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.
Our family came to KCP Physical after our son, Adam, underwent 2 surgeries for a torn ACL. Adam was only 10 and had extremely delicate surgery that required a high level of expertise. Joy communicated with our surgeon and helped formulate a treatment plan that we all understood and believed in 100%. She went above and beyond when it came to caring for and treating Adam. She came in on her days off to make sure that Adam got consistent therapy and was careful not to overwork the tender repair. Joy’s work was instrumental to the full recovery of our son and we would recommend her healing touch to all that are in need.
After seeing the soft tissue work that she did with Adam, it was an easy decision on who should help me with my Planters facetious and back pain. KCP has always communicated clearly, professionally, and executed the treatment plans as if we were family.
Lisa G. and Family
I am an active “senior” with a passion to remain active (running, softball, golf, etc)…During the last 3 years I have encountered muscle/soft tissue issues that made staying active difficult. I went to a Sports Medicine M.D who prescribed steroid shots and anti-inflammatory meds which helped but did not correct my problem. I finally sought help from Joyce Kight at KCP. Joyce was able to quickly assess my needs and developed therapy programs to quickly resolve my injuries. In my most recent visit, Joyce found a mis-alignment of my pelvis and corrected the alignment on the first visit. Instead of reducing my activities I have been able to set new goals, including an upcoming marathon with my son . Thanks to Joyce and her excellent staff for getting me back on track quickly and providing me with the treatment and guidance I needed to remain active and healthy.