As a professional, it appears to be a cycle of patients/clients that get stuck in improving their overall health and wellness. That cycle or model is what we refer to as the insurance model. As the customer you pay for a service, invest, if you will, into a plan that hopes to aid in keeping you healthy and pain free or at least get back to that state, if “unhealthy” . You hope those investments will cover doctors visits, imaging if needed and lastly all treatment options. However most people, and we as professionals, find that this model only gets you back to 50-75% to prior function and ability. Not only do you pay the insurance premium but also there is an out of pocket expense and co-pay in most instances. After all this financial investment your insurance won’t cover anymore physical therapy visits or another MRI/imaging because you already exhausted those options, but you as the customer are still experiencing some “pain” or “discomfort.” You are stuck still unable to get up and down from the floor as you want to play with your child and grandchild, unable to perform some of the foundational movements, SQUAT (be able to use the toilet without pain), HINGE(bend to pick up something from the floor without pain), PUSH (push grocery cart or stroller) , PULL (start a lawn mower), CARRY (carry a child/ grocery bags) and/or LUNGE (kneel to clean)
There is an opportunity here to take control of your health and life, INVEST IN YOURSELF. Investing in yourself (paying out of pocket, for a service) can take you the rest of the way without being handcuffed by the insurance company dictating on how you must do things. This means total control for you as the customer. With this investment whether being in personal training, or continuing physical therapy treatments; the opportunity to gain is much greater. This will give you the ability to restore full movement patterns, education, and continued opportunity to work toward the goals you feel have not been achieved yet. We understand the value of your investment so investing wisely in those who are going to listen to you, assess you and develop a plan to HELP you , not for you , achieve your goals. The difference between putting money into an insurance company vs investing directly in yourself is the difference in letting someone make the decision for you or you making decisions directly for yourself.
As the old saying goes “ You have to take care of yourself first, before trying to take care of others .”