Physical Therapy Should be as Routine as an Oil Change

Therapeutic Associates

When was the last time you got an oil change for your car?

When your car maintenance lights turn on, do you ignore them and keep driving? Of course not! We all know that in order to keep our cars running smoothly, regular oil changes are a must. When you take your car in for an oil change, chances are you are getting your filters checked, and your tire air checked too. If you live in the Pacific Northwest in the winter, you’re probably also getting your wipers replaced regularly. Keeping your car in good, running order is a no brainer. Not only does it keep your vehicle running smoothly, but it also prevents inconvenient and costly breakdowns further down the road.

We take good care of our cars, so shouldn’t we do the same for our own bodies?

Regular tune ups aren’t just good for your vehicle, they are good for you too. We change our oil after driving a certain number of miles. Seeing a physical therapist intermittently, ideally every 6 months, can help keep your body running in top shape as well. Like your car, your body will thrive with regular maintenance. 

PTs are the mechanics of the human body.

As musculoskeletal experts, physical therapists can help keep your body in good running order and can help you prevent injuries. Contrary to common assumptions, you don’t have to wait for an injury to develop to see a physical therapist. In fact, PTs are passionate about keeping people of all ages and abilities moving well so they can move often and avoid getting hurt. Of course, should you experience a musculoskeletal injury, physical therapy is the best choice for recovery.


What does a physical therapy tune up look like?

When you come in for a physical therapy tune up, your physical therapist will gather information about your history of injuries and your activity level. We will assess your posture, your strength, and how well your joints and muscles move. We will work with you to create a customized exercise program to address any deficits we find and to meet your fitness goals. Additionally, we will help you better understand body mechanics so you walk away knowing what you can do to improve your physical health.

Unlike cars, which you can trade in for a new model when it reaches a certain number of miles, we only have one body. Taking good care of it is essential. Maintaining and improving your own health is one of the best investments you can make and is an essential component of a long and healthy lifestyle. 

So, this year when you schedule your end-of-year car maintenance, give us a call to schedule your body’s tune up as well, and we will work together to develop a wellness plan tailored uniquely to you. 

Start your journey to pain-free living today.

Our experts are committed to providing effective, efficient, and compassionate care to help you live a pain-free, active life. Our passion is to help every patient reach their goals on their journey to recovery and optimal performance.

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