Move with Purpose

First move well, then move often,” is a quote that rings true for us each day here at DeWitt Physical Therapy and CrossFit UP (thanks Grey Cook!).  In both the therapy and training worlds, as movement has taken center stage over isolated testing and strengthening, prioritizing movement has been the key to unlocking function and setting the foundation for higher level performance following this construct.   What we do in PT and in our warm ups falls under the skill acquisition phase, or the “move well” portion, and the “move often” includes the trial workouts in PT or the regular workouts in our CrossFit UP programming.

Think about it this way: if we want to move better and maintain or improve upon it, we have to do it regularly.  This is true for any skill we want to see progress in, from learning a new language to perfecting our double-unders.  If we gain mobility in the anterior hips then you just go back to sitting all day, do you think it is going to stick?  If I un-glue my shoulders to achieve a proper overhead lockout then don’t utilize it will I keep it? Of course not!  Fully realized and actualized mobility, strength and performance requires identifying limitations, focused time on correctives and dedicated, regular training to maintain and progress towards the desired or optimal level.  The details matter, which is where good PT/coaching comes in.

So now that we’ve determined that yes, you should move well, then move often, I’m going to ask that we start to move with purpose.  A friend of mine who happens to be an amazing coach and athlete says “every rep is a change to get better.”  This resonated with me, and as we’re always trying to be more efficient with our time and effort towards anything we do in life, why not make every rep count in our training or warmup?  Let’s think about this aside from “exercise,” and more about what each movement is doing for us.  Am I learning something?  Am I re-enforcing a proper movement pattern?  Am I maintaining tissue length or segmental stability?  Am I improving?  Am I challenged?  If we’re moving with purpose, then the answer to all of these questions should be “yes.”  And I do mean EACH question is applicable to ANY exercise or movement corrections as there is a lot going on beneath the surface of a proper corrective.

Whatever our fitness quest may be, from “bigger, stronger, faster” to “look better on the beach,” let’s make this our mantra: “Move well, move often, and move with purpose.”




A New Horizon

Today, DeWitt PT officially launched CrossFit Up at our new location.  Years of dreaming and months of planning, it feels good to see a project carried through to fruition.  Such is the journey sometimes from rehab to return to activity; sometimes unexpected, but when you finally get there, pretty amazing.

We wanted to create an environment where the continuity of philosophy was evident from one end of the spectrum to the other.  Looking at today’s first WOD and the prep work done by Head Coach Kyle Swinford, I think we’re well on our way.  For so long I’ve wanted to influence programming for a more complete athlete experience, and Kyle was able to take that vision, and apply it today with great results.  The carryover from rehab into fitness and performance is critical, and we’ve been able to build a great team of amazing therapists and trainers to help support this.  We’re all here to learn from one another, and I can’t wait to find out what I will learn tomorrow.



Welcome to Dewitt Physical Therapy

Thanks for checking out our new Blog! If you have spent any time on our website or had any interaction with us professionally or personally, you can likely tell we’re passionate about our profession and our role in helping restore and improve our patient’s movement ability or performance. Hopefully you’ve come here looking for something different, and after discovering DeWitt PT, return frequently to check our Blog as we will be regularly sharing our insights on rehab, performance, training and the direction of our profession.

We hope to share our passion with you through this medium as best we can. PT is an exciting field, constantly changing and incorporating new ideas, and we’re excited to tell you about it. Not only that, but how our unique approach to movement dysfunction is more comprehensive from start to finish, blending the best of manual therapy techniques, corrective exercises and strength coaching. Interested in the latest research or just want a “How-To” on self maintenance. We want you to think of us as your local experts for sports medicine and training knowledge.

A little about our practice: Ryan DeWitt, MPT, OCS, CSCS, CES, CF-L1 opened DeWitt PT in 2011 with the goal of providing physical therapy services to his hometown community of Santa Cruz that bridge the gap between rehab and performance. After opening doors within Rocky’s Fitness Center, our association with top personal trainers in the area and our style of PT caught quick attention, and we have grown to add Adriana Mesa, DPT, CES and Nikki Losee, MPT, OCS, CSCS over the last 2 years. Our team of expert physical therapists have extensive training in manual therapy techniques, corrective exercise, injury prevention and strength and conditioning, providing a comprehensive and functional approach to our patient’s movement dysfunctions or injuries. We see our patients for hour evaluations and 40-minute follow-ups because we believe the best care comes from the best therapists giving their full attention to your case. With us, it’s personal, and we want to help you reach your goals.

So take a look around and we hope you come back. Like I said before, this is a place for us to get an idea out of our head and for you to use as a resource. Thanks for exploring DeWitt PT.