Physical Therapy Doctor - May 2020

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May 2020

ON THE

MOVE

TEACHING WORDS OF HOPE

My heartfelt prayers go out to the families that have lost someone to this virus, and to those that have suffered and will suffer physically, emotionally, and financially. Just as a muscle grows stronger when force is applied to it, so will our resolve grow stronger from the pressures this virus has

it happens in their student and push the kids to reinforce this message over and over until it is solid in the child’s mind. The hope should be that this lessons sticks with them into adulthood. And if it is continuously reinforced, then it might just last your entire life.

put on us. I was going to cancel this article because of the happenings in the world today, but I decided to run it because I think it says what we need to hear. It may not be the biggest holiday on the calendar, but I couldn’t let National Teacher’s Day pass us by without comment. Educators play such a vital role in shaping our children’s lives, and sadly it’s often a thankless job. The recent health crisis put many teachers to the test as they had to adapt to the challenges of remote coursework. But while these new, virtual classrooms may be wildly different from what we experienced growing up, I believe the core of what defines a good teacher has remained the same: the power to show kids their own potential. What I mean by this is that the best teachers understand their job isn’t to get students to a particular destination but rather to give them the encouragement they need to make the journey themselves. The overarching lesson, no matter the subject, should be “you can do it.” Once a student internalizes this fact, they are set up for long term success — not just in the class but also in life. When a student works at something and begins to see improvement, a light bulb goes on. This is a glimmer of hope, proof that their studies and practice are making a difference. It’s an affirmation of what their teacher has been telling them the whole time: “I can.” These are the two most important words a child can learn. Good teachers feel this when

I was lucky enough to have some great teachers and coaches through my school years — but the one teacher who made the biggest difference was my mother. She would often tell me, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” I’m not sure at what point this mantra got locked into my mind, but it’s become a defining part of my outlook on life. Now I do my best to pass on this lesson to my patients and other people in my life. “I can” are the two most powerful words in physical therapy. They’re fuel for when the going gets tough. These words of hope keep a patient moving toward a healthier life with better balance, more strength, and pain free movement. I know it can be tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes, especially when full rehabilitation feels far away. But don’t focus on that end goal. Draw your attention to the progress you are making in the present, and you’ll see you can reach your goals. Set a small goal you really want to achieve, and then go and work at it until it comes true. Don’t stop until you reach it. Then you’ll be ready to say “I can” for the next goal, and then the next, and so on.

I know you can do it. Don’t give up. Stay the course and you will be stronger on the other side.

–Dr. Robert Morea 718.747.2019 ▪ THEPTDOCTOR.COM ▪ 1

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