Bridging the Gap Between Physical Therapy and Performance in Boston

Bridging the Gap Between Physical Therapy and Performance in Boston

Understanding the Disconnect

In Boston, we often encounter two common scenarios that highlight a critical disconnect in the fitness and rehabilitation industry:

Scenario One: The Injured Active Adult

An active, fit adult gets injured and is referred to physical therapy (PT). They attend a clinic where the heaviest weight is a 5lb dumbbell, and each session involves heat, ice, and electrical stimulation. Over time, their body naturally heals, their pain diminishes, or their insurance coverage ends. However, when they return to their regular activities—running, lifting, or playing sports—the pain re-emerges. This happens because their physical therapy did not adequately prepare them for the demands of their activities. The necessary strength and capacity to handle their physical pursuits were never built.

Scenario Two: The Persistent Pain Pusher

Another individual experiences chronic aches and pains but continues their activities, unwilling to take a break. They might seek advice from a personal trainer or fitness professional who provides basic “rehab” exercises found on social media. Unfortunately, these exercises often lack the depth and specificity needed for real recovery. This person continues to live in pain, without resolving the underlying issues.

The Rehabilitation and Fitness Spectrum

These scenarios reveal a significant gap in the rehabilitation, health, wellness, and fitness spaces. Imagine a spectrum where physical therapy lies on one end, focusing on injury recovery, and personal training or strength and conditioning sits on the other, emphasizing fitness and performance.

Challenges on Both Ends

  1. Physical Therapists often struggle to progress clients beyond the initial rehab stages. Band rotations, bodyweight squats, and glute bridges are inadequate for someone involved in high-intensity activities like CrossFit.
  2. Personal Trainers and Fitness Professionals may lack the ability to assess and diagnose injuries or screen for more complex issues.

While physical therapists should be able to incorporate strength workouts and collaborate with trainers, and trainers should be capable of working with clients in pain, there remains a gap in knowledge and skill on both ends.

Introducing Sustain Physical Therapy and Performance

Here’s the good news: Sustain Physical Therapy and Performance in Boston’s Back Bay is bridging this gap.

Our Unique Approach

We are a physical therapy clinic catering to active adults with a strong foundation in personal training and strength and conditioning. Imagine working with a physical therapist who understands your workouts and can guide you through the same lifts and movements you perform regularly. Conversely, think of a personal trainer who can evaluate your movements and injuries with the expertise of a Doctor of Physical Therapy. This hybrid model is our core strength.

Why Choose Us?

  1. Comprehensive Care: We provide a holistic approach to your health and fitness. Whether you need to address back pain from deadlifting or shoulder pain from bench pressing, we have you covered.
  2. Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement: We help with nagging Achilles or knee pain during long runs and design training programs to scale your lifts while managing injuries.
  3. Personalized Sessions: All our sessions are 60 minutes, one-on-one, in a clinic that resembles a gym more than a traditional rehab setting.

Our Impact

We recognized a missing link in the health spectrum in Boston and have been filling this gap for over a decade. With over 500 clients served, we believe this integrated model is the future of health and fitness.

Don’t take our word from it, here is Emily’s testimonial after coming to us with some hip and back pain: 

“I found Adam’s PT group after years of feeling dissatisfied and no better off from other prescribed PT services, and I am so grateful to have found them! I just completed my 10 sessions with Kyle for hip/back issues that I’ve had for years, and I have improved tremendously. This was the first time that a PT actually addressed my real underlying issues, helped me understand the mechanics, and helped me build a foundation for improved performance that I’ll continue to build off of. Thank you, Kyle!”

Emily G.

Our Philosophy

At Sustain Physical Therapy and Performance, we believe in empowering our clients. Our mission is to enhance your performance and prevent injuries through a comprehensive, personalized approach. We combine the best of physical therapy and personal training to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Our Facility

Our state-of-the-art facility in Boston’s Back Bay is designed to provide an optimal environment for both rehabilitation and performance training. Equipped with advanced fitness equipment and therapy tools, our clinic ensures that you receive the best possible care and training experience.

Our Team

Our team consists of highly skilled professionals with extensive experience in both physical therapy and strength training/personal training. Each member is dedicated to providing the highest level of care and personalized attention, ensuring that you receive the support you need to achieve your health and fitness goals.

Get Started with Us

Ready to bridge the gap between physical therapy and performance? Visit our clinic in Boston’s Back Bay and experience the next model in health. Whether you’re dealing with pain or looking to enhance your performance, we are here to help.

Contact Us Today

Explore how Sustain Physical Therapy and Performance can support your health and fitness journey. Let’s work together to achieve your goals. 

Schedule your free Discovery Call here:

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Dr. Adam Babcock PT, DPT

Sustained Fitness and PT

"We Help Active Adults Quickly Recover From Pain Or Injury So They Can Stay Active, Get Back To What They Love To Do, and Do It For Decades"