What is Integrative Physical Therapy?
Integrative Physical Therapy recognizes well being is a skill and we work together to create a self care plan that integrates all aspects of that which makes you human who can thrive!
Well Being is a term that currently does not have scientific consensus, but is generally described as judging life positively and feeling good.
Neuroplastic change refers to the capacity for our nervous systems to adapt to repeated demands of the body systems. In fact,we are entirely bioplastic- everything in us is adaptive. We get better at whatever we practice. So why not practice creating your well being? See graphic below
Integrative Physical Therapy recognizes that your MOVEMENT MATTERS!
The red text surrounding the atomic symbol in the graphic is the 2030 Vision statement of the American Physical Therapy Association. I choose to be a pioneer of integrative physical therapy practice to embrace what I believe is necessary to realize this vision.
When you receive traditional physical therapy, the focus of your care is typically restoration of physical function using movement. Movement literally “matters” by virtue of changing your form. Muscles hypertrophy, connective tissues become more pliable, bones become more dense, postural alignment improves, neural networks improve communication etc. Why stop there in how we view the relationship of movement to healing?
If you look deeper into your body’s physical form, you are comprised of matter; that which occupies space and has mass. Your body is a community of trillions of cells that differentiate and organize into systems, suspended in a fluid matrix. (Water is the cell’s solvent and accounts for 2/3 of your mass.) Humans are comprised of the elements of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon & nitrogen. At atomic and subatomic level, humans are actually far more space than matter! We can glimpse our spaciousness when we engage our movements mindfully, becoming more aware of the inner body sensations that accompany all of our actions. We can increase the depth of our experience with our spaciousness when we experience movement’s opposite: stillness. Mindful movement is meditative, which prepares our nervous systems for meditation.