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Staying Current, Squatting Past Parallel, and Modalities for Pain Relief

On this episode of The #AskMikeReinold show we talk about how to stay current in the literature, squatting past parallel, and using modalities for pain relief.   To view more episodes, subscribe, and ask your questions,go to

#AskMikeReinold Episode 11: How to stay current in the literature, squatting past parallel, and using modalities for pain relief.

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6 replies
  1. Alison
    Alison says:

    Did you really mean that you wanted to get away from Physical Therapy and call yourself a Performance Therapist? Could you elaborate on the intent of that comment and the ramifications for our profession?

    • mikereinold
      mikereinold says:

      I’m not sure. I am a physical therapist but I provide the service of “performance therapy” a lot. I feel like the general public and name “physical therapy” means you are injured or just had surgery. People don’t think always think they can utilize physical therapy when they are asymptomatic to enhance their performance. I see that as a change in the name of the service, not our profession. It’s a great thing. Maybe perhaps We have two distinctions – physical therapy when injured or postop, and performance therapy for those asymptomatic but looking to optimize. What do you think?

      • Alison
        Alison says:

        Mike, I really appreciate your response! I agree that our profession has an “image problem.” And, like you, I am not quite sure how to fix that. BUT, I believe if we are to protect our profession and create the public image that encourages folks to come to us for all aspects of PT, including performance based issues, we must continue to be PTs first and foremost.
        I have added the CSCS certification to my credentials and continue to learn from respected experts in other fields: biomechanists, track coaches, exercise physiologists, podiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, and others. I cringe when I see people sell themselves as “myotherapists,” personal trainers who offer “pre-hab” services, etc. Our education, (not to mention the prerequisites, and being accepted to school in the first place) our clinical training, and the intellect and intuition it takes to be a successful PT, distinguish us as EXPERTS in neuro-musculo-skeletal practice, AND with additional professional development, qualify us as performance specialists as well. So, I guess I would keep the “therapy” out of the “performance” when describing the service of “optimization.”
        Just as an aside-The National Strength and Conditioning Association once sent out a flyer that described their Personal Trainers, inadvertantly I think, as PTs. I was quick to call them and ask them to correct the misnomer. I think we all have to be protective of our profession AND promote ourselves. You are doing a great job of this with your videos and blog posts. I just hope that you will make a point of promoting our profession as you continue to promote yourself and your practice. You have already created a great avenue for doing both.
        Thanks again for the discussion. I hope others will thoughtfully consider the topic.

  2. Martin van Hoppe
    Martin van Hoppe says:

    Hi Mike, great episode. The person asking about squats and limited internal rotation, I would try sumo squats. PS. I was looking at how you sit: you could be that person :-)

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