With it being International Women Day, I wanted to share a special women Liz Malatesta! She has been the Physical Therapist I have seen personally and who I have sent my clients to when injured. She has helped me stay healthy and strong for water skiing, but more importantly she has healed my clients. At first, our working relationship was based on my injuries. When she was able to help me return to my regular activity level, I realized how my clients could benefit from her knowledge and healing hands. Ever since then we have been able to share clients working together for the greater good.
Working as a personal trainer my number one goal is to keep client injury free. Yet life happens and there are events that does cause us to become injured. With working together, Liz and I are able to create the best for our clients. Enjoy the interview I was able to have with Liz explaining her philosophy how movement is medicine.
What made you want to become PT?
I have always had an interest in the medical field, when in undergrad I had the opportunity to shadow a physical therapist, right away I knew that PT was the right career path for me. I get to help people recover from injuries and get them back in the game.
What have been the benefits working together with a trainer in regards to sharing a client?
There are many benefits from getting to share a client between PT and personal training, it is a great way to transition someone from the rehab phase back into real life. Working with a trainer gives the client the opportunity to apply things learned in PT and have them integrated into a long term sustainable workout plan. This allows the client to not only reach their rehab goals but ultimately stay healthy and prevent future injury.
Can you tells us a little bit about PRI?
Postural Restoration Institute or PRI is method for integrating whole body systems into rehab, with the main emphasis on proper breathing. If we don’t breath well we cannot perform optimally.
What are some the benefits using PRI over other techniques for corrective exercises?
PRI is a way to manage our normal asymmetries (internally we are asymmetrical, with the liver sitting under the right diaphragm and heart sitting above the left diaphragm – we need to balance this asymmetry otherwise injury will eventually happen), when done correctly they allow the person to live, move and perform at their optimal level.
Why treat asymmetric ?
We have all sorts of micro-habits that create asymmetries in our body, our body is an excellent compensater but eventually those compensated areas will give out an injury will occur. If can identify the asymmetries, we can target them with corrective exercises and prevent injury from occurring.
Would you recommend train asymmetrically and why or why not?
Yes, we first need to identify the persons asymmetry. Once we have identified what muscle is weak on what side we can target that muscle to create a balance.
Why treat the whole body as one verses the injured site itself?
It goes back to the “arm bone is connected to the…” our body works as a beautifully designed machine, and all parts need to be in the correct position to perform normally. If we only treat the injured site, we are doing the client/patient an injustice because their injury will likely return, if we do not fix the mechanics behind what cause the injury in the first.
Thank you Liz! I have enjoyed all the knowledge exchange we have been able to create! I will miss learning from you as my days come close to an end at PRO Sport Club.