5-Points Friday, Pre-Physical Therapy

Lots of Love for PT, 5-points friday

Valentine’s Day is cominnngggg! And in honor of it I am dedicating this 5-Points Friday to the day of love and it’s all about my love for physical therapy. I highlight a little bit of how I came across PT and the setting I was in when I ultimately decided that I would pursue it no matter what. 

most popular tweet —

^^laaaast Friday I mentioned Dr. Kat Castro and how she recently gave me the best advice ever for my goals of becoming a physical therapist. Find it >>>here.

military PT —

speaking of love for PT, I have a special place in my heart for military PT for a couple reasons:

  • I had to go to a physical therapist in college after I injured myself and he was an amazing Navy PT.
  • The first PT I observed was an Air Force PT, and that was the experience I decided I was going to do whatever I could to become a PT.

Some of the patients I got to observe on that Air Force base were some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met and I’d be lucky to work with people like that someday.

Here’s a great podcast interview with Army DPT, Dr. Jason Silvernail :

  • Skeptic with Military Precision w/ Dr. Jason Silvernail on Therapy Insiders podcast >>>here

believing in PT —

I love the whole field of physical therapy, and mainly because I really believe in it as a way to help people heal. I like that a lot of times patients have to help themselves in order to get better. I also really like that physical therapists can help turn hopelessness into hope for a person.

I remember how much pain I had when I was injured and had to go to a physical therapist — I didn’t know if I would be able to do yoga classes again – my all time favorite way to work out and take time for self care. After a month of PT I was okay to do yoga again and I thought it was magic! It was amazing to think that one manipulation and a lot of core work later that I was back to normal.

possibilities in PT —

One of the things I love about the PT career is how many different ways a person can customize it and make it their own. By following people on #socialPT I have been introduced to various paths in the profession that I never knew existed.

Just a couple days ago on My First Campus Visit, I met a woman who went from CNA to Driver to PT to PT faculty/instructor.

And there are so many possibilities within PT.. advocacy, military, geriatrics, home health, sports, nursing homes, hospitals, pediatrics, travel, neuro, consulting… & more!

Physical therapists are truly movement experts so they belong in so many aspects of life.

quote I’m reflecting on —

Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn't stuck with the present.

^^I’ve always liked this quote from The Magic of Thinking Big author, David J. Schwartz.

It relates so well to physical therapy too because PT’s and PTA’s are always helping people believe that a patient’s situation can get better. 

I’m going to end this 5-Points Friday with a tweet from Dr. Gene Shirokobrod about opportunity for physical therapists:


that officially marks day 12 of the creativity challenge I’m doing for 3 weeks & I haven’t skipped any days at all!

are you working on anything this weekend? Or do you keep your weekends for time off and relaxing?

^^I’ll be redoing my resume this weekend…it’s one of those things I’ve been meaning to do so I am dedicating any ‘work’ time this weekend to that task.





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