CBD in the world of Physical Therapy

Working in the health care industry has been quite a rewarding experience for me over the past 19 years.  Meeting and getting to know so many wonderful people has been nothing short of amazing.  I’ve been fortunate to have met and been mentored by many of the best manual medicine minds of today.

Implementing a biomechanics and functional approach to diagnosis and treatment has led me to where I currently stand professionally with my own clinic, SCORE with PT in Rye, New York.  I am always striving for excellence and to explore new options to implement in my practice to best serve my patients.

Being a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) has allowed me to meet all types of people.  I have had the honor of treating everyone from weekend warriors to professional athletes in all areas of the sports world.  One thing they all have in common is the necessity for a speedy recovery from an injury and quality of life.  As a therapist, the best tool in my arsenal is listening to a patient’s needs. Besides providing palliative care, and a program to take home, I wanted to offer more.


Our rehabilitative field is continually changing as is the world around us!  One hot topic in the field of physical therapy over the last year has been, “Does CBD have a place in physical therapy clinics?”  First of all, great question, but I think we should begin by first explaining “What is CBD and how does it work?”


CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is one of the molecules that is found in the cannabis plant.  Our body has its own endocannabinoid system (ECS) which some say is responsible for homeostasis (equilibrium in our body).  Our ECS is comprised of CB1 receptors present throughout the body (many are in the brain) and CB2 receptors which are more common in the immune system.  CBD seems to direct the body to utilize more of its own cannabinoids, rather than attach to the receptors itself.


Many of my patients have utilized various CBD products in conjunction with the manual therapy I provide, so I do believe that CBD can play a key role in delivering homeostasis.


It is important to note that CBD will not replace any medicine that has been prescribed by your physician.  You should always speak to your physician regarding the possible benefits and side effects of taking CBD or any supplements.


If you do consider taking CBD as a complement to physical therapy or your overall wellness regimen, you will likely find that all CBD brands are not created equal.  When choosing a CBD brand, you want to look for certain qualities in the product.  Brands that are transparent about their ingredients, process of oil extraction and third party lab testing should be atop your list of potential options.


Our brand, Therapist Preferred is THC free, gluten free and proudly made in the USA with industry leading nanotechnology.  Our products contain no metals, no harsh chemicals, and are farm bill compliant.   All of our products are third party lab tested and the results of each batch we craft can be seen by scanning the QR code on each of our products.  We are a brand FOR active people, BY active people and we use all of our products ourselves.


Therapist Preferred offers a variety of CBD delivery methods.  Everything from an easy to use cream, to a natural sleep aid.  We even have dog treats to calm your family pup! What is most important is that our customers love our product.  They trust our company and reorder time and time again. Our best advertising is truly our happy customers who tell their family and friends about their love of Therapist Preferred CBD products.


There is one way to find out if CBD products work for you…try it today!  Besides our cream, capsules with melatonin and dog treats that I referenced above, we also carry a mint tincture, green apple flavored gummies, and everyday wellness capsules.  We are continuing to add new products (including a new travel size, super concentrated unscented cream) so follow us on social media (@ThrpstPreferred) and sign up for our mailing list here.


We at Therapist Preferred want to thank our loyal customers and look forward to those of you that want to join our family in the future!



About the Author:

Doug Geller is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and co-founder of Therapist Preferred.  He leads an active lifestyle which includes playing soccer and basketball.  You will always find him on an epic peloton ride and/or run as he is an avid exercise enthusiast.  To support his needs as an athlete, he utilizes Therapist Preferred’s sports cream daily for muscle recovery and soft gel capsules for everyday wellness!

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New Year resolutions

I’m pretty sure I’ll remember the food-related events of December 31, 2018, for years to come as they led me to an overall mind and body transformation in 2019 that I’m confident will continue in 2020 and beyond.

Our family was spending New Year’s Eve in the Berkshires, an idyllic region in Western Massachusetts around 2 hours from our home in Westchester County, NY.

We stopped at the Great Barrington Bagel Company for lunch and I salivated over my order of a Hot Pastrami sandwich on an Everything Bagel.  For some unknown reason, we allowed our then 8-year-old twin daughters to each order the same sandwich.  To no one’s surprise, they both ate less than half of their sandwich in more time than it took me to finish my complete sandwich.  Then “rock bottom” happened- I proceeded to eat the remaining half of both of their bagel sandwiches.

