By Doug Geller | January 31, 2020
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 ways to take CBD. 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 sports cream, capsules with melatonin and dog treats that I referenced above, we also carry a USDA Certified Organic mint tincture, Green Apple flavored gummies, Strawberry Lemonade flavored gummies, everyday wellness capsules and a travel size, super concentrated unscented cream.
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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! Hopefully this has helped convince you that there is a place for CBD in physical therapy.
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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