In the winter of 2020, Live Every Day Physical Therapy and then CrossFit Simsbury [now ResoluteFIT] began to collaborate on a mutual principle of keeping people healthy. While RF provides a structured, effective method to increase a person’s fitness level, LED has the ability to treat injuries and correct movement patterns that may be a barrier to his or her ultimate goal of improved fitness.
In March of 2020, RF and LED rolled out a novel method of scheduling physical therapy appointments which bypassed a doctor's visit, bypassed a phone call, bypassed a trip to a physical therapy office; and began to offer physical therapy appointments in the four walls of ResoluteFIT by providing a scheduling modality on the RF website. These appointments are still covered by insurance and they are completed by a well respected Live Every Day physical therapist and long-time ResoluteFIT athlete.
Since the days of COVID-19 and social distancing, RF’s physical therapy services have continued to be offered but in a slightly different fashion. Appointments can be scheduled through the Live Every Day office, and appointments can be offered in-person or via Telehealth (a Zoom call!). Once ResoluteFIT has been open for some time and the new schedule and social distancing process becomes more familiar, Live Every Day physical therapy appointments will return to RF with remote scheduling.
Since LED @ RF has begun, athletes have utilized the in-house physical therapy services for many things: overuse injuries like tennis elbow, acute injuries like ankle sprains, movement impairments like difficulty squatting below parallel, post-surgery rehabilitation following operations like a partial knee replacement and a lumbar discectomy. Bridging the gap between fitness and physical therapy has resulted in a seamless transition between generalized exercise to keep the body healthy, and corrective exercise to avoid pain and injury.
Sometimes it is very obvious when you should schedule a PT appointment; your doctor tells you to; you just had a knee replacement; your shoulder hurts every time you reach overhead. Many people may forget or do not know that physical therapy can be pertinent in many other situations as well.
For starters, in the state of Connecticut, and most other states, you do not need to visit a physician before you see a physical therapist. Physical therapists are trained to decide if a person is appropriate for PT - or not. If someone goes to PT with indigestion thinking it is an abdominal muscle strain, the PT will send them to his or her primary care physician.
Furthermore, most health insurance plans automatically cover a physical therapy evaluation, no questions asked. This means that anyone can, at the very least, have an evaluation by a physical therapist. Sometimes an evaluation is all that’s needed for a smaller nagging injury. The evaluation could also be used for more of a screen (e.g., I feel okay now but am I at risk for injury by having tight shoulders?) or a movement assessment (e.g., why can’t I get below parallel in my overhead squat?).
The important thing to remember is that you - and you alone - are ultimately in charge of your own health. Use the health care system in the way that best suits you. Then use your health care providers as part of your team, not just as authoritarian figures who will tell you what to do (or not to do).
If something is painful, nagging, or just not feeling right, get it checked out! You owe it to yourself.