My family has had our share of injuries requiring PT, and I've always had the greatest respect for physical therapists in terms of their knowledge, skill and ability to produce positive results. We live in an area that is home to a couple of physical therapy education programs, and lately, there seems to be a trend toward a method known as Postural PT.
The theory seems to be that in order to optimize function and enhance overall health, the therapist evaluates many aspects of the individual's posture, gait, breathing, vision, hearing, every day activities etc. in order to make recommendations and plan exercises for the "whole being" and not necessarily the injured part.
I understand and appreciate the theory behind a wholistic approach, but have had problems with extensive courses of therapy that never seem to gain focus on the specific problem area. For example, when my daughter dislocated her knee, I finally gave up after about 2 months of relaxation, massage, standing, sitting and upper body work that NEVER addressed strengthening her quads, stabilizing her patella or improving her balance.
Now she has significant low back pain that is being attributed (by a different therapist) to her eyesight (corrected to 20/20 with glasses) and the "mis-matched bite" of her molars (3 years of orthodontia.) He has given her breathing exercises and relaxation techniques which have done nothing to improve her pain or mobility.
I'm not looking for medical advice. I fully intend to speak with this therapist and let him know that he can get down to business, return us to the doctor, or refer us elsewhere. But I'm curious...Is this trend just in our local area, possibly due to a nut-job professor, or is this nation-wide. And how does one find a good, old fashioned work and sweat physical therapist without having to endure this waste of time and expense?