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The Words We Choose

Reflecting On Our Words                                                 

At this time of year, we spend time reflecting on the months past, the good as well as things that we wish we could change or alter. At Embody PT, we have been thinking of the words that we have used most frequently over the past year with our clients. We have also been thinking of have the "top three" that Embody PT excels with. There is a connection between the two as you will see in our “Excel” list.

1.     Expertise and knowledge. Rebecca and Susan have had the privileged over the past 30 years plus to study and work with excellent physical therapists, physicians, researchers, and educators. The knowledge that has been gained since we each entered the field of physical therapy is vast, and we recognize the need to do our best to stay current with the research and clinical evidence in order to provide the best possible care to our patients. 

2.     Educating. You have heard the adage "give a man a fish he eats for the day, but teach a man to fish and he will feed his family for life." We educate our clients and give them the knowledge and the abilities to change, to address pain, strength and movement difficulties, and pelvic floor dysfunctions. In our practice, it is not enough to show our clients how to do an exercise, we want them to know how to incorporate it into their day to day life to improve function, health, and wellness. 

3.     The words we choose to use. Too often, people are told what is wrong with them, are given a diagnosis that indicates that they are broken ( for instance, arthritis or "bad disc"), and are told to simply "relax".  The science tells us that the body hears every word the brain says, and Susan and Rebecca do their best to stop and think about the words that we choose with our clients. We offer them options about the way they view and speak to themselves. We try not to say "stop" and "don't" and instead to empower our clients to explore movement in different ways.  Our goal is to share words and actions that help you work towards your personal goals for health, wellness, and function. Each person responds to different words and we acknowledge and work with their individual needs.

What are some words that we seem to use the most? Breathe, fun, play, observe, explore, motion, do less, be easy with yourself, lift, feel, engage, variance, empower, let’s find a different way, pain is complex, pain is individual, coordination, sleep, so many!

As we move into 2018 words, individualized and evidence based clinical care, science, and education will continue to be at the heart of what we do at Embody Physiotherapy.  

If you have visited Embody as a client or a student, what are the words that resonated with you?  If you have not been to Embody, or if you have goals for the New Year, what are words that you want in your life?

“Throughout human history, our greatest leaders and thinkers have used the power of words to transform our emotions, to enlist us in their causes, and to shape the course of destiny. Words cannot only create emotions, they create actions. And from our actions flow the results of our lives.” Tony Robbins

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