Ok, so this might be my first blog ever, so be gracious. We opened the doors of Body Logic PT & Wellness a little over 3 months ago now. What a huge blessing it has been in my life so far. I am so very thankful for all of the family & friends who have encouraged us, believed in us, and prayed for us! You know who you are – keep doing it! So, for the last few months, people keep asking “What’s up with the name “Body Logic” and the logo – is there a meaning behind it?”
Hunker down, cause here goes the long version.
First, I wanted to communicate the idea of “Body”, to convey treatment of the “whole body”, the whole person. No one is ever just a back or a shoulder – you have a heart, a soul, a mind, a body…… a person is attached to those things. If there is one thing that I have become more and more convinced of over the years it is this- If we start to separate problems out, and not treat people as one “unit”, we tend to end up with more problems and never get to the root cause of things.
Second, I wanted to communicate the idea of “knowledge”- thus the word “Logic”. I wanted to convey knowledge in several different areas. Obviously, I need the necessary knowledge as the clinician, knowing and understanding your problems and why you came to me, but hopefully developing a relationship that goes much deeper than that. I am not one who separates professional and personal all that well – I am pretty much the same in both areas. So, I want to get to know you and you know me- I enter your life and you enter mine. The PT /patient relationship is intimate, much more so than a lot of other medical relationships. I will spend a large amount of one-on-one time with you and in that time we will get to know and understand each other better. My hope is that people enter as patients, but always leave as friends.
I also wanted to convey “knowledge” for the patient. If you don’t understand what is going on with your body and what we are trying to accomplish with therapy, I have not done my job and you will be less inclined and motivated to comply with the things I am recommending to you. But, if I teach you exactly what is happening, and you understand and take ownership of it, then you are much more empowered to do what is necessary to get better.
There is also a component of knowledge of myself, so I will get personal for a moment. I know that may sound a little goofy, but it is part of the place that I have come to now, personally and professionally, that led me to open my own clinic. I am almost 42 and have practiced about 18 years now. For approximately the last 14 years, I have worked part-time in several different clinics, mostly for friends that owned private practices. I have had 3 children during that time and have never apologized that my family has always been my priority. I have worked at about 20 different PT clinics and with probably a hundred different therapists over the years. I have had the unique experience of gleaning little bits from all of these experiences, and letting them mold me. I am eternally grateful for all of the clinicians who have inspired me, mentored me and poured into me over the years. I now am at a place of being comfortable in my own skin, better understanding & embracing the areas God has gifted me and letting go of the areas that he has not. I am much more aware of my own limitations and realizing that I cannot help everyone, and being thankful for the humility that it brings. So…….. I now have a better “knowledge” of who I am as a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend and physical therapist, and how all these parts of me fit together and hopefully make me a better PT. I pray that I have become more compassionate & loving and have hopefully wasted less time being prideful, judgmental and at least a little less worried about what others think. I trust God a whole lot more, worry a little bit less and trust the process and the path, wherever it may lead.
So, why the gear?!! Well it goes back to the things I have already mentioned – all things working together. All PT’s are at least a little mechanically inclined, so we get the idea of a gear – how our joints work, basic physics, but also the continued idea of treating the “whole” person. A single, one toothed wheel is worthless – it must be combined and meshed with others in order to be a productive, fully functioning gear. Thus our bodies, all parts of it, must work together to do the same- everything is connected.
It is the same with us as people and professionals. We need each other and are dependent upon each other. We were never meant to function in isolation but were created for community. Alone, a one toothed wheel is left unproductive. But, perfectly place us together, and watch us become something much bigger than the sum of the parts. I have learned that oftentimes, several different wheels must be inserted to REALLY help someone- different clinicians, physicians, disciplines, philosophies, counselors, teachers, etc. Some wheels may be larger and play much more substantial roles, but they all are necessary and work together to hopefully produce the needed outcome.
So, for me, this is Body Logic. It is knowing myself as a person and a PT, knowing you as a patient and a person, knowing what you may need, what I can offer, and then placing all of those wheels together to hopefully begin healing. For me, ultimately, it is the opportunity to be a small part of infusing HOPE into another person’s life and for that, I am eternally grateful.
But…… I promise that if you ask me this question in person I will just say, “Because it sounded and looked cool”.