Excel PT:Staying Active and Becoming Better Balanced

Jaime Alexis Del Palazzo, PT, DPT Jaime is a therapist at our Kennett Square clinic location. Read her full profile here: FEATURED PT

It ’s Never Too Late!

1. How did you decide to become a physical therapist and what motivates you to work with patients? I decided to become a physical therapist due to my own injury sustained when playing the flute (my past life is as a professional musician). I experienced PT as a patient and that experience, coupled with my growing interest in the human body and movement, convinced

me to return to school to complete pre-requisites and I made it into PT school as a non-traditional student. I wake up every day motivated to work with patients, knowing that I am helping them to live their lives in the way they want without limitations due to pain, injury, or the progression of chronic conditions. 2. In your words, what makes Excel Physical Therapy different from other physical therapy clinics? Excel Physical Therapy is different from other clinics in that at Excel, the patient always comes first. We are committed to the professional development of our therapists in order to maximize the quality of care provided to patients. The quality of care coupled with a positive treatment experience encourages patients to choose Excel again for their recovery needs and many of our past patients are so pleased with their outcome that they recommend Excel to their friends and family. 3. What was your most memorable patient experience? My most memorable patient experience is when the education I provide to the patient becomes meaningful and the patient begins initiating long term behavioral changes. I once had a patient who was less physically active and due to the education and goals we were working on during their episode of care, the patient was able to transform their behavior and joined a supervised exercise program that they consistently attended. Transforming the patient experience into seeing the long term benefits beyond the PT episode of care is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a PT. 4. If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? I would like to be a dog. They love unconditionally, they get to take lots of naps and are just generally happy. 5. If you could describe yourself in one word what would it be and why? Curious. Even as a student in elementary school, I was the one who always had a question. My teachers along the way encouraged me to never stop asking questions. Being a PT ensures that I’ll never stop asking questions and learning! 6. What do you like to do in your off time, outside the clinic? I’m a recreational runner, and I love to run half and full marathons. I love having a hobby that allows me to stay physically active and helps to relieve stress. I’m currently gearing up to run the 2019 Philadelphia Marathon!

It’s never too late to begin to exercise and there are many benefits to staying active. Implementing small changes to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle can yield significant results over time. There are plenty of ways to incorporate light activity into your lifestyle, such as:

• Taking a walk in the evening with your family

• Wearing a pedometer and trying to take more steps every day

• Joining your local community center and using the pool to swim laps several times a week

• Engaging in light weight training at home before work

• Taking a yoga class

These are just several examples of how you could incorporate more activity into your lifestyle without making many large changes to your way of life. If you feel that your physical health or an old injury is holding you back from being active, contact us. Working with an Excel physical therapist can help you achieve improved balance and a healthy lifestyle.



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