Each week, as we lead manual therapy courses across the United States, the passion for PT is palpable. And with all that passion comes important debate. Sometimes we even see heated discussions being hashed out online between people across the globe, of all experience-levels and abilities. (Been on Twitter, lately?!) But whether you’re a physical therapist here in the United States or a physio abroad, we actually all have a great deal in common. Sure, we may have different approaches to care, and depending on where you practice, you may or may not be limited in what you can do to help your patients. But at the end of the day, we’re on the same side. We’re experts in movement. We are dedicated to helping those around us live pain free, high functioning lives.
This was ever-apparent last week as The North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy headed to Europe, where faculty member Kathy Berglund has been teaching Lumbar I and II, chronic pain and clinical reasoning at the University of Tartu. She’s been impressed by the skills of this group of Estonian and Latvian physiotherapists, and by how inquisitive and eager to learn they are.