I’ve asked myself ‘why blog at all’ and there are several reasons but I want to share a primary motivation with you. My ‘physio family’.
I’ve been a physical therapist since graduation from the University of Alberta in 1998. I now teach there and am taking grad studies myself to further develop my clinical expertise. I am a published author and regular public speaker on sport performance, ergogenics, low back pain and injury prevention. I love activity since it helps me cope with what some refer to as ‘my ridiculous schedule’. That means long work hours, and involvement both personally and professionally (as a physical therapist) in sport, particularly running, cycling, and roller derby!
While my great loves are my wife, my family, and my personal communities I also have a great love of ‘truth’. Truth in this sense: I want to know how things work and what things work on them! That’s pretty much perfect for my profession so it seems I’m well mated to it. As most people do I wonder every so often if I should have done something else, but then something awesome like this regularly happens:
Good morning Craig!!
I kept trying to make it in to see you since I got home from the Vegas Half Marathon… unfortunately work and too few hours kept getting in the way.
I finished!!! the last 6 km was really difficult. it seems my legs decided they didn’t want to play anymore! Mike was only supposed to run half way with me as he usually runs faster, but he wouldn’t leave my side (more on that later!). It was good he didn’t since he gave me the push I needed when I wanted to stop. We finished slow but my goal this time around was just to finish! 🙂 I have to say that the aches and pains I had for the day to day and a half following were the worst i’ve ever had – mostly my left hip, but everything seems fine now. Aches are gone, my feet feel fine. I’m even going to try going for a short run on the weekend.
I’m extremely grateful for your help, I really couldn’t have done it without you, and I guarantee I would have given up if you hadn’t been so encouraging. a HUGE THANK YOU!
And what you and I couldn’t know is that if I hadn’t finished the half, Mikes perfect plan would have been ruined as he asked me to marry him at the finish line 🙂 🙂 No wonder he stayed right by my side!
Thanks again Craig! You are truly one in a million!
So there it is – my motivation to continue on as a physical therapist and to start blogging is contained in my ‘physio family’ which has grown over the years to include many thousands of people I have been privileged enough to treat and help in a way that is first meaningful to them, and then to me.
My next blog post will deal not so much with why I do what I do, but more about how, and the pitfalls that people meet when seeking help. I invite your comments as any happy family works collaboratively, even in disagreement! You can catch up with me on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook as well as the clinic website – feel free to chime in!