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We Are Problem Solvers – You’re Our Puzzles 

We Are Problem Solvers – You’re Our Puzzles 

Physical therapists pride themselves on staying fit, and our PT staff is no exception. That’s why I was shocked when, at a recent in-service, we looked more closely at our own limitations. Our colleague, Lori, asked for a subject to demonstrate a technique for opening up the front of the chest, and Russ volunteered by raising his right arm. He raised his arm, and we all raised our eyebrows. Really? Who knew? It was hard to believe that Russ had such a tight right shoulder. He’s super active and very athletic. I don’t know why I was 

surprised because we all 

have some limitations: for 

Scott, it was the front of 

his left hip and for me, 

ankles. Yes, we all stay 

active and fit despite our 

limitations, but if we 

continue to ignore these 

problems, we may come to 

a point where they can’t be 

ignored anymore. 

Every month we have a few hours set aside to teach each other what we’ve learned at a course. We share journal articles, techniques, and treatment philosophies. Last Thursday, Mary, Lori and Jonathan taught us some incredible techniques for releasing restrictions in the

nervous system. They are osteopathic techniques that tap into your body’s inherent rhythms to increase movement throughout the nervous system. It’s a subtle kind of work work that requires a practitioner to have sensitive hands. And, as we learn more such techniques, our sensitivity grows. 

Scott and I treated each other 

and as he was working, I 

felt my nervous system start to 

unwind. It reminded me 

how lucky I am to work with 

such a gifted group of manual 

therapists. Two hours flew by, 

and we all ended up with more 

movement and more relaxed 

Lori treating Mary during Inservice 

nervous systems. Ahhh. Who needs a Google campus playground? 

Learning keeps us growing and engaged so when we check shoulder motion next time, we might have a new way of feeling for restrictions and getting them to melt away. We want all our patients to not only experience the “ahhh” feeling, but to use that newly gained motion in all their activities. 

We are so lucky to have an 

engaged and interested group 

of therapists with a diverse 

set of skills and interests, and 

we capitalize on this by 

sharing patients and making 

internal referrals. When your 

therapist recommends that 

you have another therapist 

take a look at you, do it. They 

may have a complementary 

set of skills that can be the key 

to reaching your therapy goals.

Through years of these trainings and treatments, my many aches and pains have mostly gone away. No more sciatica, no more headaches, and no more right sacroiliac joint pain. I have gained a new appreciation for what’s possible. I have given up the old belief system about what a 63 year old should be able to do. 

We want that for our patients. And that’s why we are motivated to keep developing new skills and new ways of seeing old problems. So if you plateaued at your last go round of PT, don’t give up. We won’t give up either. A solution is waiting for you. 

WE WON! WE WON! 

We are so grateful for all your votes of confidence in the Best of CU & Boulder’s 2018 contest. Because of your votes, we were #1 in both Physical Therapy & Pilates. 

Our patients are the best! 

Thank you!! 

  

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