Anvil or Hammer


Thank goodness that’s over

Posted in Rant by Mike on December 21, 2007

I had my last session with my PT last evening. I’m glad to be done.

Clearly he didn’t really know what to do with a relatively healthy person. In his defense, I didn’t go in with a lot of specific complaints. I had a few annoyances and more questions and we discussed those. I figured that every profession I had ever been around complained that no one would come and see them until they had a problem, there was no prevention going on. I figured the same was true of PTs. So I figured I could go in with a few little issues, he could do some diagnostics and just have a ball trying to tune me up. Make me the poster child for “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Nope, I was wrong.  The first day I was there I gave him a run down of what I do. Clearly I had lost him. He didn’t know what a kettlebell was or understand the difference between Strongman, Powerlifting and Body Building. He assumed I press overhead to get some kind of shoulder definition. Hardly, I press overhead for the sake of pressing overhead. I’m short, I have heavy crap and high shelves. Pressing overhead is a fact of life when you’re 5′ 8″. Even yesterday, he just couldn’t see any reason in the world why a person should be strong from more than a quarter squat position. Well, if everything I ever pick up is more than two feet off the ground, that would be super.

I have to admit that learning the PT way of things has given me pause to think. I don’t think the specifics of it are right. I do think you need to squat all the way, I do think you need to press overhead, I do think you need to be able to do pull ups (yes, he was against those too). However, there may be something to working more partial ranges of motion than I have. Having gone through the powerlifter and strongman stages that most of us do, I came to shun partial ranges of motion as “pumper crap” but maybe there is something there. I mean,  walk outs are a great way to prepare for a full squat. You just have to make sure you don’t slip into the quarter squat habit either.

All in all, my experience gets a thumbs down. I blew $100. I learned some things and I think I’ll get me some stretching an mobility DVDs over time and see what else I can learn for myself.

Speaking of which, Chris, your DVD arrived. Thanks. I haven’t tried it yet, it’ll be a weekend project.

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3 Responses to 'Thank goodness that’s over'

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  1. Scott Styles said,

    It’s a shame the PT didn’t work out better for you.

    I can’t believe you were able to see him for a whole month for $100. With reduced prices from my insurance, each session with my guy was costing more than that.

  2. Chris Rice said,

    The medical community – and I have to include PTs etc in there are not trained in “healthy”. They are trained in – It’s broke, we’ll do this to “fix” it – then go away until you’re broken again, then come back. They for the most part don’t even understand why you would want to perform better or lift anything besides what is necessary for work. It’s a sad state of affairs – I’m sure there are good ones out there, somewhere?

  3. Mike said,

    Scott,
    Yeah, it wasn’t going to workout. The insurance is nice though. My own insurance is poor but my wife’s is excellent. Apparently I could have had something like 50 visits per year for $25 per visit. I’m still trying to find out who else may fall into that same category for the insurance.

    Chris,
    I do have to agree that most medical professionals don’t understand wellness and that bugs me. At the same time, I have heard so many of them complain that no one gets check ups, no one takes care of themselves like they should, no one comes to ask questions before it’s too late. So I gave this guy a shot and it didn’t go anywhere.


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