How Physical Therapists & Personal Trainers Work Together to Help You

This is the third blog in a 3-part series. First blogSecond blog

The Performance Team
In my previous blog, I discussed finding the right movement specialist for you to aid you in functioning at your highest level. We discussed which type of movement specialist, be it a PT or fitness professional might be right for you.  In actuality, both may be the answer. At Performance we strive to provide you with both of these high quality options. We have established a team of fitness professionals (personal trainers and strength coaches), dietitians, and physical therapists who pride themselves on assisting each other, learning from each other, and providing care along a complete fitness continuum from a sedentary person to a professional athlete. In the fitness and physical therapy professions this team approach is becoming a trend. In fact, I can honestly say, I learn as much from fitness professionals, as I learn from other Physical Therapists when I continue to develop my knowledge and abilities. I feel very strongly that as a Physical Therapist it is my duty to not only help my clients out of pain and through injury, but also help them learn about their bodies and live as active and functional of a lifestyle as possible.

Unfortunately, our current healthcare system makes it difficult for me to provide my clients with as complete of a recovery as they need. With rising copays and co-insurance, decreasing visit limits, decreasing reimbursement for spending more time with clients, it makes it very difficult to provide complete rehabilitation from injuries. In other instances, clients become fully recovered from their injury, but they have higher goals than just their injury and recovery. Fortunately, we have a situation at Performance in which there are many highly educated, quality fitness professionals, who have a similar philosophy and thought process that I can provide my clients access to for continuation of their care and improvement.

How Personal Training Can Help You
I can also attest that clients of mine, who have previously or are currently participating in personal training have much quicker and higher quality outcomes than sedentary individuals or individuals who just work out on their own. There are many reasons for this, including body self-awareness, movement knowledge and coordination, and better tissue/muscle quality, strength and control that leads to quicker and better healing. Everyone has different healing potentials, and healing abilities. Those with healthier muscles and joints, better body awareness and coordination will respond better to physical treatments, and have quicker healing times when the inevitable injuries and pain occur. As a physical therapist, I am asked the question every day of why do I have this pain? The truth is that pain and injury are a normal part of life. At some point in all of our lifetimes, every single one of us will experience pain and injury.  With more knowledge of your body or injury and a higher level of fitness your opportunity to avoid injury and recover from injury is exponentially greater.  I encourage everyone to have a strong health and fitness team to reach your full potential.  As Charlie Weingroff, a world renowned physical therapist and strength coach would say, “Training Equals Rehab, and Rehab Equals Training.”  Our Performance team will work together to help you maximize your potential no matter what stage of fitness or life you are in.

About Scott Harms, Physical Therapist

Scott Harms, Physical TherapistScott’s interest in athletic training and physical therapy began in high school following two ACL reconstructions. After spending many hours on the patient side, he discovered that he really enjoyed both professions. He likes the challenge of getting every patient to their highest potential. On a personal level, Scott enjoys running, biking, golfing, swimming and spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

Tom P

Since joining Performance, I have made huge gains. The process of recovering from knee surgery has been much easier because of the expertise of the Performance staff in helping me get back to full strength. I would recommend this gym to anyone.*

About Scott Harms, Physical Therapist

Scott Harms, Physical TherapistScott’s interest in athletic training and physical therapy began in high school following two ACL reconstructions. After spending many hours on the patient side, he discovered that he really enjoyed both professions. He likes the challenge of getting every patient to their highest potential. On a personal level, Scott enjoys running, biking, golfing, swimming and spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

Kim C

Performance Fitness Member

“I joined Performance and it has changed my life. Gone are the days when I dreaded trying on clothes at the store, Thanks to Performance, I feel like a super fit mom.”*

About Scott Harms, Physical Therapist

Scott Harms, Physical TherapistScott’s interest in athletic training and physical therapy began in high school following two ACL reconstructions. After spending many hours on the patient side, he discovered that he really enjoyed both professions. He likes the challenge of getting every patient to their highest potential. On a personal level, Scott enjoys running, biking, golfing, swimming and spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

Seth D

Performance Fitness Member

Under the guidance of trainers, I have been able to decrease my 5K time from 28 minutes to under 20 minutes in just 2 years.  I have also lost 30 pounds while increasing strength, endurance and power.*

About Scott Harms, Physical Therapist

Scott Harms, Physical TherapistScott’s interest in athletic training and physical therapy began in high school following two ACL reconstructions. After spending many hours on the patient side, he discovered that he really enjoyed both professions. He likes the challenge of getting every patient to their highest potential. On a personal level, Scott enjoys running, biking, golfing, swimming and spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

Connie R

Training over the last few years at Performance has been the best health decision I have ever made.  Leslie, my current trainer, keeps me on track to stay fit and strong, makes our sessions interesting and challenging, and is always positive, even when I have setbacks.*

About Scott Harms, Physical Therapist

Scott Harms, Physical TherapistScott’s interest in athletic training and physical therapy began in high school following two ACL reconstructions. After spending many hours on the patient side, he discovered that he really enjoyed both professions. He likes the challenge of getting every patient to their highest potential. On a personal level, Scott enjoys running, biking, golfing, swimming and spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

Barry C Testimonial
Barry C

Performance Fitness Member

“I am a competitive cyclist and have been in personal training at Performance for 6 years. The best part about the trainers is that they know our medical histories very well.  Leslie is great at modifying a training session specifically to each individual person’s limitations so as to avoid injury.”*

About Scott Harms, Physical Therapist

Scott Harms, Physical TherapistScott’s interest in athletic training and physical therapy began in high school following two ACL reconstructions. After spending many hours on the patient side, he discovered that he really enjoyed both professions. He likes the challenge of getting every patient to their highest potential. On a personal level, Scott enjoys running, biking, golfing, swimming and spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

Pat S

Performance Fitness Member

“I’m retired and enjoy a full, active life. This is due, in no small part, to the time I spend at Performance. The group classes provide a great workout and lots of variety. Plus, a fun way to meet new friends!”*

About Scott Harms, Physical Therapist

Scott Harms, Physical TherapistScott’s interest in athletic training and physical therapy began in high school following two ACL reconstructions. After spending many hours on the patient side, he discovered that he really enjoyed both professions. He likes the challenge of getting every patient to their highest potential. On a personal level, Scott enjoys running, biking, golfing, swimming and spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

*Results may vary