• JH

Getting Better ... Better - Part 1

Welcome to the new Summit Rehab Blog!!

With COVID-19 constantly changing how we, as therapists, can interact with our clientele, one of the ways we want to be able to serve our community is by providing free education and insight into how and why we choose to treat and coach our patients and athletes in the way we do. Over the next several days we will be laying out the groundwork of our treatment philosophy and sharing some of the tools we use to assess and help others, whether it is in the clinic, the gym, or, as made necessary by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, over virtual treatments. Ultimately these next several blog posts will be a resource guide for YOU - the patient - in an effort to not only be transparent with how our methods can help you reach your goals, but to also give you tools that will help ensure your success over the course of your rehab and fitness journey.

99% of people who walk in our doors are concerned with performance. Sometimes, it's an athlete who wants to add inches to their vertical and take time off of their 40. In some cases, it is a Grandma who wants to stand up from a chair and walk around the grocery store without pain or risk of falling.

Regardless of what their goal is, everyone is concerned (whether they realize it or not) with how they manage postural and external loads. In order to be functional, at minimum we must be adept at managing our own postural load with fundamental movement patterns such as a squat, walking, or maintaining our balance. As our skill and strength with managing our postural load improves, so does our ability to manage the external loads of whatever our life, job, or sport throws at us.

We have honed these skills from the moment we were born, gradually learning how to roll, sit, and stand as babies; run, jump, and climb as children; and even master the demands of sport as teenagers and adults.

Often times the acquisition of these skills can be derailed, even at a young age, by injury and excessive sitting or sedentary lifestyles, affecting the performance goals across the spectrum. However, this does not need to be permanent and can be remedied with the appropriate combination of improving load managing skills, strengthening, and improving fitness levels.

Simply stated:

As our Ability to Manage Load INCREASES - Injury and Pain DECREASE and Performance INCREASES.

As our Ability to Manage Load DECREASES - Injury and Pain INCREASE and performance DECREASES.

As always, it depends on the context - different people have different goals, different anatomy, and different medical histories. Over the next several days, we will be looking at methods and strategies that can help improve your ability to manage load, decrease pain, and improve performance. The goal is to help make you better. Better.

If there is any specific topic you would like to see addressed or if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me(Jon) directly at or contact our clinic at 816-554-6003.

Thanks for reading!!

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