Chris Tutt, a physical therapists and Co-CEO of ProActive Physical Therapy Specialists serving Oregon and Washington with 14 clinics specializing in musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain and rehabilitation of athletic injures joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Physical Therapy Channels.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Chris Tutt discuss the following:
What’s the difference between Physical Therapy and other practices like chiropractic care?
This is a very versatile field – you treat people recovering from surgeries, athletes, people get back to work, MS patients and even sometimes to lose enough weight to have a life-saving surgery. How does a patient choose a physical therapist?
“PT over Pills” is a new initiative the your practice is advocating – what does that mean?
PT as prevention – do you’re saying people don’t need to be in pain to see at PT?
Your clinics are trialing a new virtual reality program to combat chronic pain – tell me more about that.
TIP: Chris will recommend the best practice stretch for back pain Lower back pain effects millions of Americans each year. I enjoy this exercise because the highest number of people can be helped by it. Think about the last time when you hurt your back. You probably moved around all stiff, kept your back straight, and it felt better. Using these same techniques in preventive manner you can protect your back when engaging in strenuous activities as well as when your back is hurting. Imagine that someone is going to slug you in the stomach. Now, I don't get into fights but this really works! If someone is going to slug you in the stomach what are you going to do? You're going to tighten up your stomach. By tightening you stomach, with tightens your oblique muscles on the sides of your trunk, which in turn tightens an area of thick tissue in your back called your thoracolumbar fascia. This helps to create a natural back brace enabling you to use your muscles to provide support for your back giving you more core strength for dynamic activities as well as to stabilize your back after an injury.
Chris completed his undergraduate degree at Oregon State University and his Master of Physical Therapy degree from at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/Chapman University and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Troy University in Troy, Alabama.
His areas of specialization include TMJ/TMD dysfunction, work conditioning, physical/functional capacity evaluations, and industrial rehabilitation. He is often referred to as "The Body Mechanic" for his love of helping people recover from their injures. Outside of the clinic he enjoys cycling, weight lifting, flying, hiking, camping, taking his 6 ft telescope into the countryside to explore galaxies and planets, and spending time with his wife and teenage daughters.