Fitness and exercise are frequent subjects of discussion these days. It’s hard to venture into any given store without seeing countless ideas about just what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, there’s so much information out there that people often become intimidated. It’s hard to know where to begin one’s journey into a healthier lifestyle. And things become even more complex when accident and injury change how one relates to exercise.
This is one of the reasons why physical therapists need to bring so much to the table. They don’t just need to offer a specific service. They also need to be able to get through a wide variety of misinformation and confusion in order to help their clients. But this can be made considerably easier by considering exactly what skills can help one achieve that purpose as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The first consideration might come as a surprise. But the absolute foundation of any physical therapist skills should be empathy. And in particular a physical therapist needs to have a solid grasp of pain empathy. This is sometimes bolstered by specific academic study. Psychology, for example, can help someone better articulate themselves with a client. And likewise, it can help facilitate conversation with a client to analyze their specific needs.
A physical therapist can’t be expected to know a person’s body better than they themselves do. But when talking to a client they’ll want to explore what areas and actions are feasible. This is often the very start of a solid fitness plan for a client. It’s not at all unusual for these discussions to pinpoint problem areas the client wasn’t even aware of.
The importance of this stage can be seen fairly easily by considering a client with mobility issues. Our example …» Read more