That evening, after a New Year’s Eve meal of a bacon cheeseburger and fries, my wife and I sat down for a late-night drink after the kids went to bed.  Over a bourbon, I simply declared, “I need to make some changes to my eating.” Now I don’t think anyone would have looked at me at the time and thought I was overweight, but I had just had separate shoulder and elbow surgeries that fall so I wasn’t participating in my normal activities and I had definitely let myself go a bit.

Long story short, the changes to my life that I started on New Year’s Day 2019 made a dramatic impact.  Not only did I lose almost 20 lbs and maintained that weight loss throughout the year, but in my 40’s I feel better than ever before.

I’m not suggesting that these results will be the same for everyone, but below are four key changes I made that could help you in 2020:

  • Changing My Breakfast Routine– For as long as I can remember, I consumed multiple bowls of cereal for breakfast every morning. They were generally “healthy” cereal brands (Kashi, Barbara’s, Whole Foods 365, etc.) but I always combined at least 2 different cereals in my trough sized bowl.  Now, virtually every single day in 2019 I eat a moderate portion of Siggi’s 0% Milkfat Vanilla Yogurt with blueberries and granola.  The 15g of protein keeps me satisfied until lunch and there is no temptation to keep adding more cereal to soak up all of the leftover milk.
  • Adding Cycling to My Workout Schedule– As mentioned, my surgeries in the fall of 2018 left me unable to play basketball or racquet sports last winter, so after years of resisting my wife’s overtures to get me to try spin classes, I finally climbed aboard the Peloton at my gym in January to see what the hype was about.  I was quickly hooked. My competitive fire was instantly lit as I tried various Peloton instructors (primarily Jennifer Jacobs at first and now a combination of Robin Arzon, Ally Love & Olivia Amato) and managed 120+ rides in my first year. I’m not suggesting that you need to go out and buy a Peloton, but if you can add some sort of consistent cycle training to your workout routine, you will likely notice the benefits.
  • Less Beer, More “Claw”– Cutting out the occasional weekday beer with dinner or the one last beer during a night out was definitely a point of emphasis as I started my changes last winter.  Thankfully this coincided with the “Golden Age of Spiked Seltzer” and I now had a bevy of refreshing, 100 calories options especially Truly & White Claw. Yeah, maybe not the manliest drink to order when out, but at home, it hits the spot and really helped eliminate those empty calories.  Tequila with club soda and a splash of grapefruit juice is another great option to either make at home or order out.
  • Taking A Daily Dose of CBD– Aside from a daily Zyrtec pill that I’m afraid to stop taking, I’ve never relied on any vitamins or supplements.  When Doug & I were working on the business plan for Therapist Preferred last winter, I started experimenting with daily CBD delivery methods including capsules, gummies, and tinctures. Ultimately, I felt that the impact from most methods was relatively similar, but the most important factor was taking something.  On days when I didn’t take any CBD, I noticed I was less energetic and focused. I personally find that our Therapist Preferred Softgel capsules provide the best results but I often use the Gummies or Tincture (in my coffee) for a change of pace. With the overall changes I made to my diet and my workouts in 2019, I’m confident that my daily CBD use was a big contributing factor to my recovery and wellness.

One year later, I’ll admit to still sometimes finishing my daughters’ half-eaten chicken fingers or having a beer after a long day, but the changes I made to my life mean I don’t have the guilt afterward.   If you are looking to make changes in your own life, go ahead and try some of these “hacks” out or come up with a few of your own. After all, it’s all about what works best for you and your life.

Here’s to a Happy & Healthy 2020 for you and yours!

About the Author

Brett Ehrlich is a sports marketing executive turned CBD entrepreneur as the co-founder of Therapist Preferred.  To support his super active lifestyle including golf, tennis, basketball, Peloton, running, and squash, Brett takes a daily CBD Softgel and applies the CBD Cream topical 2-3 times a day to his arms & legs.  He can be reached at brett@therapistpreferred.com with questions you may have about CBD in general or Therapist Preferred.

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Brett (L) & Doug (R)

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