Week two was a really good one I got to observe some of the other PT's in the clinic, so I got a closer look at some of the variety between PT's and how they work. I learned about the Vestibular system with one of the PT's, Jess. The vestibular system is made up of the inner ear, eyesight, and sensory nerves that all help you balance and have spacial orientation. She had a patient who was working on balance and strengthening his spacial awareness without one of the three categories. He had a benign tumor in the inner ear and it was affecting his balance. We worked with him and his balance without his eyesight, or without his hard ground sensors in the hopes that his balance would increase without the help from the inner ear. She was a great teacher!! I also got to work with Ben who is one of the PT assistants. His main job is to create exercise plans and go through them with the patients after they have seen the main PT. I got to actually suggest and run through movement with one of our patients who was strengthening his lower back and legs. I showed him how to do the Single Leg Deadlift and help him with form. I knew about this movement from my experiences at the gym, and it was really cool to actually take what I know and apply it with a patient! I also made some headway on my project today! I studied the muscles around the shoulder and upper arm and found movements on HEP 2Go that would use those muscles. This will help me narrow down the exercise plan for my project! I am all done with the research part, now I get to create the project!!
Top left: Vestibular system (inner ear)
Top right: HEP 2GO program that PT's use
Bottom: Kettlebell Single Leg Deadlift