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Community Columns 49 Ponte Vedra Recorder · October 29, 2015 Physical therapy with heart and soul: Part 2 A conversation with Aaron Robles Manual Physical Therapy is outside the box of the traditional physical therapy so many of us have experienced in our lifetime. As I have mentioned, when I needed a physical therapist to strengthen me for the hip replacement surgery I am facing, I knew from past experience that I wanted a manual physical therapist. The practice and the therapist I found was John Goetz Physical Therapy in Jacksonville Beach, a franchise owned by Certified Functional Manual Therapist, Aaron Robles. The initial evaluation was long and detailed. It involved filling out a questionnaire, and a hands-on process of Aaron determining the condition of my 77 year old body. Sheila: “Why is the initial visit so lengthy?” Aaron: “It’s because we want to get as complete a picture of the patient as we can in order to make a plan of care. Giving patients time to let us know the background of their injury or, say, the onset of arthritis and how it affects their life and what their goals are. Sometimes the patient’s goals and mine aren’t the same, being that the treatment can hurt or make them sore. But I emphasize that it’s necessary for their ability to move. We do some treatment on the first visit so they can begin to get out of the cycle of pain and dysfunction they’ve had to deal with.” Sheila: “There are so many physical therapists in Jacksonville. What makes John Goetz in Jacksonville Beach different?” Aaron:“The profession of Physical Therapy is geared to rehabilitation - getting people back to their previous function. In the past it used a lot of modalities - hot packs, ultrasound, electric stimulation, and some exercise. More recently we realized that our hands are some of our best tools, and that manual Turtle Continued from 48 Director of the Whitney Laboratory, Mark Martindale, thanked addressed the crowd and thanked them for supporting the sea turtle hospital. “I’m constantly amazed at the dedication that the local community has for sea turtles and for their natural world,” Martindale said. “This opening of the sea turtle hospital here is an immense opportunity for biologists like us to learn more about the transmission of disease in the marine environment about immunology, about the ecology and behavior of sea turtles and therapy promotes better function and alignment of the body for optimal performance. That’s what we dedicate ourselves to in my practice. The hands on approach to Sheila Weinstein rehabilitation finds Grow Old With Me what segment of the body, whether joint or myofascial or neural dysfunction, needs help moving better. What better way to find solutions rather than just giving exercises to strengthen? I don’t think you can really understand what’s going on in a patient’s body without putting your hands on them.” 6