“Hands-On Therapy That Gets Results”.
This has been the slogan for Foothills Sports Medicine almost since the development of the first clinic. It was meant to convey the message that as Physical Therapists at Foothills we are skilled in manual techniques. We focus on using those skills to help our patients return to the level of health and activity that they were prior to their injury or condition.
Human touch, just the act of touching brings benefits beyond what the technical skills accomplish.
It turns out that what we inherently knew to be beneficial was even more that we thought. Touch has been known to decrease blood pressure, increase dopamine production, decrease anxiety and improve immune response. All things that could lead to better healing and recovery.
As Physical Therapists, our hands are used for many things. We gather the information that helps us identify the condition or diagnosis. We render a treatment to remedy that diagnosis. But we also form a bond that allows the patient to heal better. By building that bond we allow the patient to tap into their own natural mechanisms to heal.
We also know that infants who are deprived of touch fail to thrive. This is compared to their counterparts who receive regular touch especially from their parents, but also hospital staff.
These facts are now in direct competition from the reality of the world we now live in.
Humans are less likely now to have a physical connection than in years past. With social media and online connections, we are not as likely to engage with others in the same way we used to. In healthcare, we are more pressed for time due to decreasing reimbursement rates and rising costs. The time we get with patients is becoming less and less. We try to maximize what we need to do for the patient by prioritizing what we do. Unfortunately, one on one contact is lost easily and the touch that is needed is replaced with something deemed more important.
By adhering to our slogan, we at Foothills are committed to spending the time with the patients and promise to not neglect the touch aspect that helps us build that bond. As well, tap into the needed physical responses to help the patient. “Hands-on therapy that gets results” is more than a slogan and it is the reason that we do get the results we get. It is a commitment to the patient that we will take the time to deliver the care that is needed, even in a world environment that is moving away from the touch that heals.
To schedule an appointment with a Foothills therapist that will give you the hands-on care contact a location near you!