Have you ever asked yourself one of the following questions?
Before I book an appointment with an Athletic Therapist…
“… do I need to see myself as an athlete?”
“…do I need to have a new injury?”
“…do I need a referral or imaging?”
Let us bust these myths for you!
Myth 1: “Do I have to be an athlete to see an Athletic Therapist?”
An athlete is a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina. Think about your day-to-day life, are you physical for your job, are you busy chasing around kids, do you like to get outside and be active on the weekends? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you ARE an ATHLETE. The goal of a Certified Athletic Therapist is to improve the performance of day-to-day activities, regardless of what that day-to-day looks like for you. If you are in pain, you have an injury or you are wanting to improve your overall performance, an Athletic Therapist is your first step to taking back control of your health.
Myth 2: “Do I need to have sustained a new injury to see an Athletic Therapist?”
Most people are familiar with Athletic Therapists working with a sports team in a field setting, managing emergencies and acute (new) injuries. While Athletic Therapists do treat acute injuries, they also work in clinical settings, specializing in treating chronic pain (pain that has lasted longer than 6 weeks). If you have an injury or pain, it has likely not developed overnight. The day you first start to experience discomfort or pain is your body’s way of sending you a warning signal. The warning could be a potential faulty movement pattern, muscle imbalance or another issue that is causing stress and inflammation in your body. Since your body has the ability to compensate and hide pain while you carry on your daily activities, waiting for injury or pain to occur is a reactive approach. Consulting an Athletic Therapist can optimize your movement and eliminate dysfunctions in your body to prevent injuries, decrease the severity and duration of pain and keep you moving better doing the things you love. To minimize the cost of inaction, be proactive, the sooner you start the better!
Myth 3: ”Do I need diagnostic imaging or a referral before seeing an Athletic Therapist?”
Pain can be frustrating, overwhelming and sometimes downright debilitating. While diagnostic scans can be useful, it often does not show the whole picture of why the body is producing pain. There are many variables other than structural damage that can produce the pain signal. Arthritis can be confirmed with an x-ray, but the x-ray cannot confirm that the pain you are experiencing is actually coming from the arthritis itself. Athletic Therapists specialize in the musculoskeletal system. This means that we effectively assess and treat muscle, ligaments, tendons, nerves and bones. Because of our on-field emergency response training, we are also well equipped to start the rehabilitation process from the moment you develop pain. The earlier your musculoskeletal system is assessed, the earlier you can identify the cause of your pain and take back control of your life.
Whether you are an industrial athlete, a weekend warrior, a busy parent or an adrenaline junky, an Athletic Therapist can help you achieve your goals. Athletic Therapists strive to educate and empower clients just like you to take control of their own health. If you are looking for injury prevention, a solution to your pain or a functional return to activity program, booking an appointment is your first step to living a pain free life. Let us know how we can help YOU, reach out to an Athletic Therapist today!