If you benefit from physical therapy education with a few good laughs, not to mention… PUPPIES, Dr. Jo might just be your new favorite YouTube obsession! She’s a Physical Therapist and online sensation who has a thoughtful approach to pain management that challenges the “no pain, no gain” mentality when it comes to treatment. We were honored to share her straightforward approach to care and her commitment to safely treating pain and fostering wellness. Find out her thoughts on far infrared technology, the true meaning of ‘wellness’ and the opioid epidemic below.
Tell us a bit about what brought you to a career in physiotherapy?
Being a physical therapist is actually my second career. I had a lot of injuries growing up from playing soccer and basketball, and I had a lot of physical therapy. After realizing I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer screen all day, I decided it would be a great field to go into, and here I am.
What do you love most about what you do?
Helping people. It’s really one of the best feelings in the world. Having my AskDoctorJo channel on YouTube, allows me to help people all over the world, and people I have never met and probably will never meet. It’s hard to wrap my head around sometimes.
How do you get ready for your day?
It’s all about the pups first when getting ready at my house. They need their food first, and their exercise first, but they are so fun and silly, it’s definitely worth putting them first. Plus, they do cameos in many of my videos, and people seem to love them more than me, so I need to keep the pups, and my viewers, happy 🙂
Let’s talk about the inevitable battle of sports injury – what’s common in your line of work?
Probably the most common in sports injury I see is some type of knee injury. Shoulders are a close second.
How about your methodology/ treatment plan for pain?
As much as people think Physical Therapists enjoy hurting people, our goal really is to make you feel better. I definitely don’t believe in “no pain, no gain” when it comes to injuries. If it hurts to do, there is always another way by modifying the stretch/exercise or doing something different to achieve the same results.
How has Thermotex supported you with your treatment plans?
Thermotex and far infrared treatments are a great way to help the healing process, especially with people with chronic pain or a lot of acute pain early on. Sometimes, no matter what you do, it hurts. Thermotex has great products that can help the healing process in a pain-free way. You can check out my review for the Thermotex Platinum HERE.
In your opinion, what are some of the benefits of far infrared when compared to other treatment options?
Far infrared goes deeper into the body vs. traditional heating pads. This allows you to get right to the pain areas and help the healing process. Though traditional heat might feel good, it’s not always getting to where it needs to go.
What are your thoughts on the opioid epidemic?
It’s really heartbreaking to see, and sadly, I see it in so many patients. Opioids are often given too frequently, and also given sometimes even before the option of physical therapy. Most research is showing now that you can get as much pain relief or even better pain relief with physical therapy and exercise over opioids.
What does ‘wellness’ mean to you?
Wellness not only means good health to me, but it also means being happy. It’s an overall feeling being healthy, happy, feeling accomplished, and simply satisfied with your life…and puppies…puppies alway make things better.
Any final comments/What’s exciting and on the horizon for you?
If you enjoy slightly silly, educational, fun videos, and of course puppy cameos, check out my website: www.askdoctorjo.com You can also find me on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/askdoctorjo Hopefully they will make you smile and feel better. And if you’re interested in purchasing a Thermotex product, feel free to use my affiliate code DOCTORJOX to get $30.50 off a Platinum unit + FREE shipping, or DOCTORJO to get $20.50 off the wrist, knee, gold or foot unit + FREE shipping!
Be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel better soon!