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The Experts: Annaleise Lake

Talk about insanely talented, this girl has done it all. Our parents got married when we were in high school and I got to see Annaleise dominate at life even before the age of 18. Not only was she in the IB program at Lakewood high school, but she excelled in sports like dancing and swimming, both of which took immense training for her whole body! Since then, she attended CSU the same year as me and we both graduated in the fall of 2017 (we made it easy on our parents). The difference is, she majored in health & exercise science, a truly killer degree, and owned it! Her immense dedication and focus has brought her far and will continue to do so as she finishes up her doctorate in physical therapy this fall of 2020 at the University of Colorado Anschutz. Anyone would be lucky to have her as their PT! I am happy for her to be finally almost done with school and pursue her dreams! Have a look at our Q/A below, and get some great tips from her!

Q: Tell me about your background in physical therapy 

A: I have been working and volunteering in physical therapy clinics since I was 17 years old. I've worked with a wide variety of clients from the ages of 3 months-101 years old. My clinical experience so far has included school-based PT, outpatient orthopedics and sports, inpatient rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, and PT in rural and underserved areas.

I felt a strong calling to combine my ability to create a therapeutic alliance with my manual therapy and exercise prescription skills. This led me to pursue a career as a physical therapist.

Q: What are the most common questions you get? A: - Should I use ice or heat? - Will I need surgery? - What do you think about chiropractors?

Q: What are some common myths regarding physical therapy and fitness in general? A: People often think physical therapy is the same thing as personal training. To be a physical therapist you need 7 years of school and you are required to obtain your doctor of physical therapy (DPT). This higher level of education gives us the ability to create an evidence-based treatment plan that is specifically tailored to each patient. While exercise prescription is part of this, we also perform manual therapy, movement analysis, neurological re-education, and so much more. We are movement experts!

Occasionally clients will come into their physical therapy appointments and expect everything to be fixed with a 30-minute appointment once a week. Our bodies are constantly in motion and subject to the weights and stresses of our everyday lives. PT is a process, and to see improvements you need to think about the movement patterns you perform throughout your day, incorporating what you learned in PT with everyday tasks.

Q: What are the best things you can do for your body? A: Find ways to keep your body moving. MOTION IS LOTION!! This can look different for everyone and that is okay! Find something you love to do and do it. This can be yoga, hiking, running, swimming, anything that keeps you moving and staying active.

Make sure you are getting enough sleep. This is when your body recovers from the stresses it encounters throughout the day. Many studies have shown that too little sleep increases the risk of sustaining a new injury, so make sure to get your ZZZZs.

Q: What are the worst things for your body? A: Not moving your body. If motion is lotion, then REST IS RUST. While it is important to have rest days, this does not mean sitting on the couch all day. Active rest such as talking a walk, or a light bike ride allows your tissues to heal by increasing blood flow and muscle activity with low-stress activities.

Q: What is your typical weekly fitness routine? A: I usually work out at the gym 4-5x a week and run outside on my off days. At the gym, I mix up my routines with free weights, resistance bands, body weight, and weight machines. On days that I am very busy with school or clinic, I make sure I still do something active. This could mean a walk on my lunch break or a 20-minute HIIT workout at home

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