1.) Happiness is contagious, surround yourself with happy people and you will be happy!

Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” That can be a very sobering statement when you think about who you are actually spending your time with. I have been to many physical therapy clinics over the years and can say that without exception I have yet to find another group of people that are more genuinely interested in your success and the success of their patients than physical therapists.

2.) Learn to play like a kid again.

Movement is one of the most natural, primal instincts we all share as humans. Learning to move and play like a child is one of the best ways to feel young and vibrant. Physical therapy is about movement and feeling the joy of moving your body through space.

3.) Surprise yourself, by by doing things you never thought you could.

Clients often start physical therapy fearful and in pain, but once that fear and pain is gone, they quickly realize that they are able to achieve new goals never thought possible. It was considered impossible for a human to run a mile in under 4-minutes, however once Roger Bannister shattered that mental barrier, runners were then free to routinely reach that achievement.

4.) You will build unshakable confidence.

Bill Parcells once said, “Confidence is the result of demonstrated ability.” What better way to build confidence than to demonstrate and develop new abilities on a daily basis.

5.) You will find your freedom.

Freedom is one of the most powerful words in our vocabulary. If you can remember finding a young bird or other wild animal as a child and trying to keep that animal in a cage, you will also remember that it did not survive more than a couple hours. Research suggests the stress of being restricted or enclosed for any wild animal leads to severe health issues and early death. Humans are no different, and finding the freedom to move has been shown to be one of the most liberating and stimulating things a human can do. But if pain and limitation takes that freedom away from you, the level of stress quickly rises.