The 5 Foundational Skills of PT

The 5 Foundational Skills of PT In the diverse and fast-moving world of travel PT there are countless clinical settings and patient presentations that will confront you.   Across the board there are 5 essential clinical skills that every therapist, travel or otherwise, need to cultivate.   1. Systematic Thinking Any long time reader of my…

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Two Simple Changes Every PT Must Master But Hasn’t

Two simple changes every PT must master but hasn’t As this spring season has rushed upon us here in the Pacific Northwest I find myself growing tired. Some days physically, but most days emotionally. I try my best to be upbeat with the clients. To smile and smooth over any of their concerns about how…

Overcoming Inertia

Overcoming Inertia Inertia by definition is “a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.” About three weeks ago Ellen and I began a new contract in the Pacific Northwest working in home health…

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The Most Dangerous Words in Physical Therapy

The most dangerous words in physical therapy:  “Im just a PT” It begins so casually: “Welcome to Specialized Physical Therapy Ms. Burton.  Its great to have your here!  Let me introduce you to your therapist!!”  A peppy front office manager chirps from her post.  Quickly springing up from her chair and into the recesses of…

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Gray Pride

Gray Pride As another election season rolls through, the various media outlets and talking heads busy themselves by spouting pseudo-news and ever increasingly alarmist stories about “A country divided!”  We have Red states, Blue states, Environmentalists, Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, Anti-LGBT, Black Lives Matter, the 99%, States Rights, Big Business, Big Pharma…Big Deal! Working as a traveler…

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5 Phrases All Clinicians Must Know

Within the current structure of our wonderful healthcare system, reports of physicians and other “gate-keepers” spending a mere 8-10 minutes with a patient is increasingly common.  Our wonderful profession prides itself on the quantity of one-on-one time we have with our patients.  In this abundance clinicians are often wallowing through this gluttonous amount face time and…

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Calling for the Death of Seated Exercise

This article is about “the death of seated exercises” just as much as it is the fact that Home Health patients are “seated exercising to death.”  I must apologize in advance, but this is a topic I am quite adamant about and will hopefully offend a few of you into feeling repentant about your seated exercising ways.…

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