Let’s talk about the last time you—or someone close to you—interviewed for a new job. Chances are that the first step was a phone screen with your potential employer, and when you passed that portion of the process with flying colors, you were then invited for an in-person interview. At that stage, the employer probably asked you to answer a series of questions and to demonstrate your skills through a test or two. The process is set up in a way that narrows down the options until the most suitable candidate is found. Makes sense, right?
Just as job recruiters screen applicants to find the best fit for an open position, your Chiron physical therapists will ask you to perform a series of exercises so that we can observe and understand your body mechanics to uncover any issues or limitations. Used in combination with a full evaluation and assessment, these so-called movement screens are just one tool in identifying the most appropriate treatment or prevention program for you. But unlike that test you may have taken during a job interview, the screen is not testing your skills or abilities. It is simply a way of identifying how your body functions during a variety of movements.
Now that spring is in full swing, it’s the perfect time of year to make an appointment with your physical therapist for a movement screening. The warmer weather means more time spent outdoors participating in sports and other recreational activities that may be physically demanding. A physical therapy checkup that includes a movement screen will ensure that you’re physically able to engage in popular spring and summer adventures, whether it’s exploring in the woods, tending to your garden, golfing or swimming in the local pools.
As licensed health care providers and experts in the examination and treatment of muscular and neuromuscular problems that affect people’s abilities to move the way they want and function as well as they want, physical therapists perform movement screens for a variety of reasons, including:
- To identify areas of strength and weakness
- To uncover issues or rule them out
- To determine readiness to begin a safe exercise program
- To improve sport performance (for both novice and elite athletes)
A movement screen is something that you can have done whether you have a nagging injury or are simply ready to kick-start your activity level after a long hiatus. Gaining an understanding of how your body performs during basic exercises such as squats and lunges helps your physical therapy team ensure that you can safely jump on a bike or into a pool this summer. And just like an employer screens candidates to identify the one individual who is likely to thrive on the job for many years to come, a movement screen can help you develop a lasting and fulfilling relationship with the activities you enjoy most.
Your friends at Chiron Physical Therapy are committed to you and your health. We want you to have a happy and healthy summer.