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What Does Independence Mean toYou? The Values Behind the Fireworks
the people it’s meant to serve. Over the past few decades, it seems to only have gotten worse. People have to jump through all sorts of hoops to get the care they need. Big insurance companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers control the industry in ways that aren’t always clear to patients. You may need a degree in economics to understand the way the system operates, but you don’t need to be an expert to know when you’re being short-changed. I founded Professional Physical Therapy to stand in opposition to this type of care. At our practice, caring for patients and meeting their individual needs is always our objective. We believe that red tape is a hindrance to accessing great care. Luckily, one of the great things about our nation is that we allow these alternatives to give patients the freedom to choose what works for them. As our forefathers taught us, when a system doesn’t work for its people, it’s time to create a new system. As you enjoy the fireworks and festivities this year, I hope you’ll take a moment to consider what freedom and independence mean to you. Ask yourself what’s holding you back from feeling free and how you can work to gain more independence over your life. Our freedoms shouldn’t be taken for granted, even if we don’t have to battle against a tyrannical monarchy anymore.
I’ve always considered the Fourth of July to be one of my favorite holidays, but my appreciation of it rose to a whole new level after I moved to New England. In my eyes, there’s no better place to be on Independence Day than Massachusetts. It’s not hard to see why. Our state is teeming with Revolutionary War-era history — Franklin, after all, is named after Ben Franklin and home to America’s first public library. Plus, the celebration in Boston is unrivaled. Just thinking about the Boston Pops playing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” is enough to put fireworks in my eyes and send a shiver down my spine. As much as the Fourth of July is about celebrating our history, it’s also a great time to think about how the values that our country was founded upon are still relevant today. Chief among those values are the three unalienable rights Thomas Jefferson laid out in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We may not live under foreign rule anymore, but the desire to be free and independent in our lives is just as strong today as it was in 1776. For many of our patients, freedom and the pursuit of happiness go hand in hand. We all want to enjoy our favorite activities without having to worry about pain and discomfort. Similarly, we want to live our lives independently, without a constant cycle of medications and a calendar full of surgeries. I’m not saying that physical therapy is akin to a meeting of the Continental Congress, but it does provide each patient with the tools to live their life and pursue their happiness to the fullest extent.
Happy Fourth of July!
– Dr. Stacey Raybuck Schatz
As a private practice owner, independence is a huge part of why I do what I do. Let’s face it: Our traditional medical system doesn’t always benefit
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