that limits the capacity for safe and effective levels of activity. They are experts in movement, in pathokinesiology, and in knowing how to get people with orthopedic or medical problems to exercise in ways that benefit them and won’t create other health problems.