In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with Dr. Ellie Somers, physical therapist and owner of Sisu Sports Performance & PT about how using body positive language in medical and fitness settings can create better outcomes for patients and clients both in improving performance and reducing pain.
- What it means to use body positive language and why it’s important not to scare people when educating them about their form or their diagnosis
- How to offer constructive feedback to create a positive movement experience andhelp someone feel better, while still keeping safety as a consideration
The power of motivational interviewing and how to use it in a session
- Cultural reasons behind why women statistically have more pain
- Myths around the biomechanical model and why moving outside of neutral isn’t always a dangerous or bad thing, if you are prepared to load there
- Why helping someone make an informed choice is more empowering and creates a better outcome than just telling them what to do
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Episode Length: 1 hour
About Ellie Somers
Dr. Ellie Somers is a physical therapist of 10 years, with a special focus on treating the female athlete. She has a background in sports performance and rehab, including extensive training and education in the science of pain.
She started her practice, Sisu Sports Performance & PT, in Seattle, WA with the goal of empowering female clients to help them reach their unlocked potential. She hopes to keep women actively engaged in sport and activity for their lifetime.
Dr. Somers has spoken at the Women in Physical Therapy Summit in New York City as well as at several continuing education courses and professional conferences. She is a lover of soccer, running, heavy things, craft beer, and the great PNW. You can learn more about Dr. Somers on her website, or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.