Physical Therapy

Many people think of physical therapy as part of recovery from an accident or illness. But in reality, you do your personal physical therapy on a schedule to keep your body functioning as best as possible. If you’re looking for ways to use physical therapy to stay active and maintain your fitness, we offer some great ways to determine a plan of action that’s right for you. 

What is it?

Why do I need physical therapy?

In a perfect world, the human body is designed to care for (and heal) itself if properly maintained. But as you age, maintaining the same fitness level becomes a more conscious decision. This means you must be more mindful about your daily routine to stay healthy. Physical therapy bridges the gap between age and feeling good. If you’d like to learn more about how physical therapy can benefit you, then the Awareness path is step one on your fitness journey. 

Straight-Talk Physio Podcast By Dr. Andrew Junak PT, DPT, OCS and Dr. Craig Giambattista PT, DPT, OCS

The Straight-Talk Physio Podcast is designed specifically for the general public to help dispel healthcare myths and help listeners make informed decisions about their healthcare. Your hosts are Dr. Andrew Junak PT, DPT, OCS, and Dr. Craig Giambattista PT, DPT, OCS, two physical therapists who are Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialists. They are both passionate about helping people make better decisions about their health while avoiding opiates, injections, or surgery. 

OrthoInfo By American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

The OrthoInfo website provides rehabilitation programs organized by injury type. You can print handouts that include background information on anatomy and the purpose of the program, as well as detailed instructions and diagrams for each exercise. This is an excellent assistant to use at home.  

Choose PT By American Physical Therapy Association

Choose PT by APTA provides resources for a variety of conditions that can be addressed by physical therapy. There are recommendations for treatment, evidence-based guidelines, and links to other condition-specific resources.  

Myofascial Release By John F. Barnes, P.T.

Dr. Barnes is an internationally recognized physical therapist, lecturer, author, and the leading authority on Myofascial Release. Through his 50 years of experience and creative insight, he has developed an innovative and highly effective whole-body approach for the evaluation and treatment of pain and dysfunction.

How big an issue is this for me?

Which type of physical therapy is right for me?

Using physical therapy to improve your life means more than simply going to the gym or riding a once in a while. To get the most out of a personalized physical therapy program, you have to pick a plan that’s right for you. But how do you do that? It all starts with two things: Your current health (as well as fitness level), and the results you hope to achieve. If you’d like to explore what it takes to reach your personal best when it comes to a customized physical therapy plan, then the Assessment path is the right place for you. 

STEADI - Older Adult Fall Prevention Self Assessment By CDC

As one ages, our balance can be impacted by a variety factors. Falling is an ever-increasing risk for every birthday that you celebrate. STEADI is an organization that provides resources to help mitigate this risk. The website includes an algorithm for fall risk screening, and a pocket guide for preventing falls in older adults. There are also brochures for patients and caregivers with safety and prevention information.


When you’re just guessing about decisions in your training regimen, you’re not in control of your progress. And that’s holding you back from making the kind of progress you want to make – and should be making – with your training. It’s time to take back that control so you can achieve your goals, once and for all. Clear and directed self-assessments will help you focus on the right things with your training, make sure you’re on track with your goals along the way, and give you control and clarity at every stage of your training program.

NCOA Falls Prevention Assessment By NCOA

Maintaining balance starts with having strong muscles to keep you upright. NCOA Falls prevention site contains countless articles and informational pieces, as well as a Falls Free Check Up and exercise recommendations. 

What solutions are available to me?

How can I use physical therapy to achieve results?

The secret to success in any physical therapy program is consistency, so you need to select a program that can easily be built into your regular routine and habits. Once you’ve selected a physical therapy program that’s safe for you and has the potential to give you the results you desire, the next step is to incorporate that program into your lifestyle. This happens only when you engage in a program that not only keeps you fit but that you also enjoy. Many people forget that they need to like what they do in order to get in shape. Fortunately, the Solutions option shows you some great ways to exercise and have fun, all at the same time! 

VIM App By Arthritis Foundation

Our Live Yes! INSIGHTS study has shown that arthritis pain causes moderate to severe impairment of physical functioning, including daily living activities, such as doing chores, walking or going up and down stairs. The Vim app to help people with chronic pain lead more productive lives.

Bob and Brad By Bob and Brad

The Newest and Greatest Introduction for the Famous Physical Therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck.  They offer great advice, tips, and information on how to stay healthy, fit, and pain-free. Together they have over 50 years of experience and knowledge as physical therapists and fitness experts. 

Free Foam Rolling Course By NASM

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) stretching technique that has been embraced throughout the fitness industry. This effective and simple to do technique delivers positive, feel-good results. Foam rollers have become easily accessible, either shared at the gym or found in almost any sporting goods aisle to bring home for a minimal investment. 

Stretch Lab By StretchLab

Don't just stretch - get stretched. StretchLab's team of highly trained Flexologists® will give you a deeper stretch than you could ever achieve on your own. Having tight muscles can turn even the most intense athlete into a hobbling mess. In addition to stretching you out in ways that are nearly impossible to achieve on your own, StretchLab will give you exercises to do at home to keep you limber.