Your physical therapist knows more about you than you probably think. They can gather information about your family, medical history, your work, exercise, daily life, and mental attitude — without ever asking you about your life.
Here are ten things your body will alert your physical therapist to:
You’re sitting too much
Working a desk job isn’t healthy, and many studies have shown the long-term impact it can have on your health and energy levels. As a society, we’re less active today than ever before. With access to technology, mass transportation, and “smart” objects – we can afford to sit more and exert energy less. Physically active jobs make up less than 20% of the positions available today. With tech companies on the rise, 83% of jobs today are desk jobs.
On top of that, the workweek is longer, and we’re eating more fast food & processed foods. When your therapist notices that you have back pain, neck pain, and strain injuries that just don’t seem to go away – it’s a red flag that you’re sitting too long at work without taking breaks.
Your sex life is suffering
Back pain can affect your performance and satisfaction in the bedroom. Certain positions can increase lower back, especially for women, which can lead you to avoid sex and cause tension in your relationship.
You’ve been dealing with depression
There are two signs that let your therapist know they are working with a patient that has depression or anxiety.
First, whether you’re able to relax and move your limbs easily & passively. If the patient is unable, there is probably excessive tension in the body.
Second, if there are tender little knots in the muscles, these are called trigger points. When trigger points trigger pain in different areas of the body, or they are unable to move their limbs freely due to excessive tension – it becomes obvious that the patient is dealing with depression or anxiety.
You aren’t eating enough vegetables
Often times joint problems will alert your therapist to underlying medical problems that haven’t been addressed. Striations on the fingernails and cracked dry skin can indicate mineral deficiencies and a loss of vitamins and nutrients necessary for optimal performance.
You don’t stretch properly before exercising
Whether you play competitive or recreational sports, your therapist can tell if your activity level & habits are making you prone to injury. Chronic hamstring pain or knee pain can alert therapists to underlying habits that aren’t serving you well. Just by watching you walk, they can tell you’ve been running too much or without stretching properly before and after.
Patients that overreact or respond dramatically when asked about their level of pain tend to feel lonely or neglected. They might be withdrawn and easily distracted during therapy sessions, showing a sort of slumpy posture and solemn demeanor when asked about their recovery.