Meet our WebExercises Academy Instructor of the Month: Adam Wolf, PT, LMT

Moving forward we will introduce one of our WebExercises Academy instructors every month to learn why they have become who they are and what keeps them going:
 
 
WebExercises: Why did you decide to become an LMT / PT?
Adam: I became a PT first and only half joke I wanted to wear gym shoes, sweatpants and not shave for the rest of my life (which I’ve accomplished). Other reasons I became a PT was to be able to work directly with people to make a difference in their lives, to be intimate while doing it and to not sit behind a desk. I also wanted to work for myself, which was modeled through both my parents and grandparents.
I got my massage license after 3 years of being a PT because I truthfully didn’t feel like at that point the DPT was going to do anything for me professionally. I was initially enrolled in a transition DPT program, but chose not to complete it because I didn’t feel the information I was learning was going to be applicable anytime soon, and mainly because in the state which I was practicing even if patients wanted to pay me cash and not go through insurance, they still required a script from the doctor. I found this to be an injustice, especially when observing many personal trainers and massage therapists were able to work directly with people, and so I chose to drop the transitional program and obtain my massage license because I could see more value in those skills. I still do to be honest, and having taught many continuing education classes can pick out the massage therapists from the PTs during lab time because massage therapists have much better body mechanics when working.
 
 
WebExercises: What gets you up every morning?
Adam: My alarm clock! Certainly not my wife. She in fact makes it difficult, and yet I persevere! I do like to get up early however. I feel the sharpest in the early hours of the day, and typically write and get my creative work done between 5 – 7:30 am.
 
 
WebExercises: How do you define ‘REAL Movement’ and why do you focus on it?
Adam: hmmm. It’s the name of my first book! I actually prefer the term integrated movement because I believe it better represents what is actually happening in the body. Integrated includes the body working together to control forces presented to it, and is often subconscious. I like the idea that the body knows movement and the brain knows muscles. More importantly, dis-integration includes chaos and rigidity, either (or both) of which can be seen in about any example of dis-integration, including isolated exercise (which includes rigidity in the system). It also includes an understanding that the musculoskeletal system is subservient to the nervous system and brain, and that REAL movement incorporates these understandings.
 
 
WebExercises: What were some of the biggest learnings during your career so far?
Adam: First of all, I am a huge believer of livelong learning and of  having an open mindset. But one important thing I have learned so far  is that it’s important to check yourself before you wreck yourself. What I mean is early in my career I wasn’t as grounded and practiced in my daily habits and routines that help me to stay grounded and present in order to be present and not take on the issues of others as I try and help them. I really wanted to make sure those I worked with were getting better, ultimately to my detriment. I’d attach and get upset when they weren’t getting better, particularly when they weren’t doing what I was asking of them. Now, I don’t attach to the outcomes of my patients, particularly if they’re not doing what I’m asking. In fact I often won’t work with people if they don’t do what I ask of them because I don’t do any marketing and if they dont’ get better quickly it reflects poorly on me. Dont’ get me wrong, I’m very invested in my patients wellbeing and will bend over backwards for them whenever feasable, however not attaching and not getting too high or too low with patients success and failures was and is a challenge and something I continually work on.
 
 
WebExercises: What is your vision moving forward? / Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
Adam: I’m about to open my own brick and mortar facility in Chicago. It’s called The Movement Guild and will include Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, semi-private and private movement training, recovery (including far infrared sauna, cold tub and recovery tools) and yoga/mobility classes. In 5 years from now, I hope to be cranking and also planning what I’m going to do a few years from then because my youngest will be off to college!
 
 
WebExercises: Where do you see our industry in 5 years? / What will be the biggest challenges and opportunities?
Adam: I think the insurance and health landscape is going to be very different, and those with the strategies and systems in place to work directly with people and companies will be in the best position to capitalize on the upcoming opportunities. The challenges will be the fixed mindsets of many in our industry.
 
 
WebExercises: Why do you call your next course ‘the fundamentals of intervention?
Adam: It’s actually part of the title of my upcoming second book. I’ve found that it’s challenging for clinicians to treat in a hierarchical approach. I’ve basically categorized the order in which I work and why I work in that order. Pain needs to be dealt with first, and what might need to be done to get out of pain might be the exact opposite direction of what ultimately needs to be done, however it’s not worth doing it if in pain. Next is higher level sensory integration, followed by improving mobility (with exception), improving stability (with exception) and finishing with ‘functional integration’. All these have thought processes and information about why I feel it should be in this order. Over my career I’ve taken a lot of courses, and studied with many clinicians that aren’t PTs. It’s helped me to understand how various information can be blended to provide best practices for the individual. The fundamentals of intervention are in the spirit of this concept.

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Adam Wolf, PT

Author Adam Wolf, PT

Adam is a clinician, author, and educator. His professional credentials include Licensure in Physical Therapy (IL) and Massage Therapy (IL), Fellow of Applied Functional Science (Gray Institute), Level III Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) practitioner, Enhance Running Technician, & Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) practitioner and Functional Neuro-Orthopedic Rehab (FNOR) Certified. His professional career spans nearly two decades and includes clinical, management, consulting, education, performance/strength and conditioning , as well as ownership roles. His professional interests lie in a deeper understanding of human movement combined with manual medicine, and creating innovative therapy and business paradigms that facilitate the growth of his patients and colleagues. Adam presents internationally to fitness and rehabilitation professionals and is co-owner of REAL pt, located in Chicago, and is the author of the recently released book, REAL Movement: Perspective on Integrated Motion & Motor Control.

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