Physical therapists aren’t just for people that are injured or have had surgery. Physical therapists can also help healthy people improve their fitness.

Here are 5 reasons why you should consider seeing yours.

  • You want a baseline.

    When you see a physical therapist to improve your fitness, you’ll get an assessment of your strength, range of motion, posture and movement patterns. This not only helps your physical therapist design a customized program just for you, it gives them a baseline to compare things to in the future should you start having pain or suffer an injury. If you’re interested in learning about your baseline and how you can also track your progress along with your physical therapist, learn more about Functional Movement Screenings.

  • You want expert guidance.

    Sure, other professionals could help with your fitness routine, but the fitness industry is not well regulated. Some certifications just require an online course and paying a fee. There are no licenses or other requirements to use many titles. Becoming a physical therapist requires at least a bachelor’s degree and most PTs practicing today have a doctorate. Every PT has passed a national board exam and maintains a state license. This guarantees you that every physical therapist is a verified expert in human movement.

  • You want to prevent injury.

    Physical therapists don’t just work to heal injuries, they are also experts in preventing them. After a thorough assessment, a PT can help you design a program that will not only help you reach your fitness goals, but that can address any issues that increase your risk for injury.

  • You want unbiased advice.

    Yoga instructors will want you to do yoga. Personal trainers will want you to come to their gym. Pilates instructors will want you to do Pilates. Strength coaches will want you to strength train. A physical therapist doesn’t have a bias or vested interest as to what type of fitness regimen you choose. They are only interested in helping you reach your goals. Think of your Physical Therapist as more than someone that you see when you already have pain or an injury. Think of your physical Therapist as your partner and coach, working along with you to help keep you healthy for life. 

  • You have a history.

    If you have some kind of history that affects your ability to exercise, a PT is the best person to help you design a fitness regimen. It doesn’t matter if it’s an old injury from athletics or work, back pain that comes up from time to time, COPD, arthritis or heart disease, a PT can help you safely work around it and meet your fitness goals.


Did you know? You do not need a prescription or referral from your doctor to see your Physical Therapist. In the State of New York, Direct Access allows you to be evaluated and receive care for 10 visits or 30 days, whichever comes first. If you need guidance on your fitness regimen, utilizing direct access is a great way to receive qualified medical advice and care that can help keep you healthy for life.

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By |2021-12-29T15:12:52+00:00December 28th, 2021|Exercise, Functional Movement Screen, Healthy Living, Helpful Tips|Comments Off on 5 Reasons You Need a PT To Coordinate Your Fitness Regimen

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About the Author:

Colleen Schutt has held various positions at Onondaga PT over the years and you may have seen her in any of our 5 locations. Colleen is currently our Director of Marketing. She is passionate about spreading the word to the community that Onondaga Physical Therapy is the best choice when you need to return to living, working and playing even better when an injury has set you back.
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