I am a big believer in PT, having had a congenital defect in my hips and forced into surgery for a failed labral tear repair and then a total hip replacement. I have had many of my own PT experiences and at the studio, I successfully work with many patients referred to me by the Shirley Ryan Ability lab (previously The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) both during PT and after PT has finished. In working with these patients, I have seen some incredible changes as some started with me on walkers and in time progressed to no walking aids whatsoever! Or the clients who have had a compound vertebral fractures, disfigurement and pain but now have grown an inch back due to deep core strength if work and therefor postural changes has allowed the disc to move back into place and client has no pain anymore.
I love working with this population, not only is it a puzzle and challenge to figure out what came first and where pain and dysfunction are coming from, the fact that they can feel better and become pain free is a gift to me.
I have however noticed a real disconnect with their ability to understand the meaning and functionality of the PT exercises along with the important role they play in continued rehab even after PT has ended.
I also see some interesting and proven reasons why The Core Method works in continuing the rehab process both during PT and after PT has ended…. Stay tuned for more details on that!
So I teach these clients the exercises and we work together on body awareness, alignment, and connectedness. They learn to think about the body and its components as one whole unit connected to the core. If you logically think about it, your arms and your legs are both attached to your middle, but most people move their body parts independently not connecting any of the movements with the part of the body that brings it all together… your core. This is where the work starts!
My clients quickly learn when working with me, that CORE CONTROLS MOVEMENT, otherwise, MOVEMENT CONTROL CORE! They also learn that by doing their PT work while being mindful about where their body is in space, controlling each movement from their center and using their entire body simultaneously, their strength increases as well as their outcome for success.
One last note, PT is not a miracle, and the exercises given will not heal you in the 6-8 weeks of prescribed PT. So, if you have either started PT are in the middle of it or have finished, please, please, please don’t stop doing the prescribed exercises that were given to you. These exercises are for life and done the right way, can greatly effect a positive physical outcome and reduce pain.