Why choose a physical therapist for personal training? How is a physical therapist different than a personal trainer? There are simple answers to these questions, and it’s something you should take into consideration when looking for a trainer who can specialize to your body. Let’s break down the differences.
A Physical Therapist Knowledge vs. a Personal Trainer’s Knowledge
Physical therapists have an intricate knowledge of joint biomechanics and the musculoskeletal system. They are extensively trained in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and neuromuscular injury and dysfunction.
This background allows a physical therapist to work with clients and create modifications in order to reach their optimal function whether it be picking up a grandchild or running a marathon. It is their educational background and innate understanding of the human body that makes a physical therapist an ideal personal trainer.
Personal training at this time is an unregulated field, thus, any individual can take a weekend course and call themselves a certified personal trainer. As stated in career trend “The state of North Carolina does not legally require personal trainers who operate in the state to have any specific license, certification or registration.”
Physical Therapists are licensed professionals. They have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and gone through physical therapy school, which is an additional three years thus earning what is today a DPT. (Doctor of Physical Therapy) In turn, they must continuously pass an examination by a regulatory board. In the state of North Carolina every two years physical therapists must take this exam to continue education to maintain licensure.
Why do personal training at KCP?
KCP Physical Therapy introduced their personal training program in response to their clients’ needs. Many of our clients completed rehab and attempted working with trainers or returning to the gym and then became re-injured.
Joy and Joyce specialize in the management of musculoskeletal disorders and are highly skilled in designing personal training programs to meet each client’s individualized fitness needs while making sure their clients don’t re-injure themselves.
I have been a client at KCP Physical Therapy for 7 years. Before I was referred to them I dealt with neck and lower back/hip pain. I had tried some of the usual avenues without success. Within 6 months of receiving treatment I was 85% better than I had been in a long time. My next step was to begin a small amount of training. I progressed even more. Over time I have incorporated one hour training at least once a week and during some periods twice a week. When KCP added Yoga classes I was all in. I now go to yoga two times a week and one day for personal training. KCP provides a holistic approach to my well being. They know my physical constraints so they are able to build my workouts and yoga around them. I am 68 years old and have never felt better.
In the weeks after the birth of my first child I experienced 24 hour lower back and hip pain. The pain was so debilitating that it caused me to limp when I walked and have difficulty lifting my baby. Luckily, Joyce Kight changed my life dramatically. For several months she provided excellent physical treatment and emotional support, eliminating my pain and fears. When I once again experienced severe back pain after the birth of my second child, I knew who to call. Joyce to the rescue! After a few months of frequent treatments I was back to being the active, roll around on the floor kind of mom that my girls need.
I highly recommend Joyce Kight and KCP Physical Therapy. The facility is great, treatment is effective, and I don’t have to worry about bringing my girls with me because the women who work there are always willing and excited to soothe a crying baby or distract an antsy toddler while I am being treated. After almost three years of on-and-off treatments they are like my family and I actually miss having regular appointments. Thank you to Joyce and all of the staff members! You truly change people’s lives!