Corrective exercise Certifications vs Physical Therapy, what is going on?
Some time ago I asked who thought they could rehab a client as good as a Physical Therapist? The responses where typical, "we are not therapist, practice of scope, part of the team etc,." if this is the case why is the industry promoting this type of certification? I am all for it,since I hold Physical Therapy Certifications, love to hear your opinion on this trend!
I have a CES certification and do not have a problem with defining my scope versus a physical therapist.
I do not diagnose and treat anything but I can identify muscular imbalances during initial screening and can try to address those with exercises designed to correct those.
The CES certifications are usually more in-depth training, and it has recently enabled me to identify very early in a new client that there was a problem she was not even aware of. She needed surgery, is now in the hands of a physical therapist and looking forward to coming back to me when cleared to do so.
I also have MELT certifications which empower clients to actually identify issues themselves and can lead them to a series of corrective techniques.
To me, this is not a contradiction in the way you present in your question.
Great to hear from you! I still don't think I can rehab as well as a physical therapist, however, I hear where you are coming from as far as the many certification that are out there.
I have a few of them and have taken courses, but as you know my strength is clinical exercise physiology and my scope of practice is quite vast. I am not a physical therapist and I don't believe a physical therapist is able to design a exercise program for an individual living with multiple clinical conditions as effectively as I can and vice versa.
I am very good ad what I do and I would hope that a physical therapists is as knowledgeable and passionate about there profession as I am.
All the best!
Oh! BTW it appears that you have much experience working with individuals with clinical conditions. What prevents you from earning an ACSM clinical credential?
There seems to be a fine line between corrective exercise and physical therapy. Corrective exercise is for the "healthy" and physical therapy is for the "sick". You already know this, I am sure.
With so many people walking around, and sitting, with poor posture, I can see how corrective exercise will help. I design exercise programs to help "correct" a client's posture, although, I do not say it like that to them.
I believe that an educated trainer who truly cares about the client is able to help as well as a physical therapist; but, we must leave that prescribed physical therapy to the professional for legal and scope of practice reasons. There is always something more the trained physical therapist should know that I do not realize.
Corrective exercise is for the people who are not injured...yet, and will benefit from injury preventive exercises. I see it as helping people prevent the need for physical therapy.
I hope this helps clear things up a bit.
Certifications are money makers
This certification is not meant to take the place of the expertise of a physical therapist.