My wife and I have both worked with physical therapists for years. We aren't rehabbing old injuries. We aren't recovering from surgery. We don't wait until pain shows up in our bodies. We work with physical therapists every 2-3 months, no matter what.
We go to physical therapists to keep our bodies functioning at their best levels and prevent future injuries. Unfortunately, most people don't use physical therapy like that. It's not how most people think about physical, mental, or relational therapy.
More typically, people wait until something breaks -- a body, a mind, a heart, a relationship -- before they finally decide to invest in professional aid. I believe this is a mistake that leads to unnecessary and avoidable problems. Fortunately, it's an easy mistake to fix.
My body is a complex system with thousands of interactive mechanisms contributing to my health, happiness, performance, and longevity.
So why would I wait for my body to break before working on it with a professional?
Why would I wait for fear, stress, or insecurity to overwhelm me before working on it with a professional?
Why would I wait for tension, anger, or resentment in a relationship to reach a boiling point before working on it with a professional?
Therapy is a helpful path to healing broken parts and fixing problems. Less obvious, though, and certainly less utilized, therapy is a valuable way to prevent breakdowns and avoid dysfunctions by strengthening your mind, body, and relationships.
It's never too early, so don't wait until it's too late.
Answer the call. Do the work.
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